On July 7, 2018, Reece “Lightning” McLaren, 26, of Australia and Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada, 29, of Japan will compete in the flyweight division in the co-main event of “ONE: Battle for the Heavens,” which will take place at the Tianhe Gymnasium in Guangzhou, China. Recently, the former shared his assessment of the latter.
“He has had a lot of fights and he has a lot of experience,” McLaren said of Wada. “He has some awkward looking stand-up, and I think he has a really good ground game.”
Aware of Wada’s ability, McLaren refuses to take his Japanese opponent lightly. Holding a professional record of 19 wins, 8 losses, 2 draws and 1 No Contest, Wada is a former DEEP flyweight titleholder entering his in-ring encounter with McLaren with a phenomenal eight-bout winning streak.
“It is a really good match, and I think it is a really dangerous match,” McLaren noted. “I am always excited for a challenge. Whoever the name, I am happy to buckle in, and get set and go.”
ONE Championship’s flyweight title picture situation was settled on June 23, 2018 at “ONE: Pinnacle of Power.” Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 29, of the Philippines became the undisputed ONE Flyweight World Champion after beating Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes, 29, of Brazil via split decision.
Moraes was supposed to face McLaren at “ONE: Visions of Victory” on March 9, 2018. But the Brazilian fighter had to pull out due to a knee injury and was replaced by Gianni Subba, 25, of Malaysia, who lost to McLaren via submission.
While McLaren could have sat on the sidelines and waited to challenge the winner of the title unification contest at “ONE: Pinnacle of Power,” he chose to get right back into action. He believes that he will get his title shot regardless.
“I will knock the other contenders down one by one until I get it,” McLaren declared. “It is just a matter of time.”
“ONE: Battle for the Heavens” marks McLaren’s third ONE Championship bout as a flyweight. Meanwhile, get to know more about him here: