Yaw-Yan Ardigma’s rising star Allan Albindo is ready to make another magnificent performance in his next match inside the ONE Circle.
The 22-year-old Argao, Cebu native will be facing “Prince” Toreq of Indonesia in a 58.5-kilogram catchweight bout at Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series 9 in Singapore this coming Wednesday, 4 December.
This will be Albindo’s third appearance in the popular talent search series this year. Despite dropping a unanimous decision loss in his debut back in June against Manthan Rane at ONE Warrior Series 6, his previous outing impressed tons of martial arts fans and saw a lot of potential from the Filipino standout.
In his last bout at ONE Warrior Series 7 in Singapore last August, Albindo outclassed Mohammad Arif Izzudin of Malaysia from the get-go en route to a third-round stoppage victory due to strikes.
Facing what many believe is a tougher assignment this time, Albindo looks to continue his impressive showing as he aims to earn the lucrative contract to compete in ONE Championship’s main roster.
“I’m really excited to show my talent here in OWS. My training has been non-stop since my last match. I really worked for this cause I want to show them that they did not make a mistake by getting me at ONE Warrior Series,” Albindo shared.
“I just have to continue my brilliant performance cause that will one day bring me the contract. I want to succeed as an athlete and I am not wasting this opportunity.”
Less than 48 hours before his much-awaited return in the ONE Championship’s developmental league, Albindo shared that he is just polishing his game plan at the moment knowing that he will be facing the hardest challenge in his young martial arts career.
Toreq has a professional win-loss slate of 3-3 and has also won his previous match via stoppage.
In his ONE Warrior Series debut, the Bali MMA representative scored a first-round TKO win over Mohn Nor Hidayat of Brunei in their three-round flyweight bout also at ONE Warrior Series 7.
“There’s no easy challenge in martial arts. Every fight, there are a lot of things that can happen. However, I am mentally and physically prepared for this match,” Albindo said.
“I am truly ready for this fight. I know it would not be easy. I’ve scouted Toreq and I saw that he’s a good grappler and that’s just one of the things I am working on for this fight,” he added.
“I emphasized work on my ground defense and loaded up on my striking. Those are the things that will bring me to victory. Conditioning wise, I think I’m 100 percent ready.”
Nevertheless, regardless of the tough assignment waiting for him in Singapore, Albindo believes that he got what it takes to collect his second-straight win.
“This is for my family, that’s where I get my strength everyday. It can be hard at times but I know that everything will pay-off and it starts on Wednesday.”