Fabricio “Wonder Boy” Andrade has had a fight career full of incredible knockouts and highlights. Most recently, he captured the ONE bantamweight MMA world championship against John Lineker by way of TKO. Next, he will face the Muay Thai king Jonathan Haggerty for the kickboxing throne at ONE Fight Night 16 on Nov. 3.
The Brazilian striker has found success in both kickboxing and MMA. The 26-year-old athlete has had some incredible moments while competing in ONE Championship. Here we list the top five defining moments of Fabricio Andrade’s career.
Top 5 Defining Moments of Fabricio Andrade
5. Fabricio Andrade vs. Jeremy Pacatiw
Jeremy Pacatiw, of the Philippines, was a hot prospect when he entered ONE Championship. He captured an impressive win against Chen Rui and then continued to climb the division ranks as he met Andrade.
Andrade defeated a highly skilled opponent and made it look easy. Just 90 seconds into their bout, a thunderous knee to the body sent Pacatiw to the mat, and he was unable to recover.
4. Fabricio Andrade vs. Li Kai Wen
China’s Li Kai Wen was carving out a name for himself in ONE Championship. The dangerous fighter had put together a four-fight winning streak in the competitive bantamweight division. The Brazilian-born Andrade merely had one win thus far.
With a series of stinging punches, Andrade walked away the winner in this matchup with a first-round knockout victory.
3. Fabricio Andrade vs. Kwon Won Il
Both Andrade and Kwon Won Il were on knockout win streaks coming into their world title eliminator matchup. The powerful South Korean striker was looking to add to his three consecutive knockout wins.
Instead, the young Brazilian was able to extend his knockout win streak with a body kick knockout just a minute into the first round of their fight. This was the fight that made Demetrious John say, “Fabricio Andrade, he’s fucking good.” Next, Wonder Boy would meet “Hands of Stone” John Lineker for the world title.
2. Fabricio Andrade vs. John Lineker I
The young Andrade was finally booked to face the veteran MMA fighter “Hands of Stone” John Lineker. Linker had fought in nearly fifty bouts through his storied career and was known for the power in his hands wherever he fought.
Lineker had knocked out the long-reigning world champion Bibiano Fernandes to capture the throne. His first defense was to be against Andrade. Wonder Boy, the underdog, came into the matchup and proved the world wrong.
Quickly, Andrade took control of the fight with lightning-quick combinations mixed with kicks. Lineker, the career power striker, was forced to dive for takedowns just to survive. Ultimately, the world championship match ended as a no-contest due to an inadvertent groin strike.
1. Fabricio Andrade vs. John Lineker II
The two Brazilian strikers would face each other once again, although this time Andrade was the favorite going in. Throughout the fight, Wonder Boy proved why he deserved to sit on the division throne.
With thunderous and quick punches, Andrade used his length and speed to completely shut out Hands of Stone throughout their fight. Ultimately, it got so bad that the corner of Lineker had to throw in the towel.
With tears in his eyes, Andrade had finally reached the apex of his career; being crowned the ONE bantamweight MMA world champion.
Next, Andrade will be again competing in the sport he started with – kickboxing. Haggerty holds the Muay Thai crown, while Wonder Boy has the MMA world title, and the athletes will each be looking to become a two-sport world champion with the kickboxing throne on the line. This matchup is the main event at ONE Fight Night 16, which takes place Friday, Nov. 3 on Prime Video.
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