Lakays bounce back but Banario falls

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

DESPITE failing to bring the belt back, Team Lakay clearly made a statement Saturday night, as three of its four fighters came out victorious in the One Fighting Championship at the crowded MOA Arena.

Kevin Belingon, Eduard Folayang, and Geje Eustaquio scored decisive victories and lifted their spirits from their past defeats but overshadowed by the loss of fellow Team Lakay Honorio Banario in third-round knockout against his rematch with Japanese Koji Oishi for the ONE FC world featherweight title.

"Banario should look on the positive side. He is still young and if given the chance, he can still prove to himself and the crowd that he is still one of the best fighters in ONE FC," said coach Mark Sangiao.

"Undoubtedly, his opponent Oishi is more experienced when it comes to the number of fights. Honorio should just focus on recovering and training for now. Maybe, soon, we will see him in the ring once again," Sangiao added.

Oishi successfully defended his title after sending Banario's back flat on the canvass on the 3:16-mark of the third round.

The Japanese was able to slip a few clean shots in the stretch of the second round, before knocking him out cold with an overhand right, repeating the situation during their earlier fight this year on the same venue.

"Mas malungkot ngayon kasi talo ulit, bata pa naman ako, kaya lalaban pa ako," said Banario during a post-match interview.

"Mas huhusayan ko na lang sa training at sana mabigyan pa ako ng pagkakaataon na lumaban para sa ONE FC title sa susunod," Banario added.

Banario's defeat, however, failed to dampen the spirits of Team Lakay supporters, as Belingon got the crowd standing on top of their feet after delivering a devastating left hook that knocked-out David Aranda from Spain late in the first round.

Belingon was the big surprise for Team Lakay as he put an end to the Aranda's 9-0 win streak in professional MMA.

Aranda, known for his superb grappling and submission skills, took a head-on striking battle against Belingon.

URCC welter weight champion Folayang was also back on the winning track after defeating Indonesian Vincent Latoel via unanimous decision on the undercard event.

Folayang was able to escape a head lock from Latoel in the second round that almost caught him to a possible defeat.

Latoel's grappling and submission ability, however, was no effect, as Folayang was the dominant fighter in the ground for all three rounds.

Eustaquio also was a big leaper for the event as he gave the beating to compatriot Eugen Toquero and win via unanimous decision.

The young wushu xanda champion ruled over Toquero's muay thai fighting skills, where the young Lakay member was able deliver powerful takedowns during their fight.

Eustaquio adding another victory to his 4-2 win loss record is seen to be one of the rising stars in the fly weight division, toppling Toquero with an earnest 5-0 and was the top Filipino prospect for the same weight division.

CEO of One Fighting Championship Victor Cui, stated: "One FC: Moment of Truth was a monumental night for One FC and caps off a record-breaking 2013."

"The audience in the MOA Arena was on the edge of their seats the entire night as they witnessed jaw-dropping knockouts and slick submissions" Cui quipped.

"You will not believe what we have lined up for 2014," Cui added.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 09, 2013.


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