With another all-striking event coming up in ONE: FIRST STRIKE, Team Lakay stars were asked of their willingness to jump into the world of ONE Super Series (OSS).
The Baguio-based squad is known for producing some of the top strikers in ONE Championship’s mixed martial arts league, and some of their top stars certainly aren’t shutting down the idea of competing in a pure striking art.
“Muay Thai is still martial arts, so for me it’s just a matter of learning the specific rules and I’m fine with it,” former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio said.
“Filipinos are great at Muay Thai, too. I have seen great Igorot warriors who excelled in Muay Thai internationally, and we even have World Champions in Muay Thai from the mountains. There is nothing Filipinos can’t do.”
Eustaquio’s teammate in Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang agrees.
Adiwang has long been entangled with talks of jumping into OSS, calling for a dream match with reigning ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon.
“I 100 percent believe that Filipinos can also flourish in Muay Thai because our athletes here have the heart, they have the mentality and skills, and they just need the opportunity and a good training camp,” Adiwang said.
“If they are given that, then I believe you will see Filipino Muay Thai athletes grow soon.”
The 28-year-old believes that it’s all a matter of switching mindsets, especially since most of them come from wushu backgrounds.
“For me, it’s not that big of an adjustment for us to transition to Muay Thai because it’s almost the same in wushu, where we punch and we kick,” he continued. “So, for us to thrive [in Muay Thai], we just need to develop more of our knee and elbow strikes.”
While Adiwang has been open to the possibility of jumping into another sport altogether, Eustaquio wants to handle some business first.
“I’m open to it, but of course I will do that after I get that my [ONE Flyweight World Title] back,” he said.
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