Banario, Kelly look to raise Team Lakay's banner high in Shanghai
Santino Honasan on Sep 08, 2018 10:24 AM
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Honorio Banario and Edward Kelly will look to continue Team Lakay's hot streak when they take on a pair of tough challenges at ONE Championship: Beyond the Horizon, Saturday evening at he Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China.
It's going to be a showdown of sorts between two of Asia's top mixed martial arts stables as the Team Lakay duo will be going up against a pair of top-tier talent from Singapore-based MMA gym EVOLVE MMA.
For former ONE Featherweight World Champion Banario, his assignment will be Singaporean knockout artist Amir Khan.
Riding a five-fight winning streak, 'The Rock' Banario is on the brink of a world title shot in the deeply-stacked ONE Championship lightweight division.
A win over a contender the caliber of Khan will definitely put him in contender status along with the likes of Shinya Aoki, Ev Ting, Timofey Nastyukhin, and stablemate Eduard Folayang.
As for Khan, a win over someone like Banario will also elevate his status in the division. The winner of seven of his last eight bouts, an impressive win could be all that Khan needs to get back into the title picture.
Featherweight contender Edward Kelly will be looking to get back on track following his most recent defeat, but he's got a tough out ahead of him in the form of former ONE Featherweight World title challenger Christian Lee.
The owner of a 21-second KO win that went viral, Kelly is looking to get back into the win column after a tough loss at the hands of former ONE Featherweight king Narantungalag Jadambaa in Macau. Prior to his loss to Jadambaa, Kelly had won four of his previous five bouts and was definitely making waves in the featherweight division. Now, he tries to make another impact against one of Singapore's best.
Also looking to bounce back will be Lee, who's coming off a title challenge loss to reigning ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin Nguyen.
Prior to the Nguyen loss, Lee had won four straight, including wins over the likes of Keanu Subba and former ONE Lightweight Champion Kotetsu Boku.
Also, in the main event, China's own Xiong Jing Nan will defend her ONE Women's Strawweight World Championship against Brazilian newcomer Samara 'Marituba' Santos.
Catch ONE: BEYOND THE HORIZON on Saturday, September 8th, 10:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! Full event broadcast on Sunday, September 9th, 8:00 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!