Banario’s resolution is to avenge his losses from former foes


After three straight victories as a lightweight, Banario resolution is to avenge his losses.

Honorio Banario’s career has bounced back in a big way. The former featherweight champ has finally ended his five-fight losing skid that spanned two and a half years. “The Rock” is undefeated in his last three fights after moving to ONE FC’s lightweight division.

The strike of luck started for Banario with a victory over Vaughn Donayre back in April. It was then followed by a close decision win against Eddie Ng last August and a submission nod over Rajinder Singh Meena in December.

Looking back to that huge turnaround, Banario is thankful to God and his team. He’s even thankful, in fact, that his teammate Eduard Folayang, has brought home the lightweight belt.

“Unang una, nagpapasalamat ako sa Diyos kasi binigyan niya hindi lang ako, kung hindi kami (sa team) ng magandang taon tapos masayang masaya ako kasi ganun ang result sa akin at sa mga kasamahan ko,” Banario tells Dojo Drifter.

“Sa akin naman ang pagkapanalo ni Eduard (Folayang), masayang-masaya ako kasi ako palagi yung kai-spar niya at pinapartner sa training. At least, nakikita namin ang fruit ng labor namin sa training talagang nasa world-level na. So dagdag sa accomplishment namin yan na kaya namin pala lumaban sa ganung competition. Basta buo lang yung confidence namin sa sarili namin.”

Banario says his resurgence came after moving to lightweight. Unlike his ways as a featherweight wherein he worries about weight cutting, Banario now focuses on improving his skills. That change paid dividends as he enters fights more relaxed, leading to better performances.

With teammate Folayang holding the title in their division, Banario says he’s in no rush for a title shot. He expressed zero interest in fighting for the belt as long as “Landslide” is the champ. Instead, he eyes on rematches against former foes.

Darating din yung time na ako din yung time na lalaban ulit ako sa championship.

“Sa akin personally, gusto ko pang mag mature sa bago kong division. Gusto ko ma-gain ang mas maraming experience. Gusto ko rin na magtuloy-tuloy pa yung panalo ko. Darating din yung time na ako din yung time na lalaban ulit ako sa championship. Kahit sino ang ibigay ng ONE FC sa akin na laban.”

“Pero ang gustong gusto ko makalaban is yung mga tumalo sakin noon. Gusto kong ma-rematch ngayon kasi nabago na din yung weight system so umakyat na din sila ng timbang so wala nang dahilan para sila’y ma-overweight kasi yung previous na talo ko is overweight sila. Si (Herbert) Burns at si Ev Ting.”

Having fought the two at catchweight in the past, Banario wants to redeem himself with the new system in place. He yielded to both the undefeated Burns and the Malaysian standout Ting via submission in their previous encounter.

“So ngayon, wala na silang rason para ma-overweight sila kasi maganda na yung weighing system ngayon eh tapos sa akin naman, maganda din kasi hindi na ako maiistress sa pag-re-reduce.”


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