MMA: New father Banario highly motivated against Aoki


Posted at Sep 25 2019 04:37 PM | Updated as of Sep 25 2019 05:01 PM

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Honorio Banario will be coming into his lightweight battle with Shinya Aoki in high spirits. Handout

MANILA -- Honorio Banario knows the risks that await him when he goes up against legendary Japanese grappler Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki in ONE: Century Part II at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.

Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, who has fought Aoki twice, knows the challenge that awaits “The Rock” on October 13.

Folayang first took on Aoki at ONE: Defending Honor where the Filipino was able to score a technical knockout win in the third round and was crowned ONE lightweight champion. The two met again at ONE: A New Era where Aoki clinched a stunning arm-triangle choke victory in the first round to regain his title.

Given his experience and being the only other lightweight in Team Lakay, Folayang wants to help Banario in his training.

“Honorio knows how dangerous Shinya is on the ground,” Folayang said.

“We worked together on his takedown defense, escaping from holds, the movement inside the cage, and reminding him not to commit any mistakes as much as possible," he added.

"As his partner in the lightweight division, I am doing what I can to help him out, but he is doing very well in training.”

This year has been full of ups and downs for Banario. He was eliminated in the ONE lightweight grand prix quarterfinals by Lowen Tynanes.

“The Rock” then joined Folayang, Edward Kelly, Geje Eustaquio, and Danny Kingad at ONE: Dawn of Heroes, but fell short to Dae Sung Park. However, on the very same day, his wife gave birth to their son Zeus Thorenstone.

“His motivation and mindset are at the highest right now,” Folayang said.

“He recently got married, became a father, and coming in from a loss. Those factors have a huge contribution to keeping himself focused during training. At ONE: Century will be one of his biggest matches, and we are confident that he will do well.”

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