Pinoy MMA fighters face off for featherweight title in Malaysia
BEDOK, Singapore – Mixed Martial Arts has overcome a bad reputation since its inception to become perhaps the fastest rising sport today.
There’s really just a certain beauty to the brutality that takes place within a steel cage, a science if you will, to the madness that ensues as bodies collide and violently rupture each other with powerful blows and bone-cracking maneuvers.
One Fighting Championship (One FC) brings their brand of high-octane MMA action to Malaysia this Saturday, February 2nd at the Stadium Putra in Kuala Lumpur.
Main event: Two Pinoys
This match promises fireworks. They are known for their dangerous striking ability; indeed the first to land a significant blow could end up the victor.
Both Eric “The Natural” Kelly and Honorio “The Rock” Banario hail from Baguio City and at one point in time have actually trained with each other.
Now, Kelly represents the MuayFit stable and Banario fights out of Team Lakay in the Philippines.
Both will go toe-to-toe inside the cage to earn the right to be crowned the first One FC Featherweight Champion.
This fight is highly anticipated amongst Filipino fight fans because it features two countrymen going at it for MMA supremacy.
Eric Kelly is the odds-on favorite but Banario is a challenge. Banario is rock solid and even the devastating stand-up game of Kelly will be put to the test against Banario’s toughness.
The two have identical skillsets, but Kelly is more well-rounded and could ever so slightly be the better striker.
Look for Kelly to wear Banario down with powerful leg kicks en-route to a referee stoppage. None of these boys know how to back down, so expect a tremendous fight from both corners.
Nonetheless, this is a true fan’s dream match.
One FC: Return of Warriors also features the return of Asia’s top fighters.
URCC Pinweight Champion Rey “The Punisher” Docyogen takes on Japan’s Shinichi “BJ” Kojima to determine the #1 Flyweight contender.
Also on the card are Malaysian stars Peter Davis and Adam “Shogun” Kayoom who take on tough international opponents Leo Krishna and Zuli “The Shark” Silawanto.
“Return of Warriors” also features the first round of the 4-man Malaysian National Featherweight Championship Tournament which pits Malaysia’s best MMA practitioners against each other. Raymond “The Rocket” Tiew is set to battle with Melvin “Overkill” Yeoh and AJ “Pyro” Lias Mansor takes on Jian Kai “The Headhunter” Chee.
Top rising Malaysian MMA prospect Gianni Subba also returns to action.
Headquartered in Singapore, ONE Fighting Championship is Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization. - Rappler.com