“Definitely the only thing on my mind” - Fabricio Andrade is solely focused on fighting, even when he unwinds

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ONE bantamweight contender Fabricio 'Wonder Boy' Andrade [Credit: ONE Championship]

Fabricio Andrade is headed towards the most important fight of his MMA career, so there’s absolutely no room for error. He’s been so zoned-in that even his choices for unwinding are related to getting ready for his match against John Lineker.

On the eve of ONE on Prime Video 3, Fabricio ‘Wonder Boy’ Andrade and John ‘Hands of Stone’ Lineker are making their final preparations for their pending showdown at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Fight fans are equally pumped to see both Brazilians end their rivalry in spectacular fashion on the Prime Video platform.

When it comes to mental toughness before fights, Andrade has got that covered. Never distressed by the pressure, ‘Wonder Boy’ revealed how he unwinds for a big event such as the one he's heading into this weekend.

He told ONE Championship:

“This fight is definitely the only thing on my mind right now. I'm very focused, as I have been in all my fights. I think I have a very good mentality. I like this pressure, it gives me more motivation to keep training and look for results. What I like to do to relax is all about fighting. I like to go into the sauna, do an ice bath, run, and meditate. All of this makes me feel very strong mentally and makes me feel confident. I'm always thinking about positive things. But I'm enjoying the pressure this fight is bringing. It's a big fight, everyone is waiting for it."

Fabricio Andrade is the current No.2-ranked contender in the stacked bantamweight division. He claimed his shot for the world title after bumping off Kwon Won Il from his ranks with a brutal liver-kick knockout in the first round.

Adamant to be the new undisputed ONE bantamweight world champion, Andrade has promised fans a fourth consecutive knockout when he faces the reigning king of the division, John Lineker.

Fabricio Andrade is pumped to see a full stadium of fans at ONE on Prime Video 3

Fabricio Andrade has never fought in front of a live crowd in ONE Championship since his debut in the promotion. The level of energy and entertainment he brings to each fight is unmatched and it’s crazy how he does it all without fans cheering him on.

This time, at ONE on Prime Video 3, the Axiata Arena will be packed and thousands more will be watching from overseas in US primetime. Fabricio Andrade expressed his excitement to have the fans cheering for him in one of the biggest events of the year.

He told MMA News' Curtis Calhoun:

“I kinda like to have the fans there, you know, to have like, people there, I think it makes the show great, to have people cheering for you and yelling. I'm a guy that just doesn't think about the fight, I think about the whole show. I like to see people cheering, I like to be able to [see] many people who know me to come and watch the fight live.”

Catch the full interview below:


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