Albindo targets 2nd straight win in ONE Warrior Series 9

Yaw-Yan Ardigma Cebu’s rising star Allan Albindo is ready to make another statement in the Lion City. 

The 22-year-old will be facing “Prince” Toreq of Indonesia in a 58.5-kilogram catch weight bout at Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series 9 in Singapore this Wednesday, 4 December.

After dropping a decision loss in his debut to Manthan Rane at OWS 6, Albindo bounced back with a stunning third-round TKO win over Mohammad Arif Izzudin at OWS 7 in July. 

Though he is expecting an even tougher match-up this time, the Cebuano smells a grand ending to his year. 

“I’m really excited to show my talent here in OWS. My training has been non-stop since my last match. I really worked for this because I want to show them that they did not make a mistake by getting me at ONE Warrior Series,” Albindo said. 

“I just have to continue my brilliant performance because that will one day bring me the contract. I want to succeed as an athlete and I am not wasting this opportunity.”

Albindo recognizes the danger Toreq presents. 

The Bali MMA representative was as impressive in OWS 7 as he scored a first-round TKO win over Mohn Nor Hidayat of Brunei in their three-round flyweight bout.

But the Filipino is still up for the challenge. 

“There’s no easy challenge in martial arts. Every fight, there are a lot of things that can happen. However, I am mentally and physically prepared for this match,” Albindo said. 

“I am truly ready for this fight. I know it will not be easy. I’ve scouted Toreq and I saw that he’s a good grappler and that’s just one of the things I am working on for this fight.”

“I emphasized work on my ground defense and loaded up on my striking. Those are the things that will bring me to victory. Conditioning wise, I think I’m 100 percent ready.”

Knowing how one win can end up changing his life, Albindo promises to give his all come Wednesday. 

“This is for my family – that’s where I get my strength every day. It can be hard at times but I know that everything will pay-off and, it starts on Wednesday.”

For one last time this year, ONE Championship returns to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for ONE: MARK OF GREATNESS at the Axiata Arena on 6 December. 

Topics: Yaw-Yan Ardigma , Allan Albindo , “Prince” Toreq , ONE Warrior Series 9 , ONE: MARK OF GREATNESS
COMMENT DISCLAIMER: Reader comments posted on this Web site are not in any way endorsed by Manila Standard. Comments are views by readers who exercise their right to free expression and they do not necessarily represent or reflect the position or viewpoint of While reserving this publication’s right to delete comments that are deemed offensive, indecent or inconsistent with Manila Standard editorial standards, Manila Standard may not be held liable for any false information posted by readers in this comments section.
AdvertisementSpeaker GMA