Team Lakay's Lito Adiwang not sure he had earned ONE contract after ONE Warrior Series 7 win
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 13, 2019 08:59 AM
“I felt like I was dropping in the third round, mainly because I wanted a dominant win, but the match was very close. To be honest I felt like I wasn’t going to be given a contract." - Lito Adiwang
ONE Championship’s newest signee Lito "Thunder Kid" Adiwang admitted that he thought he might not win the lucrative contract to the main roster following his performance against Anthony "The Antidote" Do.
The Team Lakay rising star showed why he is worth keeping an eye on as he earned a well-deserved unanimous decision nod over Do last Tuesday at Rich Franklin's ONE WARRIOR SERIES 7 in Singapore.
Despite his dominant performance, the "Thunder Kid" revealed that he was not exactly happy with his performance inside the ring.
“After the fight, I was a little bit upset cause I did not get the finish that I wanted,” Adiwang revealed.
“What I wanted was a knockout win but Anthony Do is a really great fighter, he’s really elusive. I’ve hit him with combinations, but it was not that solid.”
Mixed martial artists from all over the globe rounded up in Singapore in hopes to impress Rich Franklin and win a six-figure contract in The Home of Martial Arts.
Catching Franklin's attention is no easy task though, as a win alone does not mean an athlete gets a contract.
That is why Adiwang was a bit worried that he might have let his golden ticket slip after failing to get the sensational finish he was looking for.
“In the third round I was really worried. I was hoping to come in and get an impressive win to get that contract,” Adiwang shared.
“I felt like I was dropping in the third round, mainly because I wanted a dominant win, but the match was very close. To be honest I felt like I wasn’t going to be given a contract.”
But he let out a sigh of relief moments later after he was awarded the OWS’s 10th ONE Championship contract after the bout. Finally, Adiwang is on the grandest stage of them all.
“‘Finally.’ That was my reaction. Finally I got it,” Adiwang said.
“I am really happy that I’m on the big stage now. It will be harder now, but finally I’m here,” Adiwang stated.
And now that he is officially part of the main roster of ONE, Adiwang promised to only get better.
He also has a fair warning to the strawweight division - he is just getting started.
“Not only better shows, but I want to become a champion in ONE. I want to be better every time I enter the Circle.”
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