ONE Championship: Mark Abelardo Promises Better Version Of Himself Moving Forward
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 21, 2019 02:33 PM
“I guarantee a much better performance in the future.” - Mark Fairtex Abelardo
Filipino-Kiwi spitfire Mark “Tyson” Fairtex Abelardo vows to be much better as he continues to rise in the ONE Championship bantamweight rankings.
Abelardo won in his debut on the promotion’s main roster at ONE: CLASH OF LEGENDS last Saturday, 16 February, pulling off a come-from-behind victory over Japan’s Daichi Takenaka.
The 27-year-old hard-hitter was overwhelmed by Takenaka from the opening bell, with the Japanese standout using his excellent wrestling to take control of the match.
But one small opening was all Abelardo needed, as he tagged Takenaka with a razor-sharp elbow midway through the third round.
This resulted in a deep cut for the Japanese, prompting the referee to stop the fight and award the victory to Abelardo.
Despite the upset win over Takenaka, Abelardo is far from satisfied with his performance over the weekend.
“Much respect to my opponent Daichi for coming to scrap. He gave me one of the hardest fights to date,” the ONE Warrior Series Winner said.
Now Abelardo shifts his focus on making up for his previous performance as he embarks on the talent-rich ONE bantamweight division.
He may not be on the radar yet of ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, but there are tons of interesting battles for him in the division as he looks to make his way up.
A rematch with Takenaka to erase all doubts would be the logical step for Abelardo, but he still has a lot of good options at his disposal.
One of the names lined up for Abelardo is a potential clash with “Rock Man” Chen Lei of China in a clash of two power hitters.
Other names such as Muhammad "Jungle Cat" Aiman of Malaysia and "The Terminator" Sunoto of Indonesia are also possible opponents for Abelardo.
Whoever faces him next on the ONE Championship stage, Abelardo promises to be better
“Big thanks to ONE Championship for giving me the opportunity to showcase my skill to the world,” he stated.
“I guarantee a much better performance in the future.”