It’s hard to derail determination – just ask #4-ranked bantamweight MMA contender Fabricio “Wonder Boy” Andrade, who needed only one minute and two seconds to finish #2-ranked “Pretty Boy” Kwon Won Il this past Friday night.
The striking stars met in the prelude to the main event of ONE 158: Tawanchai vs. Larsen at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, and from the start, “Wonder Boy” looked sharper than a Ginsu knife.
As soon as the opening bell rang, the Brazilian phenom shot off the Circle Wall and tagged Kwon with a foreshadowing left body kick. The South Korean stayed alert and bounced around, reaching at his opponent with his long jab. Nothing connected, though, as Andrade was too light-footed to remain in place.
“Wonder Boy” then found an opening. He rattled Kwon with a left hand, put him on the back foot, and followed up with a snappy jab and another left body kick.
This time, the South Korean couldn’t maintain his composure. After a delayed reaction, he cradled his rib cage and wilted to the mat. The Brazilian then jumped in with a right hand to seal the deal, just as referee Olivier Coste intervened to call an end to the contest.
The emphatic victory improved “Wonder Boy’s” record to 8-2, earned him a US$50,000 performance bonus, and may have set him on a collision course with ONE Bantamweight World Champion John “Hands of Stone” Lineker.
“I’m coming for you John ‘Chicken’ Lineker,” Andrade told Mitch Chilson in his post-fight interview. “Don’t hide, don’t hide. You’re next.”