How Rising-Star Lito Adiwang Became “Thunder Kid”

Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang is slowly becoming one of the biggest stars in the ONE Championship strawweight division.

With his serious looks to match his in-ring expertise, the strawweight star’s fanbase has rapidly grown not just in the Philippines but all around the globe.

It also helps that he has such a catch moniker – Thunder Kid.

So where exactly did he get it? Adiwang shared that he got that nickname a longtime ago – when he was just starting to make a name for himself.

“That nickname started when I was still competing for the URCC, back when I was just starting my professional career as a mixed martial artist,” Adiwang said.

“It actually came from the fans who were supporting me from day one. I decided to make it official and use it in every match moving forward.”

Adiwang started his mixed martial arts career with three-straight impressive TKO victories and such impressive showing warrants a menacing moniker.

Since then, Adiwang has used the moniker in all of his battles and has been a witness in all of his successes and downfalls in the sport he loves.

He also believes that the moniker does not only represent him inside the circle, it also shows his mentality outside of it.

“This nickname represents how I am as a fighter, but more than the quick finishes in my career, I think ‘Thunder Kid’ also embodies how I am as a person,” Adiwang shared.

“Like how I want to score quick and impressive wins inside the ONE Circle, outside the fighting world, I also want things to be done as quick and as resounding as thunder.”

Heading to his 14th match as a pro in his next appearance in ONE Championship, Adiwang has no plans of changing his moniker in his future match introductions.

As they say – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

“I don’t have any plans of changing my nickname, it has been with me through my ups and downs,” Adiwang shared.

“Instead, expect to hear the name ‘Thunder Kid’ more moving forward, hearing that alone gives me additional motivation to win.”

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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