Banario loses anew; 3 teammates win

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Saturday, December 7, 2013


HONORIO Banario failed to redeem himself in front of a hometown crowd after another knockout loss to ONE FC featherweight champion Koji Oishi last Friday night at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City in the main event of ONE FC – Moment of Truth.

Banario’s loss was reminiscent of their first fight. The 36-year-old Oishi landed a staggering right that buckled Banario then followed it up with another right that sent the former champion down to the canvass. Oishi finished the job with hammer fists to the head of a motionless Banario that forced referee Yiji Shimada to intervene 1:43 mark of the third.

Oishi improved to 25-9-10, while Banario suffered his back-to-back losses and dropped to 8-3.

However, Banario’s three teammates from Team Lakay – Kevin Belingon, Eduard Folayang and Geje Eustaquio – successfully bounced back.

Belingon (12-3) landed a vicious left hook to the head from a clinch that knocked Spanish warrior David Aranda (9-1) out cold in the 2:53 mark of the opening round.

Folayang (13-4), the poster boy of Philippine MMA, dominated Dutch kickboxer Vincent Latoel (18-14-2) and beat him by unanimous decision.

Eustaquio (5-2) handed Cebuano Eugene Toquero (4-1) his first career defeat by unanimous decision in an exhilarating war.

South African Vuyisile Colossa (7-4), who dedicated his fight to the late Nelson Mandela, outclassed former UFC and Strikeforce fighter Caros Fodor (8-4) by unanimous decision.

In other undercard results, Dae Hwan Kim (9-0-1) submitted Thanh Vu (3-3) via a rear-naked choke in the 4:10 of the second round; Paul Cheng (4-1) forced Alain Ngalani (1-1) to tap in the 4:54 mark of the first from vicious ground-and-pound; Koetsu Okazaki (9-3) sank in a rear-naked choke to submit Joshua Alvarez (12-6) in the 3:13 mark of the second; Filipino wushu standout Ruel Catalan (2-4) had a successful ONE FC debut with a first round technical knockout over Khim Dima (0-1).

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 08, 2013.

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