ONE: Rodian Menchavez vows to redeem himself after loss at ONE: MARK OF GREATNESS

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 11, 2019 12:23 PM
ONE: Rodian Menchavez vows to redeem himself after loss
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Rodian "The Redeemer" Menchavez knows what he needs to work on following his setback at ONE: MARK OF GREATNESS.

The Filipino Brawler's Lab representative locked horns with "The Big Heart" Yoon Chang Min last Friday, 6 December where he lost via guillotine choke at the 1:45 mark of round two.

To Menchavez's credit, he held his own against Yoon in the early going of the contest until he lost steam, which eventually led to his downfall in the second stanza.

“I’ll also be focusing on getting more wind because I also struggled with that. I think I can hang with him anywhere, but I lacked in conditioning. I was already fading out in the first round,” Menchavez said. 

“When the second round came, I couldn’t carry my weight anymore and I was running after my breath. Nothing surprised me with what he did, I was just struggling with my conditioning.”

The game plan, according to Menchavez, was to keep the bout on their feet, a strategy that backfired the moment “The Big Heart” imposed his will on the ground. 

It was something “The Redeemer” quickly owned up to. 

“I’ll admit that I lacked in preparation. I didn’t take home the victory and I apologize to everyone who believed in me,” Menchavez said. 

“We wanted to keep it on the feet. We worked really hard on that, but we really lacked preparation on the ground. But I’ll be back.”

The defeat was his second straight loss in The Home of Martial Arts. He was stopped by "The Underdog" Li Kai Wen in just 10 seconds at ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER in June 2018.

Still, Menchavez remains in high spirits as he targets redemption next year, but not before he celebrates the holidays with his loved ones.

“The plan now is to go home, rest, and celebrate Christmas. After that, we’re back to the grind."

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