Two of the most explosive and powerful Filipino featherweights are set to fight each other as former teammates Eric “The Natural” Kelly takes on Honorio “The Rock” Banario for the first-ever ONE FC Featherweight championship scheduled on 2 February 2013 at 16,000 seating capacity Stadium Putra in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
This fight between Banario and Kelly is supposed to happen this month but due to Kelly’s URCC obligations, the match-up is now scheduled on 2 February 2013.
I believe that this fight is going to make history as both fighters personally knows each other and has been training together in the past; so both guys are going to really prepare for this fight because first of all, this fight is for the first-ever One FC 145 lbs. belt and both of them knows their strength and weaknesses so I am expecting a very technical, fast-paced and adrenaline-filled scrap between this two warriors from the Philippines.
Kelly is coming off from a very entertaining submission victory over Brad Terrey at URCC 22 – DEKADA. “The Natural” gave all his best that night against the American Terrey to prove that he is one of Philippines’ most dangerous featherweight fighters.
We all saw the damage Terrey did to Kelly’s face, but the Filipino didn’t disappoint as he showcased his well-rounded game against a much bigger opponent. Kelly’s strikes are lethal, his speed is extraordinary and his ground game is phenomenal. Kelly’s style will surely give Banario very tough fight.
On the other hand, Team Lakay’s Honorio Banario has his own strength in his game that he will utilize to beat Kelly. I think many people doesn’t recognized this, but I think Banario and his outstanding wrestling and boxing skills might be the antidote to Eric Kelly’s skill set.
We last saw Banario in action at ONE FC 5 – Pride of a Nation when he annihilate Andrew Benibe in the third round. I noticed on that fight that Banario’s boxing and his defense has greatly improved. He throws some quick combinations which landed to Benibe’s face, “The Rock” also scored some easy takedowns during that fight.
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