Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao and ONE Championship lightweight world champion Eduard Folayang are currently in Malaysia. The two veteran MMA fighters are set to support Team Lakay fighters Kevin Belingon and Edward Kelly at “ONE Championship: Quest for Greatness.”
On Aug. 17, Thursday, Sangiao took to Facebook to share photos taken from Malaysia. He wrote, “Tomorrow, the 18th of August at Stadium Negara KL, roar for our two Lakays, Kevin ‘The Silencer’ Belingon and Ferocious Edward Kelly as they troop to the actual action!!”
Belingon’s opponent is Australian-Filipino fighter Reece McLaren. They will battle it out in the bantamweight division.
McLaren is the second between the only two fighters who defeated Filipino-American MMA star Mark “Mugen” Striegl, who is based in Baguio City. Striegl’s first MMA win in the Philippines was against Team Lakay fighter Crisanto Pitpitunge.
Currently, Belingon has 15 wins and 5 losses while McLaren has 9 wins and losses. Both of them lost once to ONE Championship bantamweight world champion Bibiano Fernandes.
On the other hand, Kelly currently has 9 wins and 3 losses. His “ONE Championship: Quest for Greatness” opponent is Emilio Urrutia, who has 9 wins and 4 losses.
Kelly and Urrutia will compete in the featherweight division. It will be the first ONE Championship bout of the latter.
As for Kelly, “ONE Championship: Quest for Greatness” will be his eighth ONE Championship bout. Aside from him and Belingon, there are two more fighters from the Philippines in the fight card namely Robin Catalan and Rene Catalan, whose respective opponents are Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke and Buhuoyouga.
“ONE Championship: Quest for Greatness” will take place at Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 18, Friday. Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring Sangiao, Folayang, Belingon, Kelly and their fellow Team Lakay fighters during a press conference in Pasay City, Metro Manila, in May: