MMA: Lito Adiwang sets sights on bigger goals

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 20) – Team Lakay fighter Lito Adiwang is setting sights on bigger goals in his return to the ONE Championship circle.

The 28-year-old fighter from Baguio City has signified his intent to fight former UFC standout Jarred Brooks and reigning ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon in the future.

Adiwang and Brooks were set to lock horns earlier this year, but the Filipino tested positive for COVID-19 which forced the cancellation of the highly anticipated bout. The two men also traded barbs on social media.

"Honestly, I think he's a really strong opponent. I know he was very confident that he could beat me. But I was also very confident I could beat him. It goes both ways. Nevertheless, I knew I was the underdog in that fight. I could only prove I was better than him by fighting him in the cage," Adiwang said.

As for Rodtang, Adiwang has long clamored for a Muay Thai showdown with the Thai superstar.

"I would never call anyone out without the intention of fully pushing through with it. I said that because I wanted that fight to happen," said Adiwang. "I think it's a tremendous fight and our styles would make for an interesting matchup."

But before Adiwang gets his wish, he needs to beat Chinese fighter Hexigetu at ONE: REVOLUTION on Sept. 24 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Adiwang is one of the three Filipinos featured in the next ONE Championship event alongside featherweight bet Roel Rosauro and Team Lakay stablemate Joshua Pacio, who will defend his ONE Strawweight belt against former titleholder Yosuke Saruta in a highly anticipated trilogy match.

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