MMA: Team Lakay's Adiwang sets sights on 'Mighty Mouse'

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Posted at May 20 2020 05:35 PM

MMA: Team Lakay's Adiwang sets sights on 'Mighty Mouse' 1
Team Lakay's Lito Adiwang wants to challenge Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson in the near future. Handout 

MANILA, Philippines -- Lito Adiwang of Team Lakay is steadily climbing up the ranks in ONE Championship's loaded strawweight division, but this doesn't mean he isn't also keeping an eye on other weight classes.

Adiwang owns victories over Senzo Ikeda and Pongsiri Mitsatit since he made his ONE Championship debut, and he wants to further prove himself against the contenders in his division -- fighters like Alex Silva and Yosuke Saruta, among others.

His efforts may eventually lead Adiwang to a collision course with his Team Lakay teammate, Joshua Pacio, the reigning ONE strawweight champion. The 27-year-old is not too keen on taking on his teammate, which is why he is also keeping track of the flyweight division.

"If Joshua still has the belt in the next couple of years, I have no issues moving up to flyweight to take on challenges there," Adiwang said. "There's a lot of great talent in that division that I wouldn't mind testing myself against."

"But we'll cross the bridge when we get there," he added.

One man that Adiwang definitely wants to take on is ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix champion Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson, who is widely acknowledged as one of the best in the world.

Johnson is scheduled to face reigning ONE flyweight world champion Adriano Moraes sometime this year, and Adiwang wants to be first in line to challenge Johnson, should he win the belt.

"That would be a dream come true for me. Demetrious Johnson is the best in the world right now, in my opinion," he said.

"I've dreamed of facing him since I started my career. Before, that was just an impossible dream. But now that he's with ONE Championship, it's closer to reality," he said.

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