“Until I started training I had no goal” – Fabricio Andrade reveals how he built his confidence
It’s hard to imagine now, but No. 2 ranked bantamweight contender Fabricio Andrade wasn’t always the knockout artist we see today.
“Wonder Boy” was the picture of confidence ahead of his ONE bantamweight world title challenge against John Lineker at ONE on Prime Video 3, but there was a time when the outspoken Brazilian MMA fighter suffered from low self-esteem. self.
Despite heading to the Circle with his head held high at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Friday, October 21, there was a period when Andrade didn’t believe he would stand for anything.
The Brazilian said:
“The fact that I come from a very modest family and that I went through many difficulties, especially in my childhood [meant that I had low self-esteem].
“Until I started training, I had no goal, and it tormented my head a lot. I wanted to do something different, and I couldn’t.
The Fortaleza area where Andrade grew up was dangerous and there weren’t many opportunities for young people in the area to leave and grow.
But when “Wonder Boy” discovered Muay Thai at age 13, he knew it could be his ticket to a better life. The Brazilian quickly developed a real passion for the sport, and soon it transformed him physically and mentally.
“After training and competing as an amateur for a while, I started getting a lot of compliments. People around me cheered me on and praised me, saying I was good and I could be a champion. I think those outward distinctions started to make me change my mind.
“And my concentration, which was very high, also started to help me a lot in raising my self-esteem. Over the years, I also became more conceited and more confident, and that increased [it too].”
Fabricio Andrade’s advice to raise your self-esteem
When fans watch Fabricio Andrade today, they see an athlete at the top of his game. The Brazilian now has the mental toughness to finally match his physical prowess.
However, this change did not happen overnight. Gradually, through hard work in the gym and success in the ring, “Wonder Boy” came to believe in himself – and that belief catapulted him to the top echelon of the division. bantamweight of the ONE Championship.
Product Tiger Muay Thai said:
“A lot of people think I’m too confident, that I have very high self-esteem. But it was time that allowed me to reach the level of confidence that I have today.
But Andrade doesn’t think everyone has to follow his path and become one of the greatest fighters on the planet to see a big difference in his outlook.
Instead, he thinks anyone can redirect their attention to something more positive to make changes that benefit their life – and usually that’s by looking inward, not outward. .
“I think we have to forget everything around us and focus only on ourselves, on what we want to improve. We are often unhappy with what we do and the way we live, so sometimes we have to stop and think about what we really want to do and focus on that.
“Over time, it is possible to increase this self-esteem. But it’s not something that happens overnight. We slowly build that, creating that trust. We need to focus, know what we want and thus build confidence to be happy.