Fabricio Andrade (8-2) is arguably ONE Championship's fastest-rising star.
On October 21 at ONE on Prime Video 3, the 24-year-old Brazilian knockout artist will try to extend his seven-fight winning streak when he challenges ONE bantamweight world champion John Lineker (35-9) for the gold in what promises to be a striker's delight.
With over 40 muay Thai fights to his credit, "Wonder Boy" came to ONE Championship with an incredibly well-developed standup arsenal to complement his natural athleticism, and now that he is coming off three straight first-round knockouts, Andrade has proven to be one of MMA's most dangerous and talented strikers.
But he also wants the chance to prove that he could be the most lethal striker in his weight class across any combat sport.
This past March, ONE Championship held its first-ever mixed rules super-fight between all-time MMA great Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson and ONE flyweight muay Thai world champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon, the thrilling contest that featured alternating rounds of Muay Thai and MMA.
Building on the success of that bout, the promotion recently announced another mixed rules fight – this time, it will be ONE women's atomweight world grand prix champion Stamp Fairtex taking on kickboxing legend Anissa Meksen, which is scheduled for ONE on Prime Video 6 on January 14, 2023.
As these intriguing crossover matchups gain popularity, fans are naturally wondering if Andrade would be interested in testing his muay Thai skills in a mixed rules fight.
"For sure," he said. "My intention in ONE is to give the fans what they want. If it's something the fans want to watch, I'm definitely available to do this superfight with special rules."
Unsurprisingly, Andrade is ready and willing. Who he is willing to face in a mixed rules fight might surprise some fans, though.
Seeking the biggest challenge possible, Andrade has one opponent in mind: reigning ONE bantamweight muay Thai world champion and legendary striker Nong-O Gaiyanghadao.
Undefeated across seven ONE Championship muay Thai contests and the owner of numerous muay Thai world titles, Nong-O would be the most decorated and experienced striker Andrade has faced in either MMA or muay Thai – by a wide margin.
A mixed rules fight against Nong-O, in which the Brazilian would be able to test his standup skills against one of the best to ever put on the gloves, seems to make perfect sense.
"If there was to be a super fight under these special rules, without a doubt the only muay Thai fighter I would want to face would be Nong-O," he said.
"For being one of the best muay Thai fighters of all time and for being very dominant in his division, in addition to having a very big name in the organization, he would be one of the only fights I would be interested in."
But for now, Andrade's focus remains fixed on Lineker, his belt, and their highly anticipated showdown on October 21. However, as ONE Championship continues to book more mixed rules fights, don't be surprised to find "Wonder Boy" in one of them at some point, sharing the ONE circle with a legend of muay Thai.