UFC 163 results and photos: John Lineker stops injured Jose Maria in second


john-lineker-4.jpgRIO DE JANEIRO – A great start for Jose Maria turned into a somewhat bizarre finish, as a strong first round gave way to second round collapse and TKO finish at the hands of John Lineker.

The bout, a 129-pound catchweight fight after Lineker came in heavy for the bout, took place today at UFC 163 at Rio de Janeiro’s HSBC Arena. It aired as part of the pay-per-view main card following prelims on FX and Facebook.

Early on, it seemed that Maria was in total control. A spinning backfist in the first frame caught Lineker flush, and Maria’s follow up attacks kept his opponent on wobbly legs for much of the round.

But in the first minute of the second, Maria’s knee seemed to buckle during one punching exchange. He crumpled to the mat right away, and Maria followed with a barrage of strikes that forced the stoppage at the 1:03 mark of Round 2.

When asked about the strange ending, Lineker said he didn’t notice the apparent injury, and instead, “I just felt my punch had connected.”

“I was dizzy in the first round, but I managed to recover and go for it,” Lineker said. “I must say it’s always a bit upsetting facing a fellow Brazilian. He also went through a lot in his life and taking this away from a countryman is a bit sad.”

Lineker (22-6 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has now won three straight after losing his UFC debut. Maria (33-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC), meanwhile, loses for the first time since 2008.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 163 results include:

For more on UFC 163, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.

John Morgan contributed to this report on-site in Rio de Janeiro.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 28 days ago
  • 0 views

All 24 fighters who participated on Oct. 25's UFC 179 card in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, were tested for steroids and drugs of abuse and passed the screenings, the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CAB read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 views

A UFC flyweight fight that was postponed the day before the fight earlier this month is back on for the new year.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 2 views

John Lineker and Ian McCall are set to meet ... again. The pair of flyweight contenders, who were scheduled to meet at UFC Fight Night 56 in Uberlandia, Brazil, on Nov. 8, will square off at UFC 183 read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 0 views

The derailed fight between top flyweight contenders Ian McCall and John Lineker has been rescheduled for UFC 183. read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 2 views

Top Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweight contender Ian McCall is getting another chance to compete against John Lineker, this time at the UFC 183: "Silva vs. Diaz" pay-per-view (PPV) event read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 0 views

A flyweight clash between John Lineker and Ian McCall has been rescheduled for UFC 183. read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 0 views

Scrapped at the last minute earlier this month, flyweight contenders John Lineker and Ian McCall have been re-booked for UFC 183 in Las Vegas. Fans of flyweights John Lineker and Ian McCall were left read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 1 views

A UFC flyweight scrap between No. 7-ranked John Lineker and No. 3-ranked Ian "Uncle Creepy" McCall has been rescheduled for UFC 183 on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas, according to a report from MMAJunkie.com. read news >>

  • 22 days ago
  • 119 views

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Undefeated strawweight Claudia Gadelha improved to 12-0 in MMA with a unanimous decision over Tina Lahdemaki in her UFC debut in July. Besides the win, Gadelha’s abs were on read news >>