ONE Championship: Two-week training overseas ignited motivational fire in Filipino fighter Jeremy Miado
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 26, 2018 01:26 PM
“I want to achieve more in this sport, and the first step that I need to take is to acknowledge my weaknesses, and then learn and develop my skills." - Jeremy Miado (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)
Driven by the desire to become a well-rounded mixed martial arts competitor, Filipino dynamo Jeremy “The Jaguar” Miado (7-3) recently travelled 1,109 kilometers to train in Sabah, Malaysia for two weeks.
The 25-year-old knockout artist briefly left his home in Marikina City, Philippines to supplement his growth as an athlete by spending time at the Kota Kinabalu-based Borneo Tribal Squad, which is one of the top gyms in Asia.
Under the tutelage of renowned coach AJ “Pyro” Lias Mansor, who is responsible for developing Malaysian sensation Ann “Athena” Osman, Miado learned invaluable tricks of the trade in the grappling arts such as wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
“Jeremy has heavy hands. He has knockout power, but the glaring area that needs improvement is his grappling. We focused on that during his stay in Kota Kinabalu. We also gave him a good conditioning program to maximize his stamina and endurance,” Lias Mansor said about Miado’s two-week visit.
"The Jaguar" showcased this tremendous power to the world by knocking out former ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke in a career-defining victory in March, but he accepts that the grappling aspect of the sport is his Achilles' heel. This prompted Miado to focus on his ground game at Borneo Tribal Squad.
“I admit that my ground game needs improvement,” he says. “That’s why my team in the Philippines sent me to Malaysia to work on it. It was worth it, especially because I had the chance to learn from my mistakes in my last fight.”
In his most recent outing at ONE: SPIRIT OF A WARRIOR in June, Miado suffered a unanimous decision defeat at the hands of Thai wrestler Kritsada Kongsrichai.
“I want to achieve more in this sport, and the first step that I need to take is to acknowledge my weaknesses, and then learn and develop my skills. These guys at Borneo Tribal Squad did a great job in bringing out the best in me,” Miado stated.
The Filipino star also pointed out that Kota Kinabalu is one of the perfect places to camp for an upcoming bout as Lias Mansor’s training facility is situated near the renowned natural wonders of Malaysia, which gave him the luxury and pleasure of training both indoors and outdoors.
“Other than the people who didn't even hesitate to share their knowledge with me, Kota Kinabalu is another reason why I trained in Malaysia. It is the perfect location to improve your cardio and relax after a long day of hard training.”
Miado was certain that he would return to train with the accommodating athletes and trainers of Borneo Tribal Squad.
“Training with people that have the same mindset as yours is something that you need to consider if you want to grow in this sport. I am so thankful for their hospitality. I will definitely be back,” he promised.
ONE: CONQUEST OF CHAMPIONS in Manila on Friday, 23 November is already receiving massive attention from the public due to the announced ONE Lightweight World Title bout between Eduard “Landslide” Folayang and Amir Khan.
Given the anticipation and scale of the promotion’s final event on Philippine soil for 2018, Miado is eager to be a part of it.
“I felt the urge to compete again after training in Malaysia. I am free this November for the Manila event.
“Having a fight in Manila will be amazing because I will have the chance to exhibit what I learned from training at Borneo Tribal Squad.”
Miado emphasized that he does not regret the two-week separation from his family because the sacrificial experience made him realize that he still has a lot of potential in the sport.
“My loss in ONE Championship a few months ago was difficult to accept, but after training in Malaysia, I learned that there are a lot of things to do and achieve.
“Now I feel like a complete fighter. I am ready to strap on those black gloves and compete at my very best,” he concluded.