MMA: Lito Adiwang wants to join Joshua Pacio at the top

1/22/2021 3:50:00 PM

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MMA : Lito Adiwang wants to join Joshua Pacio at the top

Considered one of the fastest rising talents in ONE Championship, Adiwang won 7 of his last 8 bouts, in exciting fashion. The 27-year-old would love nothing more than to end 2021 at the top of the division, and hold the gates for “The Passion.”“I see myself racking up a few wins this year. Hopefully, ONE will give us a lot of fights. If that happens, I’ll do my best to get all the wins I can so I can see myself being a top contender by the end of the year,” Adiwang said.

“However, I’ll wait for my chances because Joshua is still the champion. I just want to put my name among the top and now, I’ll be building on it. By the end of 2021, I want to be there.”Adiwang faces Japan’s Namiki Kawahara at ONE: Unbreakable scheduled on Friday at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. The bout is the opener for a night full of action-packed offers for ONE.

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MANILA -- Filipino mixed martial arts phenom Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang of the famed Team Lakay of Baguio City wants to be the No.MANILA, Philippines -- Top ONE Championship strawweight contender The event, the second of a four-part series, will air on April 14, Wednesday (April 15, Thursday in Manila).Lito Adiwang acknowledged he needed to go through a lot leading to his comeback fight against Japan's Namiki Kawahara this Friday in ONE: Unbreakable.Namiki Kawahara will come in oozing with confidence even after taking his debut match against Lito Adiwang on short notice.

1 ranked strawweight contender by the end of the year, if only to sit next to reigning ONE strawweight world champion, his teammate Joshua Pacio. Considered one of the fastest rising talents in ONE Championship, Adiwang won 7 of his last 8 bouts, in exciting fashion. "Ideally, I want to finish every opponent that I enter the Circle with," Adiwang said. The 27-year-old would love nothing more than to end 2021 at the top of the division, and hold the gates for “The Passion. That was followed in December by the death of his mother, Letitia, who suffered from multiple strokes, two days before 2020 ended.” “I see myself racking up a few wins this year." "Pacquiao in his prime had no hesitation. Hopefully, ONE will give us a lot of fights. It will be a big win for me, so I am excited.

If that happens, I’ll do my best to get all the wins I can so I can see myself being a top contender by the end of the year,” Adiwang said. He is my idol. My spirit is quite low and suddenly the tragedy happened that my mom passed away, that hurt me so much," Adiwang said in an interview following a sensational second-round stoppage of Kawahara on Friday. “However, I’ll wait for my chances because Joshua is still the champion. I just want to put my name among the top and now, I’ll be building on it. It will be easier said than done against the well-traveled Brooks, who has seen action for several promotions including UFC, Bellator, and Rizin. By the end of 2021, I want to be there. I'm trying to overcome my fears.” Adiwang faces Japan’s Namiki Kawahara at ONE: Unbreakable scheduled on Friday at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. Adiwang is confident that he can spoil Brooks' debut for the promotion, however. What I have to show is a better way to win.

The bout is the opener for a night full of action-packed offers for ONE. Despite Kawahara being a last-minute replacement for Adiwang’s original opponent, China’s Hexigetu, the “Thunder Kid” is not the least bit fazed by the short-notice change. Everytime I enter the Circle, that has always been my mindset. In the second round, the Japanese kept his hands low, apparently bracing himself for another set of body punches. “I think we’re going to adjust heavily here. Now, we’re tweaking our game plan. It's in and then I'm out," he said. When we were preparing for Hexigetu, we knew he’s a wrestler with good boxing, but we expected to have a height advantage, so I was really preparing on how he might come in,” said Adiwang. "I'm glad and happy he came out ready to bang. “It’s the first bout [of the card], but the opening bout is going to be awesome, aggressive.

“Now against Kawahara, he’s the exact opposite. That's what I'm working towards. He’s more of a striker, but he’s taller than me. However, I am confident that if it stays on the feet, I’m at an advantage. That result propelled the young Filipino back into the win column after a shock defeat to Hiroshi Minowa in November 2020, where he dropped a controversial split decision." Adiwang said he would be wiling to face Minowa in a rematch. I just have to focus on his point of attack and be accurate with my counters.” Adiwang plans to beat Kawahara, and demand a rematch with his Japanese countryman Hiroba Minowa, who dealt the Filipino his only loss since 2014 when they met each other last November. "All I have to do is stick to the game plan, and fight to the best of my abilities," he said. It’s as simple as that.

Adiwang wants to avenge his defeat and prove that it was merely a fluke. "For me it's up to ONE if they want a rematch between me and Minowa . “I really wanted this. He's a good fighter. I am very hungry to come back and get a win. At least if I win this one, maybe I can ask for a rematch from Minowa." "ONE on TNT II" will be headlined by a showdown between ONE lightweight world champion Christian "The Warrior" Lee and No. If Minowa doesn't want to dance with me again then I'm ready to accept better challenges," Adiwang said. I have to prove that I only had an off-night against Minowa.

I learned from that match, and I was able to see the things that I need to improve on,” said Adiwang. Also on the card is a showdown between No. “The pressure is on. Yes, I know I have to prove myself to the world and earn people’s respect. 5-ranked contender "The Fighting God" Kim Jae Woong. I’m working on that.” FROM THE ARCHIVES Watch more in iWantTFC .