John Lineker has had some weight issues in the past, but now he says he has found out a way to cut properly.
“I wasn’t ready for Ali Bagautinov’s wrestling game,” Lineker said. “I know I’ve improved much in this area, and I’ll continue putting in the work.
John Lineker has 11 knockouts, 3 submissions and 8 decision wins in his MMA career.
“I recently switched teams from Emporium to OCS Jiu-Jitsu so I could further improve my ground techniques. I am doing this so I can be a more complete athlete.”
He has never been knocked out, but submitted 3 times.
“I think he’s a good fighter,” Lineker said of his foe. “He likes to strike and has good takedowns. He’s a good finisher, too, despite having so many decision victories. But I’m very ready for a war.
He has been in the UFC since 2012, but lost in his debut against Louis Gaudinot via Guillotine Choke. He went on a four fight winning streak over fighters: Yasuhiro Urushitani, Azamat Gashimov, Jose Maria Tome and Phil Harris. However, he lost in February of this year against Ali Bagautinov via Unanimous Decision.
“Of course, I’ll always use my boxing in all my fights. So the goal now is to improve my ground game and my wrestling but never neglecting my boxing. We figured out that I was retaining too much water toward the end due to salt in my diet,” Lineker said. “So we’re making a change in that regard. I’ll be on target, you can be sure.”
John Lineker meets Alptekin Ozkilic tomorrow night at UFC Fight Night 45.
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