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Brazil’s Fabricio Andrade earns 1st ONE Championship win at ‘ONE: No Surrender’ in Thailand

Mark Abelardo, Nick Chapman, Fabricio Andrade (©ONE Championship)

Mark Abelardo, Nick Chapman, Fabricio Andrade (©ONE Championship)

Fabricio “Wonder Boy” Andrade, 22, of Brazil made his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: No Surrender.” He was welcomed to the Singapore-based martial arts promotion by Mark “Tyson” Fairtex Abelardo, 28, of New Zealand and the Philippines.

Featuring three Muay Thai, two mixed martial arts and one kickboxing bouts, “ONE: No Surrender” took place in Bangkok, Thailand on July 31, 2020. The second bout of the evening was the match between Abelardo and Andrade at a catch weight of 67kg.

Nick Chapman served as the referee. In the first round, action started off on the feet with each fighter landing significant power shots.

Abelardo stalked and chased Andrade across the ring but the Brazilian contender showed poise and was able to pick his Filipino-Kiwi opponent apart from the outside. In the second round, Andrade continued his elusive movement, peppering Abelardo from range before swiftly taking his back when the opportunity presented itself.

From there, Andrade latched onto in a deep rear-naked choke and Abelardo, who faded rapidly, was effectively put to sleep. Chapman put a stop to the catchweight contest after 1 minute and 11 seconds in the second round.

 

Winning at “ONE: No Surrender” improved the professional MMA record of Andrade to 4 wins and 2 losses. He also holds a professional kickboxing record of 28 wins and 1 loss.

On the other hand, Abelardo now has 19 wins and 8 losses. Andrade was the third athlete to beat the Filipino-Kiwi MMA fighter in ONE Championship.

“Making my ONE Championship debut in Bangkok is very exciting for me,” Andrade said days before fight night. “It’s still early in my career but I can say I’ve improved a lot over the last few years. I’m laser-focused right now on making a successful debut. ”

“I know my opponent is very powerful so I’m getting ready with a strategy to handle his power,” Andrade said of Abelardo. “I want to show the fans what I can do.”

 

Born on October 10, 1997, Andrade made his professional MMA debut in 2014, went on hiatus in 2015 and had one MMA fight a year from 2016 to 2019. Before joining ONE Championship, he competed in Mix Fight, Akhmat Fight Club, Kunlun Fight and Wu Lin Feng.

Originally from Fortaleza, Brazil, Andrade is currently based in Thailand and trains at Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket. Abelardo is also based in Thailand and he trains at Fairtex Gym in Pattaya.

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. The Filipino-Kiwi MMA fighter currently has 2 wins and 2 losses in the promotion.

“The entire world is reeling right now and if by stepping into the ring and showcasing my skills can help inspire people to soldier on, I’m glad to do it,” Abelardo said days before fight night. “I’m thankful we can get back to competing again. This is what I live for and I have so much I want to do in this sport. The next step starts in Bangkok.”

Four countries were represented at “ONE: No Surrender” namely Brazil, New Zealand, the Philippines and Thailand. Andrade solely represented Brazil while Abelardo was the sole representative of both New Zealand and the Philippines.

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