2 knockouts and wanton violence caps another high-octane One Championship card on US cable TV

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John Lineker One Championship knockout
John Lineker won the main event. Photo by One Championship
  • Two thumping knockouts capped One Championship's latest event on US cable TV.

  • John Lineker beat Troy Worthen after Nieky Holzken iced John Wayne Park in a Muay Thai match.

  • Watch both highlight-reel finishes right here.

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Two knockouts and wanton violence capped another high-octane One Championship card Wednesday on US cable TV.

The five-fight "One on TNT 3" event was the third in a series of four shows that the Singapore-based One Championship is holding for a US audience this month.

One founder and CEO Chatri Sityodtong previously told Insider earlier that April is one of the most significant periods in his company's history, as it looks to extend its fanbase beyond Asia.

His events took place April 7 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, but the results were kept secret until the bouts were broadcast on B/R Live and TNT.

These shows have not been short on drama.

At "One on TNT 1," Adriano Moraes became the first fighter in history to knockout Demetrious Johnson - and he did so with a chin-cracking knee strike.

In the following event, "One on TNT 2," the 22-year-old phenom Christian Lee destroyed a title challenger in 73 seconds, and further cemented his spot as an MMA superstar in the making.

And, at "One on TNT 3," John Lineker finished Troy Worthen with precise punching in a bantamweight bout, and Nieky Holzken iced 44-year-old fighter John Wayne Park with a head kick in a Muay Thai match.

Watch the Lineker knockout right here:

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In the video above, Lineker patiently awaits an opening for a one-punch finisher - a right hand thrown through Worthen's face.

It was enough to daze the American, knocking him to the floor in an instant. From there, Lineker followed up with a single shot to the head before the referee stepped in to call it all off.

"Bibiano Fernandes, I am here, I am here," Lineker said when he was backstage, sending a message to One Championship's bantamweight titleholder. "I want to be the champion," he added.

Holzken clattered a legend

Nieky Holzken wins One Championship
Photo by One Championship

Lineker's win over Worthen wasn't the only knockout on the night as it followed Holzken beating Parr in the second round of their Muay Thai rules contest, ending the bout with a head kick.

Holzken, 37, is a former Glory welterweight kickboxing champion, an accomplished Muay Thai champion in Europe, and added Parr's scalp to his ledger with a conclusive blow to the head.

Parr had issues with hydration rules after Tuesday's weigh-in, and though it is currently unclear whether that affected his performance, he is facing calls to hang up the gloves after an iconic run at the top of striking sports.

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Elsewhere on the card, Japanese flyweight Yuya Wakamatsu out-pointed his Australian opponent Reece McLaren, Korean lightweight Ok Rae Yoon decisioned the Russian fighter Marat Gafurov, and Chinese strawweight Miao Li Tao beat Japanese rival Ryuto Sawada after three rounds.

One Championship returns to US cable TV with a live event April 28 for "One on TNT 4."

Aung La Nsang puts his One light heavyweight title on the line against Vitaly Bigdash in the main event, on a card that features big-name American fighter Eddie Alvarez.

The former UFC champion hopes to bounce back from a disqualification loss earlier this month when he faces Rae Yoon at the Kallang event.

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