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John Lineker

John "Hands of Stone" Lineker
  • Name: John Lineker
  • MMA Record: 31-8-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Hands of Stone
  • Current Streak: 2 Wins
  • Age: 28 | Date of Birth: 1990.01.01
  • Last Fight: May 12, 2018 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Bantamweight | Last Weigh-In: 136.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Ocimar Costa Jiu Jitsu
  • Height: 5'3" (160cm) | Reach: 67.0" (170cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $413,700 USD
  • Born: Paranagua, Parana, Brazil
  • Fighting out of: Paranagua, Parana, Brazil
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John Lineker MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Win | KO/TKO
3:43 Round 3 of 3, 13:43 Total

Us Brian Kelleher
30-8-0 19-8-0

Br UFC 224: Nunes vs. Pennington
Main Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2018.05.12
Odds: -270 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 136.0 lbs (61.7 kgs) | Referee: Leon Roberts
#29 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2018
Cancelled Bout Jimmie Rivera UFC 219 2017.12.30
Reason: Lineker Tooth Infection
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ec Marlon Vera
29-8-0 12-3-1

Br UFC Fight Night 119: Machida vs. Brunson
Main Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2017.10.28
Odds: -525 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 136.0 lbs (61.7 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us T.J. Dillashaw
29-7-0 13-3-0

Us UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey
Main Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2016.12.30
Odds: +175 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $43,000 Base | Weigh-In: 135.3 lbs (61.3 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Decision | Split
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Us John Dodson
28-7-0 18-7-0

Us UFC Fight Night 96: Lineker vs. Dodson
Main Event | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2016.10.01
Odds: +105 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $72,000 ($40K Base, $32K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 136.5 lbs (61.9 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#46 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2016
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:43 Round 1 of 5

Us Michael McDonald
27-7-0 17-3-0

Us UFC Fight Night 91: McDonald vs. Lineker
Main Event | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2016.07.13
Odds: -105 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Perf/Night | Weigh-In: 136.0 lbs (61.7 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#43 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2016
UFC Fight Night 91 Performance of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Rob Font
26-7-0 12-1-0

Br UFC 198: Werdum vs. Miocic
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2016.05.14
Odds: -135 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 135.0 lbs (61.2 kgs) | Referee: Kevin MacDonald
Cancelled Bout Cody Garbrandt UFC UFN 83 2016.02.21
Reason: Lineker Dengue Fever
Win | Submission | Choke
2:08 Round 1 of 3

Us Francisco Rivera Jr.
25-7-0 11-4-0

Us UFC 191: Johnson vs. Dodson 2
Preliminary Card | Bantamweight | 135 lbs

2015.09.05
Odds: -155 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $98,000 ($24K Base, $24K Bonus, $50K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 135.5 lbs (61.5 kgs) | Referee: Chris Tognoni
#11 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2015
UFC 191 Fight of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Ian McCall
24-7-0 13-4-1

Us UFC 183: Silva vs. Diaz
Preliminary Card | Catchweight | 130 lbs

2015.01.31
Odds: +200 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $35,700 ($14,700 Base, $21K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 130.0 lbs (59.0 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Cancelled Bout Ian McCall UFC UFN 56 2014.11.08
Reason: McCall Viral Infection
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:51 Round 3 of 3, 14:51 Total

Tr Alp Ozkilic
23-7-0 9-2-0

Us UFC Fight Night 45: Cerrone vs. Miller
Main Card | Flyweight | 125 lbs

2014.07.16
Odds: -335 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 125.5 lbs (56.9 kgs) | Referee: Keith Peterson
#16 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2014
UFC Fight Night 45 Fight of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ru Ali Bagautinov
23-6-0 13-3-0

Us UFC 169: Barao vs. Faber 2
Main Card | Flyweight | 125 lbs

2014.02.01
Odds: +125 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 126.0 lbs (57.2 kgs) | Referee: Keith Peterson
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:51 Round 1 of 3

Gb Phil Harris
22-6-0 22-10-0

Gb UFC Fight Night 30: Machida vs. Munoz
Main Card | Catchweight | 128 lbs

2013.10.26
Odds: -425 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 128.0 lbs (58.1 kgs) | Referee: Neil Hall
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:03 Round 2 of 3, 6:03 Total

Br José Maria Tomé
21-6-0 33-3-0

Br UFC 163: Aldo vs. Korean Zombie
Main Card | Catchweight | 129 lbs

2013.08.03
Odds: -435 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 129.0 lbs (58.5 kgs) | Referee: Leon Roberts
Cancelled Bout Phil Harris UFC 163 2013.08.03
Reason: Harris Withdrew From Bout
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:07 Round 2 of 3, 6:07 Total

Ru Azamat Gashimov
20-6-0 7-2-0

Br UFC on FX 8: Belfort vs. Rockhold
Preliminary Card | Flyweight | 125 lbs

2013.05.18
Odds: +105 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 126.0 lbs (57.2 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jp Yasuhiro Urushitani
19-6-0 19-5-6

