Banario tries to extend ONE win streak

Filipino ONE Championship MMA fighter Honorio Banario tries to extend his win streak when he takes on top lightweight contender Amir Khan. Banario is riding a red-hot five-bout win streak, but that could come to an end against the devastating Khan, who owns the most knockouts in ONE history.

Banario tries to extend ONE win streak
Filipino ONE Championship MMA fighter Honorio Banario (right) trades haymakers with veteran Adrian Pang. ONE Championship
Shanghai is in for another electrifying night of the world’s most exciting martial arts action on September 8 with ONE: Beyond the Horizon at Baoshan Arena, Shanghai.

The blockbuster event is headlined by ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion Xiong Jing Nan, who defends China’s first-ever mixed martial arts world title against top Brazilian contender Samara Santos. Both are proven finishers who are capable of stopping a bout at any moment with their skills, so get ready for a spectacular contest.

They will be joined on the card by several of the planet’s very best martial artists and world-famous strikers in ONE Super Series, which means fireworks are all but guaranteed. 

Each man has a number of ways to win, and can move on to even greater things in the division, if they can get their hand raised after the fight.

Banario (13-6) comes into this contest in red-hot form. No one can match his five-bout win streak in the lightweight division, not even reigning World Champion Martin Nguyen or top contenders Ev Ting and Shinya Aoki.

Since moving up a weight class at the start of 2016, the 28-year-old has looked better and better against increasingly stronger opposition. Unanimous decision victories over Vaughn Donayre and Eddie Ng were followed by an armbar of Rajinder Singh Meena, and then a sensational knockout of Jaroslav Jartim.

His streak was completed at ONE: Heroes of Honor in June with another unanimous decision—this time against the teak-tough Adrian Pang.

His training partners at Baguio City’s Team Lakay have all shown huge improvements in their skills this year, and as one of the most experienced members of the squad, it is likely “The Rock” has evolved his game by leaps and bounds as well.

Khan (10-3) cannot match his opponent for consecutive wins, but he does have seven victories in his last nine bouts.

Many of those wins have helped to solidify the Singaporean as the most dangerous man in the lightweight division – and possibly the entire organization. His nine finishes are only matched by his teammate, Christian “The Warrior” Lee in ONE, and he stands above every athlete with his eight knockouts.

His last victory against Sung Jong Lee is further proof his time among the World Champion Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belts and Muay Thai legends at Evolve has paid off handsomely.

Khan has shown the grappling chops to hang with submission specialists on the ground, and his striking prowess is only getting better.

Topics: ONE Championship MMA , Honorio Banario , Team Lakay , Amir Khan
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