ONE Championship: Richard Corminal Remains Upbeat Following Loss In Singapore
ABS-CBN Sports on May 22, 2019 01:21 PM
“I am still optimistic about my career moving forward. I learned a lot and I will continue to train until I get my first win."
Filipino lightweight Richard "Notorious" Corminal came close to bagging his first win in ONE Championship, but a mistake in his bout against Singapore-based Indian Rahul “The Kerala Krusher” Raju cost him the victory.
The pair locked horns in the curtain-raiser of ONE: ENTER THE DRAGON at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday, 17 May, where Raju emerged victorious by way of first-round submission via rear-naked choke.
Before the submission, Corminal managed to drop — and hurt — Raju with a fancy superman punch, which he set-up by faking a knee.
The moment the action hit the canvas, however, it was a different story altogether.
Raju was able to recover, and with the Filipino over-committing to his ground and pound attack, the local favorite capitalized by taking his back and forcing him to tap out.
“I’m at a loss because I thought it was over when I knocked him down, but I felt like I rushed it,” Corminal said.
“For me, I was still happy with my performance as I gave it my all in my match against Raju.
“The loss gave me an idea of the things that I need to work on more in the gym. Now, I’ll be working double time on defense on the ground. That’s where my focus should be.”
While the loss was certainly a huge blow to his aspirations in The Home Of Martial Arts, Corminal still views at it as a blessing.
He feels like this setback will allow him to improve as a martial artist and help expand his skill set.
“This is still a huge help for my career. Raju exposed my weaknesses. I had a hard time stopping him as he kept on moving forward,” the Filipino confessed.
“I am still optimistic about my career moving forward. I learned a lot and I will continue to train until I get my first win.
“Now, I’ll just be waiting for ONE’s call. While waiting, expect me to never stop training. I’ll focus more and I have to be patient in my next bouts.”