“I Am the Uncrowned Bantamweight King” – Fabricio Andrade Takes a Dig at John Lineker Ahead of Kwon Won Il Bout at ONE 158

Published 05/30/2022, 6:10 AM EDT

Fabricio “Wonder Boy” Andrade believes he is the best bantamweight fighter on the ONE roster.

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And he plans to prove just why against #2-ranked Kwon Won Il at ONE 158: Tawanchai vs. Larsen.

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The Thailand-based star has already amassed a perfect four-match winning streak on the global stage and seems certain that he will extend it to five inside the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday, 3 June.

“When we’re face-to-face, Kwon Won Il is going to see a type of striker he’s never seen in his life,” the 24-year-old warned.

“I believe it will be no different from my last fights. I’m going to start off calm, seeing what he’s going to bring to the fight. And after reading his entire game, I’m going to knock him out or submit him.”

Andrade respects his opponent to a certain degree but is confident that he would not have an issue putting the South Korean athlete to sleep on the canvas.

For his part, Kwon is one of the division’s most dangerous strikers. His six knockouts on the global stage signify that he can hurt anyone, anywhere.

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However, Andrade points out that Kwon’s victories have only come against easy opposition.

“I know he’s coming from a good winning streak, but if you compare our opponents, you’ll see that my opponents were a lot tougher. He faced guys coming off losses while I was fighting against the best fighters in the division,” he added.

Fabricio Andrade has eyes set on John Lineker

A victory for “Wonder Boy” should see him improve on his position as the #4-ranked star in the stacked division, which in turn, could draw him closer to his ambition of fighting for John “Hands Of Stone” Lineker’s ONE Bantamweight World Title.

Andrade, though, believes he already was deserving of a five-round tilt against the defending world champion after picking up two back-to-back knockouts against Jeremy Pacatiw and Li Kai Wen.

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“I believe I am the uncrowned bantamweight king. It’s been two years since I asked to fight John Lineker, and he literally pretends he doesn’t see it. He’s hiding. He doesn’t want to fight me. And I’ve already faced every opponent ONE sent me,” he said.

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“I beat Shoko Sato when he was number two in the rankings. I believe I’m the most prepared, toughest guy in the division, who’s always ready to fight anyone. That means I’m already the champion before I even fight for the title.”

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Deepak Kumar

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Deepak Kumar is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. His love for MMA comes from the chaos and violence the fight game brings to the table. A BJJ aspirant, Deepak began following the sport as a casual fan when Ronda Rousey was finishing her opponents in seconds.

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