Team Lakay’s Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang has a date with destiny this coming March 26, and he believes that a statement win will send a message across the 56.7-kilogram weight class on how serious he is on climbing back the upper echelon of the strawweight division.
Adiwang will face fellow Filipino Jeremy “The Jaguar” Miado in a three-round strawweight affair in the promotion’s historic 10-year anniversary card – ONE X – which takes place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Coming from a tough loss in the hands of American Jarred “The Monkey God” Brooks in the main event of ONE: NEXTGEN III last November, Adiwang is fired up on bouncing back and testing his upgraded skills against Miado.
But more than that, the 28-year-old Baguio City native would like to show that he is currently at his best form.
“I’m very happy with this opportunity to get back to my winning ways and to be part of the ONE Championship’s biggest event. I would like to showcase all the improvements I’ve been working on since my last fight. They will definitely see how eager I am to bounce back strong and get back to the top of the rankings,” said Adiwang
Training non-stop since his last bout, Adiwang shared that he focused more on improving his overall skill set which was tested to its limits when he fought Brooks.
From his conditioning, grappling and his striking, the Team Lakay representative has upgraded his game in his quest of returning to the winning lane.
“In spite of losing against Brooks, overall, I still take that result positively as an athlete. I learned a lot and that fight gave me pointers on the things that I still need to improve inside the gym.”
Despite Adiwang’s intentions and motivations to win are already set, it won’t change the fact that he will still be facing a streaking kababayan who has scored impressive stoppage victories in his previous two bouts.
Miado is one of the up and coming talents of Philippine MMA who has scored all of his four ONE Championship wins via KO or TKO.
In his last bout, the 29-year-old Marrok Force MMA representative collected his 10th win as a pro after punishing Miao Li Tao en route to a second-round TKO win at ONE: NEXTGEN last October.
But for Adiwang, regardless of Miado’s impressive stoppage run, he is unfazed and would gladly test his might against his fellow Filipino.
“I saw his previous bouts, and it’s very evident that Miado has power and is very talented. That’s why I’m very excited to face him this March 26 because this will be a good test for me as an athlete,” said Adiwang.
“I’m training very hard for this fight because I’ll be facing a hungry and talented athlete. That’s why either stand-up or on the ground, I’ll make sure that he will see the best version of Lito Adiwang this March 26.”