Lito Adiwang Looks To Carry Over ONE Warrior Series Success To Big Stage

After his successful run in Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series, Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang is now ready to open the next chapter of his promising mixed martial arts career.

The 26-year-old Baguio City native is set to duke it out with Pancrase Flyweight World Champion Senzo Ikeda of Japan on the undercard of ONE: CENTURY, which emanates from the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan on 13 October.

Adiwang was offered a six-figure ONE Championship contract after he impressively defeated Anthony “The Antidote” Do of Vietnam by unanimous decision in the finale of the seventh season of the reality online series.

After a flourishing career in the professional ranks which was highlighted with his ONE Warrior Series success, Adiwang is now excited to carry over his outstanding credentials to the big stage as he looks to secure his 10th victory as a pro.

“OWS opened a big door of opportunity for me, I took it and now I am here in the big league. I am going to work my way up, work hard until I get my chance at the World Title,” Adiwang said.

“I’ll use my momentum to achieve more. I’m really grateful for OWS because it gave me the needed exposure.”

Adiwang, who many believe is the next big name in the Philippine martial arts scene, admits that his hard work was the key to his successful run.

Now that he is set to ply his trade in the world’s largest martial arts organization’s biggest event, Adiwang plans to maintain the same amount of dedication that he sported before ONE Championship took notice of him which was enhanced more when he joined OWS.

“My hunger to learn and to improve is always part of my system. I believe that I am here because of my determination and dedication – alongside the people who continue to believe in me,” Adiwang shared.

“Even though I am in the main roster now, I’ll carry the same hunger I had in OWS. I respect all athletes in ONE and they’re here for a reason – they are the best of the best.”

Although he expects that many will keep a watchful eye on him in his debut on the main roster, Adiwang embraces the challenge and looks forward to having a fruitful career under the ONE Championship banner.

“The pressure is always there especially with the magnitude of the event that I’ll be competing in. But I am ready both physically and mentally. This is what I have always wanted and what I have always trained for,” Adiwang stated.

“This is the path for me to reach my dreams. I will go all-out on and show the world that I’m ready for the challenge.”

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Author: Robert Belen

Robert Belen is a long-time combat sports writer for dSource Boxing. An avid sports fan, he knows no fear nor partiality in his reporting. If you have a problem with him, tell it to his face. (We bid you not.) You can follow him on Twitter @robertbelen

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