Losing streak: Hong Kong-born Eddie Ng is defeated for the third straight time at One Championship
Popular MMA fighter faces an uncertain future in the cage after losing to Honorio Banario of the Phillippines by unanimous decision, while Christian Lee, younger brother of world atomweight champion Angela, is also surprisingly defeated
Eddie Ng Gar-wei’s hopes of climbing the One Championship tree took a tumble on Saturday night when he lost a unanimous decision to Honorio Banario of the Philippines.
The Hong Kong-born fighter had come to the One Championship’s “Heroes of the World” card at the Venetian Macao looking to blow away the cobwebs, and to get his career back on track after more than 12 months away from the game, and after two years of struggles with wrist injuries.
The 30-year-old Ng got the workout he wanted, but not the result, even through he had threatened time and again to lay Banario out.
But the 26-year-old Banario is a one-time world featherweight champion, and he is a warrior, and he kept finding his feet, and coming back with plenty of punishment of his own, lifting his record to 10-6 with the victory.
The decision was unanimous, but it was also a final flurry of punches raining down on the prostrate Ng as the bout came to the end that really sealed the deal.
Ng’s record falls to 7-4, and he was emotional afterwards, but said it was more to do with the fact a childhood friend had come to Macau to see the fight, and would go back to the United Kingdom disappointed.
“I’m a martial artist and that means I want to keep improving myself,” said Ng. “It’s not like I must win. I must breathe air and I must drink water. But I’ll go away, look at what I did right and what I did wrong and will keep moving on from there.”
The main event on Saturday night’s enthralling nine-fight card saw former flyweight king Adriano Moraes of Brazil move to 15-2 after with a submission win over Kyrgyzstan’s Tilek Batyrov 10-3.
The victory gave Moraes the the interim flyweight crown – and moved him one step closer to a rematch with Kairat Akhmetov, the man who dethroned him with controversial split decision back in November.
“Where are you Akhmetov?” he yelled afterwards. “I am here man.”
Much had been anticipated earlier by the arrival of the Christian Lee to Macau, given the 5-0 record the 18-year-old brought to town, and the fact he’s grown up having to spar with his elder sister, the 20-year-old fellow phenom and One Championship world atomweight world champion Angela Lee.
But Australian Martin Nguyen tore up the script, with the 27-year-old landing a few rights and then laying on a brutal guillotine choke that saw the fight ended by submission with 4 minutes 30 seconds gone in the first round.
Nguyen scaled the wire to celebrate and when he came back down to earth, the joy was there to behold. As was the respect for his teenaged opponent.
“I’m top of the world,” said Nguyen. “But the guy’s warrior at 18-years-old, and to see the guy’s he’s been beating? Believe me, he’s one to watch.”