ONE: Lights Out Sees John Lineker Stop Bibiano Fernandes to Claim Bantamweight Title

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 Lights OutBibiano Fernandes and John Lineker, ONE: Lights Out Face-Off Credit: ONE Championship

After dates successful December and February fell through, John Lineker yet got his accidental to situation Bibiano Fernandes for the ONE bantamweight title astatine Lights Out connected Friday.

The UFC seasoned was looking to assertion his archetypal rubric successful a large promotion successful the match-up — but aboriginal on, Lineker recovered himself astatine a disadvantage.

Early successful the opening round, Fernandes got the combat to the ground, leaving Lineker with his with his backmost to the fence. The champ went to work, eating up immoderate time, but Lineker would flight — and was close backmost successful his wheelhouse. Lineker rocked the champ with a left, slinging dense leather, and Fernandes was intelligibly wobbled. But he’d survive, clip Lineker, and instrumentality the combat close backmost down — lone for Lineker to get connected apical successful the ensuing scramble, allowing him to decorativeness the circular successful control, landing crushed n’ pound.

Lineker had enactment his powerfulness connected show successful the archetypal 5 minutes — but Fernandes proved that helium could some instrumentality a punch and reply back. The 2nd circular kicked disconnected astatine a much measured pace, with Fernandes landing a takedown astir ninety seconds in. He’d walk immoderate much clip connected top, astir a minute, earlier Lineker exploded backmost to his feet. That led to different stand-up exchange, some fighters biting down connected the mouthpiece and winging hooks. Fernandes had a rodent increasing nether his close eye; he’d wisely look for different takedown, but was denied.

Moments later, Lineker capitalized. A near manus sent Fernandes crashing backwards to the canvas; the other strikes that followed were hardly necessary. Three years, and 4 fights, aft joining ONE Championship, John Linker had ascended to the apical of the mountain, with an emphatic knockout of 1 of the promotion’s biggest names.

Official result: John Lineker def. Bibiano Fernandes (c) by knockout, Round 2, 3:40 – for the ONE bantamweight satellite championship