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UFC Fight Night Cowboy vs. Miller Results: John Lineker TKO’s Alptekin Özkiliç

UFC Fight Night Cowboy vs. Miller Results: John Lineker TKO’s Alptekin Özkiliç

John “Hands of Stone” Lineker showed improved conditioning tonight at UFC Fight Night in New Jersey, beating Alptekin Özkiliç to the punch throughout their flyweight affair — en route to a late TKO victory.

The Brazilian Lineker, ranked #7 in the UFC, threw his typical power punches from the opening horn, but this time utilized better movement and pacing. Lineker was able to avoid Özkiliç’s takedowns and counter-punches while consistently landing his right hands.

Lineker worked in uppercuts and body punching as the bout wore on. A left hand to the body followed by a big right dropped Özkiliç, and the bout was stopped as Lineker began pouncing on a downed Özkiliç.

Lineker has been notorious for missing weight but had no problem at yesterday’s weigh in’s. In a post fight interview, Lineker boasted he was ready to fight for the title.

Lineker improved to 5-2 in UFC and 24-7 overall. Özkiliç, originally of Turkey but fighting out of New York, is now 1-2 in UFC, and falls to 9-3 overall.

John Lineker defeats Alptekin Özkiliç by TKO (punches) at 4:51 of round three.

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