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“This Is Going To Be A Finish” – Lito Adiwang Out For Redemption Against Jeremy Miado At ONE Fight Night 16



When Lito Adiwang collided with Jeremy Miado in March 2022, he never would have imagined he’d be on the sideline for 18 months when the dust had settled. 

After a long recovery and a perfect return to action via a 23-second knockout of Adrian Mattheis last month, Adiwang is ready for some redemption against his Filipino compatriot at ONE Fight Night 16: Haggerty vs. Andrade, on Saturday, 4th November, in Bangkok, Thailand. 

“Thunder Kid” suffered a torn ACL due to a misplaced step in the second frame of their first meeting at ONE X, forcing him to pull out of the bout. Miado was handed the TKO win as a result, and fans were left with many questions about how the entertaining battle would have ended had it continued. 

Adiwang had many thoughts surrounding his performance against “The Jaguar,” too, and he wants to get answers in the rematch.

“Once and for all, we’re going to be facing each other again. I know fans are excited. I’m excited as well. I’m just praying that we get to show what we’re capable of without injuries, so that we can reach the expectations of the fans and satisfy our expectations within ourselves as well,” Adiwang said.

“There are a lot of what-ifs from that fight, and I don’t like that.”

After a year and a half of rehab on his injured leg, Adiwang’s return this past September at ONE Friday Fights 34 last month was better than he ever could have dreamed. He ran through ONE veteran Mattheis in just 23 seconds to score a knockout win and remind the world of who he is. 

Leaving the Lumpinee ring unscathed allowed him to immediately start plotting his next move, and Miado was the first thought in the ONE matchmakers’ mind. 

When Adiwang meets “The Jaguar” next week, he’ll have a shot at redemption and a chance to score back-to-back finishes for the first time in three years – and he’s got a plan in mind for achieving both goals.

“I believe that this fight will eventually reach the ground, regardless of how it gets there. I see this fight becoming a ground battle. Maybe I can control him there, then submit him. That’s how I see this fight happening,” he said.

“This is going to be a finish, whether it be a knockout or submission by yours truly, the ‘Thunder Kid.’”


Veronica Hardy “That’s Something That’s EXTREMELY DANGEROUS”



UFC athlete Veronica Hardy joins us ahead of her upcoming fight against Jamey-Lyn Horth on December 2nd for the UFC’s return to Austin, Texas!

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Walter Goncalves Aiming For Muay Thai Superstardom Before Returning To MMA



Following a short-lived venture into mixed martial arts, #2-ranked flyweight Muay Thai contender Walter Goncalves is returning to his bread and butter with a declared mission statement. 

“Iron Hands” is set to meet Jacob Smith on Saturday, 9th December, at ONE Fight Night 17: Kryklia vs. Roberts inside Bangkok, Thailand’s Lumpinee Boxing Stadium, and he’s planning to reassert himself in the stacked division.

Goncalves stepped into MMA for the first time against Banma Duoji this past June at ONE Fight Night 12. Though he was beaten by the Chinese prodigy that evening, he showcased his potential throughout the gritty affair. 

With his debut in the all-encompassing sport out of the way, the Brazilian star is now focused on winning the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship. That said, he fully expects to return to MMA down the line.

“As it was my first MMA fight, it was an incredible feeling. There’s no way to describe it. I just know that I want to fight MMA more often, and I’m going to train a lot more for that. One day, I want to be an MMA World Champion,” Goncalves said.

“I want to achieve my goal of becoming a Muay Thai World Champion. I feel like it’s something that’s closest to me as it’s where I feel most confident and comfortable.”

Goncalves’ last Muay Thai victory came at ONE 157 in May 2022, coincidentally the last time fans saw his upcoming foe Smith in action.

The British star’s lone outing in ONE saw him take flyweight Muay Thai king Rodtang Jitmuangnon all three rounds.

He’s been sidelined with injuries since, but Goncalves isn’t taking the Birkenhead banger lightly. He’s a student of the game and has been paying close attention to Smith’s skills ahead of their meeting. 

“I watched Jacob Smith’s fight against Rodtang, and I saw that he is a strong guy, that he moves forward all the time, that wherever he hits, he hurts his opponent, and that he also takes hits well,” he analyzed. 

“I believe that the strength of my blows will make a difference in this fight in my favor. I’ll try to explore the gaps in his game. I don’t know how it will play out, but I really hope that I can get a knockout victory.” 

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Hiroki Akimoto Targeting World Title Tilt In Return To ONE Championship



Following an inactive 2023, former ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Champion Hiroki Akimoto is hungry to start the upcoming year with a bid to reclaim the gold.

The Japanese jouster was last seen in action in November 2022 at ONE 163, where he lost the World Title to Petchtanong Petchfergus by a narrow split decision. The belt was later vacated by his Thai rival, however, and Akimoto watched closely when it was contested at ONE Fight Night 16 earlier this month.

On 4th November, reigning bantamweight Muay Thai king Jonathan Haggerty claimed the coveted strap with a second-round knockout of MMA titleholder Fabricio Andrade. Despite an enthralling battle, Akimoto was left unimpressed by both men’s output.

“I expected a fast fight because it was a bantamweight fight, but I didn’t see a lot of speed from both fighters,” he told South China Morning Post. 

“I think I have more speed [than them].”

Highly regarded as one of the best kickboxers on the planet, Hiroki Akimoto amassed an impressive 7-1 record in ONE Championship, which included winning the World Title against Capitan Petchyindee in March 2022, before parting ways with the crown.

Now keen to get back to work, the 31-year-old believes his credentials warrant an immediate shot at Haggerty’s newly acquired gold. 

He has been waiting for the perfect time to return, and with ONE Championship rumored to be visiting his homeland in early 2024, the Japanese star would love to challenge “The General” in front of his compatriots.

“My skills deserve a title shot. Haggerty versus Akimoto will be the most exciting fight for the fans. That’s why fans are talking about it. That’s the reason I should get the title shot,” Akimoto stated.

“If Haggerty goes to a different division, maybe it’s not me, but if Haggerty is fighting bantamweight kickboxing, the opponent has to be me. If there’s a Japan event, of course, I definitely want to fight there.”

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