Brazilian Fabricio Andrade became the new ONE Championship bantamweight champion with a stoppage victory over his compatriot Jon Lineker in a title rematch headlined at ONE on Prime Video 7 in Bangkok.
For four rounds, the Brazilians fought on a collision course. Lineker worked to the body and head of the opponent with hard shots from close and middle range, and also used his wrestling skills, while Andrade, who has a height advantage, responded with classic long-range series and signature knees that almost brought him victory in the first fight.
In the interval between the fourth and fifth rounds, Lineker’s seconds assessed the condition of their ward, who had closed his right eye by that time, and decided to stop the fight, as a result of which Andrade was declared the new ONE Championship bantamweight champion.
Recall that in October last year, John Lineker lost his championship belt, failing to make weight before defending the title against Fabricio Andrade, and then refused to continue the fight in the third round due to a dubious blow to the groin, in connection with which the title fight was declared invalid , and the belt remained vacant.