The road in Honorio “The Rock” Banario’s ONE Championship journey was not always smooth. His reign as the promotion’s first ever ONE Featherweight World Champion was followed by a five-bout winning streak.
Representing Team Lakay, Banario defeated his fellow Filipino fighter Eric “The Natural” Kelly in the inaugural ONE Featherweight World Championship on February 2, 2013. However, the Team Lakay fighter lost the belt to Koji Oishi of Japan on May 31, 2013.
Banario lost to Oishi again in their rematch on December 6, 2013. After this, Banario lost to his next three opponents namely Narantungalag “Tungaa” Jadambaa of Mongolia on May 30, 2014, Herbert “The Blaze” Burns of Brazil on December 5, 2014 and Ev “E.T.” Ting of New Zealand and Malaysia on October 9, 2015.
“Losing those five straight bouts was devastating for me, but it also taught me how to be resilient and keep hope,” Banario stated. “I would never be where I am today if it weren’t for my teammates at Team Lakay always encouraging me to keep training and improving.”
Moreover, Banario said he owes his strength to his family and friends who continue to motivate him and to everyone who has believed in him. He pointed out, “I still have a long way to go, but I’m motivated to keep winning.”
Following a five-bout losing streak, Banario is now riding a five-bout winning streak. From 2016 to 2018, he defeated Vaugn “The Spawn” Donayre of the Philippines, Eddie “The Magician” Ng of Hong Kong, Rajinder “Knockout” Singh Meena of India, Jaroslav “Jarda” Jartim of Czech Republic and Adrian “The Hunter” Pang and Australia and Papua New Guinea consecutively.
Currently, Banario holds a professional mixed martial arts record of 13 wins and 6 losses. He aims to improve this on September 8, 2018 at the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China at “ONE: Beyond the Horizon,” which he will co-headline with Amir Khan of Singapore.
Watch the bout between Banario and Pang here:
Ticket information for ONE: BEYOND THE HORIZON is available at www.onefc.com.