May 20, 2024

Filipino rising mixed martial arts star Stephen Loman saw what Brazilian Fabricio Andrade did to fellow Brazilian John Lineker during their first match at ONE Fight Night 3 back in October 2022 and firmly believed that a sequel is waiting to happen in the rematch.

Andrade and Lineker fought an unfortunate no-contest during their first meeting for the vacant ONE bantamweight world title. The two Brazilian stars, though, will get their highly anticipated rematch at ONE Fight Night 7 on Feb. 25 at the iconic Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.

SIDING WITH BRAZILIAN — ONE Championship title contender Stephen Loman has sided with Fabricio Andrade in his rematch against former ONE bantamweight world champion John Lineker. Loman is likely to fight the winner in the rematch. — ONE photo

The winner in the rematch is expected to fight Loman in the nearest future.

Loman, the third-ranked bantamweight contender, said in an interview with The MMA Superfan that Andrade’s diverse striking will be a huge problem for Lineker in the rematch.

The Team Lakay fighter pointed out how Andrade’s versatility allows him to go for knockout shots across all elevations.

“As for Andrade, I think that he really is a knockout artist. He uses his striking a lot. His kicks, knees, and his pressure against Lineker were tremendous as well. He has these quick and                                     beautiful combinations as well. I think that’s Andrade’s advantage. He’s a problem for John Lineker,” Loman said.

Andrade went on a tear in his first fight against Lineker for the vacant bantamweight strap, but his night ended when he accidentally landed a knee strike down Lineker’s groin in the third round.

With Lineker unable to continue past the mandatory recovery period, the bout was officially ruled a no-contest.

Despite the anticlimactic end to an otherwise great match, the rivalry between Andrade and Lineker remained at a fever pitch and their showdown in the Thai capital city will add another chapter to the two Brazilian stars’ legacy in ONE Championship.

Andrade, the top-ranked bantamweight contender, and Lineker, the second-ranked bantamweight contender, have perfect records in ONE Championship and have seven finishes between them. – ONE Championship release