Honorio Banario was once considered one of the elite names of ONE Championship. He’s even the inaugural ONE Championship featherweight champion after beating fellow Filipino Eric Kelly in 2012.
But after a string of defeats from 2013 to 2015 and in 2019, the 31-year-old Banario has never found his way back up.
After being one of the bright spots from Team Lakay amid the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, Banario hopes that he’ll gain momentum in 2021 and hopefully get a shot at a title.
“I want to fight more in 2021 and reestablish myself as a top fighter in my division. Hopefully, I can claw my way back up to a title shot by the end of the year. Of course, my other wish is to be healthy physically, mentally and spiritually. I wish that for all, not just for myself,” said Banario.
Banario won his only fight in 2020, a split decision win over Thai Shannon Wiratchai.
“I really want to become a champion and hold that belt again. To do that, I have to stay strong in challenging times and constantly move forward to pursue my dreams. That goes for the rest of the team also. We will prove once again that here at Team Lakay, champions are not born, they are made,” said Banario, who has a record of 15-10.
Banario last fought as a lightweight and will most likely compete in that division.
The current ONE lightweight champion is Christian Lee (14-3). Rated No. 1 is Saygrid Guseyn Arslanaliev (8-2), No. 2 is Iuri Lapicus (14-1), No. 3 is Timofey Nastyukhin (14-4), No. 4 is Shinya Aoki (45-9) and No. 5 is Lowen Tynanes (10-1). (EKA)