Mark Fairtex Abelardo vs Fabricio Andrade at ‘ONE: No Surrender’ in Bangkok, Thailand

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Rich Franklin, Mark Abelardo (©ONE Championship)
Rich Franklin, Mark Abelardo (©ONE Championship)

Fabricio “Wonder Boy” Andrade, 22, of Brazil will make his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: No Surrender.” Welcoming him in the Singapore-based martial arts promotion is Mark “Tyson” Fairtex Abelardo, 28, of New Zealand and the Philippines.

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“Making my ONE Championship debut in Bangkok is very exciting for me,” Andrade said. “It’s still early in my career but I can say I’ve improved a lot over the last few years. I’m laser-focused right now on making a successful debut. ”

“I know my opponent is very powerful so I’m getting ready with a strategy to handle his power,” Andrade said of Abelardo. “I want to show the fans what I can do.”

Featuring mixed martial arts, Muay Thai and kickboxing, “ONE: No Surrender” will take place in Bangkok, Thailand on July 31, 2020. It marks the first flagship event of ONE Championship after going on hiatus due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its expanded return to closed-door, audience-free live events.

Because of the travel restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the “ONE: No Surrender” fight card will feature only athletes who are currently in Thailand. One of the MMA matches is between Abelardo and Andrade at a catch weight of 67kg.

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Born on October 10, 1997, Andrade made his professional MMA debut in 2014, went on hiatus in 2015 and had one MMA fight a year from 2016 to 2019. Before joining in ONE Championship, he competed in Mix Fight, Akhmat Fight Club, Kunlun Fight and Wu Lin Feng.

Originally from Fortaleza, Brazil, Andrade is currently based in Thailand and trains at Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket. The Brazilian MMA fighter holds a professional MMA record of 3 wins and 2 losses.

On the other hand, Abelardo has 19 wins and 7 losses. He is also based in Thailand and he trains at Fairtex Gym in Pattaya.

Competing professionally since 2010, Abelardo competed in the second and third seasons of Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series in 2018 and officially joined ONE Championship in 2019. The Filipino-Kiwi MMA fighter currently has 2 wins and 2 losses in the promotion.

“The entire world is reeling right now and if by stepping into the ring and showcasing my skills can help inspire people to soldier on, I’m glad to do it,” Abelardo said. “I’m thankful we can get back to competing again. This is what I live for and I have so much I want to do in this sport. The next step starts in Bangkok.”

“ONE: No Surrender” will be broadcast live around the world across more than 150 countries. ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong stated, “After returning with the successful ONE Hero Series 13 and 14 events in China last weekend, ONE Championship will now kick off our flagship event schedule with ONE: NO SURRENDER on July 31 in Bangkok, Thailand.”

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