Fabricio “Wonder Boy” Andrade exudes supreme confidence in himself today, but it took years to build his bravado and the skills to back it up.
Growing up in the Brazilian city of Fortaleza, Andrade faced difficulties and had low self-esteem. It didn’t help that the city didn’t offer a lot of opportunities for him to reach his full potential.
But soon, everything magically changed.
At 13 years old, “Wonder Boy” found Muay Thai and fell in love with the sport. He trained diligently, often putting in long hours at the gym to sharpen his skills for competition. It paid off for the Fortaleza native, who quickly strung together some victories and earned praise from those around him.
Not only did that boost Andrade’s self-confidence, but he started to believe that he could leave home and achieve greatness in combat sports.
The Brazilian traveled all around the globe to compete in Muay Thai and kickboxing, amassing a professional record of 40 wins and 3 losses. Hungrier for a bigger challenge, he made the transition to MMA in 2014 and eventually found his way to the famed Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket, Thailand, in 2018.
After gaining some valuable MMA competition experience, Andrade joined ONE Championship in July 2020 and made an instant impact on the global stage by submitting fearsome knockout artist Mark Abelardo in his promotional debut. Seven months later, he showed that he can dominate a three-round battle by outlasting another veteran in Japan’s Shoko Sato.
With each new challenge, Andrade displayed his vast improvement and rattled off three consecutive first-round knockouts en route to a World Title shot. At ONE on Prime Video 3 on October 21, “Wonder Boy” embarks on the biggest opportunity of his life when he challenges John Lineker for the ONE Bantamweight World Championship.