The rematch between Fabricio Andrade and John Lineker has a date and a location. It will take place at ONE on Prime Video 7 which is set for Jakarta on February 10th.
The two men faced off at ONE on Prime Video 3 last month. The bout ended in a no contest after Andrade hit Lineker with a brutal looking knee to the groin in the third round.
Lineker missed weight for that fight so the belt is currently vacant. It is an unsatisfactory situation and one that looks set to be resolved in early 2023.
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Andrade emerged from that fight relatively unscathed and appeared to be on the verge of finishing Lineker with legal strikes when he landed the low blow. He had predicted that the UFC veteran would start shooting for takedowns and that is exactly what happened.
Afterwards Andrade declared proudly that he had turned Lineker into a wrestler. But he could and probably should have done much more than claim a moral victory over the former champion.
By the end of the opening round Lineker’s eye was looking a mess as Andrade found a home for his straight punches. The southpaw clearly had an advantage in terms of accuracy.
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) October 22, 2022
During the third round it became increasingly unlikely that Lineker would be able to go the distance. His right eye was nearly swollen shut but Andrade was a man on a mission and he landed a devastating left knee to the midsection.
Lineker immediately doubled over and appeared to be on the verge of collapse. He straightened up but was in no state to intelligently defend himself.
Andrade elected to try and land another knee and it proved to be a disastrous decision. This one connected clean with the groin area of Lineker and it subsequently emerged it had broken his cup.
Andrade was left to rue this disastrous decision but it doesn’t appear to have affected his confidence. The #1 ranked bantamweight continued to taunt Lineker after the fight, and questioned whether the low blow had really done the damage to the cup.
The two men do not appear to have become firm friends having fought. They will get to settle their differences once and for all in February and Andrade should have learned his lesson from the first fight.