Upcoming ONE bantamweight world title challenger 'Wonder Boy' Fabricio Andrade has been finishing people left and right in the promotion ever since he debuted. No one seems to have a definitive way to solve the Brazilian powerhouse's combination of power and aggression.
The only time we ever saw Fabricio Andrade truly tested was in a decision win over Japan's Shoko Sato back in 2021. Sato's ability to heavily mix grappling with his strikes was able to ward off Andadre's advance.
In doing so, the Japanese was able to keep the Brazilian striker guessing on what he'd do next.
This slight confusion created by his strategy allowed Sato to land combinations on Fabricio Andrade and, at times, put him on the mat with perfectly timed takedowns.
Andrade, to his credit, was still able to connect hard punches when his Japanese foe would enter the pocket. And every time he got put in a bad spot, he almost immediately wiggled out of it.
Though the first two rounds were razor-close, the third saw Andrade pull away significantly as he managed to get Sato's rhythm and tag him with hard punches. By the time the final bell rang, a battered and bloodied Sato was desperate to make a statement as Andrade did enough damage to earn the unanimous decision win.
Watch the full fight here:
Fabricio Andrade promises an even better performance in rematch against John Lineker at ONE Fight Night 7
After the controversy of their first bout, Fabricio Andrade is chomping at the bit to put a definitive end to his rivalry with former bantamweight king John 'Hands of Stone' Lineker.
Back in October of last year, 'Wonder Boy' was arguably seconds away from winning the ONE bantamweight world title when he landed an errant low blow that rendered Lineker unable to continue. Due to this, the bout was ruled a no contest.
In an interview with ONE Championship, Andrade spoke about their upcoming second bout at ONE Fight Night 7 on Prime Video in Bangkok, Thailand:
“Yeah man, I’m just so excited to be inside of the cage with him again...This time it’s gonna be different. It’s gonna be a different fighter than the fighter that was in [Malaysia]. I keep on improving and this time it’s gonna be different."
“I’m gonna be a different fighter, I’m gonna be stronger, faster, and I’m gonna knock him out.”
Fans in North America can catch ONE Fight Night 7 in U.S. primetime, live and for free on Amazon Prime Video. Be sure to tune in and watch this epic MMA saga unfold.