ONE Championship: Pinoys Lito Adiwang, Olsim siblings impressive at ONE Warrior Series 3
Team Lakay's Lito Adiwang was victorious in his ONE Warrior Series debut, defeating American Manuel Huerta via TKO.
The Philippines was well represented at ONE Warrior Series 3 last Thursday, 11 October in Singapore, with five homegrown Filipino up-and-coming mixed martial arts prospects all vying for a spot on the ONE Championship roster.
Among those five hopefuls however, it was three Baguio-based competitors who stole the show, as Team Lakay’s Lito Adiwang and siblings Jerry and Jenelyn Olsim all were all victorious in impressive fashion.
The third event from Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series documentary show, ONE Warrior Series 3 was a 15-bout event that saw martial artists from all over the globe compete with the hope of securing a spot in the ONE Championship roster and a contract worth over USD$100,000.
Another promising martial artist out of the famed Team Lakay stable in La Trinidad, Benguet, strawweight Lito Adiwang made an impact in his ONE Warrior Series debut with a spectacular first round knockout win over American Manuel Huerta.
Coming in with the confidence of a seasoned veteran, Adiwang displayed his superior striking as he walked Huerta down while unloading an arsenal of strikes.
With a minute left to go in the first round, Adiwang dropped Huerta with a well-placed counter uppercut and followed up with a pair of hammer fists to seal the KO victory.
With reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio in his corner, Adiwang moves one step closer to following in the footsteps of his Team Lakay teammates who are currently enjoying unparalleled success in the ONE Championship ranks.
Team Tribal Torogi’s Jerry Olsim had himself an even shorter night, needing just a little over two minutes to dispatch Hong Kong’s Ernest Tang via TKO in their featherweight contest.
Jerry made his ONE Warrior Series debut last March with a unanimous decision win over Shahid Siddique.
A former member of the Philippine Muay Thai National Team, Olsim banked on his high-level striking to get the job done as he dropped Tang with a counter right straight followed by a few more shots on the ground before the referee stepped in to stop the bout.
Also victorious on the card was Jerry’s sister Jenelyn Olsim, who defeated Spain’s Claudia Diaz by unanimous decision after three rounds.
Jenelyn displayed her well-rounded mixed martial arts game from the opening bell as she threatened with submissions in the early moments before pressuring Diaz in the clinch and picking her apart with strikes throughout the three-round contest.
Diaz, for her part, remained active and kept moving forward but ultimately didn’t do enough to earn the victory on the judges’ scorecards.
Kiwi-Filipino Mark Fairtext Abelardo was also victorious after defeating Mongolian Shinechagtga Zoltsetseg via TKO after the first round.
Born to Filipino parents, Abelardo was born in New Zealand before relocating to Thailand, where he trains at the famed Fairtex Gym.
Not as fortunate to be able to bring a victory back home to the Philippines were Mark Sumalag and Ismael Bandiwan of Tribal Torogi and Mark Cuizon of Cebu MMA.