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Fabricio Andrade guarantees clean finish of John Lineker in rematch

Fabricio Andrade -- Photo by ONE Championship
Fabricio Andrade -- Photo by ONE Championship

After failing in his first attempt to claim the vacant ONE bantamweight world title, Fabricio Andrade is going for a clean finish of John Lineker in their rematch next month.

The two top Brazilian fighters will face off once again in a title clash at ONE Fight Night 7 on Prime Video on February 24 in Bangkok, Thailand.

In their first encounter last October, the showdown ended in a no contest when Lineker was ruled unable to continue after being hit with an accidental strike on the groin from Fabricio Andrade in the third round.

The outcome was another sour note for the fight, which also saw Lineker stripped of the ONE bantamweight world title before the match for failing to make weight.

Speaking to ONE Championship, ‘Wonder Boy’ guaranteed a definitive outcome this time around, with him emerging on top.

Fabricio Andrade said:

“He’s gonna see a totally different fighter in this one. I’ve been focusing on so much different stuff and I know I’m better than him in any area. If he goes to the ground, I’m better than him. If he stays standing, I’m better than him.”

He added:

“It’s just gonna be a matter of time as soon as the fight starts, it’s gonna be a matter of time for me to finish him.”

The Lineker vs. Andrade rematch is the headlining bout for ONE Fight Night 7. The event will be broadcast live and for free on Prime Video for all Amazon subscribers across North America.


“It doesn't really matter” - Fabricio Andrade not worried about John Lineker’s wrestling despite previous success

Fabricio Andrade is confident that he will defeat John Lineker in their rematch for the vacant ONE bantamweight world title in February.

In an interview with The MMA Superfan, ‘Wonder Boy’ shared that he is laser-focused in his preparation and will be ready for whatever ‘Hands of Stone’ Lineker will bring come fight night, even his celebrated wrestling skills.

Fabricio Andrade said:

“For me, it doesn't really matter what he's training or what he's going to try to do. I don't really care what my opponent is doing. The focus for me is to keep getting better, to keep improving in every area. So, of course, when I step in for an MMA fight, I'm ready to defend a takedown [until] the last fight.”

Check out the video below for the full interview:

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The two will settle their unfinished business at ONE Fight Night 7 on Prime Video on February 24 in Bangkok.

Andrade has taken the bantamweight class by storm, winning five straight since making his ONE debut in July 2020. He is now the No. 1 contender in the division.

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