John Lineker never could be the flyweight challenger we’d hoped he’d be – homeboy can’t make 125 pounds – but at least we have him at bantamweight, where he can take on slugger Rob Font in what promises to be a fun punch-festival.
Taller, and sporting the kid of lanky limbs that enable him to punch and kick his foe from about 20 feet away, Font does his best to keep Lineker at range. Lineker, of course, wants to wade in in swing those heavy hands, and it takes about two and a half minutes for him to get close enough to make Font feel his power. He does though, digging into the American with body-punches, and when he scores a takedown and some ground and pound against the cage, Lineker definitely takes the round.
Lineker adds leg-kicks to the equation in Round 2, cutting down on Font’s ability to dance away. It doesn’t work – Font does a great job of staying mobile and ducking away whenever the Brazilian comes in to take his head off – so in the final minute of the frame Lineker mixes in takedown attempts.
Font tries to flee from danger in the third but midway through the round Lineker starts taking him down again and again and dropping leather. The horn sounds with Lineker on top and way ahead on the scorecards.
Result: John Lineker def. Rob Font via Unanimous Decision