With 'kuya' Eduard Folayang at the top of the division, Honorio Banario open to switching weight classes
Santino Honasan on Dec 20, 2016 03:27 PM
One thing's for sure, Honorio Banario and Eduard Folayang won't be fighting each other inside the ONE cage.
It's been a little over a month now, since Team Lakay star Eduard "Landslide" Folayang shocked the world and captured the ONE lightweight championship by knocking out MMA legend Shinya Aoki in Singapore.
Since then, the new lightweight king has been honored left and right, and no doubt he deserves every bit of praise that he gets. He has, after all, worked long and hard to finally get his hands on world championship gold, and you can bet that he's going to do everything in his power to keep that belt for a long time.
With Folayang at the top of the division however, what does the future hold for fellow Team Lakay star and former ONE Championship featherweight champion Honorio "The Rock" Banario, who now also competes in the promotion's lightweight division?
After going on a five-fight losing streak, "The Rock" has more than bounced back, winning three straight, most recently showing off his grappling chops by submitting India's Rajinder Singh Meena in Manila.
While Banario said that he'll happily play gatekeeper to his kuya Eduard, one or two more wins, and he could be knocking on the door for a title shot again.
Well, one thing's for sure, these two won't be fighting each other, as interesting as that sounds to MMA fans. "Malabo yun. Lagi na namin ginagawa sa practice yun eh, (That's not going to happen. We always go at it in practice anyway.)" Banario told ABS-CBN Sports. He continued by comparing fighting Folayang to fighting a member of the family. "
Instead, Banario said that he's open to moving up or down in weight to chase gold.
"If ONE Championship allows me to cut down to featherweight, maybe I will." Banario shared. "Sa ngayon magpapalakas muna ako sa lightweight, and I’ll wait for my time. Antayin ko na lang yung time ko, mag-experience muna ako, I’ll make my skills better, I’m taking my time improving myself until my time comes.(For now, I'll just keep getting better at lightweight and I'll wait for my time)"
Banario is no stranger to the featherweight division, having been the promotion's first ever featherweight champion back in the day.
With the new weight classes in place in ONE Championship, the promotion's featherweight limit is now at 70.3 KG or 155 pounds, and Banario says that he can easily hit that weight.
Another option for the Team Lakay standout is also moving up in weight, to welterweight.
"Bata pa ako e, in the future siguro, kasi lalaki pa ako eh, siguradong lalaki pa ako" said the 27-year old.
"If not lightweight, I can go up to welterweight."
Whatever Banario decides to do in the future, the most important thing on his mind right now is getting better and winning. If he keeps doing that, another opportunity at the title will come, whatever weight division he ends up in.