John Lineker continued his climb up ONE’s 145-pound division with a first-round stoppage win against Troy Worthen in the main event of Wednesday’s “ONE on TNT 3” card. The pre-taped event, which took place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore, aired for the first time on Wednesday.
Linekers win came in the final minute in the first round, as he connected with a right cross that dropped Worthen, causing the referee to step in shortly after.
Lineker was pressuring Worthen earlier in the fight with punches, backing him up and throwing flurries of hooks. A big advantage to his work was his ability to stop the takedowns of Worthen, which were attempted a few times in the fight.
The former UFC fighter now has three wins since joining the ONE roster in 2019. His previous appearance saw him score his first finish win in the promotion, stopping Kevin Belingon last year.
Lineker called out the division’s current champion following his win.
“I want Bibiano [Fernandes]. I know that I am better than him,” said Lineker in his post-fight interview.
Worthen is now on a two-fight losing streak. He took his first pro loss in his previous appearance, fighting to a decision against Yusup Saadulaev in late 2020.
Wakamatsu Builds Upon Win Streak With Impressive Victory Over McLaren
Yuya Wakamatsu prevailed in a close battle over Reece McLaren via scorecards to open the main card.
Wakamatsu’s well put together performance saw him stuff McLaren’s takedowns and push the pace with his striking. He said afterwards that his grappling improved for this fight, claiming that gave him “confidence.”
Wakamatsu now has a four-fight win streak in ONE. His previous bout was in late 2020 when he stopped Kim Kyu Sung within a round with punches.
McLaren looked dejected after the fight, mentioning that he was hoping the bout would be his “coming out party.”
“It just wasn’t my night. I’m pretty heartbroken,” said McLaren in his post-fight interview.
McLaren had won his two previous ONE fights within a round each, stopping Gary Mangat and Aleksi Toivonen in the past two years.
Ok Defeats Gafurov, Lines Up Fight With Former UFC Champ Alvarez
ONE newcomer Ok Rae Yoon scored a decision victory over Marat Gafurov, setting himself up for a fight next week against Eddie Alvarez. The win for Ok saw him put together sharp striking and make the best out of stalemate positions that he would be forced into.
Gafurov was not too active with striking or takedowns, although he frequently put Ok against the cage in clinch scenarios.
Ok is now set to fight Alvarez at “ONE on TNT 4,” as the stipulation for the bout was the winner would be placed in that matchup.
The fight was Ok’s debut in ONE Championship. He entered the promotion following two wins on the regional scene in South Korea last year.
Gafurov scored a win in his prior bout, defeating Lowen Tynanes last year.
Miao Avenges Loss To Sawada
Miao Li Tao avenged a recent loss to Ryuto Sawada on Friday, defeating him via unanimous decision on the prelims. The win saw Miao score hard punches and notch control time on the ground.
Miao bounced back from a loss he took to Sawada in the Fall on scorecards. The win also put him back to his winning ways after two consecutive losses.
Sawada had two straight wins before losing on this card. He had scored a submission win since his first fight against Miao, as he submitted Robin Catalan on a card a few months back.
Holzken Scores Three Knockdowns Over Parr In Muay Thai Rules
Nieky Holzken scored three knockdowns over fellow kickboxing legend John Wayne Parr to stop him in the second round of their Muay Thai fight. The final knockdown saw Holzken score a head kick, causing the referee to end the fight.
Holzken was able to land knockdowns earlier in the fight with a left hook and a spinning back kick.
Holzken was making his first appearance under ONE’s Muay Thai rules. He has previously competed in the promotion under kickboxing rules, including a recent win late last year over Elliot Compton.
Parr was making his ONE debut with the fight.
Main Card (10:00PM EDT / 10:00AM SGT) (TNT)
Bout 5: John Lineker def. Troy Worthen via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 4:35) (MMA Bout)
Bout 4: Yuya Wakamatsu def. Reece McLaren via Decision, Unanimous (MMA Bout)
Lead Card (8:30PM EDT / 8:30AM SGT) (B/R Live)
Bout 3: Ok Rae Yoon def. Marat Gafurov via Decision, Unanimous (MMA Bout)
Bout 2: Miao Li Tao def. Ryuto Sawada via Decision, Unanimous (MMA Bout)
Bout 1: Nieky Holzken def. John Wayne Parr via TKO, Strikes (RD 2, 1:23) (Muay Thai Bout)