UFC Fight Night 30: What We Learned from Phil Harris vs. John Lineker
The UFC Fight Night 30 main card kicked off in the flyweight division as British veteran Phil Harris took on Brazilian slugger John Lineker. Many thought the bout had the potential to claim the Fight of the Night bonus check.
Lineker came into the fight controversially as he missed weight for the third time in the UFC. Harris took the bout, anyway, as well as 25 percent of Lineker's purse.
As for the bout itself, it took less than one round. Harris looked good early, but once Lineker got comfortable on the feet, he blasted the Brit with heavy body shots and head blows.
Here is what we learned from this flyweight bout.
What We'll Remember About This Fight
The body shot that crippled Harris. Everybody talks about the knockout power the Brazilian has when he decks a dude in the head, but this is the second instance I have seen a body shot set up the end of the fight.
Lineker nailed Harris right in the solar plexus with a huge right-body hook. That is the shot that put Harris on the mat, and the Brazilian was able to land a couple follow up shots to the head for the victory.
What We Learned About Lineker
This was a standard Lineker match with haymakers and a finish. What we continue to learn about "Hands of Stone" is that he cannot make 125 successfully.
The man has five fights in the UFC and has failed to make weight in three of the bouts. Either he needs to get the weight-cut science and diet down or he needs to make the jump to 135 because it's not fair or professional of him to have a 40-percent success rate at making 125.
What We Learned About Harris
We learned that Harris did not follow his game plan. While getting rocked can really scramble your brains, he did not really attempt any takedowns on the vicious striker.
Harris is as tough as a two-dollar steak, but nobody can withstand that kind of punishment from Lineker. Kudos to him, though, for sticking around as long as he did after initially getting stunned.
What's Next for Lineker
We'll see if he can stick around at flyweight. If he does, he is still far away from a title shot as he isn't trustworthy enough to get a headlining opportunity like that.
Seeing how he didn't take any damage in this fight, perhaps he has a spot open for him in December at UFC on Fox 9. Ian McCall dropped out of his bout with Scott Jorgensen, and "Young Guns" is in need of an opponent.
Lineker could step in there and try to show he can make the weight. If he can tip the scales at 125 and earn a win over Jorgensen, he could be considered top five.
What's Next for Harris
It's back to the drawing board for Harris, who falls to 1-2 with the UFC. His stock doesn't take much of a hit, though, as his opponent came in heavy.
A bout against recent losers Iliarde Santos or Marcos Vinicius could serve as a "loser leaves town" bout. Either Santos or Vinicius match up very well with the Brit and could serve as an intriguing undercard fight.
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