John Lineker stopped Alptekin Ozkilic in a thrilling flyweight bout in July, and he hopes to impress once against Ian McCall at UFC Fight Night 56 card in Brazil, on Nov. 8, to earn a shot at the UFC 125-pound championship.
With five wins over the past six UFC fights, Lineker wants to make a statement against McCall, currently ranked No. 3 in the UFC flyweight division, in Uberlandia, Brazil.
"I believe he’ll fight to win by decision, punching and leaving, exactly like his last fight. But I have a strategy in case he tries to do that boring game," Lineker told MMAFighting.com. "My strategy will work, and I will win this fight."
McCall called Lineker "fat boy" when the bout was announced, and the Brazilian plans to respond to that inside the Octagon.
"He called me fat boy [laughs], but I will show him how fast I am. When my hand lands on him, another knockout is coming," he said. "I only need to land one hard punch he can feel it. I have the heaviest hands in the flyweight division, so I expect a knockout."
Lineker, who finished his opponent via TKO in four of his five wins under the UFC banner, expects to earn a shot at flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson after UFC Fight Night 56.
"I’ve proved in my fights that I’m ready to fight the champion," he said, "and I hope this fight (against McCall) is enough to get me a shot at the title."
With a history of weight-cutting issues, fighting for a UFC title could be risky. However, the Brazilian guarantees his issues are in the past.
"Everything is fine," Lineker said. "I know my body better now, I know what the issue was with my weight cut. I won’t have any problems anymore, and I want a title fight next."
Johnson recently defended the UFC flyweight title with a second-round submission over Chris Cariaso, though "Hands of Stone" doesn’t feel "Mighty Mouse" was challenged at UFC 178.
"It was a one-man fight, actually," Lineker said. "The champion came to prove why he’s the champion. His game plan was excellent, and we couldn’t see more because there was only one guy fighting."
"When I get in there to fight for the title, it’s going to be a war," he continued. "I have all the weapons to win this, and I will catch him. That’s what I’m going to do. McCall is only one more step before I get this title. I will use all my weapons and beat him."