Fighting out of Australia, Reece “Lightning” McLaren, 26, is one of the top contenders in the flyweight division of ONE Championship. Recently, the Filipino-Australian mixed martial artist shared his thoughts on his road to championship.
“My goal is to become the champ, and if I want to be the champ, then I have to be able to step up at any time and beat anyone,” McLaren stated. “Champions train, losers complain.”
In the span of five months, McLaren notched two impressive victories in ONE Championship’s flyweight division. However, he is having a slight detour towards his goal to meet reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 29, of Baguio City, Philippines.
“I have been dreaming of having a world title around my waist since I can ever remember,” McLaren shared. “It is a lifetime goal, but to just win is not enough. I want more.”
For the third time, McLaren is competing as a flyweight in ONE Championship. On July 7, 2018 at the Tianhe Gymnasium in Guangzhou, China, he compete in a three-round flyweight affair with ONE Championship debutante Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada, 29, of Japan in the co-main event of “ONE: Battle for the Heavens.”
“I do not really want to wait around,” McLaren said. “The way I see it is if you are feeling like you are the champ, then you should be able to beat anyone on any given day.”
From ONE Championship’s bantamweight division, McLaren moved to the promotion’s flyweight division. In front of a sold-out crowd at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines on November 10, 2017, he had a thunderous divisional debut when he submitted Anatpong “Mak Mak” Bunrad, 32, of Thailand with a spectacular brabo choke.
On March 9, 2018, McLaren followed up his flyweight division success with a feat that was just as impressive as his first one. He submitted Gianni Subba, 25, of Malaysia with an arm-triangle choke in the second round.
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