EDWARD Kelly once again showed his striking prowess to come away with a technical knockout victory over Sung Jung Lee in the undercard of ONE: Roots of Honor on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.
The Team Lakay warrior wiggled his way out of his Korean foe's submission attempt and repeatedly connected with blows to the head, forcing referee Kemp Cheng to stop the bout at the 2:51 mark of the second round.
Kelly was warned with a yellow card in the final minute of the first round for kicking a grounded Sung in the face, but he bucked those worries to hike his record to 12-6.
"I know that he's a submission specialist, but I'm confident that I can escape and tolerate his ground game because the legs of Filipinos are strong enough," a victorious Kelly said.
Sung suffered his fourth straight defeat to fall to 4-5 in his career.
Kelly's brother Eric, however, wasn't as fortunate.
Kwon Won Il hardly broke a sweat as he knocked the elder Kelly out 19 seconds into the match with a solid right straight before going on to pummel the Filipino featherweight.
It was a swift punch that allowed the Korean fighter to bounce back from his February defeat to Masakazu Imanari and improve to a 7-1 record.
Kelly, on the other hand, suffered his sixth straight defeat to fall to 12-7 in what proved to be a disastrous comeback fight for him.
The 36-year-old has spent the past year getting his life back together, which led to him taking his family to Dubai before deciding to hit the cage anew.
In the night's opener, Ramon Gonzales (4-2) made quick work of Akihiro Fujisawa (5-1) with a submission win.
The Bicolano fighter put his Japanese foe out with a guillotine choke to come away with his third straight victory at the 1:19 mark of the first round.