ONE Championship star Fabricio Andrade plans to win her first ONE world title in breathtaking fashion on October 21.
Andrade, 2nd in bantamweight, will face mixed martial arts veteran John Lineker for a bantamweight world title. For Andrade, it will be the biggest match of his career to date.
Regardless, the Brazilian challenger wants to do more than just win ONE gold in ONE on Prime Video 3. He wants to do what no man has ever done before: knock out John Lineker.
Lineker has outlived the ‘Hand of Stone’ moniker with 17 career kills, three occurring inside the circle. Aside from the damage he deals, perhaps ‘Steel Chin’ would be an equally appropriate moniker.
Even so, Fabricio Andrade failed to impress and once intended to be the first to put Lineker to sleep in a cage.
In an interview with ONE Championship ahead of their primetime game in the United States, Andrade shared his desire to deliver a show to fans around the world while also making history:
“I think it’s not just the American audience, but the fans in general love to see the artists in the knockouts. They love seeing athletes step in to finish the fight.”
“I believe people were impressed with my performance, but they will be even more impressed when they see me finish someone like Lineker who has never been knocked out in MMA.”
Despite the trash talk, Fabricio Andrade still respects John Lineker
Even before they ONE on Prime Video 3 main event announced, Fabricio Andrade is busy talking about John Lineker.
With the two already planning to throw in a world title, the trash talk only got heated, However, make no mistake, there is a level of respect that ‘Wonder Boy’ has for the other. his Brazilian counterpart.
As a teenager growing up in Brazil, Fabricio Andrade recalls watching his countryman compete in the UFC. John Lineker continues to be a big name in the hearts of Brazilian fans, and that’s not lost on ‘Wonder Boy’, who shared a word of respect for the reigning world champion:
“I think in ONE Championship, [this is] The biggest fight between two boys from the same country. Because, like I said, he has a big name, especially in Brazil. Everyone knows him. I’ve been following this guy since I was 14, you know. In 2012, he joined the UFC, so I’ve known him for a long, long time. And I know that our people know him, and I have great respect for him.”