MMAFrenzy’s live coverage of tonight’s pay-per-view kicks off with our recap of tonight’s opener between John Lineker and José Maria Tome. The battle of flyweights would see Lineker prove victorious in exciting fashion. The exciting bout provided a solid start to tonight’s PPV action in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Lineker Finishes Tome
John Lineker may have missed weight, but he did not lose the fight tonight against José Maria Tome in tonight’s PPV opener. Lineker was nearly finished twice in the first round but would manage to survive the round. Lineker would rebound in the second and would use his power to put away Tome after an apparent knee injury helped fell Tome.
While Lineker seems to be targeted as a top flyweight challenger, his struggles to make flyweight could prevent him from being a factor in the title picture for the immediate future. That said, Lineker has now won three straight fights since dropping his debut to Luis Gaudinot.
Rd. 1- Touch of gloves and we’re off. Maria is not settling in front of Lineker early and is wise to do so. Lineker is making Maria wobble every time he connects. Big shot by Lineker and he briefly goes for the finish but Maria escapes. Lineker rebuffs yet another takedown attempt. Uh oh Maria rocks Lineker with a spinning backfist and he’s trying to capitalize. Maria rocks him again but Lineker avoids being finished. Takedown by Maria but Lineker stands and counters. Maria connects with another shot to the groin but it doesn’t appear to be the last strike that landed. Spinning backkick by Maria misses and Lineker just misses some kill shots as he stands. Lineker connects on a shot as Maria shoots in and lands some big shots as the round ends. MMAFrenzy still has it 10-9 Tome.
Rd. 2- Lineker pressures to start the round. Maria clinches and Lineker lands a big knee on the exit. Maria again misses consecutive takedowns. Maria slips on a kick and it looks like he’s injured his right knee. Lineker follows up and it is all over.
John Lineker def. José Maria Tome via TKO (strikes) at 1:03 of Round 2