ONE: "Kings of Destiny" will be the promotion's tenth event in Manila and, as always in the Philippines, it's a very strong card. The major attraction for local fans will be the opportunity to see Eduard Folayang defend his lightweight belt, but there's also plenty of intrigue to be found in the other nine bouts.
There's another chance to see rising teenage star Christian Lee in action while former bantamweight challenger Kevin Belingon and former featherweight champion Honorio Banario both return to the cage. This is my preview of the final three fights on the card (for part one click here).
155 lbs.: Honorio Banario vs Jaroslav Jartim
Honorio Banario (11-6) is a veteran of ONE Championship fights who has experienced extreme highs and lows. He was the inaugural featherweight champion but then lost five fights in a row including two crushing defeats at the hands of Koji Oishi in Manila.
Since moving up to lightweight, Banario has been resurgent and he's won his last three. Jaroslav Jartim (8-5-1) was a replacement for Rob Lisita, he's a protege of Ole Laursen and looked extremely slick on the ground when he fought for Full Metal Dojo (FMD) a couple of years ago.
Banario has the Wushu striking style that we have come to expect from Team Lakay fighters and will probably want to keep this one standing.
145 lbs.: Kevin Belingon vs Toni Tauru
The first thing that stands out about this fight is that it pits possibly the tallest fighter in the division against possibly the shortest. Toni Tauru (11-4-1) has a five-inch height advantage against Kevin Belingon (14-5) which makes it absolutely imperative for the Filipino that he doesn't get taken down.
Belingon has good enough striking to get in and out and completely negate Tauru's reach advantage. However if the Filipino finds himself underneath the bigger man, it's going to be a tough night because three of his five losses have been by submission, and the other two came when he dropped decisions after being repeatedly taken down.
In his last fight, Tauru beat Belingon's team mate Geje Eustaquio and was able to swiftly take him down and submit him. The Finnish fighter is much better on the ground than he is on his feet and if Belingon can keep it standing he will do him serious damage and probably finish him.
However if Taru gets it to the ground he is clearly capable of winning by submission and this looks to be a straight striker vs grappler matchup.
170 lbs.: Eduard Folayang vs Ev Ting
This is the sort of fight that fans in the Philippines have been fantasizing about. A homegrown champion defending the belt that he won by beating a living legend in the main event of a major show in the biggest indoor stadium in the country.
Events have conspired to give ONE Championship their ideal headline fight. A title bout that, for once, the Filipino is odds on to win but Ev Ting (13-3) will be determined to spoil the narrative and become Malaysia's first ONE Championship belt holder in the process.
Eduard Folayang (17-5) has a very effective Wushu style of striking and likes to attack with kicks and use his footwork to get in and out. Ting is much more flat footed but is very dangerous with head kicks and anyone who tries to take him down risks getting caught in his trademark guillotine choke.
Folayang needs to keep this standing and use his superior speed to attack without spending too much time at close range. If he executes the gameplan right then a decision win looks the most likely outcome but Ting can finish the fight in an instant and the Filipino will need to have his wits about him if he doesn't want to get stopped or submitted.
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