• Folayang, Banario triumph in ONE Championship

    Honorio Banario (left) CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Honorio Banario (left)

    Veteran fighters Eduard “Landslide” Folayang and Honorio “The Rock” Banario posted impressive wins against their respective foes in the ONE: Heroes of the World held at the Cotai Arena inside Venetian Macao in Macao, China.

    Folayang, a native of Baguio City, braved through an extremely durable Adrian “The Hunter” Pang, putting together one of his best performances to date.

    The former national team member Folayang attacked his opponent with a variety of spinning back fists, wushu sidekicks and sharp elbows to stop Pang in his tracks on multiple occasions.

    As Pang continued to stalk forward, Folayang willingly poured on various combinations. In the end, all three judges saw the bout in favor of the Filipino Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) stalwart.

    Banario, on the other hand, gave the performance of a lifetime with a thorough decision victory over Evolve MMA lightweight standout Eddie “The Magician” Ng.

    For three rounds Banario fought intelligently, tagging Ng with lightning quick strikes from his world-class wushu stance.

    Banario also once again put his improved grappling on display in a tight ground war with his opponent.

    Ng started the bout off fast in his usual aggressiveness, but Banario kept his composure and was able to come away with the comprehensive win.

    In the main event, Adriano Moraes of Brazil was crowned the interim ONE Flyweight World Champion with a submission victory over Tilek Batyrov of Kyrgyzstan.

    Batyrov owned a slight advantage in the striking battle for the majority of the bout, but on the ground it was all Moraes as the Brazilian spun a web of crafty grappling to dominate Batyrov.

    In the second round, Moraes was finally able to lock in a deep rear naked choke to force the tap.

    Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Sydney, Australia shocked the Asian MMA world with an impeccable submission victory over 18-year old Christian “The Warrior” Lee while Alexandre “Bebezao” Machado of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Alain “The Panther” Ngalani of Hong Kong brought the crowd up to their feet with an action-packed clash of colossal heavyweights.

    Machado was rocked by a Ngalani combination in round one, but was able to recover when the fight went to the ground. In the second round, an exhausted Ngalani struggled to find the strength to continue, tapping to a volley of strikes from top position by Machado.


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