MMA: Honorio Banario feels faster, more explosive in featherweight return


Posted at Feb 26 2020 11:17 PM

Honorio Banario hopes to do well in his return to the featherweight class when he meets tough Thai fighter Shannon “OneShin” Wiratchai on Friday in ONE: King of the Jungle at Singapore Indoor Stadium. 

The former ONE featherweight champion struggled as a lightweight, losing 4 of his last 5 bouts in that weight class.

Banario not only struggled with the extra weight, but he had to contend with bigger fighters, too.

“After two years, I dealt with injuries and I felt heavier even if I was in peak condition, so I decided to move back down to a more natural weight,” he said in an article posted on ABS-CBN Sports.

“Here, I am faster, more explosive, and the fans will surely enjoy an exciting match between two hungry veterans looking to make a statement to start the year.”

The fight is crucial for Banario, who is looking to break a 3-fight skid. 

“For me, this is everything,” he said. 

“All these times, I’ve put in all the work necessary to make sure I make a victorious return to the featherweight division. I’ve doubled my effort in everything during training sessions, and I hope to showcase these improvements (against Wiratchai).”

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