Kelly stakes zero loss record in One FC-A A +A
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
UNDEFEATED mix martial arts fighter Eric Kelly stakes his clean record as he faces a tough Korean fighter in the upcoming One Fighting Championship event slated this coming June 23 at the Stadium Negara on Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The 5 feet 7 inches tall fighter from Baguio City, now based in Malaysia, squares off against a taller Bae Young Kwon, who has an impressive record of seven wins, while he suffered two losses, one of which came from Fil-Am Mark Streigl.
Kelly has been working on his boxing skills, including muay thai, Brazillian Jujitsu and wrestling at the Muayfit gym in Kuala Lumpur and at the same time doing strengthening and cardio exercises for his conditioning.
“I have been waiting for this fight for long time, since February I wanted to fight Bae Young Kwon, and I am training everything to make sure I am ready,” said Kelly in his email to Sun.Star Baguio.
“I know there will be 10,000 people in Stadium Negara and a lot of people will support me because I live in Kuala Lumpur so I need to fight well and put on a good show and to represent the Philippines. For all these reasons I train very hard, so hard that now at Muayfit no one wants to spar with me,” added the 30 year old featherweight.
Despite his resume, Kelly maintains respect for his Korean counterpart. He is also good in submissions with three of his victories coming by way of submissions.
“I think he is well rounded but I am very confident, if we go to the ground I can submit him but if he wants to stay standing I can also knock him out. I have never won by knock out before so that would be fun,” Kelly continued.
Kelly, also the Universal Reality Combat Championship featherweight title holder said he has already looked forward after his fight with Kwon as he eyes to defend the URCC crown and the upcoming One FC event here in the Philippines later this year.
“I want to fight all the time. I don't want to have to wait for a long time between fights. After I fight Bae Young Kwon I am hoping to fight in Manila for One FC and I am ready to defend my belt for the URCC,” added Kelly.
At the same time Kelly added he is open to fighting some of the best mix martial arts fighter in the world as his career progresses with the likes of Japanese mixed martial artist and a former Shooto welterweight champion Tatsuya Kawajiri and current UFC Featherweight Champion José Aldo.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 21, 2012.