Kelly DQ’s Lee, Banario falls to Khan in China

Edward Kelly came out the winner of their bout against Christian Lee while Honorio Banario saw his five-bout winning streak snapped during ONE: Beyond the Horizon in Shanghai, China on Saturday, September 8.

“The Ferocious” Kelly lost the battle but won the war in this one.

He was trailing in the match as Singapore’s “The Warrior” Lee looked well ahead in claiming victory.

Lee already scored a takedown and was landing blows while trying to establish a choke. Kelly, however, got back to his feet.

This is when Lee lifted Kelly with a WWE belly-to-back suplex and landed him on his head and neck.

The referee, however, concluded that the technique was illegal under the promotion’s Global martial art rules after watching the replay of the takedown that rendered Kelly unconscious and presented Lee with a red card.

That resulted to the declaring of Kelly as the winner by disqualification.

The win improved Kelly’s record to 11 wins and 5 losses. Lee drops to 9-3.

On the other hand, “The Rock” Banario succumbed to a rear-naked choke in the first round from Amir Khan as Team Lakay will have to settle for a split during this sojourn.

The two heavy hitters started the bout with exchanges, as they traded punches and kicks at the center of the ring.

About halfway through the bout, Khan saw a opportunity to takedown Banario as he left himself open after a punch-kick combination.

Banario escaped this one and got back to his feet but Khan eventually got control of Banario’s back and sent him back down to the canvass.

After several struggles for positioning, from Banario to free himself from the hold and Khan to execute a submission move, Khan was able secure his right arm underneath Banario’s’s chinand forced the tap at the 4:34 mark of the first round.

The loss dropped Banario’s record to 13-7 while Khan improves to 11-3 while earning the second submission win of his career.

Khan, who holds the record for the most knockouts in the promotion’s history at eight, also extended his ONE Championship record stoppage victory to 10. He now rockets back up the lightweight elite ranks.

“Panda” Xiong Jing Nan of China sent the crowd into a rapturous chorus of cheers by clinching a scintillating technical knockout victory over Brazilian challenger Samara Santos in the main event to keep the coveted ONE Women’s Strawweight World Championship around her waist.

Xiong got the job done in the third round, thwarting the courageous Santos with a thunderous right hand.

By: ARMANDO M. BOLISLIS

Banner photo: WINNING THE WAR. Edward Kelly got mixed results in his latest bout as he yielded the actual battle to adversary Christian Lee but won the war as he was declared the winner on an illegal suplex move. Photo by ONE Championship.

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