BAGUIO-based Team Lakay has added another fighter in ONE Championship’s growing roster in strawweight fighter Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang, who recently rose from the ranks by way of the promotion’s Warrior Series.
Topping “ONE: Warrior Series 7” in Singapore on Aug. 6 by defeating Anthony Do of Vietnam by unanimous decision in the main event, Benguet native Adiwang was rewarded a six-figure contract by Asia’s largest mixed martial arts promotion.
With the solid performance the Team Lakay fighter gave throughout the series, ONE officials could not help but throw praises at Mr. Adiwang, believing that the latter could be a force to be reckoned with in his division.
“Lito, the 10th ONE Championship contract winner, has had the toughest matchups since he joined ONE Warrior Series, and never disappointed with his performances. If you are in ONE Championship’s strawweight division, take note of this guy because he’s coming to shake things up!” said MMA legend and ONE Warrior Series CEO Rich Franklin of Mr. Adiwang (9-2), who started his career in 2012.
“Lito always put on the most exciting performances every time he stepped into the ONE Warrior Series ring. In fact, he’s even won a Warrior Bonus in every appearance, which is a testament to his abilities. With Lito moving on to ONE Championship, no doubt the already-stacked strawweight division will take notice of his power and explosiveness. Look for him to make an immediate impact as soon as he gets the call,” Jonathan Wong, Director of ONE Warrior Series, for his part, said.
Now under contract with ONE, Mr. Adiwang joins other Team Lakay stable mates, namely, reigning ONE world strawweight champion Joshua Pacio, lightweights Eduard Folayang and Honorio Banario, bantamweight Kevin Belingon, featherweight Edward Kelly and flyweight Geje Eustaquio.
At the Warrior Series, fighters from different parts of the world gather to test their skills and vie for a spot in ONE Championship. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo