Lito Adiwang outlasts Anthony Do to earn ONE Championship contract
Lito Adiwang scored a sixth straight win at ONE Warrior 7 series in Singapore on Tuesday with a very impressive performance. The Filipino strawweight was far too good for URCC 115lbs champion Anthony Do and earned a unanimous decision win.
Do was desperate to get the fight to the ground but Adiwang began tagging the American with punches as he rushed in. The Filipino landed some hard hooks and kept his opponent guessing with spinning back kicks and body kicks.
At the start of the second stanza Do was moving constantly, trying to make himself a more elusive target. But Adiwang was able to either stuff his takedown attempts or sweep and reverse once he found himself on his back.
Midway through the round Do countered a kimura sweep with an armbar attempt. It looked deep but Adiwang slipped out and a grappling contest ensued with the Filipino landing some solid shots from top position.
Going into the third Adiwang was clearly ahead and Do continued to confound the Filipino with his lateral movement but couldn’t capitalize with any effective offence. Meanwhile the Team Lakay standout continued to score with kicks.
Knowing that he needed to do something dramatic Do pulled guard and tried for a guillotine. But Adiwang never looked in danger and after escaping he landed some knees and punches from top position.
The fight finished with Adiwang postured up and landing eye catching punches to the body and head of his opponent. It gave the judges an easy decision and all three called the contest in favour of the Filipino.
The win saw Adiwang improve to 9-3 while Do drops to 7-4. Afterwards it was announced that Rich Franklin had decided to reward the Filipino with a ONE Championship contract.
Best of the rest
In the co-man event former BAMMA bantamweight champion Alan Philpott (19-11-0-1) stopped Myeong Gu Kim (10-6) with a knee to the face in the third round doing the damage.
Meanwhile Filipino flyweight Dave Bangguigui (8-1) made it eight wins in a row. He finished Alber Correia Da Silva (3-3) with a rear naked choke in the second round.