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ONE on TNT III gets underway on Wednesday, April 21, in primetime. And this time, the main event is a bantamweight slugfest with title implications.

American "Pretty Boy" Troy Worthen takes a main event slot to try and upend top-ranked bantamweight challenger John "Hands of Stone" Lineker as the watchful eyes of ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes look on from afar.

Lineker has been outstanding since joining the promotion with a 2-0 record, and he is coming off a stellar performance against former World Champion Kevin Belingon. As the #1-ranked bantamweight contender, Lineker hopes to be next for a shot at the gold.

However, this is not a showcase match. Worthen poses significant challenges for the Brazilian.

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Bantamweights take center stage at ONE Championship's latest foray into U.S. primetime on Wednesday, April 21.

John "Hands of Stone" Lineker will meet "Pretty Boy" Troy Worthen in the main event of ONE on TNT III with a possible shot at the ONE Bantamweight World Title hanging in the balance.

The American, Worthen, is hoping to usurp Lineker's position and get the biggest win of his young career. "Pretty Boy" is a talented wrestler who has found success under the bright lights of ONE and has since returned to the United States to train at Sanford MMA.

But Lineker will be his biggest challenge yet.

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Robert Whittaker put on a clinic in modern mixed martial arts technique Saturday night in Las Vegas winning a lopsided unanimous decision over Kelvin Gastelum at the main event of UFC on ESPN 22. The former middleweight champion mixed an array of punches, kicks, wrestling and groundwork all night long that left Gastelum perpetually a step behind.

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Former UFC athletes that have made their way into ONE Championship over the past few years have not found the immediate success they have envisioned.

In fact, 75% of them have suffered at least one loss in their ONE careers to date. Of eight recent signings, they total a .500 record at 9-9, with 63% of those losses by knockout or submission.

The latest defeat shocked the mixed martial arts world. Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson was stopped with an incredible knee from Adriano "Mikinho" Moraes as the Brazilian successfully defended his ONE Flyweight World Championship.

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