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Team Lakay’s Lito Adiwang comments on Pongsiri Mitsatit’s Muay Thai skills, ground game

Lito Adiwang (© ONE Championship)

Lito Adiwang (© ONE Championship)

Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang, 26, of the Philippines is one of the most promising ONE Championship athletes today. The Igorot mixed martial artist training out of Team Lakay in La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines will compete at “ONE: Fire and Fury” against Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit, 23, of Thailand, who is known for his Muay Thai skills.

“Pongsiri is a great striker,” Adiwang said. “He is good in the clinch and he has powerful knees. I know his Muay Thai will be exceptional but I think I see weakness in his ground game.”

“I am heading into this fight full of confidence,” Adiwang continued. “I know I am going to win. That is my mindset right now.”

“The only thing left to do is perform to the best of my abilities,” the Team Lakay fighter added. “Then, I will claim victory.”

Currently, Adiwang holds a professional MMA record of 10 wins and 2 losses. Born on March 23, 1993, he has been competing professionally since 2012.

Featuring MMA and Muay Thai contests, ONE Championship will hold “ONE: Fire and Fury” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on January 31, 2020. One of the MMA bouts is the strawweight contest between Adiwang and Mitsatit.

“ONE: Fire and Fury” marks Adiwang’s second bout in the Singapore-based martial arts organization. His plans for Mitsatit include earning another stoppage by any means necessary.

“I want to win this fight in an impressive way,” Adiwang said. “I want the finish, whichever way it comes, on the feet or on the ground.”

Adiwang is riding a six-bout winning streak. The Igorot MMA fighter defeated Jose “Tick” Huerta, 28, of the United States, Alber “War Machine” Correia, 22, of Brazil and Anthony “The Antidote” Do, 26, of the United States in ONE Warriors Series from 2018 to 2019.

On October 12, 2019, Adiwang made his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Century 世紀” at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. He knocked out Senzo Ikeda, 37, of Japan.

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