Banario wins ONE FC belt

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Monday, February 4, 2013


HONORIO Banario’s entry to ONE FC last year was a letdown, when he lost via a rear-naked choke to South Korean Bae Young Kwon in the opening round. However, the 23-year-old Team Lakay standout more than made up for that loss after etching his name in history as the first ever Filipino MMA world champion with a stoppage win over countryman and highly-regarded Eric Kelly.

Banario scored a fourth-round technical knockout over erstwhile unbeaten Kelly to capture the inaugural ONE FC featherweight belt in the main event of ONE FC – Return of Warriors at the Stadium Putra in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Both Filipinos were in a see-saw stand-up battle. But in the fourth round, Banario got the upper end in the striking war and caught Kelly with a left hook that ended his night 61 seconds after the bell.

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Banario improved to 8-1, while the 30-year-old Kelly, who was regarded as the best MMA fighter from the Philippines, suffered his first defeat and dropped to 9-1.

In the co-main event, Rey Docyogen’s title dream was broken in his ONE FC debut following a second-round loss via submission at the hands of veteran Japanese former Shooto bantamweight champion Shinichi Kojima.

Kojima caught Docyogen with a tight guillotine choke in the 4:47 mark.

Kojima, 13-5-5, earned a mandatory title shot for the ONE FC flyweight belt. Docyogen saw his unbeaten record go away, 10-1.

In the undercard, Lowen Tynanes (3-0) scored a third round submission win victory over Vuyisile Collossa (5-4) via a rear-naked choke, while actor and model-turned-MMA warrior Peter Davis (6-1) stopped Leo Krishna (2-1) in the opening round.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 04, 2013.

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