Hard-hitting Filipino 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.” Both men collided on the preliminary card of ONE Championship’s 12th live event on Philippine soil, which took place at the 20,000-capacity SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila on January 26, 2018.
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, the Team Lakay fighter showed great sportsmanship to check on his fallen foe and was emotional in his post-bout interview.
“I’m so happy not for myself but for my team,” Kelly stated. At 21 seconds flat, the 33-year-old Baguio City native now owns both the fastest knockout and finish 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 and earned him the GoDaddy Knockout Of The Night award at “ONE: Global Superheroes.” Kelly seeks to return to action on April 20, 2018 as ONE Championship is set to host another blockbuster event in Manila, Philippines.
“I want to compete again,” Kelly said. “I’m free on April 20 for the Manila event. Having a match on that card will be amazing. 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. He declared, “I can face anyone in my division.”
“I don’t have to choose my opponent,” Kelly added. “I will just fight anyone who’s in front of me.”
Watch how Kelly ended his “ONE: Global Superheroes” bout in 21 seconds here: