Filipino bet Louie Sangalang made it into the second half of ONE Championship’s “The Apprentice.”
Out of the original 16 contenders, there were only eight participants remaining after the elimination of Eugene Chung in the seventh episode.
And Sangalang is among the remaining contestants who continue to make a huge impact on the show.
The former mixed martial arts champion first strategized for Team Valor’s victory in the grappling match, with ONE Championship stars Xiong Jing Nan and Ritu Phogat overseeing the challenge on the sidelines.
With the score at 2-1, Sangalang gambled not to participate and instead put Chung on the frontlines against Niraj Puran Rao en route to victory.
Later on, Sangalang proposed that Chung should take on the role as Team Valor’s project manager. But the decision eventually led to the demise of the squad in the business challenge.
“It was actually the three of us working together and caring for a child,” said Sangalang. “Eugene has been through a lot of rough times starting from the first week. To be honest, I really wanted Eugene to redeem himself and prove that he’s not a quitter.”
ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong also criticized the Filipino for putting his team at risk during the physical challenge.
Sangalang, a former URCC champion, insisted that he didn’t want to grapple with a white belter, which is a matter of honor in martial arts.
Still, Sityodtong wasn’t satisfied with the team’s costly decision.
“Leadership has everything to do with serving your team to the best of your ability, and most importantly, doing what is right. I strongly encourage you to reflect on this lesson, that a leader must serve his or her team’s needs by doing what is right. Not what is easiest, but what is right,” said the ONE Championship honcho.
A sudden turn of events saved Team Conquest on the brink of the chopping block as Niraj cited that Team Valor had committed a mistake on copyright laws with its “Lin the Pangolin” logo on their public relations campaign.
Completing the remaining eight participants are Sangalang, Niraj, Nazee Sajedi, Kexin Ye, Jessica Ramella, Paulina Purnomowati, Monica Millington, and Irina Chadsey.