Best of Brazil: Another kickboxing “Wonderboy,” Fabricio Andrade, emerges in ONE Championship

Fabricio Andrade celebrates his ONE Championship debut victory. Credit: ONE Championship

Like the Brazilian MMA pioneers of old, Fabricio Andrade (4-2) is a young up-and-coming fighter looking to make a name for himself in Asia.

Even though his record is less-than-stellar 4-2, Andrade, 22, is a fighter with a promising future in the sport. The kickboxer-turned-MMA-prospect’s two losses occurred in 2016 and 2017 in what were his second and third professional MMA bouts; Andrade was a mere teenager at the time.

The tall, lean Andrade has shown an ability to make significant strides since those losses, as evidenced by his current win steak, the last fight of which came in the Singaporean-based ONE Championship promotion.

Training at the illustrious Tiger Muay Thai gym in Phuket, Thailand, Andrade has compiled a dazzling 28-1 record as a kickboxer in a career that began when he was just 13 years old. 

The Brazilian is aptly nicknamed “Wonderboy,” and fans were able to see why the moniker stuck, as the performances he has put on of late – especially in his last fight – have been impressive beyond his years. 

His last fight was against New Zealand’s Mark “Tyson” Abelardo (19-8), a massive step up in both experience and talent for Andrade, who was 3-2 at the time. Andrade’s opponents leading up to the Abelardo fight held a combined record of 21-12-2, with 15 of those wins coming from one fighter, China’s LiGe Teng (15-10-1).

Fabricio Andrade (left) chokes out opponent Mark Abelardo (right). Credit: ONE Championship

Not only did Andrade – whose hair was dyed the colors of the Brazilian flag – show a great display of offensive striking, as one might expect given his kickboxing prowess and prestigious training camp, he also showed improved takedown defense skills and was able to excel on the canvas, as well.

His snapping kicks and mastery of range against the smaller Abelardo played perfectly into a second round reversal of an Abelardo takedown, during which Andrade took the New Zealander’s back. 

Andrade, for the second time in his career, was able to submit his opponent, choking Abelardo in the second round. The Brazilian showed that he’s not just a competent kickboxer, but is a dangerous submission threat, to boot.

The full fight between Andrade and Belardo can be viewed below, courtesy of ONE Championship. 

Given Andrade’s striking proficiency, his young age, and his rapidly improving grappling skills under the watchful eye of Tiger Muay Thai’s Hickman brothers, the Brazilian is certainly a prospect to keep your eye on in ONE Championship.

Andrade has not been booked for a fight since his win over Abelardo.