Edward Kelly Elated to Compete Alongside Older Brother Eric at One FC

Edward Kelly of One FC
Eric and Edward Kelly lived under the same roof for years in their hometown of Baguio City when they were young and shared the same burning passion in martial arts.
Growing up in the small town community of San Tomas Central, located within the city limits of Baguio, Eric and Edward did not always get along with one another as the two fought all the time, sometimes even resulting in injury.
“We were not that close before. We always fought. In short, Eric and I were headaches to our parents,” Edward recalled in jest. “But of course, things change when you grow up and mature. We now appreciate each other’s company.”
Fortunately, when the brothers entered high school, Eric discovered martial arts, and everything would change for both of them.
Edward paid attention to the growing accolades of his older brother and was heavily motivated by it.
“I noticed after he started martial arts that it taught him the discipline not to fight me as a brother. Instead, he started giving me advice on what he had learned,” he bared. “I also joined martial arts because it teaches you discipline, and a lot of other positives, too.”
Years later, both men have made remarkable runs as outstanding martial artists in their respective professional careers.
Eric is now widely regarded as one of the best homegrown martial arts athletes to come out of the Philippines.
A Wushu practitioner who combines solid striking techniques with high-level grappling skills, Eric owns nine scintillating submissions and one knockout out of 12 total career victories.
Eric’s most impressive showing to date came in a submission win over Rob Lisita in July 2014, a performance that earned him the US$50,000 ONE Warrior Bonus.
Meanwhile, Edward is considered as one of the best and brightest featherweight prospects to emerge from the well-established martial arts scene in the Philippines.
With a complete striking and grappling skill set, Edward brings Team Lakay’s world-renowned Wushu to center stage as he showcases his impeccable skillset inside the ONE Championship cage.
In addition, the younger Kelly has won three of his last four bouts under the ONE Championship banner, all by spectacular finish.
The Kelly brothers get a rare chance on 26 January as the siblings will compete side-by-side when ONE Championship holds its first of the four scheduled events in the country for 2018.
Asia’s premier martial arts promotion spearheads ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES at the 20,000-capacity SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.
Eric squares off with Brazilian standout Rafael Nunes on the undercard of ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES, while Edward crosses paths with Cambodia’s Meas Meul in a three-round featherweight clash.
It is the first time both of them will be featured at a ONE Championship event together, and Edward plans to make it a night they will never forget.
“I am so excited because finally, it’s going to happen. It marks the first time that I will compete alongside my older brother. Surely, it’s going to be a memorable night for the both of us,” he said.
“We have the same aim of winning. So making it two for two on this card will make this extra special,” Edward added.
As Eric seeks to get back on the winning track at the expense of Nunes, Edward is likewise looking to move forward in his career after getting his three-bout winning streak snapped by American stalwart Emilio Urrutia in August 2017.
In his next cage outing, Edward goes up against Meul, an undefeated promotional newcomer with six wins to his credit, at ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES.
“My coaches have prepared me well for this. I am not going to disappoint my team and my country when I enter that cage on 26th of January,” Edward assured. “I don’t want to let my countrymen down this time. I am here to give them a great bout. And of course, win the bout in impressive fashion for them.”
Edward has no qualms if he has to go full three rounds with Meul, but he admitted that his sights are always set on securing the finish.
“I am looking to dominate him for three rounds. But hopefully, I can get the finish. A finish will be the perfect way to tell the world that I am back,” he ended.

Like the fighters, fans and bettors are anticipating this event as feature a number of good matchups. 

​​Eric Kelly Happy Over Younger Brother Edward’s Winning Roll in ONE Championship

As Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly continues his marvelous rise in ONE Championship’s stacked featherweight division, renowned Filipino martial arts veteran Eric “The Natural” Kelly can’t help but feel impressed with his younger brother’s winning streak in Asia’s largest sports media property.
Edward scored three huge victories inside the ONE Championship cage last year, starting his 2016 campaign by pulling off a come-from-behind submission win over previously-unbeaten Australian stalwart Jordan Lucas in March before achieving a second-round knockout of Dutch-Indonesian journeyman Vincent Latoel five months later.
The 33-year-old Baguio City native punctuated his 2016 calendar on a high note by stopping Indonesian standout Sunoto by way of third-round technical knockout in December.
Eric, who is only two years older than Edward, stressed that he is proud of his brother’s recent accomplishments under the ONE Championship banner, citing the latter’s ability to overcome adversity and his determination to develop as a competitor in the constantly-evolving sport.
Prior to his victory parade in ONE Championship, Edward had a jagged beginning in the promotion, losing to Brazilian contender Herbert “The Blaze” Burns by way of 44-second submission in December 2013 and then suffering a first-round knockout defeat to Malaysian-Kiwi sensation Ev Ting in October 2014.
Although Edward bounced back by submitting compatriot Jimmy Yabo in April 2015, he yielded to hard-hitting Australian stalwart Martin Nguyen via doctor stoppage seven months later.
Edward erased the harsh memories of his painful setbacks by defeating three high-profile opponents in 2016.
“I am so proud of him. It’s impressive because despite the losses, he was able to improve and bounce back with three big wins. I am happy that he is reaping the fruits of his labor,” Eric said of Edward.
However, the two brothers find themselves in a very different scenario as Eric is currently reeling from a three-match losing skid, bowing down to Ting via third-round submission in January 2016 before falling to Mongolian kickboxer Jadambaa Narantungalag via 44-second knockout in July 2016.
Eric’s quest to reinsert his name into the winner’s column was spoiled by Japanese legend Kotetsu “No Face” Boku last August 5 when the former ONE Lightweight World Champion scored a third-round stoppage triumph against the celebrated Filipino combatant.
Even though Eric is on a downward spiral, he is not turning his back on the sport that catapulted him to stardom.
“I really feel disappointed with what happened. I was really prepared for my bout against Kotetsu Boku, but there are things that it’s beyond our control. I am fine and no harm done. But I cannot deny that I am disappointed. I have to accept the outcome. It is a hard lesson for me, but I will be back as an improved and better fighter,” he guaranteed.
Eric, who is widely regarded as one of the most talented products of the established Philippine martial arts scene, sees a bright future ahead of Edward and does not mind losing the spotlight to his younger brother as both of them compete in ONE Championship’s 70.3-kilogram weight class.
“I see a bright future in his professional martial arts career. Edward should keep on striving. It’s his moment,” he shared.
According to Eric, Edward’s latest success in ONE Championship adds fire to his desire to place himself back on the winning track
“His wins in ONE Championship motivate me. It keeps me motivated and aware that I have to seriously focus on my improvement as a competitor inside that cage,” he stated
“Right now, I need some little time for myself and think about what happened, but it won’t be long because I want to get back inside the cage and redeem myself. I won’t throw in the towel that easy. I have to go back to the drawing board and address the problem. There are still a lot left in me,” Eric added.
After eight months of waiting for a call to compete again, Edward returns to action as he is set to duke it out with promotion newcomer Emilio “The Honey Badger” Urrutia of the United States on the undercard of ONE: QUEST FOR GREATNESS in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 18 August.
Eric is confident that Edward will have his hand raised against Urrutia, who won two-straight matches in 2016.
“You can see Edward’s improvement every time he steps inside the cage. He always brings in something new. I am super confident that he will walk out victorious,” he ended.

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Sunoto Peringkat on rematch with Edward Kelly: "I believe that I have a big shot at winning if there will be a rematch in the future”

Indonesian standout Sunoto might have a scheduled bout on 14 January in his hometown of Jakarta, Indonesia, but he has an opponent in mind for his next fight.
The 31-year-old Indonesian fighter has set his sights on a rematch with Filipino fighter Edward Kelly inside the ONE Championship cage later this year.
Both men crossed paths last December on the undercard of ONE: AGE OF DOMINATION, where Kelly overcame a spirited performance from Sunoto to nab the victory in round three by referee stoppage.
Sunoto believes that he has a score to settle with Kelly, who is currently riding high on a three-match winning streak in ONE Championship.
“I want a rematch with Edward Kelly. My fight against him is my only loss in 2016. I would like to redeem myself by facing him again,” he stated.
Before Kelly mounted a much-need rally in the third frame, Sunoto was in control of the featherweight contest as he battered and maneuvered his Filipino foe effortlessly on the ground.
Tides changed in the last round when Kelly had a stand-up exchange and landed a thunderous body kick that sent Sunoto crumbling to the mat, giving him an opening to secure a full mount and finish it with ground-and-pound.
“I was close to finishing Edward Kelly. I believe that I was winning on the judges’ scorecards as well. It was an unfortunate ending for me,” Sunoto said about the fight against Kelly.
Sunoto sees a different outcome if he will be given a chance to lock horns with Kelly once more.
“I have all the respect in the world for Edward. He’s a good man and a good fighter, but I believe that I have a big shot at winning if there will be a rematch in the future,” he claimed.
With a potential second encounter with Kelly on the horizon, Sunoto has to care of the task that it is currently in front of him.
Sunoto is booked to face hard-hitting Cambodian kickboxer Chan Heng at ONE: QUEST FOR POWER, which takes place at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia on 14 January.
According to Sunoto, he is putting his entire focus on his marquee match-up with Heng as “The Terminator” believes that he is in a must-win situation.
“Basically, I went back to the gym after the Edward Kelly fight. I didn’t take any time off. For this fight, I am leaving everything, including my coaching job to focus on preparing myself for the fight. I really want to win this fight,” Sunoto ended.

