John “Hands of Stone” Lineker proved to be aptly nicknamed after he knocked out Modesto’s Michael McDonald with a vicious left hook in the main event Wednesday at UFC Fight Night 91 in Sioux Falls, S.D.
McDonald, fighting for just the second time in 31 months after battling hand injuries, was rocked by a big right hand early in the first round but recovered, and even appeared to sting Lineker with two rights of his own as he tried to clear the cobwebs.
However, the 26-year-old Brazilian caught McDonald (17-4) with a left hook that sent him crashing to the canvas with 2:43 left in the first round.
McDonald, 25, entered the fight as the fifth-ranked bantamweight (135 pounds) in the UFC. He’s now lost three of his last five fights, a stretch that started with a submission to Renan Barao in a 2012 bantamweight title fight in London.
Lineker (28-7), who is 3-0 since moving up from the flyweight division, was the No. 8 contender.
Dominick Cruz (22-1) is the reigning bantamweight champion.