More confident Banario seeks to reclaim ONE FC crown
MANILA – Former MMA champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario vowed to mount a decisive comeback when he squares off with his Japanese nemesis, ONE FC featherweight champion Koji Oishi, in December.
Banario gets a chance to reclaim his crown from Oishi at the main event of ONE FC: Moment of Truth which will staged at the MOA Arena on December 6.
“Siguro ipagpapatuloy ko yung hindi ko natapos na laban,” said the Filipino fighter during the announcement of their match at the Midas Hotel and Casino in Pasay City.
“‘Yung fight na ‘yun, hindi ko fight, pero this time siguro naman makakabawi tayo,” Banario said, referring to his shocking defeat to Oishi last May.
The Filipino striker put up a dominant performance against the invading Japanese fighter in the early part of their fight in ONE FC: Rise to Power last May 31.
Banario was on his way to swarm Oishi in the second round but was clipped with a perfectly timed counter right hand that led to his knockout defeat.
Banario said he learned a painful lesson from that loss, but has decided to move on.
“Pagkatapos ng laban parang hindi ako makapaniwala dun lang nagtapos na ang laban,” he said. “Pero nung nagtagal natanggap ko naman. Lahat naman ng fighters may natatalo, may nanalo di ba? Lesson for us so that we can strive better.”
The 24-year-old fighter was also noticeably confident when he addressing the media at the Midas Hotel.
He promised not to make any mistake when he fights his Japanese foe.
“Basta sa pagbabalik natin, alam nating bawal magkamali sa laban. Sa MMA, magkamali ka lang ng kaunti yun na ang ika-capitalize ng kalaban na tatalunin ka,” said Banario. “100% mananalo tayo.”
Also returning to ONE FC action is Eduard Folayang and Geje Eustaquio, who are out to erase the painful memory of their 0-5 shutout loss to foreign foes last May 31st.
ONE FC CEO Victor Cui said ONE FC: Moment of Truth is all about overcoming the odds.
“Every good story has an obstacle involved… So was May 31st disappointing? Yeah. Is it insurmountable? No. it is an obstacle these men will have to decide when they train these coming few months, how to become better fighters, better athletes better warriors… that’s the obstacle they have to face. This is why we love sports, because it is about obstacles about challenges, how we succeed.”
ONE FC: Moment of Truth will also set the stage for the MMA debut of former WBC Asia female atomweight champion Jujeath Nagaowa of Benguet.