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John Lineker Vs. Alptekin Ozkilic Equals Striking War At UFC Fight Night 45

Andrew Ravens

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This could be a strong consideration for fight of the night. Both John Lineker and Alptekin Ozkilic had a great striking war at UFC Fight Night 45. However, with seconds left in the fight, John Lineker finished Alptekin Ozkilic in the final round.

Alptekin Ozkilic has 2 knockouts, 1 submission and 6 decision victories in his MMA career. He has never been finished in his MMA career. He will be making his third appearance inside the octagon in this fight. He made his debut against Darren Uyenoyama and won the fight back in December via split Decision. His latest fight, which came in January he lost via unanimous decision against Louis Smolka.

John Lineker has 12 knockouts, 3 submissions and 8 decision wins in his MMA career. He has never been knocked out, but submitted 3 times. 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.

Here is the play by play from that fight:

Round 1: John lands a nice combo, that makes Ozkilic back peddle. Ozkilic gets a double leg takedown, John back to his feet and this allows Ozkilic to get his back. Ozkilic transitions into half guard. John get’s back to his feet, they go back to exchanging. John presses forward and they start trade haymakers. Ozkilic attempts a shoot in, but defended while by Lineker. John goes for a double leg, and gets it. Ozkilic right back to his feet and they trade to the bell.

Round 2: John has the reach which leads to move strikes landing and made Ozkilic nosebleed. John goes for a double leg takedown, but stuffed and Ozkilic runs away. John lands a nice left jab that is doing some serious damage. John starts working the body in a mix of his newly found strikes. Ozkilic is pressing forward more, which leads to some great exchanges.

Round 3: They come out just where they left off in the second round and that’s throwing haymakers. John lands a nice combo where it hurts Ozkilic, but Ozkilic runs away which get’s the fans to their feet. What a war! Lineker continues to land a body/head combo which has been a big deal in this fight. They continue to exchange all the way to the bell with the fans (Me included) loving every second of it, but with ten seconds left, Lineker drops Ozkilic with a left hook and that is it!

Result: Alptekin Ozkilic via TKO (strikes) in the third round

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