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Sangiao, Adiwang, Olsim off to Singapore for NextGens

LITO ADIWANG of Team Lakay. ONE Champioship photo

Mark Sangiao and two of Team Lakay’s hotter fighters are again leaving for Singapore this Sunday for a pre-taped fight that will be aired later next month.

The Team Lakay top man leaves with the Thunderkid Lito Adiwang and Jenelyn Olsim for the Singapore Indoor Stadium for the ONE Championship NextGens of the two fighters.

“It is just me, Lito and Jenny. Only one is allowed due to the restrictions,” said the top Lakay after the team’s regular training at the Baguio athletic bowl Tuesday.

“Unlike the championship fight of Joshua (Pacio) where we were allowed to have a bigger entourage,” Sangiao said in the company of his oldest fighter and friend and former ONE lightweight king Eduard Folayang.

“We will definitely have to undergo a lot of tests before we get to the ring and another before we leave for home and another quarantine before heading back home,” added Sangiao.

Olsim’s fight will be aired first as she is in the undercard of the NextGen II on November 12 where she will face Malaysian grappler Jihin Radzuan.

Olsim was supposed to face Grace Cleveland for an alternate bout in the Grand Prix, but the latter has an undisclosed medical condition forcing her out of the fight.

Radzuan has previously lost to Filipino fighters, Zamboanga and team Lakay’s Gina Iniong and hopes t break the jinx by not falling to the member of the Philippine Muay Thai team member.

Olsim has won her last two fights and under Team Lakay. She last saw action against Bi Nguyen lasr August 27 and won via unanimous decision. She submitted in the 41 second mark of the third round Maira Mazar in her debut with Team Lakay last March 19.

Her last fight was Aug. 6, Caitlyn Mcewen where she lost via submission, armbar, in the 59th second mark of the first round.

Adiwang, on the hand, will have his fight aired on November 26 as the headline of the NextGen III event where he faces Jarred Brooks who he was supposed to meet last April but the match was postponed when the Benguet boy caught Covid 19.

Adiwang (13-3) lost to Minowa in October last year via split decision, a match that has been considered controversial after the Thunder Kid and the referee failed to see the Japanese tapping out. It was only during a replay that the third ranked Minowa is seen tapping out as Adiwang tried to submit him.

Adiwang bounced back with the win last September by beating China’s Hexi Getu via unanimous decision.

Adiwang and Olsim are currently ranked fifth in their respective divisions in the recent ranking released by ONE.

Adiwang is fifth in the strawweight division where stable mate Joshua Pacio is the champion in ONE Championship’s rankings which was released last October 15.

Olsim, meanwhile, is fifth in women’s strawweight.

Ranked players in the famed stable are flyweight Danny Kingad at number two and Kevin Belingon at number two in bantamweight.

ONE’s strawweight number one contender is Yasoke Saruta who fell to Pacio during the third and final meet up of their trilogy in the ONE Revolution held last September 24 where the Lakay member concluded the trilogy with a first round technical knockout.

The strawweight hierarchy shows Bokang Masunyane at second, followed by Hiroba Minowa and former champion Alex Silva, respectively, all ahead of Adiwang.

Adriano Moraes remains the flyweight king, a title he briefly lost to Team Lakay’s Eustaquio, followed by the Mighty Mouse Demetrius Johnson, Kingad, Yuya Wakamatsu, Kairat Akhmetov and Reece Mclaren.

Bantam king Bibiano Fernandes is followed by John Lineker, Belingon, Yusup Saadulaev, Fabricio Andrade and Shoko Sato. Belingon had a short stint as king of the division, a five month reign after beating the Brazilian on Nov. 9, 2018, but was disqualified due to illegal blows during their return match in March 31, 2019.

Fernandes submitted Belingon in the second round thru arm bar in the last of their trilogy on October 13.

Last year, during his 33rd birthday, Belingon lost to Lineker for his third consecutive setback.

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