Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang has no ill feelings toward Jeremy “The Jaguar” Miado following their ill-fated meeting at ONE X this past March, which resulted in an injury.
With a complete tear of his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), the Team Lakay star said that he doesn’t put one ounce of blame on his opponent, knowing that injuries are part of the sport.
“No, there’s no bad blood. Before the fight, we were able to talk, and we agreed to give a good show. He was excited and I was excited. We were backstage and we talked a bit, exchanged pleasantries, and wished each other luck,” Adiwang said. “After the fight, I think he went to my locker[room], though I wasn’t able to notice it because I was getting treated. As far as I remember, it was coach Mark [Sangiao] who was able to talk to him.
“I have no animosity toward him. I’m sure he didn’t want the incident to happen. Things like this, it’s part of the sport. It was truly an accident.”
While his memories of the bout weren’t exactly clear, Adiwang felt something went wrong with his knee when he exploded for a double-leg, though he didn’t think much of it.
Unfortunately for him, that same knee would give way later in the bout.
“I think I felt something when I last shot for a takedown. I felt like my leg was in the wrong position. I felt something there, but it was just 20 percent pain,” Adiwang said.
“My next move, I wanted to carry him, but I felt like if I forced it, I might break my knee. Then we separated. When I stepped back, I blew my knee.”
While it will take at least a year for Adiwang to get back on the saddle, he’s aiming for a perfect comeback.
“I truly want to be back in action. The fans aren’t the only ones excited for my return. I’m so excited as well. The fire in me right now has returned. It’s the same feeling as my debut in Japan. That’s what I’m feeling right now,” Adiwang said.
“Whoever I face, I’ll be ready. I’ll do my best to win in my return. That was my mindset in my debut in Japan. It decreased a bit when I continued to fight consistently, but now with this injury, I am hungrier than ever.”
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