Now that Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang has taken care of business after dispatching “Wolf Of The Grasslands” Hexigetu at ONE: Revolution, he’s back to being a fan – at least for the rest of the year.
The Team Lakay star couldn’t stop talking about the upcoming hybrid megabout between mixed martial arts legend Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and reigning ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon at ONE X on December 5.
“I was surprised when I found out about it, because we all know what a big deal it is to hear that two of the all-time greats in Rodtang and Demetrious are fighting,” he said.
“First time in history that such a setup will be held. It’s really exciting and I really want to see what will happen between them.”
The stars will be wearing 4oz gloves while splitting the four rounds between their two respective disciplines. Rounds one and three will be in Muay Thai; meanwhile, rounds two and four fall under the global mixed martial arts ruleset.
For Adiwang, it’s all about who imposes their will first, given the unique set-up of the match. And if asked, he’ll side with Johnson as he expects “Mighty Mouse” to find a way to survive Rodtang’s striking.
“He can make it past the first round. He can clinch, keep a safe striking distance away from Rodtang and finish it in the second round where he’s more used to the rules because it’s under MMA rounds.”
It’s a match that Adiwang hopes to participate in one day. And although ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong has stated that it will be a one-time thing, the Filipino hopes that he gets to experience competing in such a setup.
“It’s not a secret that I like striking, so if there will be rounds that will only be pure striking like what’s done in Muay Thai fights, I’d really like to be part of that,” he said. “I like the concept and I believe that it’s a perfect fit for me.”
Not that he’s hoping for someone to pull out, but “Thunder Kid” is making it known out there that if they need someone to step up and take either one of the athletes’ place – he’ll be ready.
“It has always been my dream, to face the best in my division, may it be in MMA against DJ or in Muay Thai versus Rodtang. So if ever someone will pull out, ONE just got to know that the Thunder Kid is always here and I’ll always prepare for it.”
Meanwhile, ONE returns to live action this October 15 with ONE: First Strike. Download the ONE Super App for more details on the event.
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