Flyweight juggernaut John Lineker showcased two prominent aspects to his fight game at UFC 163: his ability to withstand first-round damage and his knack for finishing unsuspecting opponents with his hands.
With a second-round TKO victory over Jose Maria, who brought a 33-3 professional record into the cage on Saturday night, the heavy-handed Lineker has finally started to gain the recognition he deserves.
In a division often dominated by speed and conditioning, the 23-year-old Brazilian has made a habit out of winning via raw power. That's relatively unheard of at 125 pounds, and it's an aspect of his fight game that will make him a can't-miss name.
As long as he can maintain his maturation and successfully make weight, Lineker should find himself fighting for a UFC title by the end of next year.
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