April one, 2016
Eric Kelly, Honorio Banario established for A single Championship Manila event
Two of the nation’s top rated Filipino combined martial artists are returning to the A single Championship cage at A single: Worldwide RIVALS which takes place April 15 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay Metropolis, Philippines. Both Eric “The Natural” Kelly (twelve-2) and Group Lakay’s Honorio “The Rock” Banario (8-six) are coming off stinging defeats and are hunting to get again in the winner’s circle.
The two Baguio Metropolis fighters were being in Manila Thursday, March 31, to meet up with with media at a push luncheon.
Kelly, 33, and Banario, 26, both of those used their former bouts on the improper close of Guillotine chokes, figuring in losses to the identical man in Malaysia’s Ev Ting. Yet both of those are ready to get proper again in and show the environment that there’s even now a whole lot of battle remaining in the tank.
Kelly will be experiencing the particularly perilous Timofey Nastyukhin (nine-2) of Russia. Kelly was as soon as on the cusp of a featherweight title shot, but immediately after lackluster performances in opposition to Hiroshige Tanaka and Ting, the chance passed him by. Now, he’s hunting for redemption and an additional crack at A single Championship gold.
“The target of every single fighter is to turn out to be winner, but for now my focus is on [Timofey] Nastyukhin,” claimed Kelly, who is making ready himself in many gyms in the substantial altitudes of Baguio Metropolis.
“For me, I really don’t have a steady fitness center wherever I train at comprehensive-time. I train much more naturally,” Kelly included. “Whichever fitness center I discover myself in, that is wherever I train. Generally, I just view Youtube movies and implement it to my schooling and then I go to some gyms to test it out. I am in the constant lookup for much more information for my job.”
Banario on the other hand is in an unlucky problem, obtaining lost his previous 5 bouts underneath the A single Championship banner. To give credit history wherever credit history is due even so, Banario lost to some of the most effective in his division in skills such as Koji Oishi, previous winner Narantungalag Jadambaa, Herbert Burns and Ting.
Now, Banario faces fellow Filipino and previous URCC standout Vaughn “The Spawn” Donayre (8-4). Donayre is a Filipino combined martial artist primarily based in Dubai, and is also browsing for his first victory within the A single Cage.
“Vaughn Donayre is a finish fighter also. I geared up for this battle. This will be my comeback battle for the reason that in the previous couple many years I’ve been dropping to the most significant fighters in my division. But now this is a new challenge for me if I can occur again,” claimed Banario, who is really hard at operate to establish his job is on the verge of a new starting.
“My conditioning is very good. I truly feel sturdy in this state. I’m incredibly sturdy at my ordinary preventing bodyweight. I altered the way I strategy the battle. I rate myself much more now while before it was all speedy-paced, that is why I make errors from the first spherical. Now, I will rate myself until finally I get my timing down, then I’ll strike,” Banario included.
A single: Worldwide RIVALS is A single Championship’s first event in Manila this 12 months, and will be held at the state-of-the-art Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay Metropolis. The card will be headlined by A single Welterweight World Winner Ben Askren as he defends his title in opposition to previous Overcome Sambo environment winner Nikolay Aleksakhin of Russia.
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