John Lineker explains the origin of his nickname ‘Hands of Stone’

A world bantamweight champion, John Lineker, has one of the coolest nicknames in all of martial arts. It’s not just a gimmick either. The 32-year-old stunning artist known as “Hands of Stone” couldn’t have a more apt nickname.

On October 21, the heavy-hitting king of the 135-pound division will defend his throne for the first time against young challenger Fabricio “Wonder Boy” Andrade on ONE on Prime Video 3.

His insane one-punch power will be on display again at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in a marquee match that will be broadcast live on US primetime via Prime Video.

John Lineker, who boasts 17 career victories by thunderous knockouts, has been hitting opponents with these deadly weapons he calls hands since he transitioned to mixed martial arts in 2008. As it turns out, he always had the gift of separating people from their consciousness. even during his earlier days as a boxer in his native Paranagua, Parana, Brazil.

In an exclusive interview with ONE Championship, the American top team product explained how people started calling it “Hands of Stone”:

“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.”

John Lineker recounted how one of his older opponents saw firsthand the destruction his fists could cause. He added:

“I was fighting in the Paranaense Championship when I was 16 [State tournament] then I had a boxing match in my town of Paranaguá and faced an athlete much older and more experienced than me. I started hitting him hard, I hurt him a lot and the audience started calling me “mão de pedra”. [Hands of Stone in Portugese]“.

That nickname stuck for the rest of his career, and “Hands of Stone” has struck fear in the hearts of his enemies ever since.


John Lineker says his experience will be key in beating Fabricio Andrade

It’s no secret that Lineker’s fight-ending power will be his trump card every time.

However, ‘Hands of Stone’ believe his experience will be the deciding factor in the fight against Andrade, who is seven years his junior.

While the second-ranked bantamweight contender has been looking like a world champion lately, he’s only had 10 pro fights in his career; far from the world champion who has over 44 games.

In the same interview, John Lineker shared:

“Having experience is a good thing because it makes you more confident in fights. But whether it can help me or not depends a lot on what you want, how much you want to win.”

The Brazilian slugger added:

“I believe in that very much and that is why in all my struggles I have always searched for what I wanted. So the experience will help me deal with situations I’ve been through and they won’t shake me.”


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