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Abelardo scores second-round KO over Urrutia

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Filipino-Kiwi Mark Abelardo finally got the elusive win in ONE Championship after knocking out American foe Emilio Urrutia in ONE: Fists of Fury II at the Singapore Indoor Stadium Friday night, March 5.

Abelardo, who improved to a 20-8 record, caught Urrutia off guard and unleashed a lethal elbow strike that floored the American fighter at the 3:33 mark of the second round.

Mark Fairtex Abelardo 🇳🇿🇵🇭 elbows Emilio Urrutia OUT! @MarkAbelardoMMA#ONEFistsOfFury2#WeAreONE#ONEChampionshippic.twitter.com/QEklU1D2lj

— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) March 5, 2021

“It was a real tough fight coming into, especially after two losses y’know. It’s something I don’t wanna go through again so I did everything I could on this camp to prevent that,” Abelardo, 29, told ONE Championship commentator and analyst Mitch Chilson after the fight. “I’m very happy I came away with the win tonight. Especially with a tough guy like Emilio.”

The New Zealand-born fighter, who trains in Thailand stable Fairtex Training Center, started the year on a good note since suffering two straight defeats against American Troy Worthen and Brazilian Fabricio Andrade last year.

Urrutia, for his part, sustained a four-match skid since April 2018 and slid down 11-8 record.

Credit belongs to : www.mb.com.ph


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