“It’s very nice to dream”

Two of ONE Championship’s most devastating finishers meet this Friday in ONE’s Main Event on Prime Video 3. Reigning World Champion John Lineker will put his belt at risk against 2nd place contender Fabricio Andrade.

With the world bantamweight title up for grabs, the two are guaranteed to put on a must-see match when they meet in Kuala Lumpur. Despite both men’s impressive collection of finishes, Andrade believes he has the tools to stop John Lineker from executing his wild shot style.

But at the Virtual Media Day faceoffs, the champion dismissed Andrade’s claims that he was going to turn him into a wrestler.

“It’s very nice to dream. But I’m ready for him. I’ve been in 50+ fights and I’ve never been knocked out, so yeah. He’s coming to get something [he thinks] belongs to him, but I am ready for him.”

Undefeated in their combined nine circle bouts, and with both men finishing off their respective last three opponents, it’s hard to imagine this fight didn’t catch fire from the start.

While Andrade has had five straight wins since entering promotion with three stoppages in the first round, John Lineker is a whole new level of opponent. The champion also beat Bibiano Fernandes to become world champion earlier this year.

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“My hand was too heavy” – John Lineker explains the origin of his nickname “Hands of Stone”

A world bantamweight champion, John Lineker not only has one of the best nicknames in MMA, he has the backstory and resume to back it up.

“Hands of Stone” isn’t just his nickname, it’s his signature trait. You only have to look back at his 17 career knockouts to realize that.

In an interview with ONE Championship, the Brazilian shared some backstory on his memorable nickname and how he got it in the first place.

“THut nickname started in boxing. I started boxing when I was 12 and I was very small and skinny, but I’ve always fought with athletes who were older and heavier than me. When I slapped them, they said my hand was too heavy, especially for my age and size. And then they started saying that my hand felt like a rock.”

Lineker’s ferocious power will show itself again this Friday as he attempts to defend his championship for the first time against ferocious finisher Fabricio Andrade. With both men coming into the fight with three stoppages each, the judges are unlikely to have a busy night.

John ‘Hands of Stone’ Lineker will try to turn off the lights again, just like he did earlier this year when he dethroned Fernandes in March.

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