‘I’ll Be Back’ – Lito Adiwang Shares Update On ACL Tear, Vows To Return A Better Fighter

Lito Adiwang was ready for his main event battle at ONE: NEXTGEN III.

Filipino strawweight sensation Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang is on the path to a full recovery after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his last fight.

The 29-year-old squared off with countryman Jeremy “The Jaguar” Miado in a highly anticipated matchup at ONE X in March.

But after an action-packed start, Adiwang injured his right knee while stepping backward in the second round, allowing Miado to pounce and earn the TKO victory.

Despite the unfortunate turn of events, “Thunder Kid” is now on the mend.

It won’t be a quick return to action, but he’s focused on doing everything necessary to ensure he comes back in perfect condition.

Adiwang told ONE Championship:

“As per the doctor’s advice, a complete recovery will [take] one year. On a positive note, I still think it depends on how my body will heal. There’s a chance that I can recover faster. I’m doing it slowly but surely so when we return, we won’t face any complications. That’s what I see here – the importance of taking care of my body. I’ll be back.”

The official diagnosis of Adiwang’s injury is a complete tear of the ACL, a key ligament that helps stabilize the knee joint. It’s a common but severe ailment suffered by athletes in football, basketball, mixed martial arts, and other high-impact sports.

With his fast-paced, pedal-to-the-metal fighting style, Adiwang is constantly at risk of injuries like this one. At the same time, it’s part of what makes him such an exciting competitor.

Nevertheless, “Thunder Kid” is thankful for the support of his fans and wants them to know that he’s progressing well in his rehabilitation process.

He said:

“I just got surgery. They replaced it. I think they got some muscles from my legs and put it there. Now I’m going through therapy. I’m going through several programs. The first week, I was just stretching it, just so it remains mobile. The second week, I started to put weight on it, and this week, thankfully I am getting to do squats and stationary bikes.”

Lito Adiwang: ‘I’m Hungrier Than Ever’

Despite being months away from a potential return to action, Filipino strawweight Lito Adiwang can’t wait to get back inside the ONE Championship Circle.

The former top-five contender is motivated to reach even greater heights in ONE Championship and become a better all-around mixed martial artist.

“Thunder Kid” added:

“The fire in me right now has returned. That’s what I’m feeling right now. Whoever I face, I’ll be ready. I’ll do my best to win, whoever I face. With this injury, I’m hungrier than ever.

“The promise is I’ll do my best to recover quickly and return to my best form. [I’ll return] not only to give good fights. But I know that if I give my best, I still truly believe that I will be a World Champion one day.”

Whenever he’s ready to compete again, there’s no doubt that Adiwang will seek a rematch with Miado.

There’s no bad blood between them – Miado even visited the Team Lakay star in the hospital one day after their fight – but “Thunder Kid” still hopes to settle the score with a proper conclusion.

For now, he’ll continue to rehab his knee with the goal of resuming his burgeoning MMA career and thrilling the global audience once again.

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