John Lineker and Jose Maria had a typically fast-paced bout at flyweight (actually a catch-weight bout as Lineker weighed in at 129) to begin the UFC 163 PPV broadcast — a bout which seemed to end in a mishap.
Both had moments, but Maria scored with a solid spinning backfist and a good right hand to highlight the first.
However, Maria crumbled to the mat after a kick — possibly injuring himself. Lineker pounced with a series of punches prompting referee Leon roberts to stop the bout at 1:03 of round two.
Lineker improves to 22-6 in his MMA career. Maria drops to 33-4.
John Lineker defeats Jose Maria by T/KO at 1:03 of the second round at UFC 163.