Fabricio Andrade is a month away from his opportunity to capture ONE Championship gold, but that isn’t stopping the Brazilian heavy-hitter from declaring himself the king of the bantamweight division.
On February 25, Andrade will step inside the circle for a rematch with division rival John ‘Hands of Stone’ Lineker to crown a new ONE bantamweight world champion. The pair previously met in the ONE on Prime Video 3 main event with the title on the line, but an errant low blow by Andrade resulted in the bout being ruled a no-contest.
The two will run it back in the ONE Fight Night 7 on Prime Video main event, but according to Fabricio Andrade’s Instagram, the fight itself is nothing more than a formality.
“February 25th Bangkok 🇹🇭 I will show why I am the king of this division 👑 #allthesmoke💨 #oneonprimevideo7”
Sitting as the No. 1 ranked bantamweight contender, Andrade is still undefeated under the ONE banner. Aside from the no-contest against Lineker, ‘Wonder Boy’ holds a record of 5-0 including three straight first-round knockouts and one by way of submission. Similarly, John Lineker is undefeated inside the Circle with three KOs in four bouts.
Not only will they fight for 26.4 pounds of ONE gold, but they will also fight to keep their respective ‘Os’ in the promotion intact.
Fabricio Andrade is happy for the chance to become a ONE world champion in Thailand
When ONE Championship returns to Amazon Prime Video on February 25, they’ll do so from the historic Lumpinee Stadium in Thailand. The opportunity to compete in the legendary combat sports venue is enough to get Fabricio Andrade excited. Taking to Instagram, ‘Wonder Boy’ shared his thoughts on heading to Thailand for his highly-anticipated world title fight.
"The rematch is gonna be now in Thailand [24th] of Feb not better place to became world champion 🇧🇷🇹🇭 #lfg."
Jumping right back into training after his controversial no-contest with John Lineker in October, Andrade is eager to show the world why he is the best bantamweight fighter in ONE Championship. In an interview with the promotion, ‘Wonder Boy’ said:
"Now, I'm the best bantamweight in ONE and one of the best in the world, so having the belt would be very important to me. I already gave up my vacation to be able to go back to the gym and continue training."