ONE: Edward Kelly excited to go against idol Jadamba
Santino Honasan on Jun 22, 2018 12:10 PM
“Nasa isip ko yung more on excited ako na subukan ko, ite-test ko yung nakita ko na galaw niya."
When fight night rolls around this Saturday at the Studio City Events Center in Macau, Team Lakay featherweight contender Edward Kelly will be sharing the cage with Mongolian star Narantungalag Jadambaa.
In Jadambaa, Kelly won’t just be facing a former ONE champion, but he’s also be facing one of his idols.
According to Kelly, it’s Jadambaa’s toughness and durability, among other things, that made him a fan.
“Kaya nga isa siya sa mga idol ko, kasi matigas siya tsaka maganda yung gameplans niya.” Kelly said. “Makikita mo sa mga gameplan niya na naka-focus talaga siya, gagawin talaga niya yung gameplan niya, which is tatapusin niya yung kalaban niya.”
Kelly admitted to being quite excited to be able to test his skills against one of his MMA heroes.
“Nasa isip ko yung more on excited ako na subukan ko, ite-test ko yung nakita ko na galaw niya. Mate-test ko at masusubukan ko kung kaya ko yung mga nakita kong moves niya, na naging dahilan kung bakit idol ko siya.”
And while there’s nothing wrong with being a fan, come fight night, all that goes out the window as Kelly tries to return to top contender status, and a win over Jadambaa, a former champion, will definitely help.
“Pinaghahandaan ko naman siya and alam ko naman na malakas yung banat niya, and napaghandaan ko siya, kaya ko siyang sabayan and gagamitan ko siya ng speed ko, alam ko naman na yung galaw ko mas mabilis sa kanya.”
“Pag may chance ng takedown, kasi alam ko na hindi siya fully technical sa ground, pwede ko siya sabayan sa ground niya.” Kelly added.
Kelly believes that with a win, he inserts himself in the title picture and hopes to finally get a shot against a very busy champion named Martin Nguyen.
“Sana nga, ito yung big opportunity ko, pipilitin kong ibigay lahat yung kaya ko para manalo. I know na malapit na ako sa title.”
“Alam natin na busy si Martin Nguyen, bantamweight, lightweight, featherweight, kung bibigyan ako ng chance, sana bigyan ako.”
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