3 reasons why Fabricio Andrade vs. John Lineker II is must-watch

[Photo Credit: ONE Championship] Fabricio Andrade
[Photo Credit: ONE Championship] Fabricio Andrade

'Wonder Boy' Fabricio Andrade and 'Hands of Stone' John Lineker are ready to go to war in what will be an unforgettable showdown for the ONE bantamweight world title.

Combat sports fans are looking forward to the world title rematch, which is set for ONE Fight Night 7 on Prime Video. The event will go down on February 24 at the iconic Lumpinee Stadium. All the action will be broadcast live and for free on Prime Video for all Amazon subscribers across North America.

This highly anticipated world championship rematch will see two dangerous Brazilian strikers put it all on the line, and MMA fans can't miss this showdown for the following three reasons.

#3. Expect an all-out war between Fabricio Andrade and John Lineker

Fabricio Andrade and 'Hands of Stone' John Lineker have already met once previously. Their first bout ended in an unfortunate no contest due to an illegal groin strike.

With the fight on February 24, the feeling-out period is over and all that's left is to fight. Both top-ranked bantamweights will be hungry to prove themselves after an inconclusive first bout, which was still an exciting back-and-forth match.

Speaking in an interview with ONE Championship, John Lineker noted that he is focused purely on this fight:

“I have no opponent in my mind [after], also because my focus now is to beat Fabrício Andrade."

#2. Someone’s going to get knocked out

On one side, you have the young 25-year-old 'Wonder Boy', who is a precise knockout artist. On the other, the heavy-handed veteran 'Hands of Stone', who will be swinging for the fences. Both men will be looking to knock the other's head off.

These two men have won most of their fights by way of knockout. In the main event of ONE Fight Night 7, each man will be looking to get their hand raised after earning a KO win.

Speaking in an interview with The MMA Superfan, Fabricio Andrade said:

"I'm faster than him. I'm more powerful than he is. I'm more skilled than he is. So I just have to be patient, take my time and knock him out."

Watch the full interview below:


#1. A new bantamweight king will be crowned

The ONE bantamweight world championship has been a prestigious crown to hold. Great fighters have been able to capture the throne, including Soo Chul Kim, Kevin Belingon, the record-setting Bibiano Fernandes, and 'Hands of Stone' John Lineker.

Due to a weight miss, the throne currently remains vacant. Finally, after months of waiting, the crown will find a king. 'Wonder Boy' Andrade and John Lineker are set to battle with only one thing on their mind: ONE Championship gold.

Speaking to ONE in an interview, Lineker said:

“My goal for next year is to regain the title. I'll take what's mine. And I also want to stay champion, try to do some superfights with special rules, and maybe try submission grappling. I want to make history. I still have a lot to achieve in my career.”


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