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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
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