Following the events of ONE on Prime Video 3, it would have been easy for Fabricio Andrade to feel down on his luck.
After seemingly being just moments away from becoming the bantamweight world champion, Andrade landed a knee to John Lineker’s groin that was ruled a non-intentional foul. After his recovery period, Lineker couldn’t continue and it was declared a no contest, which wasn't surprising considering the knee broke the former champion's protective cup.
Instead of taking some time away to think about his missed opportunity, Fabricio Andrade returned to training immediately and started looking ahead to his rematch with Lineker.
In an interview with ONE Championship, ‘Wonder Boy’ spoke about how he is reflecting on ONE on Prime Video 3 as he prepares for his second shot at the world title:
“Man, I couldn’t be in a better place right now. Everything that happened in the fight was just meant to be. It taught me a lot, it gave me a lot of experience. It made me try to see everything from different sides and I think right now just the opportunity to fight him again and to prove that I’m better than him where I was in that fight.”
Andrade and Lineker are set to rematch at ONE Fight Night 7 this February, live and free on Prime Video.
“I don’t think he really tried to finish the fight” - Fabricio Andrade on Stephen Loman’s big win over Bibiano Fernandes
As Fabricio Andrade prepares to face John Lineker in a rematch with the vacant bantamweight world title on the line, another contender has positioned himself in the race.
Filipino fighter Stephen Loman is undefeated inside the circle and recently secured the biggest win of his career at ONE on Prime Video 4. Defeating former bantamweight champion Bibiano Fernandes, Loman now holds a win over a living legend.
Whilst Loman has solidified his status as the next in line for the winner of the vacant world title fight, Fabricio Andrade has downplayed Loman’s performance. Though he did give him some credit for winning, ‘Wonder Boy’ was not impressed by the way that Loman got the job done.
Andrade told ONE Championship:
“He was trying to go over the decision and got that one by decision. I don’t think he really tried to finish the fight. He just wanted to get the win. But he was very dominant on the striking and on the ground.”
Stephen Loman was unable to finish Bibiano Fernandes despite dominating him on the ground. That’s hardly surprising given the experience of the former champion.
Though he would’ve wanted a finish to put a stamp on his performance, going the distance with Fernandes would’ve taught Loman a lot that he can take into further fights.