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VIRAL KNOCKOUT -- Edward Kelly’s jaw-dropping knockout of Meas Meul in just 21 seconds of round one in the undercard of ONE: Global Superheroes went viral and was later declared as the fastest knockout in the featherweight division of the biggest MMA promotion in Asia. -- ONE photo

Cordilleran mixed martial arts featherweight Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly delivered a sensational first-round knockout of opponent Meas Meul, dropping the Cambodian with a high knee merely seconds into their cage encounter at ONE: Global Superheroes in Manila on Jan. 26.

Both men collided on the preliminary card of ONE Championship’s 12th live event on Manila soil, which took place at the 20,000-capacity SM Mall of Asia Arena.

At the opening bell, Kelly engaged Meul at the center of the cage and connected on a quick three-punch combination before unleashing the final blow that sent Meul face first into the canvas.

Even though he lived up to his moniker “The Ferocious” during the heated moment of the bout, Kelly showed great sportsmanship by checking his fallen foe, and was emotional in his post-bout interview, stating, “I’m so happy, not for myself, but for my team.”

At 21 seconds flat, the 33-year-old Baguio native now owns the fastest knockout and the fastest finish records in ONE Championship’s featherweight division, with the highlight-reel stoppage going viral around the world.

With his stellar victory over Meul, Kelly elevated his professional record to 10-4, earning him the GoDaddy Knockout of the Night award.

Kelly seeks to return to action on April 20, as ONE Championship is set to host another blockbuster event in Manila.

“I want to compete again. I’m free on April 20 for the Manila event. Having a match on that card will be amazing,” he said.

“I’m still in good shape. I have no injuries. If ONE Championship will offer me a bout, I’m here to accept the offer to perform again in front of my countrymen.”

Kelly stressed that he has no preferences and is willing to face any opponent in the stacked featherweight bracket of ONE Championship.

“I can face anyone in my division. I don’t have to choose my opponent. I will just fight anyone who’s in front of me,” said the Igorot fighter.

Meanwhile, Kelly’s older brother, Eric, suffered a second round d’ arce choke submission from Rafael “Indio” Nunes of Brazil.

The 30-year-old Muay Thai specialist kept Kelly  on the defensive with his striking before taking matters to the ground and sinking in a deep d’arce choke to score the finish.

 
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