December 8, 2022

Filipino-New Zealander Mark Fairtex Abelardo bounced back strong with an emphatic knockout win over Emilio Urrutia in their bantamweight bout in ONE: First of Fury II in Singapore on March 5.
The 30-year-old Abelardo has unloaded a series of powerful punches and elbows hurting Uruttia badly since the opening bell.
The “KiwiPino” fighter closed the intense duel in the second round with a nasty downward elbow strike that stopped his American opponent.
Abelardo, who improved his mixed martial arts professional record to 20 wins and eight losses, had been training hard at the Fairtex Training Center in Pattaya, Thailand before the bout.
Before the bout, Abelardo, having lost three of his last four contests, was in dire need of a victory to resuscitate his career. After taking care of business against rising talents Ali Motamed, Shinechagtga Zoltsetseg, and Daichi Takenaka, Abelardo fell to top bantamweights Shoko Sato, Troy Worthen, and Fabricio Andrade.
“I’ve been doing a lot of roadwork, a lot of hard rounds with the top guys in the gym. They’ve just been pushing me to my breaking point and it’s something I’m going to bring into this fight. It’s going to take a lot to stop me,” Abelardo said.
“I always like to put on a show for all the fans worldwide, whether it’s knockouts or a three-round war. I’m going to continue to bring that into this fight. Look to see me throwing a lot more volume, I’ll make it exciting,” Abelardo added. – HFP