June 26, 2022

KEY POINTS

  • John Lineker took time to dismiss the repeated call-outs of Fabricio Andrade
  • Andrade might be subsequent up for Lineker’s bantamweight title
  • Lineker believes Andrade will not be prepared for a fighter of his caliber

ONE Championship’s bantamweight division noticed some motion in current days after highly-touted Brazilian knockout artist Fabricio Andrade climbed as much as the No. 2 spot, simply behind former champion Bibiano Fernandes.

John Lineker, the person who ended Fernandes’ lengthy title reign, was actually not a fan of Andrade’s methodology of drumming up curiosity in his potential opponents by trash speaking.

“I’m getting used to the sort of athlete who likes to advertise fights by disrespecting opponents. It simply goes to point out that he’s a disrespectful man to his opponents. He doesn’t have an oz of schooling. He needs to advertise fights in [the] fallacious manner,” Lineker mentioned.

“I don’t care about that. I like to reply contained in the cage, in my very own manner, kicking [expletive]. But when they (ONE) suppose he’s worthy to struggle for the belt, I’ll educate him, for positive.”

Andrade has been calling out the promotion to provide him a title shot towards Lineker since he started knocking folks out left and proper.

His newest victory towards Kwon Gained Il noticed him solidify his possibilities of competing for the title after he landed a perfectly-placed physique kick that had the South Korean groaning in ache.

With out a thought, Andrade known as out Lineker in his post-fight interview contained in the cage and even went as far as to name his fellow Brazilian a hen.

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The champion additionally admitted that he has not paid consideration to Andrade’s profession till his struggle towards Kwon and “Fingers of Stone” was additionally fast to provide him his flowers plus a backhanded remark to shut it out.

“What I noticed on this struggle [against Kwon] is that he is aware of find out how to focus. He managed to impose his technique. I wasn’t impressed as a result of he obtained a knockout. That may occur in [any] struggle, particularly between strikers. He’s fighter, however he didn’t impress me in any respect,” Lineker casually talked about.

“I don’t know if he did sufficient to earn a title shot. It’s not for me to say if he deserves a title shot. I’m ready, I’m able to struggle anybody within the division. If ONE thinks he deserves it, I’m right here ready.”

Lineker is at the moment awaiting who the group can have him struggle subsequent, which may both put him in a collision course with Andrade or see him sq. off with Fernandes in a rematch.

However regardless of Lineker having bitter ideas about Andrade, he believes they’ll produce an immediate traditional if given the possibility.

“I imagine it might be an amazing struggle. A struggle between two strikers is actually very good to see. It’s what followers like to look at, placing and punching on a regular basis. If this struggle towards him occurs, for positive, it is going to be an amazing present with an actual probability of being ‘Struggle of the Yr,’” Lineker remarked.

Fabricio Andrade (left) lands a robust shot on the face of Kwon Gained Il (proper) throughout their co-main occasion matchup at ONE 158 on June 3, 2022. Photograph: ONE Championship

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