ONE Championship: Valiant Eric Kelly comes up short, continues losing skid at ONE: Legendary Quest
Santino Honasan on Jun 15, 2019 09:14 PM
Filipino veteran Eric Kelly fought valiantly but came up short at ONE: Legendary Quest in Shanghai, China (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)
Filipino mixed martial arts veteran Eric “The Natural” Kelly fought valiantly, but continued his downward slide after absorbing a unanimous decision loss to China’s Niu Kang Kang at ONE: Legendary Quest, Saturday evening at the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China.
The 37-year old Baguio City-native was looking to snap a six-fight losing skid, and came out aggressive in the opening round, something that fans didn’t see from the veteran in his previous outings.
Kelly was competitive throughout the bout, but was simply outgrappled by his Chinese counterpart.
To his credit, Kelly survived a multitude of submission attempts and was never in real danger throughout the 3-round bout.
The decision loss can be seen as a small step in the right direction, as the last six defeats prior came by stoppage.
Once considered as the best homegrown Pinoy mixed martial artist, Kelly now finds himself on a seven-bout losing streak.
Kelly falls to 12-8 in his professional career.
The other Filipinos on the card were not as fortunate as Kelly, who managed to go the distance, as Women’s Atomweight bet Angelie “D’ Explorer” Sabanal and Trestle “Jun Minion” Tan both suffered first-round defeats.
Sabanal fell victim to Japanese newcomer Itsuki Hirata, who steamrolled Sabanal to score a first-round submission win via Americana.
Tan, meanwhile, came close to a submission in the opening moments of his bout against South Korean Yoon Chang Min, but instead found himself getting TKO’d in with a minute left in the round.