John Lineker Credits His Manager With Helping Him Win At UFC on FUEL TV 6
In an interview with MMA Junkie, flyweight John Lineker gave his manager Alex Davis credit for helping him win at UFC on FX 6.
Lineker (20-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) was heavy for his UFC debut and lost by submission to The Ultimate Fighter 14 cast member Louis Gaudinot in a catchweight fight at UFC on FOX 3 in May. But he then hired a manager who helped him to get ready in order to gain his eventual win over Yasuhiro Urushitani by decision.
On his first fight: “In my first fight in the UFC, it was the first time I had ever traveled outside Brazil. I had no help or support, and I really suffered from that. This time around I had my trainer, Marcelo Ribeiro, with me the whole time – and Alex Davis, who now is my manager, organized everything and came with me to make sure things ran smoothly. It was a huge difference from the first time around.”
On the next flight to Brazil: “It is a 24-hour flight from Brazil to Macau, and Alex was worried that this would give my opponent a big advantage since he was coming from Japan, which is only a five-hour flight and just a one-hour time difference. Not only that, but this is only my second time traveling outside of Brazil. Alex made us do a 24-hour layover in Paris, made me work out when we landed and insisted I not sleep until it was nighttime in France. We then repeated the same thing when we got to Macau. In the beginning, I was thinking he was being a pain, but I now know that this made a big difference and enabled me to adjust to the different time zone and not be affected by jet lag. I was able to fight three full rounds without tiring.”
On who he wants to thank: “I would like to thank God, my trainer Marcelo Ribeiro for his dedication and Alex Davis for giving me 100-percent support. I am really happy to have been able to show a little of what I can do. I will continue to improve, I will look for the 125-pound title, and I will bring the belt back to Brazil and to my hometown of Paranagua.”