Lito Adiwang has moved to Bali. He appears to be one of the fighters who left Team Lakay but the strawweight has decided to look further afield as he prepares to return from a career threatening knee injury.

The fighters who left Team Lakay earlier this year are all training together at a gym in La Trinidad. But Adiwang has made his way from Thailand to Bali and appears to have decided to call the latter island home.


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Devastating injury

Adiwang has not fought since suffering a devastating knee injury during his fight with Jeremy Miado at ONE: ‘X’ last year. His ACL was completely torn and he underwent surgery.

He was booked to face Mansur Malachiev at ONE Fight Night 6 in January. But Adiwang pulled out of that fight because his knee was still troubling him.

In a curious twist of fate Malachiev found himself facing Miado instead, albeit five months late. The Filipino had benefitted from Adiwang’s unfortunate injury, getting a TKO win when his opponent was unable to continue.

Malachiev made short work of Miado and if Adiwang was watching he would probably have felt it was the right decision not to accept the bout in January. Since then he has visited numerous gyms in Phuket, sharing photos of himself at Bang Tao Muay Thai, AKA Thailand and Absolute MMA.


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New home

But Adiwang seems to have settled on Bali as his new home. He will be training at the Hiit Studio which is one of at least three MMA camps to have opened its doors on the Indonesian island.

That number is only going to increase. A Tiger Muay Thai gym in Bali is currently under construction although there isn’t an official timescale for its opening.

Bali MMA was the first camp to really put the island on the international MMA map. It has been joined by Soma MMA which has also attracted some big name fighters to the island.

Team Lakay members, both past and present, very rarely leave the Cordilleras with the vast majority spending their entire careers training and fighting there. Adiwang clearly has broader horizons and will be looking to relaunch his MMA career from Bali.