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Stephen Loman says John Lineker could be "extra careful" against Fabricio Andrade in the rematch

Photo Credits: ONE Championship
Photo Credits: ONE Championship

Fabricio Andrade and John Lineker will step into the circle for their highly anticipated rematch on February 24 when ONE Championship returns to the legendary Lumpinee Stadium.

The two warriors previously met one another at ONE on Prime Video 3 in October, but neither man walked out with the ONE bantamweight world championship after an accidental low blow from Andrade abruptly ended things.

Now they will run it back in the ONE Fight Night 7 on Prime Video headliner. One man who will have his eyes locked on the rematch is Stephen Loman, the man who could be next in line for a world title opportunity.

In an interview with The MMA Superfan, ‘The Sniper’ shared his thoughts on the sequel bout and believes both fighters will come in much more cautious than they were in their first meeting:

“They discovered each other’s weaknesses in the first fight, and I bet their striking will be even more prominent in the rematch. It’s guaranteed to be another striking battle, that’s my opinion. But I also think they will both be extra careful this time, especially Lineker. He now knows just how dangerous Andrade’s knees are, and I think he’ll be wise to it this time.”

Stephen Loman secured the biggest win of his career when he beat ONE Championship legend Bibiano Fernandes, which set him up for a potential world title match in the future.

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Fabricio Andrade is focused on his training, not what his opponent is doing to prepare

After their first matchup ended in a no-contest, Fabricio Andrade immediately canceled his scheduled vacation so that he could return to the gym in anticipation of a rematch with Brazilian rival John Lineker. Working to become a faster and stronger version of himself, ‘Wonder Boy’ is prepared to show the world how much he has improved since their October clash.

When asked what he believes John Lineker will be focusing on for his training, Fabricio Andrade did not know and frankly did not care:

“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.”

On February 24, fans in North America can catch the epic rematch live and for free on Amazon Prime Video.

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Edited by David Andrew
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