Issue of March 26, 2017
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Belingon, Banario lead 8 Pinoys in ONE undercard
by Harley F. Palangchao

HIGHLAND WARRIORS -- Four Cordilleran fighters led by ONE lightweight world champion Eduard Folayang (r) together with Honorio Banario and Kevin Belingon geared up their high altitude training in Baguio in preparation for the fights in ONE:Kings of Destiny at the Mall of Asia Arena on April 21 while Jomar Pa-ac will see action in Brave Combat Federation 4 in the United Arab Emirates on March 31. -- Harley Palangchao



Asian top bantamweight prospect Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon and former ONE featherweight world champion HonorioBanario will lead six Filipino other MMA fighters who will see action in the undercards of the ONE: Kings of Destiny set at the Mall of Asia Arena on April 21.

ONE lightweight world champion Eduard Folayang will headline the fight night against EV Ting of Malaysia.

ONE announced Monday that the 29-year-old Belingon, an Ifugao native who train out of Team Lakay, will be up against Toni Tauro of Finland in the bantamweight division.

While Belingon boast a better record with 14 wins and five losses as against 11 wins and four losses by Tauru, the older Finnish fighter is has a height and reach advantage.

Tauru once fought for the ONE bantamweight world title against reigning champion BibianoFernandes but was not successful. He has defeated Geje Eustaquio of Team Lakay in his last cage appearance last year.

But Belingon is ever prepared as ever and he is considered as a fierce competitor with the ability to finish opponents in a variety of methods. ONE also described Belingon, as one of the most feared strikers in his division.

Banario, who is enjoying three winning streak in the lightweight division, will face Rob Lisita of Australia, who is once a top featherweight contender before moving up to lightweight.

The 27-year-old Banario who boast a record of 11 wins and six losses is slowly making his presence felt in the lightweight division.

Lisita will enter the cage as a more determined fighter having been defeated by four top contenders in the last two years.

Also in the stacked card is unbeaten flyweight Danny Kingad of Team Lakay, who is perfect in his four fights with Asia’s biggest MMA promotion.

Kingad will face Malaysian Muhammad Aiman, a former featherweight fighter, who is riding high on a two-win streak, including a stoppage of Brazilian grappler Eduardo Novaes in his most recent bout.

Kingad, a University of the Cordilleras athletes,  is a tremendous striker, who also possesses solid grappling skills.

Gina Iniong, Team Lakay’s most decorated female MMA fighter, will make her debut to ONE against fellow Filipino-English fighter Natalie Gonzales Hills.

Other Filipino fighters to see action are Eugene Toquero of Manila against top Indonesian prospect Stefer Rahardian.

Two other Filipino fighters – Robin Catalan and undefeated strawweight Jeremy Miado – will open the fight night against each other.

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