Jonathan Haggerty vs. Fabricio Andrade’s Bantamweight Kickboxing Title Bout Shifts to ONE Fight Night 16

September 13, 2023
From: Spartacus

In an unexpected but pivotal alteration to the fighting calendar, the highly anticipated showdown for the ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Title featuring reigning ONE World Champions Fabricio “Wonder Boy” Andrade and Jonathan “The General” Haggerty has been moved. Previously part of the ONE Fight Night 15 event, the bout has now been elevated to serve as the main event of ONE Fight Night 16, set to air live on Prime Video in North American primetime on Friday, November 3. 

While this bout is certain to electrify audiences with its adrenaline-fueled action, it bears even greater significance as both fighters are making concerted efforts to capture dual-sport ONE World Championship titles. Each fighter brings an exceptional style and skill set to the ring, promising a memorable clash for the vacant World Title. 

Brazil’s Fabricio Andrade is coming in hot, making his first appearance since snatching the ONE Bantamweight MMA World Title in February with a sensational stoppage victory over John “Hands of Stone” Lineker. A dominant force in the realm of MMA, Andrade is no slouch in the striking department either, holding an impressive 40-3 record in professional kickboxing and Muay Thai. The 25-year-old’s recent endeavours in MMA have further highlighted his striking prowess, ending in a sequence of eye-popping, highlight-reel knockouts.

Andrade’s formidable striking skills are slated to face the ultimate litmus test against England’s Jonathan Haggerty. The 26-year-old has earned his moniker, “The General,” thanks to a current four-fight winning streak that showcases his formidable prowess as a stand-up artist. His record-breaking victory came in the form of a stunning first-round KO against the legendary Thai striker Nong-O Hama, which secured him the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title. 

In both athletes, we find an archetype of aggressive, explosive combat—a perfect match in every sense. With their shared ambition for dual-sport championships, this fight has all the trappings of a modern classic in the making. Fans can mark their calendars for November 3; it’s a date with destiny.

While the focus remains tightly locked onto the Andrade-Haggerty match, another story quietly weaves its way into the narrative of ONE Championship’s autumn schedule. Jonathan Di Bella, a Canadian-Italian fighter, shares an emotional and enduring bond with New York City. The 27-year-old athlete will be defending his ONE Strawweight Kickboxing World Title against Danial Williams on Friday, October 6. 

Di Bella’s love affair with New York commenced when he was just a child. Speaking of his travels, he said, “I’m always back and forth from Montreal and New York. That’s been almost my whole life. I would say from the age of 9 or 10 years old.” This connection is hardly arbitrary, as his father had his fighting career in New York and was promoted by Brooklyn’s own Lou Neglia. “My dad had his career in New York. My dad’s promoter is from Brooklyn, Lou Neglia. He used to promote all my dad’s fights in New York, and then after he promoted my fights in New York,” Di Bella revealed.

The association doesn’t end there. In a city that he refers to as his second home, Di Bella had his first professional fight in Brooklyn. “It means a lot to come from there and represent them as well. I feel like they adopted me. I feel like a big part of my heart is in New York, for sure,” Di Bella continued. This sentiment is further accentuated by the fact that kickboxing is banned in Montreal, making his excursions to New York not just a preference but a professional necessity.

The thrilling narratives surrounding Andrade, Haggerty, and Di Bella make the upcoming ONE Fight Nights a series not to be missed. With fighters crossing both geographical and disciplinary borders, aiming to make history in multiple combat sports, this season promises a smorgasbord of electrifying bouts, personal triumphs, and the kind of high-stakes drama that fight enthusiasts live for.

This Fall, as leaves change colours and the air grows crisp, ONE Fight Nights is promising a different kind of change—a seismic shift in the fight landscape, ushering in a new era where legends will be made, and dual-sport champions will rise. Don’t miss it.

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