HONORIO Banario plans to showcase his polished grappling game as he goes for his third straight win against Rajinder Singh Meena in ONE: Age of Domination on December 2 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Filipino fighter of Team Lakay is fully confident he won’t let the home crowd down when he takes on the Indian fighter in a lightweight match, as he feels he has done enough to become a better MMA fighter by working on his weakness that is grappling.
“I have made it a point to do what I can to improve my grappling,” said Banario. “Everyone knows my weakness has always been grappling, but that’s what we do. We focus on plugging those holes and erasing our weaknesses.”
“I have been travelling all over the Philippines, visiting various gyms especially in Manila, working on my wrestling and grappling. Compared to one to maybe two years ago, my grappling right now is much smoother than before. I am a more complete MMA fighter.”
Banario, who is seeking to improve on his 10-6 record following victories over Eddie Ng and Vaughn Donayre, said he has not stopped training despite the twin wins this year.
“I’m a hundred percent ready to go back in there again. In victory or in defeat, I will never stop doing what I love to do. I never stop training. I train all year round. Whether I have an upcoming fight or not, I’m always prepared,” he said.
“True martial artists are always in search of perfection of their craft. I can’t wait to go back inside the cage and show the world how much better I have gotten,” added Banario.