December 2, 2023

■  Harley F. Palangchao 

Cordilleran mixed martial arts fighter Lito Adiwang has settled the score against compatriot Jeremy Miado, securing a unanimous decision after an action-packed three rounds at ONE Fight Nights 16 in Bangkok, Thailand on Nov. 4.

The fans at the full-packed Lumpinee Boxing Stadium were on their feet, as both fighters exchanged blows, displaying their striking skills both on live and online audiences.

SCORE SETTLED — Filipino mixed martial arts fighters Jeremy Miado and Lito Adiwang delivered an action-packed strawweight battle in the undercard of ONE Fight Nights 16 with the Igorot fighter winning the fight via unanimous decision to settle the score. Miado won the fight via technical knockout in their first encounter. — ONE photo

The HIIT Studio fighter Adiwang, who is now based in Bali, Indonesia, landed a solid left hook and pinpoint knees in the first round and there was no turning back.

But Miado came prepared as he also landed decent strikes, even giving Adiwang a cut under his right eye.

Undaunted with the cut, Adiwang continued with his leg kicks to score points and kept Miado at bay.

Adiwang put together a superb striking display, setting the tone with a solid left hook and pinpoint knees in the first round. 

Adiwang’s latest victory also proved a point he has appa-rently recovered from a serious knee injury that sidelined him for more than a year.

“You saw my fights and I end my fights quickly, but I’m happy that I got this finally,” said Adiwang after his hand was raised.

“This fight is for all the fans who wanted to see the rematch. I think we showed that this is the ending and I won that fight,” he added.

It was a back-to-back win for Adiwang following his sensational 23-second knockout of Adrian Mattheis months ago.

The Cordilleran warrior improved his professional record to 15 wins against five losses while Miado dropped to12-6.