One FC bout eyed as redemption for Banario

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Thursday, May 29, 2014


ALTHOUGH coach Mark Sangiao won't be by his side, former One Fighting championship featherweight champion Honorio Banario is confident he will chalk up a much needed win after suffering back to back losses.

Team Lakay's Banario will return to One FC cage anew sans Sangiao who is in Brazil to be at the corner of UFC fighter and teammate Mark Eddiva.

The 24-year-old fighter who hails from Manakayan, Benguet promised to make good in his bout tonight at the Singapore Indoor Stadium as he squares off against Jadamaba Narantungalag with Eduard Folayang sitting in his corner.

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“I’ll make sure this fight will be my comeback. I learned my lessons well from my previous fights and I hope I won’t be making them again,” Banario said in an earlier interview.

The wushu practitioner added he is eager to prove his worth in Asia’s largest mix martial arts promotions against Narantungalag.

Entering the One FC cage for the first time, Mongolian MMA star Narantungalag who has an identical 8-3 win loss card with Banario, is hell-bent on further establishing himself on a larger stage.

Considered the best MMA fighter to emerge from Mongolia, Narantungalag channels the iconic Mongolian warrior spirit when he competes, and will now get a step up in competition and bring that energy to One FC.

One FC, which returns to Singapore is redefining the mixed martial arts landscape and close to 12,000 fans will pack out the arena to witness history for its 16th event dubbed Honor and Glory.

“This time I’ll make sure victory will also be mine,” added Banario.

The event dubbed "Honor and Glory" will be headlined by American Ben Askren and Azerbaijan's Bakhtiyar Abbsov in the superfight with Singapore's Eddie Ng facing off VIncent Latoel of Indonesia in the co-main event.

“After months of anticipation, ONE FC will return to Singapore with another explosive night of world-class MMA action," said One FC CEO Victor Cui.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 30, 2014.

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