INSPIRED by the recent triumph of their compatriot Manny Pacquiao, mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters Honorio “The Rock” Banario, Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon and Eduard “The Landslide” Folayang vowed to conquer their respective foes in One Fighting Championship: Moment of Truth on December 6, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
“Pacquiao’s victory came at a good timing for all of us and we are all motivated,” said Banario (8-2 win-loss-draw record), who lost his One FC featherweight belt to Japanese Koji Oishi (24-9-10) via second round technical knockout in May. Banario, 23, a sanshou (wushu contact fighting) veteran, is looking to redeem himself in this week’s rematch against Oishi.
Just like Banario, Folayang and Belingon also want to bounce back from their losses in the previous edition of One FC.
“We’re ready on December 6. Watch out for us,” said Belingon (11-3 win-loss card), who will battle undefeated David Aranda Santacana (9-0 card) of Spain. “I don’t care about his record. I will just focus on my game plan.”
Santacana is a sadistic opponent with a vast background in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Meanwhile, Folayang, who absorbed two defeats in his last two MMA bouts, said Pacquiao’s win emboldened him as he face Vincent Latoel.
“Pacquiao’s victory will serve as an inspiration to all of us and we will do whatever it takes to follow him to victory for our fellow Filipinos,” said Folayang (12-4 card). “So far, so good I feel fine. I’m very excited. I want to use what I learned in wrestling.”
The other Filipino that will see action in this week’s One FC is Geje “The Gravity” Eustaquio who will fight his fellow Pinoy Eugene Toquero.
Ali Heydarabadi, the Iranian wrestling coach commissioned by Team Lakay Wushu to train its fighters expressed confidence on his wards’ newly gained skills.
“They have trained for five months on grappling and other wrestling techniques. wushu wrestling is different. In our training, I taught them how to take down and defense takedown and other techniques,” Heydarabadi said.