On October 13, ONE Championship will premiere two full stacked cards in Tokyo as a culmination of its 100th event, and one team in particular, has its eyes set on regaining supremacy within the promotion by having its fighters win all their matches.
Baguio City’s Team Lakay is undoubtedly the Philippines’ finest producer of the archipelagic country’s best mixed martial artists, having proven the notion time and time again by having its athletes go toe-to-toe against not only some of Asia’s best, but the world as a whole.
In 2018, the team exerted dominance within the ranks of ONE, having a champion in four different MMA weight classes. However, as 2019 progressed, Team Lakay began losing those world titles one-by-one in a matter of just three months.
Fortunately, the year is far from over, with plenty of action left in store for Baguio City’s finest to climb themselves back to a pinnacle that they know they’re capable of reaching and reasserting Team Lakay as the most dominant stable across the promotion.
And with four fighters scheduled to banner it at ONE: Century, the seed for its return to preeminence has been planted.
First in action for the team will be strawweight fighter Lito Adiwang, who is fresh off a ONE Warrior Series triumph which earned him a ONE Championship contract. The promising youngster has displayed powerful striking and good ground defense, and his Japanese foe, veteran Senzo Ikeda, should serve as a building block for what’s to come in Adiwang’s young career.
Next up is Danny Kingad, who is scheduled to compete in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Final after successful assignments in the quarterfinals against Tatsumitsu Wada and semifinals against Reece McLaren. The “King” will have plenty on his shoulders when he faces perennial pound-for-pound best fighter candidate Demetrious Johnson in what will be his most difficult challenge yet.
The team’s penultimate representative will be Honorio Banario when he faces always-dangerous veteran Shinya Aoki in a lightweight showdown. Despite dropping his two previous bouts, the “Rock” has remained in radar of the division’s best. A win against Aoki would be a huge confidence booster for Banario and could be the start to a route which leads him back to the title he once held around his waist.
Closing out the show for Team Lakay at ONE’s groundbreaking event is Kevin Belingon. In his first meeting with Bibiano Fernandes, Belingon was soundly defeated by the Brazilian via submission. He then avenged that loss shortly thereafter with a convincing unanimous decision victory in the two’s second meeting, before being on the losing end once again in their third bout due to early stoppage when he was assessed with an illegal blow to Fernandes.
The “Silencer” will be looking to finally end his rivalry with Brazilian Bibiano Fernandes with a victory in their fourth meeting, and in doing so, becoming the undisputed bantamweight champion.
With the reputation that Team Lakay carries, it can certainly be expected that this set of Filipino fighters will give one heck of a showdown in Tokyo. If they were to sweep the event with wins across the board, the team should surely cement its place as not only ONE Championship’s top stable, but also as one of the best in the world.
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