Adiwang, returning from an ACL injury, is dedicating this next match to the memory of his late father.
Adiwang hurt his knee in his fight against Jeremy Miado in March and went under the knife in May
But that road to recovery wasn't an easy one, especially with his father passing away in October and no longer getting a chance to see him return to action.
“With the trials in my career and life, I've tasted defeat in the game, injury, and losses in life. It's painful and demoralizing. I did reach my breaking point, but [I know] that if I [succumb] to this emotional and painful feeling, this can be my downfall,” he said.
“This time, I just need to hold my head up high. I need to collect and compose myself and hold on to my belief that God put me here for a reason, and that I still have a purpose to fulfill – to become a champion in my career.”
Despite the loss, Adiwang knows that his parents are watching over him.
“With the help of martial arts, I know that I can put my pain and frustration into training and it can ease my pain. I got something that I will put my mind and focus on. Also, I want to fulfill my promise to my father to fight in January,” he added.
“I am happy that I at least saw both of my parents happy in my career as a martial artist before they moved on to the next life, even if I did not finish the [university] degree just like they wanted. But I showed them that martial arts is where I belong, and I used it to change our lives for the better."