November 21, 2013

Honorio Banario Vs. Koji Oishi Rematch: Will We Get the Same Results as Last Time?

Honorio Banario has lost two of his 10 professional MMA fights. After winning his first six fights in a row, he came to a snag in February 2012 when he got submitted by Bae Young Kwon in his debut fight for One FC. Redeeming himself with two straights wins (including one against fellow Cordilleran fighter Eric Kelly in which he was crowned the new One FC featherweight champion), Banario hit a snag once more when he lost via a brutal knockout in the hands of Koji Oishi, a veteran Japanese fighter in May of this year. Oishi took away the One FC featherweight championship belt, a belt which Banario held for just four months.

On the 6th of next month, Banario and Oishi will once again meet for an anticipated rematch dubbed One FC 13: Moment of Truth. Up for grabs once again is the One FC featherweight title. The event will be held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila. To buy tickets online, you may do so at General admission tickets are priced at Php220. Box, patron and VIP tickets range from Php640 to Php6,360.

When Banario and Oishi fought last May, it was a competitive fight with lots of back and forth action. However, it was evident that Banario was controlling the action. He was more active in throwing punches and leg kicks. He was landing the more telling blows. In the last minutes of the first round, Oishi scored a knockdown but Banario got back on his feet and went on to drop the Japanese in return. He was on the verge of finishing the fight when the bell rang.

In the second round, the two fighters went back to a striking match on their feet. With Banario moving forward, Oishi came out of nowhere and landed a perfect punch that dropped Banario. He was clearly out as he wasn't defending himself as Oishi landed a couple more clean shots to his head. Referee Yuji Shimada stopped the fight at 1:45 of the second round. 

Oishi is as durable as any fighter can be. At 36 years old, he is probably nearing the end of his career as an MMA fighter. That doesn't mean he is someone that other fighters should take lightly. Look at what he did to Banario in a fight that he was losing. And he is a veteran of the sport. He's had 43 professional fights compared to Banario's 10. He's a guy who fought in the UFC, albeit a losing endeavor against Nick Diaz. The fact that he's made it to the UFC is something to be reckoned with. Oishi also held his own against Carlos Condit who is considered to be among the best fighters in the world today. Last but not the least, Oishi has scored a win over Nate Diaz, Nick's younger brother. The man is a tough and very experienced fighter. Banario will have his hands full when he meets him this December 6.

But here are the facts - the last time they met, Banario was winning until he got knocked out. That said, he needs to watch the first round of their first fight over and over again and make a game plan out of it. He was successful in that round because he was doing a lot of things right. He could win the rematch by fighting in a stick-and-move style. Set up his punches and leg kicks then get out of the pocket as quickly as possible. This is to nullify the strikes of Oishi.

As to Oishi, he has two chances of winning this fight. He could land another punch and put Banario to sleep or he could try and get the fight to the ground.

Also fighting in the undercard of the event are three Team Lakay fighters. All three of them are coming off losses when they fought last May in One FC 9: Rise to Power. Unlike Banario however, they will be facing different opponents, not the ones who beat them last time.

Kevin Belingon will be fighting David Aranda Santacana. Eduard Folayang will try to notch a win against Vincent Latoel after losing his last two fights. And Gege Eustaquio will try to put a blemish to the undefeated record of Eugene Toquero.

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