PH’s Banario seeks to reclaim One FC title

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Honorio “The Rock” Banario (in red trunks) in action. PHOTO COURTESY OF ONE FC

Honorio “The Rock” Banario (in red trunks) in action. PHOTO COURTESY OF ONE FC

Featherweight mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Honorio “The Rock” Banario of the Philippines will attempt to reclaim his title when he fights Japanese Koji Oishi in One Fighting Championship: Moment of Truth at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City tonight.

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“I worked very hard during training and I feel so confident that I can reclaim my belt,” the 23-year-old Banario (8-2 win-loss record) told The Manila Times in an interview. “Oishi is really a good fighter and I know [now]my mistakes the last time we met.”

Oishi (24-9-10 log) clipped Banario via second round knockout in One FC’s Rise to Power in May. Banario assured his fellow Filipinos that tonight’s fight will be a different story.

Besides Banario, three other MMA fighters from Team Lakay, Eduard “The Landslide” Folayang, Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon and Geje “The Gravity” Eustaquio are seeing action in One FC: Moment of Truth.

Folayang (12-4 win-loss record) who will fight Dutch Vincent Latoel in a lightweight battle is coming off from two straight losses.

“I need to fight [better]in all aspects. I need to be strong in my striking, grappling and ground fighting,” said the Baguio native Folayang, a veteran sanshou fighter. “But now, I’m very excited and confident that I can win this match.”

The bantamweight Belingon (11-3 win-loss record) will fight undefeated Spanish fighter David Aranda Santacana (9-0 card), while flyweight Eustaquio will take on his compatriot Eugene Toquero.

The other featured matches are Koetsu Okazaki vs. Joshua Alvarez (bantamweight), Caros Fodor vs. Vuyisile Collosa (winner of the bout will fight Shinya Aoki for the ONE FC lightweight belt), Dae Hwan Kim vs. Thanh Vu (bantamweight) Ruel Catalan vs. Khim Dima (Catalan eyes to avenge his brother Rene’s defeat in the hands of the Cambodian kun khmer champion), Paul Cheng vs. Alain Ngalani (heavyweight) and top Filipino prospect Edward Kelly vs. Brazilian jiu-jitsu expert Herbert Burns (featherweight).

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