Team Lakay's Lito "Thunder Kid" Adiwang knows that going all out from start to finish might win him respect from fans and experts alike, but it won't always be enough to get him the win.
Adiwang learned this when he faltered against Hiroba Minowa in his last outing at ONE: Inside the Matrix III, where he lost via split decision after the Japanese star rallied late in the match.
After the loss, Adiwang promised to be more cautious with his energy when he battles Namiki Kawahara at ONE: Unbreakable this Friday at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
"Against Minowa, I went there and exhausted all my power in the first round. I thought I can just come in and finish him quickly, but that didn't work," Adiwang said.
To say that Adiwang rose fast in the strawweight division would be a terrible understatement.
After graduating from Rich Franklin's ONE Warrior Series, Adiwang quickly made his presence felt in his main roster debut, finishing Senzo Ikeda in the first round in the Japanese athlete's own backyard.
He continued his tour-de-force in Manila. There, he annihilated Pongsiri "The Smiling Assassin" Mitsatit from the opening bell en route to a first-round submission victory by rear-naked choke.
Coming in as a favorite against Minowa, Adiwang once again had the upper hand early on. He locked in a kimura, which looked deep, but Minowa escaped and later stole the match from him.
"That's the biggest takeaway I have from that match. Upon seeing the results, I thought maybe I should take it slow next time, be more technical and get the win," Adiwang admits.
But that doesn't mean he's going to be hesitant this Friday.
He might come in more careful and be more mindful of the energy he's expending, but the moment he sees a chance to finish, he vows to go for it.
"Every time I enter the Circle, I am always looking for the finish. Whether I'm aggressive or technical, I still want to go for that big finish," Adiwang said.
"I don't want to be boring. I'm a fighter, but also at the same time, I'm a fan. If I'm watching myself, I don't want a boring fight. I want it to still be exciting. I want to be watchable, but at the same time, I have to think as well."
ONE: Unbreakable will air live on One Sports and One Sports+ on Friday at 8:30 p.m. with replay on TV5 on Saturday at 11:00 p.m.