Eric “The Natural” Kelly and Honorio “The Rock” Banario will collide for the ONE FC featherweight championship on February 2nd. ONE FC officials announced the match-up on Wednesday.
ONE FC: Return of Warriors will take place from the Stadium Putra in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
ONE FC CEO Victor Cui stated on the official release, “I’m beyond excited to kick off a packed out schedule of events in 2013 at the state-of-the-art Stadium Putra in Malaysia! Eric Kelly vs Honorio Banario for the ONE FC Featherweight World Championship Title could possibly be the most demanded fight in Asian MMA history and I know the fans cannot wait to watch these two champions clash in the ONE FC cage.”
The undefeated Kelly (9-0) has finished eight of his opponents with seven wins coming by submission. He holds a second round technical knockout of former UFC champion Jens Pulver at ONCE FC 5 in August. Banario (7-1) also finishes fights as he has yet to go the distance. He last competed at ONE FC 5 where he scored a third round technical knockout of Andrew Benibe.
ONE FC: Return of Warriors – Fight Card
Eric Kelly vs. Honorio Banario
AJ Lias Mansor vs. Jian Kai Chee
Melvin Yeoh vs. Raymond Tiew
Peter Davis vs. Leo Krishna
Gianni Subba vs. Saiful Merican