Mo UFC on FUEL TV 6: Franklin vs. Le
Preliminary Card | Flyweight | 125 lbs

2012.11.10
Odds: -210 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 126.0 lbs (57.2 kgs) | Referee: Steve Perceval
Cancelled Bout Yasuhiro Urushitani UFC 151 2012.09.01
Reason: Event Cancelled
Loss | Submission | Choke
4:54 Round 2 of 3, 9:54 Total

Us Louis Gaudinot
19-5-0 5-2-0

Us UFC on FOX 3: Diaz vs. Miller
Preliminary Card | Catchweight | 127 lbs

2012.05.05
Odds: -285 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $65,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 127.0 lbs (57.6 kgs) | Referee: Keith Peterson
#32 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2012
#3 Greatest Flyweight MMA Fight of All Time
#29 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2012
UFC on FOX 3 Fight of the Night
Win | Decision | Split

Br Iliarde Santos

Br Jungle Fight

2011.09.10
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Br Francisco Nazareno

Br Jungle Fight

2011.07.30
Win | KO/TKO | Punch

Br Luiz Carlos Alves Neves

Br Jungle Fight

2011.05.21
Win | Submission | Choke

Br Renato Velame

Br Jungle Fight

2011.04.20
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Br Saulo Martins

Br Shooto Brazil

2011.03.31
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Br Alessandro Cordeiro

Br Nitrix Champion Fight

2011.02.18
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Br Diego Davella

Br Nitrix Champion Fight

2011.02.18
Win | Submission | Choke

Br Felipe Alves

Br Parana Regional

2010.10.16
Win | Submission | Choke

Br Alvino Torres

Br Shooto Brazil

2010.09.17
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Br Jetron Azevedo

Br Parana Regional

2010.05.08
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Br Israel Silva

Br Parana Regional

2010.04.10
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Br Cica

Br Full Heroes Battle

2010.02.05
Win | Disqualificaton

Larry Vargas

Br Full Heroes Battle

2010.02.05
Loss | Decision | Unanimous

Br Rafael Silva

Br Santa Catarina Regional

2009.12.30
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Br Wagner Campos

Br Parana Regional

2009.12.19
Loss | Decision | Unanimous

Br André Luis

Br Samurai Fight Combat

2009.09.12
Loss | Decision | Unanimous

Br Erick da Silva

Br Blackout Fight Championship

2009.09.05
Loss | Submission | Armlock

Br Felipe Arantes

Br Paranaguá Fight

2009.08.07
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Br Marcio Sapo

Br Nitrix Champion Fight

2009.05.16
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Br Alexandre Chatuba

Br Santa Catarina Regional

2009.05.02
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches

Br Nelson Velasques

Br Golden Fighters

2009.04.18
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Br Claudinei Rodriguez

Br Santa Catarina Regional

2009.03.07
Win | KO/TKO

Br Heriton Alves

Br Paranaguá Fight

2008.11.11
Win | KO/TKO

Br Mauricio Alves

Br Paranaguá Fight

2008.09.05

John Lineker Wiki Update Wiki

John Lineker is a Brazilian flyweight fighter currently signed to the UFC. He is a veteran of Shooto Brazil, Jungle Fight and the UFC. He has held bantamweight titles in Nitrix Fights Grand Prix and Jungle Fight. Although he has six losses on his record, five of them came when he took eleven fights in the first fifteen months of his career. Of his twenty three wins, fourteen have been finishes including eleven T/KOs. Before his debut in the UFC, he was riding a thirteen fight win streak. John has missed weight for three of his UFC fights. He came in at 127 pounds for his debut against Louis Gaudinot, 129 pounds against Jose Maria, and 128 pounds against Phil Harris.


Lineker began his career fighting on the regional circuit in his native Brazil. After a rocky 6-5 start, he would go on a three year, thirteen fight win streak which earned him a spot in the UFC. He was tapped as one of the initial members of the UFC's flyweight division. He would make his promotional debut against TUF 14 competitor, Louis Gaudinot, in what would go on to earn 'Fight of the Night' honors. Lineker and Gaudinot spent many various moments throughout the fight in wild punching exchanges, until Gaudinot choked the Brazilian to sleep in the second round with a guillotine. Lineker would get back to his winning ways by winning three straight over Yasuhiro Urushitani, Azamat Gashimov and Jose Maria Tome proving that he could be a force in the flyweight division. 


John took on Phil Harris at UFC Fight Night 30 in Manchester, England and was able to dispatch the Brit in the first round to earn a TKO victory.. This was his fourth UFC fight in less than a year. Lineker again missed weight for this fight marking the second consecutive and third overall UFC fight that he has not made weight. It is unclear what, if any, the consequences will be for his repeated weight misses. He  would take on Ali Bagautinov at UFC 169 in what was likely to be a number one contender fight. He would lose to the Russian by unanimous decision.


Lineker bounce back with a TKO over Alp Ozkilic in the third round. He would follow that up with an upset over Ian McCall picking up the Unanimous Decision at UFC 183. Lineker would miss weight for the fourth time against McCall prompting Dana White to say that Lineker will never fight at flyweight again he will have to move up to bantamweight.

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