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Edward Kelly and Burn Soriano’s Big Knockout Victory at One Championship 46: Titles and Titans

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Burn ‘Hitman’ Soriano started the One Championship 46 preliminary with a BOOM! on August 27 at the Jakarta Convention Center. In 15 seconds Mario Satya Wirawan of Indonesia who holds the fastest KO record (6 seconds) was knocked out by the Filipino warrior with a vicious spinning backfist in the first round. Soriano bounced back from his One Championship debut loss to Sunoto last April and this is the first knockout of his career.

Fight night made when another pride of the Philippines Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly of Team Lakay knocked Vincent Latoel out with a powerful punch after countering him in round two. Kelly’s sidekicks were hurtful to watch. Latoel responds with the same and gave the Filipino some knees. But Edward was real ferocious and put him to sleep. Kelly has now won two straight over strong and experienced opponents in the featherweight.

And yes Luis “Sapo” Santos will again face Ben “Funky” Askren for a welterweight championship bout after his unanimous decision win over former middleweight champion Igor Svirid. Santos’ ground and pound with elbows broke Svirid’s nose until the buzzer sounds. In round three, Igor came back furiously as he put Luis on the mat and pummeled him. He was not able to finish the welterweight contender though.

Below are the results of One Championship 46: Titans and Titles:

Welterweight: Luis Santos def. Igor Svirid by UD

Middleweight: Marcin Prachnio def Jake Butler by TKO in round 2

Featherweight Edward Kelly def Vincent Latoel in round 2 by KO

Lightweight: Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev def Jietebusibai Haolan in round 1 by D’Arce choke

Featherweight: Anthony Engelen def Sami Amin in the second round by submission (RNC)

Featherweight: Su Yohan Mulia Legowo def Noto in the first round by submission (RNC)

Bantamweight: Casey Suire def Xie Bin via SD

Bantamweight: Bernard Soriano def Mario Wirawan by KO in round 1

One Championship 46: Titles and Titans

One Championship return to Jakarta, Indonesia on August 27 at the Jakarta Convention Center. Indonesian Warriors will compete alongside international superstars in MMA cage.

Top welterweight contender Luis “Sapo” Santos and former World Middleweight Champion Igor Svirid headlining the main event. The winner will get a shot at Ben “Funky” Askren One for his Welterweight World Champion title. The bout is going to be thrilling as the two fighters have tremendous knockout power.

Fresh from his submission victory over Aussie Luke Jordan last March, our very own Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly of Team Lakay is back to take on Dutch-Indonesian MMA veteran Vincent “MagniVincent” Latoel in a featherweight bout.

Another Filipino fighter, Burn Soriano is set to battles Mario Satya Wirawan of Indonesia who holds the fastest KO record (6 seconds) in One Championship.

The One 46 Championship fight card incluudes:

Heavyweight: Luis Santos vs. igor Svirid

Middleweight: Jake Butler vs. Marcin Prachnio

Featherweight Edward Kelly Vs. Vincent Latoel

Lightweight: Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev Vs. Jietebusibai Haolan

Featherweight: Us vs. Sami Anthony Engelen

Featherweight: Yohan Mulia Legowo Vs. su Noto

Bantamweight: Xie Bin vs. Casey Suire

Heavyweight: Islam vs. Sayed Djatmiko Waluyo

Bantamweight: Bernard Soriano Mario Wirawan