While most Team Lakay fighters had two fights in 2017, Honorio “The Rock” Banario, 28, only had one. He has yet to go back to the cage after defeating Jaroslav Jartiv, 25, at “ONE: Kings of Destiny” on April 21at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
One of the first ONE Championship events in 2018 is “ONE: Global Superheroes,” which will take place in Manila. It is likely that Banario will be included in the fight card possibly in the main event.
I interviewed Banario during a Team Lakay event on May 1 in Kapangan, Benguet and asked him who he wanted to fight next. He said he wanted to “settle things” with Ev “E.T.” Ting, 28, a Malaysian fighter based in New Zealand.
Ting had his first professional MMA loss on Feb. 11, 2012 when he was submitted via rear-naked choke by Mark “Mugen” Striegl, a Filipino-American fighter based in Baguio City, the home city of Team Lakay. After this, Ting went on to defeat his next Filipino opponents.
On Oct. 17, 2014, Ting knocked out Team Lakay fighter Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly, 33, at “ONE: Roar of Tigers” at the Putra Indoor Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. On March 13, 2015, the Malaysian fighter won again at the same venue at “ONE: Age of Champions” after submitting Cary “The Prince” Bullos, 34, who is from Lapu-Lapu, Cebu.
Home court advantage worked in Ting’s favor as he won again at the Putra Indoor Stadium on Oct. 9, 2015 by submitting Banario at “ONE: Tigers of Asia.” On Jan. 29, the Malaysian fighter won at “ONE: Clash of Heroes” by submitting yet another Filipino opponent, Eric “The Natural” Kelly, 35, brother of Edward.
But on April 21, former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang defeated Ting via unanimous decision. If a rematch between Ting and Banario does not happen at “ONE: Global Superheroes,” one between Ting and Folayang will be as interesting.
Taking place on Jan. 26, 2018, the “ONE: Global Superheroes” fight card has yet to be announced. There is still no confirmation either if Folayang is returning to the cage two months after losing his belt to Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 28.
Watch my brief interview with Banario here: