Adiwang vs Rodtang? Team Lakay fighter open for future matchup

Published July 2, 2021, 8:47 PM

by Carlo Anolin

Team Lakay strawweight fighter Lito Adiwang expressed his desire for a possible matchup against ONE flyweight muay thai champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon.

Lito Adiwang (left) throws a left hook to Namiki Kawahara in this file photo (ONE Championship)

Adiwang explained that the possibility opened up when he was asked once if he’s willing to face the muay thai star.

And for Adiwang, that fantasy isn’t too far and can be made into reality

“I know that if I can put in the work, magiging reality ‘yon (it will be a reality),” said Adiwang, who holds a 12-3 mixed martial arts record. “One more reason is that I’m a martial artist. Passion ko talaga (It really is my passion) so what I want is to face the best of the best.”

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Be it in MMA or muay thai, Adiwang is confident that he can take on Rodtang, who is known for his sturdy defense and powerful strikes, thus the moniker “The Iron Man.”

The Team Lakay stalwart, however, is also known for his explosive striking, the very reason why he is called the “Thunder Kid.”

And if he has the choice, Adiwang would prefer an MMA contest, perhaps arranged in a catchweight bout.

“If ever din kasi, nabanggit niya na gusto niyang i-try ang MMA (he mentioned that he wanted to try MMA). I’m here, I’m ready to welcome him. Also iparamdam sa kanya, ipakita sa kanya, i-open sa kanya ang mundo ng MMA (I want to show and open the MMA world to him),” added the former No. 5 strawweight contender. “Because I tried muay thai also before and I know, alam ko ‘yong feeling ng laro niya (I know the feeling of a muay thai comabat). So isa ‘yon kung bakit medyo kampante ako sa laro niya (That is one of the reasons why I’m kind of confident against him).”

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In the end, Adiwang has nothing but utmost respect for the flyweight muay thai champion.

Adiwang last saw action in January with a second-round knockout win over Japanese foe Namiki Kawahara while Rodtang overcame a tough battle against Australian opponent Danial Williams last April.

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