After defeating Hiroshige Tanaka via unanimous decision at “ONE: Tigers of Asia” in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Eric Kelly of Baguio City, Philippines lost to four more ONE Championship fighters. On May 12, 2018, Kelly will fight at “ONE: Grit and Glory,” which is his 11th ONE Championship bout.
Despite the series of losses, Kelly’s confidence remains unfazed as he brings an indomitable and positive attitude into his upcoming bout at “ONE: Grit and Glory” against Tetsuya Yamada, a seasoned grappler from Kanagawa, Japan. Kelly stated, “I want to show to those who believe in me that I can make it not just for myself, but for all. I want this victory so bad.”
“I really want to get this win more than ever,” Kelly emphasized. “No one can deny my eagerness to win.”
On January 29, 2016, Kelly entered enemy territory to face Malaysian-Kiwi dynamo Ev “E.T.” Ting at “ONE: Clash of Heroes.” The Filipino contender suffered a third-round submission defeat at the hands of the future ONE Lightweight World Championship title contender.
On July 2, 2016, Kelly tried to bounce back from his loss to Ting by squaring off with former ONE Featherweight World Champion Narantungalag Jadambaa at “ONE: Dynasty of Champions.” The former yielded to the Mongolian hard-hitter by way of knockout in 44 seconds.
On August 5, 2017, Kelly suffered his third-straight defeat at the hands of ex-ONE Lightweight World Champion Kotetsu “No Face” Boku in a featherweight encounter via third-round technical knockout. A victory inside the ONE Championship cage remained elusive to Kelly as he bowed down to returning Brazilian standout Rafael “Indio” Nunes by second-round submission on January 26, 2018.
“We can’t avoid setbacks,” Kelly pointed out. “It’s mixed martial arts. This sport is unpredictable, but I am still hungry. I still have the heart to compete.”
Kelly is more fired up than ever to arrest his losing spell and claim his first cage victory in nearly three years although a tough task is in front of him at “ONE: Grit and Glory.” Meanwhile, watch his bout against Nunes at “ONE: Global Superheroes” here: