BAGUIO CITY, Philippines — With their upcoming bouts scheduled at ONE: Age of Domination in Manila on December 2nd, Filipino fighters of the famed Team Lakay MMA in Baguio City are hard at work preparing for their individual match-ups. In a short clip taken by field vlogger Rhene Ben Buada, Team Lakay members Geje Eustaquio, Honorio Banario, Edward Kelly, Danny Kingad and April Osenio are seen doing various drills.
Eustaquio (8-4) will take on Toni Tauru (10-4-1). Banario (10-6) will battle Rajinder Singh Meena (8-2). Kelly goes head-to-head against Su Noto (5-2). Kingad (3-0) locks horns with fellow Filipino fighter Eugene Toquero (8-3) while Osenio (2-1) takes on the undefeated Jenny Huang (4-0).
In the main event, ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera defends his title against Japanese challenger Hideki Sekine.
ONE Championship has held successful shows in Manila for the past few years, selling out to capacity crowds and helping turn MMA into a mainstream sport in the country. ONE, the largest MMA promotion in Asia, is set to break into new markets in the coming years including Vietnam, Japan and South Korea. Manila however, remains one of its most key markets.
The promotion recently announced in a press release that they have named former Haier CEO Yoshiaki Ito as its new President of ONE Championship (Japan), and stated that they are planning an event in Japan for the very first time.
“I am elated to join ONE Championship, one of the greatest global sports brands. It’s amazing to be a part of the rapid growth of MMA in Asia,” said Ito. “I will focus my efforts on developing the budding Japanese market. Japan has always enjoyed sports entertainment and ONE Championship’s unique live event atmosphere is something I am delighted to share with Japanese fans.”
“Age of Domination” is projected to be ONE Championship’s final appearance in Manila this 2016 and caps off an amazing year for Filipino MMA fighters that saw them win various bouts, losing only very few.
Aside from the December 2 card, Eduard “Landslide” Folayang challenges Japanese MMA legend Shinya Aoki for his ONE Lightweight World Championship this Friday, November 11 in Singapore. -FGA