Fabricio “Wonder Boy” Andrade (7-2) is hunting for his seventh consecutive victory and the next shot at the ONE bantamweight world title.
Before the 24-year-old fighter enters the ONE circle, here are four reasons why you should keep a close eye on this bantamweight phenom.
1. He trains with Some Of The Best In The Game
The Brazilian is always ready for a tough day at the office, but more often than not, he makes it look pretty easy inside the ONE circle.
Andrade has a plethora of striking knowledge to pair with his reputable ground game.
Training with some of the most elite martial artists at Marrok Force has helped Andrade develop an impeccable work ethic and a high fight IQ – one he intends to showcase at ONE 158.
Muay Thai is his bread and butter
“Wonder Boy” may have a couple of rear-naked choke victories to his name, but there’s nothing he loves more than using his solid muay Thai skills to damage – and knock out – opponents.
After all, the bantamweight has spent most of his professional career in Thailand, and his time there has helped him amass some stinging combinations, lightning-quick movement, and the heart to fight.
Take a look at his match against Shoko Sato at “ONE: Unbreakable III” last year. That evening, the Brazilian hit the Japanese athlete with buckets of kicks, punches, knees, and elbows to take home a clear-cut unanimous decision win.
Andrade has displayed that trademark relentlessness in every one of his fights inside the Circle, so expect him to make things a little messy for “Pretty Boy.”
3. He’s got serious hands
Andrade’s fists are his most potent skills, and they have played a major role in his current run.
In his debut, he ripped through Mark Abelardo‘s defense with his aggressiveness and striking output before ultimately getting the job done with one of those aforementioned rear-naked chokes.
With his next opponent being a striker, Andrade expects to touch Kwon up with a couple of jabs, hooks, and possibly body shots.
He wants the bantamweight crown
In slightly under two years, Andrade went from being a relative unknown to a major bantamweight player on the ONE roster.
Today, “Wonder Boy” is far more popular, and he holds the No. 4 spot in the promotion’s stacked bantamweight division. What’s even scarier is that he seems to be getting better and better.
Andrade’s performances have given him the confidence that he can take out anyone in the weight class, including the reigning titleholder, John “Hands Of Stone” Lineker.
As it stands, the Brazilian describes himself as the “uncrowned king” of the division and claims that his compatriot is ducking him. Should Andrade win on June 3, then he may get the chance to finally go toe-to-toe with Lineker.