3 Pinoy MMA fighters added to ONE Championship’s October card
MANILA, Philippines - Three additional Filipino fighters will don the country’s colors on the undercard of ONE Championship’s “Tigers of Asia” event on October 9 at the 16,000-capacity Stadium Putra in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Former ONE featherweight champion Honorio Banario squares off with Malaysian stalwart Ev Ting, while Eugene Toquero meets Japanese flyweight Asuka Mikami.
Banario (8-5) is reeling from a 4-fight losing skid and was last seen in action when he was submitted by Herbert Burns with a first-round rear-naked choke in December 2014.
On the other hand, Ting (9-3) is coming off a first-round submission setback to Marat Gafurov this past May.
Prior to his disappointing defeat to Gafurov, Ting piled up 3 straight wins, which included stoppage victories over Pinoy bets Edward Kelly and Cary Bullos.
In the 3-round flyweight encounter, Toquero (7-1) has won two-consecutive bouts since yielding to perennial division contender Geje Eustaquio in December 2013, picking up triumphs against Gianni Subba and Brianata Rosadhi.
Meanwhile, Mikami (11-3-2) had an unsuccessful promotional debut last March, losing to reigning ONE flyweight titleholder Adriano Moraes via unanimous decision.
Aside from the two aforementioned duels, Ruel Catalan (2-6) crosses paths with Brazilian combatant Almiro Barros (1-0) in a 3-round flyweight showdown.
Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization has also publicly confirmed the return of Eric Kelly, who dances with Japanese featherweight Hiroshige Tanaka.
ONE: Tigers of Asia is headlined by a middleweight championship clash between Igor Svirid and Vitaly Bigdash. – Rappler.com