Mark Abelardo (7-3), 22-year-old Team Quest Thailand bantamweight fighter, signs with Pacific Xtreme Combat and will be making his debut in October on Guam.
The news was announced by Team Quest Thailand’s Managing Director/Co-owner Joel Bowen through his Facebook page.
Mark Abelardo is a 22-year-old New Zealand born Filipino bantamweight who possesses explosive striking and a respectable ground game. “Tyson” began his mixed martial arts training in 2008 at one of New Zealand’s top MMA stables, Strikeforce Gym,
“I started training at Strikeforce Gym when I was 17. I was under the tutelage of champion fighters such as Aaron Boyes, Kaota Puna, Rod Macswain, and Daniel Hooker who are some of the many people who have got me to where I am today. I had always looked up to my team mates and coaches and strive to follow in their footsteps. Strikeforce was like my second home, as that was where I’d be if I wasn’t working or at home.”
Abelardo was inspired to pursue his MMA career by his ever-supportive father, who is a 3rd degree black belt in karate,
“My father was my main influence on me taking up mixed martial arts. I was brought up competing in combat sports and watching a lot of martial arts films. It wasn’t until my teenage years that I decided to further my martial arts by training MMA.”
The newly signed PXC bantamweight fighter has been living his whole life in Auckland, New Zealand with his Filipino parents, who never forgot the “Pinoy” ethics,
“New Zealand is a great place to live, known for its relaxed pace and lifestyle. Growing up there, we were very family oriented and my parents followed their Filipino values.”
Abelardo is an exciting fighter with tremendous future ahead of him. He is fast, powerful, and very explosive who has proved he can finish fights both on his feet and on the ground. He is expected to make his PXC debut on October in Guam against a “tough” opponent, according to Team Quest’s Bowen.
Abelardo is currently residing in Chiang Mai on a MMA sponsorship with Team Quest Thailand. He decided to leave his family in Auckland for the once-in-a-lifetime deal which he thinks will definitely change his life for the better,
“Coming to Thailand and training with a new team was a very important decision at this stage of my MMA career. Back home I was only able to train once a day due to work but now I train full-time twice or more a day, six days a week with champion fighters and world-class coaches, and it has definitely improved my game immensely. I feel in the best shape of my career so far and I only continue to keep at it.”
Signing with the PXC means more hard-work to be done on the part of the 22-year-old prospect. PXC’s 135 title is still vacant as its former Champion, Michinori Tanaka, is now fighting for the UFC, leaving the rest of the top dogs in the division drooling for the belt. Abelardo is one of those young and hungry fighters who wants to wear that strap on his waist, so he knows he has to push himself more in training for that possibility,
“I feel more than ready to face bigger competition. I’m training with the right group of people where we train to make each other better and I plan to come into my upcoming fight stronger and more conditioned than before. I look to push the pace in my fights and break my opponents. I’m hungry than ever now to win and I want this more than anyone else who stands in my way in the cage.”
Abelardo appreciates the rising opportunity in his career and he is pumped to make his debut two months from now in Guam,
“I’m still overwhelmed at this opportunity to fight on the big stage at PXC. I’ve sacrificed a lot in the past few years to get to where I am today and I’m stoked that I’m finally getting my chance to show the world that I can hang with these elite fighters.”