Mark “Tyson” Fairtex Abelardo, 28, of will solely represent New Zealand and the Philippines at at “ONE: No Surrender.” He will welcome Fabricio “Wonder Boy” Andrade, 22, of Brazil, who is set to make his ONE Championship debut.
Featuring mixed martial arts, Muay Thai and kickboxing, “ONE: No Surrender” will take place in Bangkok, Thailand on July 31, 2020. It marks the first flagship event of ONE Championship after going on hiatus due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its expanded return to closed-door, audience-free live events.
“Fabricio is a high level striker, having competed mainly in kickboxing and Muay Thai fights,” Abelardo stated. “I never look past my opponents so I will not take him lightly regardless of his experience in MMA.”
Because of the travel restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the “ONE: No Surrender” fight card will feature only athletes who are currently in Thailand. One of the MMA matches is between Abelardo and Andrade at a catch weight of 67kg.
“Quarantine lockdown was hard to deal with at first due to many closures and enforcement of rules everywhere but I was able to work around it with road work and solo training,” Abelardo shared. “Then we got the greenlight for group training so it’s okay now. To all Filipinos dealing with the current COVID-19 crisis, I hope that you, your loved ones and your colleagues are safe and well.”
“I can honestly say that I’ve never experienced an event with such a drastic impact on how we live and work,” the Kiwi-Filipino MMA fighter continued. “Now more than ever, we must do the right things and be prepared to take steps beyond what we’re typically required to do. Stay safe.”
“I hope he is ready because I’ll be giving him all I’ve got and more,” Abelardo said of Andrade. “I want to put on a pace and look to mix things up like I usually do.”
Competing professionally since 2010, Abelardo competed in the second and third seasons of Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series in 2018 and officially joined ONE Championship in 2019.
Abelardo currently holds a professional MMA record of 19 wins and 7 losses. He is based in Thailand and he trains at Fairtex Gym in Pattaya.
Originally from Fortaleza, Brazil, Andrade is also currently based in Thailand. Training at Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket, the Brazilian MMA fighter holds a professional MMA record of 3 wins and 2 losses.