Fabricio Andrade has risen from the shadows of obscurity to become one of the fastest rising stars in mixed martial arts.
This Friday (US prime time), in the main event of ONE on Prime Video 3: Lineker vs. Andrade, “Wonder Boy” gets the chance to complete his own Cinderella story. Andrade’s quest for divisional supremacy will take place inside the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, where he will trade leather with ONE world bantamweight champion John Lineker.
In the build-up to the massive shootout, ONE recently shone the spotlight on Fabricio Andrade’s remarkable journey through an epic YouTube video.
Each protagonist, of course, has their own origin story, and Andrade’s is as inspiring as it gets.
The 25-year-old had to overcome crippling poverty in his hometown of Fortaleza, Brazil. He started training at the age of 13 and saw it as a way to improve his quality of life. In just three years, “Wonder Boy” won multiple Muay Thai world titles in Brazil.
However, to truly realize his full potential, Andrade knew he had to step out of his comfort zone and explore opportunities outside his country. The hunt for the seemingly wild goose took him to several stops in China, Hong Kong and finally Thailand – where he found a home in the legendary Tiger Muay Thai Gym.
Fabricio Andrade got his big break when he signed with ONE Championship in 2020 and hasn’t looked back since. ‘Wonder Boy’, who won his first five matches inside the circle, including three consecutive first-round knockouts, recalled how far he had come:
“I think I’m so confident because I’ve been through so much hard stuff, it’s not hard anymore.”
Now on the verge of growing up, Fabricio Andrade believes his strong mindset will lead him to his wildest dreams:
“When you have the belt, you’re the baddest in the division. You’re the guy everyone wants to fight. I feel like I’m the champion. I train like I’m the champion I eat like I’m the champion I do everything like I’m already the champion.
Watch the video below:
Fabricio Andrade is ready for his big moment on the world stage
Fabricio Andrade’s opponent, John Lineker, is already known after his long fight in North America. Since their main event fight will be streamed live in prime time in the United States via Prime Video, “Wonder Boy” is eager to convert Lineker fans to his side.
In an interview with ONE Championship, the 25-year-old striker spoke about the magnitude of his world title match and what it would mean for his career:
“It’s become something very important to me. It’s a fight that really excites the fans, and I feel like all eyes are on me right now. I think that’s the time to put on a great show. This is the fight that everyone who doesn’t know me will get to know me.”