Representing Team Lakay, Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly, 34, of the Philippines will compete in the featherweight division at “ONE: Beyond the Horizon,” which marks his 11th ONE Championship bout. If he wins, it will be his sixth victory in the promotion.
“ONE: Beyond the Horizon” will take place at the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China on September 8, 2018. In the eighth bout of the evening, Kelly will face Christian “The Warrior” Lee, 20, of Singapore.
Kelly holds a professional mixed martial arts record of 10 wins and 5 losses while Lee has 9 wins and 2 losses. Both fighters are coming out of a loss.
On May 18, 2018, Lee failed to capture the ONE Featherweight World Champion title from Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 29, of Australia and Vietnam at “ONE: Unstoppable Dreams.” On June 23, 2018, Kelly was knocked out by former ONE Featherweight World Champion Narantungalag “Tunga” Jadambaa, 42, of Mongolia.
Two years before becoming the reigning ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion, Nguyen knocked out Kelly at “ONE: Pride of Lions.” After the loss, the Team Lakay fighter redeemed himself by defeating Jordan “Showtime” Lucas, 24, of Australia, Vincent “Magnivincent” Latoel, 39, of the Netherlands and “The Terminator” Sunoto, 33, of Indonesia consecutively.
On August 18, 2017, Kelly’s three-bout winning streak was halted by then-debutante Emilio “The Honey Badger” Urrutia, 31, of the United States at “ONE: Quest for Greatness.” Kelly had a redemptive win on January 26, 2018 with an astonishing 21-second knockout of Meas Meul, 28, of Cambodia at “ONE: Global Superheroes.”
According to Kelly, the lessons he has learned from his defeat to Jadambaa promise to take his professional career to the next level. The Team Lakay fighter said, “After my bout against Narantungalag Jadambaa, I was so disappointed in myself because I was not able to showcase all the months of hard work I put into training.”
“But although I did not get the victory, it made me realize just how much more I had to improve so that I can become a better martial artist,” Kelly explained. “I realized that there are a lot of holes in my game, and that the only way to get better is to recognize my weaknesses.”
The first ONE Championship athlete to lose to Kelly was his compatriot Jimmy “The Silencer” Yabo, 37. The former submitted the latter at “ONE: Valor of Champions” on April 24, 2015.
Meanwhile, here is a clip from the bout between Kelly and Meul: