Moment of truth for Igorot MMA fighters

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Thursday, December 5, 2013


HONORIO Banario tries to regain his lost belt while Eduard Folayang seeks to bounce back from his two consecutive losses as One Fighting Championship all set for another sell-out crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena tonight.

Banario seeks revenge against the current featherweight champion Oishi Koji who dethroned him last May, also at the Moa Arena after snatching the belt late last year with a fourth round TKO win over fellow Filipino Eric Kelly.

"Focus na kami sa laban. Matitindi na ang ensayo at conditioning naming," the soft-spoken ONE FC inaugural featherweight titlist Banario said.

Banario, who has an aggressive, all-action style, is bent on getting back his title from Oishi, who shocked the hometown crowd with a knockout win over the Filipino earlier in May at the MOA Arena.

"Wala na ako ibang inisip noon kundi kung kailan kami ulit lalaban," the Mankayan bred fighter who trains with Team Lakay added.
Banario will be headlining the event dubbed "Moment of Truth."

Also in the main card of the evening is fellow teammate Folayang, and Kevin Belingon as they face tough foreign opponents.

Belingon and Folayang, who also tasted defeats in the hands of their respective opponents then. This time, Belingon will battle dangerous undefeated Spaniard David Aranda Santacana while Folayang will clash with Dutch-Indonesian shooto veteran Vincent Latoel.

Although Belingon, one of the fighters under Team Lakay, lost in his last fight in May by points against former Shooto champion Masakatsu Ueda, his two earlier wins were impressive to still mark him a dangerous adversary.

Prior to that loss in the hands of the Japanese, the Team Lakay fighter scored consecutive knockouts against Yusup Saadulaev last year and Thanh Vu at One FC 8.

"I don't care about [Santacana’s] record. I will just focus on my game plan," Belingon said.

Geje Eustaquio, another Team Lakay fighter will battle celebrity trainer and Filipino Eugene Toquero.

Meanwhile, the debut of Jujeath Nagaowa, who was also scheduled to compete tonight, has been delayed till 2014 due to a prevailing medical suspension.

"December 6 promises to be a night of adrenaline-pumping action that will have the Filipino fans on the edge of their seats for a night of exciting knockouts and submissions as passionate Filipino fans pack the 20,000-seater MOA Arena," said One FC CEO Victor Cui.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 06, 2013.

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