Honorio Banario has agreed to rematch Bae Young Kwon for the inaugural ONE FC featherweight title. -- Photos by Anton Tabuena
Following his big win at ONE FC 5 which saw him completely dominate featherweight contender, Andrew Benibe, URCC champion Honorio Banario (7-1) was promised a shot at the inaugural ONE FC belt this October, and now it looks like he already has an opponent ready.
Multiple sources from the Philippines have informed BloodyElbow.com that a second bout between Banario and Bae Young Kwon (7-3) is in the works with both parties already having agreed to the match up. At least one party hasn't signed the dotted line yet, but the bout is expected to be finalized in the coming days.
Back in February, the URCC lightweight champ stepped in on short notice and dropped down to 145 lbs for the first time to face the very dangerous Kwon. Their clash at ONE FC 2 had the Korean capitalizing on a small mistake to sink in a quick rear naked choke which handed the Filipino the first loss of his career.
A full training camp, and a proper weight cut had him looking impressive recently, but that loss against Kwon has been a thorn on the side on this young Team Lakay stand out. Lucky for him, on October 6th, he will not only have a shot at the promotion's inaugural title he was promised, but he will also have a shot at redemption.
Banario's friend and former sparring partner in Eric Kelly (8-0) is currently scheduled to compete at URCC 22 this November, and if he wins, he is still expected to cash in on that title shot he earned after going 3-0 with the promotion with wins over Kwon, Mitch Chilson, and Jens Pulver.
Once the bout gets finalized, it will mark the third and final title fight that will occur on the stacked card which also has a Bantamweight Grand Prix, and a super-fight between Shinya Aoki and Arnaud Lepont.