ONE Championship: Despite in-ring struggles, Honorio Banario cherishes life-changing 2019

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 18, 2019 05:46 PM
Despite in-ring struggles, Honorio Banario cherishes 2019
“Having a family has its challenges but it’s certainly the most fulfilling. You’d have to work extra-hard each day, but every time I go home to see my baby and be with my family, all the fatigue goes away,” - Honorio Banario

Honorio "The Rock" Banario went winless in all of his three bouts in 2019. Still, Banario cannot help but feel like a winner this year.

In 2019 “The Rock” married his longtime girlfriend, Jessica Olsim, before becoming a father to a baby boy named Stone. 

Victory may have been elusive for the former ONE Featherweight World Champion, but he remains a winner in life. 

“Having a family has its challenges but it’s certainly the most fulfilling. You’d have to work extra-hard each day, but every time I go home to see my baby and be with my family, all the fatigue goes away,” Banario said. 

He is no stranger to the struggles of being a mixed martial artist, from the rigorous hours he spends in training to the tough challenges he faces in the Circle. 

One thing that he has to get used to, though, is being the foundation of his family. 

“I am used to being a martial artist. Training is both physical and mental, but I don’t have any issues with it anymore,” Banario said. 

“Being a father remains a completely an unfamiliar territory for me. I am doing all I can to adapt and be the best husband and father that I can be.”

And as expected, Banario’s Christmas is going to be extra special this year. Not just because of the birth of his son, but because it will also be his wife’s birthday. 

"December 25 is my wife's birthday, it’s on Christmas. It’s going to be one big celebration with my family,” Banario said. 

“We’ll spend it in our home because my wife has to work after Christmas. So it will have to be extra-special because she has to go back to duty later, so we’ll just spend it at home, be with each other and maybe enjoy the swimming pool.”

While his main priority at the moment is to spend the holidays with his family, the Mankayan, Benguet native vowed that his focus in The Home of Martial Arts never wavers. 

 “It has not been a good year for me, so hopefully this new year brings new fortunes for me,” Banario said. 

“I will continue to train. My career is not yet over, I am just starting over again. I will do everything for my career and my family.” 

In the meantime, The Home Of Martial Arts returns to action on 10 January for ONE: A NEW TOMORROW at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. 

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