Belingon, Folayang win as Banario falls anew

Honorio Banario (in red trunks) absorbs another brutal knock out from Koji Oishi.

Honorio Banario (in red trunks) absorbs another brutal knock out from Koji Oishi.

Filipino mixed martial arts (MMA) bets Kevin “Silencer” Belingon and Eduard “The Landslide” Folayang beat their respective foes while Honorio “The Rock” Banario failed to reclaim his title after absorbing another brutal knockout from Japanese Koji Oishi in One Fighting Championship Moment of Truth at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Friday.

“I’m still young and all I can do now is to work harder in training. I did my best but I was beaten up by a better fighter,” said the teary-eyed Banario, who was knocked out by Oishi with 1:43 left remaining in the third round. Banario’s fight record fell to eight wins against three losses.

Bantamweight Belingon, who added bulk but kept his quickness, scored a first round knockout using a left hook on unbeaten Spanish fighter David Aranda Santacana to the delight of the local crowd.

“I expected him to wrestle with me but he chose to fight stand up, in which case I have a total advantage,” said the 26-year-old Belingon of Team Lakay that improved his fight record to 13-3 win-loss (five by knockouts and five by submissions).

Lightweight Folayang, with his newly gained wrestling skills, won via unanimous decision against Dutch fighter Vincent Latoel improving his record to 13 wins against four losses.

“My wrestling and grappling skills are very amazing tonight. I’m so thankful to our Iranian wrestling coach Ali [Heydarabadi] for helping us,” said Folayang also of Team Lakay. “It’s a great combination when you have good wrestling techniques and striking plus the ground skills.”

Meanwhile, Vuyisile Colossa paid tribute to the late Nelson Mandela prior to his bout against Caros Fodor, walking out to the South African national anthem. The South African Colossa battered Fodor in the third round with his patented knees and elbows in the clinch to earn a unanimous decision victory.

Geje Eustaquio was the victor on all three of the judges’ scorecard vs. fellow Filipino Eugene Toquero.

Australia’s Thanh Vu succumbed to a rear-naked choke of South Korea’s Dae Hwan Kim four minutes and ten seconds into the second round.

Taiwanese Paul Cheng beat Alain Ngalani via verbal submission with only six seconds left in the first round of the main card heavyweight bout.

Ruel Catalan earned revenge for his brother Rene by defeating the Cambodian Khim Dima in their grudge match. He dispatched of his opponent by dropping repeated strikes from full guard which Dima had no answer for. Herbert Burns, who was a late replacement, made quick work of Edward Kelly using a rear-naked choke just 44 seconds into the bout. The final preliminary contest saw Koetsu Okazaki defeat Guam’s Joshua Alvarez in an exciting back-and-forth contest. Alvarez swung wildly but the wily veteran Okazaki won most of the grappling exchanges. He stuck onto Alvarez’s back for much of round two to sink in a rear-naked choke that forced the tap out.


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