MMA, martial arts

For Team Lakay’s Honorio Banario, loss to Amir Khan was lesson learned the hard way

Amir Khan, Kemp Cheng, Honorio Banario

Amir Khan, Kemp Cheng, Honorio Banario

Representing Team Lakay, Honorio “The Rock” Banario, 28, of Mankayan, Benguet, Philippines lost to Amir Khan, 23, of Singapore at “ONE: Beyond the Horizon” in Shanghai, China on September 8, 2018. It was a bitter pill to swallow for the Filipino fighter, who had enjoyed his best run on the ONE Championship stage during his impressive winning streak.

“It’s tough,” Banario said. “I cannot help but feel like it was a wasted opportunity for me. It is a lesson learned the hard way.”

Representing Evolve MMA, Khan is known for his knockout prowess. At “ONE: Beyond the Horizon,” he displayed high-level grappling against Banario.

Khan took Banario down and fastened the rear-naked choke hold with just seconds left before the end of the round. It was the Singaporean athlete’s biggest win as a professional MMA fighter.

In addition, it was just the second submission win on Khan’s impressive record. The win improved his professional MMA record to 11 wins and 3 losses.

On the other hand, the loss pushes Banario back in the line of contenders for the ONE Lightweight World Championship. The title was recently vacated by former two-division world champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 29, of Australia and Vietnam, who is now reigning only as the ONE Featherweight World Champion.

Banario now holds a record of 13 wins and 7 losses. Prior to “ONE: Beyond the Horizon,” he enjoyed a five-bout winning streak.

After defeating Banario, Khan is set to face his biggest bout yet. On November 23, 2018, he and Banario’s Team Lakay teammate Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 34, will compete for the ONE Lightweight World Champion at “ONE: Conquest of Champions” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Recently, Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 29, of Australia and Vietnam has vacated the ONE Lightweight World Champion title while retaining his ONE Featherweight World Champion belt. Meanwhile, here are Banario, Folayang and some of their Team Lakay teammates:

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