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Former ONE FC champ Honorio Banario loses in Singapore; Ben Askren dominant in debut

Photo courtesy of ONE FC

Photo courtesy of ONE FC

Former ONE Fighting Championship featherweight titlist Honorio ‘The Rock’ Banario of Team Lakay suffered another setback after losing a three-round unanimous decision to Mongolia’s Jadambaa Narantungalag in the ONE FC: Honor and Glory fight card on Friday at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

It was the Filipino featherweight’s third consecutive loss in ONE FC following back-to-back defeats to current champion Koji Oishi, first in a title defense and again in a rematch for the belt.

Banario engaged his opponent Narantungalag, a former champion in the Legend FC promotion, in a striking exhibition that went back and forth but ultimately lost out in the eyes of the judges.

The Singapore card featured top flight welterweight Ben Askren making an impressive debut in Asia’s largest promotion, submitting Bakhtiyar Abbasov of Azerbaijan by submission in the first round of the main event.

The undefeated American breezed through his first ONE FC fight, reversing an early takedown by Abbasov to come out on top and locking in an arm triangle to win in the first round. After the fight, the former Bellator top dog made sure his presence in the promotion was felt after calling out ONE FC’s welterweight champ Nobutatsu Suzuki.

Banario, though, likely fell out of the title picture after his third successive defeat.

He won the title as a fresh-faced 22-year-old after knocking out compatriots Andrew Benibe and Eric Kelly in back-to-back contests.

But Banario could not get past Oishi in two tries despite fighting in front of a hometown Filipino crowd both times and again stumbled in this one despite a solid showing.

In the other bouts, lightweights Vincent Latoel and Caros Fodor both earned victories that could move them right up the 155-lb. division rankings.

Latoel knocked out contender Eddie Ng with a big right hand while Fodor submitted Willy Ni by kimura. Both fights ended in the very first round.

Featherweight Major OVerall and bantamweight Radeem Rahman both knocked out opponents while bantamweight Casey Suire won by rear naked choke.

Nik Harris defeated Brad Robinson in a catchweight bout while a heavyweight clash between Chi Lewis Parry and Alain Ngalani was declared a no contest.

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