Filipino-Kiwi Mark Fairtex Abelardo added to ONE: No Surrender in Bangkok
Santino Honasan on Jul 15, 2020 12:41 PM
Fil-Kiwi Mark "Tyson" Fairtex Abelardo added to ONE: No Surrender in Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo: ONE Championship)
More bouts have been added to ONE: No Surrender, ONE Championship's upcoming return to action scheduled for July 31st in Bangkok, Thailand.
ONE: No Surrender will be ONE's first major live event since their King of The Jungle card in Singapore back in February 28th, and it will feature the same closed-door, audience free format as the world continues to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Among those added to the fight card will be Thailand-based Filipino-Kiwi bantamweight Mark "Tyson" Fairtex Abelardo taking on Brazilian newcomer Fabricio "Wonder Boy" Andrade.
"The entire world is reeling right now, and if by stepping into the ring and showcasing my skills can help inspire people to soldier on, I’m glad to do it," said Abelardo. "I’m thankful we can get back to competing again. This is what I live for, and I have so much I want to do in this sport. The next step starts in Bangkok.”
“Making my ONE Championship debut in Bangkok is very exciting for me. It’s still early in my career, but I can say I’ve improved a lot over the last few years,' Andrade stated "I’m laser-focused right now on making a successful debut. I know my opponent is very powerful, so I’m getting ready with a strategy to handle his power. I want to show the fans what I can do.”
Also added to the card is Thailand's own ONE Women's Atomweight Muay Thai World Champion Stamp Fairtext returning to mixed martial arts to face compatriot Sunisa "Thunderstorm" Srisen, and Panpayak Jitmuangnon meets Superlek Kiatmoo9 in a flyweight Muay Thai bout.
Headlining ONE: No Surrender will be a highly-anticipated ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championshp bout between reigning champion Rodtang "The Iron Man" Jitmuangnon and challenger, former ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Champion Petchdam "The Baby Shark" Petchyindee Academy.
“I am glad we are able to get back in the ONE Championship ring again to perform. I know the fans will truly appreciate it, and I’m excited to defend my title," said Rodtang. "I have a lot of respect for anyone willing to step into the ring with me, including Petchdam. We’ve faced each other twice before. I think this third fight is going to be the best one yet. It’s another go-around for me and Petchdam. It’s time to settle the score on the ONE Super Series stage with millions of people watching.”
“This will no doubt be one of the toughest fights of my career. I know Rodtang and I know his style. It is a difficult challenge for me, but I’m working very hard in training. My team and I are coming into this fight with a great game plan. He’s a good, strong fighter, and I have to prepare myself well. This third fight is very important to me, and I will do everything that I can to claim victory," said Petchdam.
In one of the featured co-main events, reigning ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Champion Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy puts his title on the line against the legendary "The Boxing Computer" Yodsanklai "IWE" Fairtex.
Plus, newcomers Sittichai "The Killer Kid" Sitsongpeenong and Superbon face off in a featherweight kickboxing bout.