Lito Adiwang had a bittersweet year in 2021. The Thunder Kid started off the year on a strong note when he knocked out Namiki Kawahara at ONE: Unbreakable and went on to continue the momentum in his next match as well when he outclassed Hexi Getu at ONE: Revolution.
Though the Team Lakay star would have loved to end the year on a high note, she suffered a setback at the hands of Jarred Brooks at ONE: NEXT GEN III as he was submitted by the American. Despite the loss, Adiwang sees it as a learning experience that can make him a better fighter.
“[The year] 2021 started good and, in a way, it still ended well for me. Even though I lost in my last fight, I’m very positive that I’ve gained a lot from that loss. I learned a big lesson from that match, especially when it comes to experience. I’ve finally experienced what it’s like to be in the main event of a card and, of course, the level of my opponent was very high. These are the things that I’ll be bringing into my next fights,” Adiwang said (h/t ABS CBN).
Currently holding a record of 13-4 to his name, Adiwang has already expressed his desire to bounce back strongly and sees Yosuke Saruta as a potential opponent. Saruta has been a mainstay in the top-five for a long time now and a win over him could be a huge boost for the Filipino MMA star.
Speaking off his loss against Brooks, Adiwang said that he has become a better fighter thanks to the loss.
“I believe that Jarred Brooks made me a better fighter. I’ve learned a lot from him. I’ve also learned a lot about myself. I found out that no matter how hard I try to improve, I have to continuously double my efforts because there will be better people out there. I know for a fact that I’ve worked hard on my wrestling. But when you compare it to someone like him who’s been wrestling all his life and who continues to polish his skills, then my improvements are already mitigated,” he added.
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