Timothy JamesTimothy James
March 17, 2023

I can’t wait to be inside of the cage, and to be able to knock him out again… 100%

Fabricio Andrade might hold some resentment for how things ended in his last fight against John Lineker, but you wouldn’t know it by talking to him, because the dude is absolutely focused on the present and has his sights set on making the most of a new opportunity.

Andrade joined Inside Fighting’s Jesse Rowe on ‘5 Minutes for Fighting’, where the One Championship bantamweight superstar broke down his upcoming rematch against Lineker, and why things will be different a second time around.

For those who missed it, Fabricio was dominating the previous title fight against Lineker, but things ended prematurely when an unintentional knee connected with the groin area of Lineker, who was unable to recover within the 5 minute injury grace period – thus resulting in the fight being ruled a “no contest”.

While Andrade hasn’t forgotten his hard feelings about the way things played out, his mindset is one to be admired, because the Brazilian MMA phenom is using the current fight as just another chance to prove why he is one of the best fighters in ONE FC.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to for me to be able to do this fight again. And to perform even better than I did the first time… The last fight didn’t end as I expected, but it’s all in the past now. There is nothing I can do. What I can do is keep my focus on the rematch. Keep preparing. See what I did wrong in the last fight. See where I made mistakes. See where I can improve.”

It’s an impressive mindset to maintain for a young fighter like Andrade, a 25 year old MuayThai/Kickboxing specialist who has seemingly been in the game for longer than one would expect out of the baby-faced killer.

In terms of how the he sees the fight playing out, Fabricio doesn’t plan on making any adjustments to his game plan and isn’t afraid of dealing any more low blows. In fact, he went as far as to promise how he plans to finish the bout, which he predicts will be by knockout.

“I can’t wait to be inside of the cage, and to be able to knock him out again… 100%”

As an aside, both Lineker and Andrade are Brazilian-born, and while he loves the fact that the fight will take place in his secondary hometown of Bangkok, Andrade fully plans on bringing his talents to the first ever fight card that One Championship puts on in Brazil, whenever that may be.

For now, Andrade takes on Lineker for the bantamweight strap in Bangkok, Thailand on February 10th. We know we’ll be watching.

Good luck!


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