Igorot MMA fighter Lito Adiwang: Team Lakay brothers say sorry to each other sometimes

Lito Adiwang (©ONE Championship)

Lito Adiwang (©ONE Championship)

From ONE Warrior Series, Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang, 27, is now conquering the strawweight division of ONE Championship. The Igorot mixed martial artist recently shared how it is to be trained at the Team Lakay gym in La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines.

While Adiwang undoubtedly possesses natural talent, he is quick to point out that training at Team Lakay has fortified his skill set. He said, “Training at Team Lakay is intense.”

“I’m very fortunate to be working with a great group of guys who are not just talented and highly skilled but also close like family,” Adiwang said. “There are instances when we are really deep in training and we let loose and forget to hold back. There’s the occasional heavy shot we land here and there or sometimes we put each other in some painful submissions but we’re all professionals and we know it’s part of the game.”

“We just say sorry and continue with no hard feelings,” the Igorot MMA fighter continued. “After all, we’re like brothers here.”


Adiwang won a six-figure contract after winning first three encounters in Rich Franklin’s reality television show, two of them by knockout. The ONE Warrior Series product remains unbeaten in ONE Championship so far, beating his first two opponents in the Singapore-based martial arts organization namely Senzo Ikeda, 37, of Japan and Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit, 23, of Thailand.

Reigning as the champion of ONE Championship strawweight division is Adiwang’s Team Lakay teammate Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 24. If Adiwang keeps winning, he will eventually find himself on track for a shot at the world title and as the victories keep rolling in, that seems inevitable.

“My plan is to keep taking on anyone they put in front of me and beat them,” Adiwang shared. “I’ll take any fight, no matter how short the notice. I’m always ready, always training, and always ready for action.”

“I want to fight as many times as I can this year,” Adiwang continued. “A tournament would accomplish that goal. I know right now, it’s tough with everything that’s going on.”

Like almost all MMA fighters all over the world, Adiwang is spending the quarantine time honing his fighting skills while the sports industry is on hiatus due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. He pointed out, “Everyone is fighting their own battles.”

“We will get through this,” the Team Lakay product continued. “As athletes though, we have to remain focused on our goals. We’re always training, even at home.”

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