Back in 2013, Honorio Banario scored a victory over Eric Kelly to become the first-ever ONE Featherweight World Champion. That was a title he held until later that year when he was bested by Japanese veteran Koji Oishi.
Banario has now found a new home competing at lightweight, and will look to remain unbeaten in the division when he fights Eddie Ng at ONE: HEROES OF THE WORLD on 13 August at the Cotai Arena in Macao, China.
The 26-year-old Banario, nicknamed “The Rock”, successfully debuted in this weight class with a unanimous decision win over Vaughn Donayre at ONE: GLOBAL RIVALS in Manila earlier this year. In that bout, he showcased some much improved grappling and a more-rounded MMA skill set, snapping a five-fight skid.
"Winning for me in this new division is very important,” Banario said. “I’ve been in a lot of tough times in my career, so I need to win consecutively in this fight and my upcoming fights. I intend to stay undefeated in this new weight class because this is reallyRead More »from Honorio Banario: “We will give them the best fight they've ever seen in their lives"