While Lyoto Machida’s KO win over Mark Munoz has dominated headlines, for obvious reasons, another key victory at UFC FN 30 belonged to John Lineker. Not only did the flyweight record his fourth straight win by defeating Phil Harris, but “Hands of Stone” scored his third stoppage victory in a row. Yes, the ‘flyweights can’t finish fights’ argument continues to be demolished.
So, considering Lineker’s impressive run and the fact he’s ranked #5 in the promotion, could the 23 year-old be knocking on the door for a title shot? If not for the fact that Lineker missed weight for this bout, and has two other times since he signed with the UFC, he would be. Dana White was asked about Lineker’s predicament after the card, and he revealed that American Top Team’s Dan Lambert has offered to help Lineker remain at flyweight (comment via MMA Junkie.com):
“[Lambert is] probably one of the best guys in the sport and has been since before we owned this company, and he hit us up tonight and said, ‘Let’s get this kid down to Florida training, get him on the Dolce Diet, and make sure this kid can cut weight,'” White relayed. “[Lineker is] so good, if he had made weight in the three times that he missed, he probably would have a title shot right now. So he’s going to get him sorted out.”
That certainly sounds like a solid plan, because although Lineker continues to impress in the Octagon, he can’t continue to miss weight. The weight cutting master Mike Dolce also had this to say about the possibility of helping the rising fighter.
“I’m a big friend and fan of Dan Lambert, and anything he says, I’m more than happy to help out,” he said “If he believes in Lineker, then I believe in the kid, too, and I think we can turn him into a world champion.”
The only man who has defeated Lineker in five UFC appearances is Louis Gaudinot, who choked him out at UFC on FOX 3 in May, 2012. Since then Lineker has defeated Yasuhiro Urushitani, Azamat Gashimov, Jose Maria Tome and Harris.
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