Team Lakay’s Ba­nario grabs grap­pling gold in two events

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FOR­MER ONE Feath­er­weight World Cham­pion Hono­rio “The Rock” Ba­nario (13-7) has been busy­ing him­self in grap­pling tilts, tak­ing home three gold medals in two grap­pling events on Sun­day, Oct. 7.

Ba­nario won gold at the Philip­pine stag­ing of Abu Dhabi Com­bat Club (ADCC), a premier grap­pling com­pe­ti­tion with dis­tinct rules geared to­ward sub­mis­sion wrestling.

He also took home two gold medals at Asia Pa­cific Sub Only Gi and No Gi tilt, which was held on the same day. The medals were for win­ning both gi and no-gi matches at the blue belt level, where he com­peted at the “un­der 85kg” weight class.

Ba­nario com­peted un­der the ban­ner of John Bay­lon’s Clube de Jiu Jitsu Filip­inas in both events.

“I’m hop­ing to com­pete more in BJJ (Brazil­ian Jiu Jitsu) in the fu­ture,” Ba­nario said, adding that he will do so as long as it does not in­ter­fere with his sched­ule in mixed mar­tial arts.

Ba­nario said that he was “back to the draw­ing board” fol­low­ing his loss to Sin­ga­porean stand­out Amir Khan (11-3) in Septem­ber.

“I hope I con­tinue to im­prove,” he said.

Ba­nario had his five bout win streak bro­ken in Septem­ber by Khan, who took his back in the first round and ended mat­ters abruptly with a rear naked choke.

Team Lakay will have an­other crack at Khan this Novem­ber through Ed­uard Fo­layang (206), who is slated to face the Sin­ga­porean for the va­cant ONE Lightweight World Cham­pi­onship. Both ath­letes are sched­uled to meet at ONE: CON­QUEST OF CHAM­PI­ONS, set for the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila on Fri­day, Nov. 23.

As for Ba­nario, he said he is just wait­ing for the an­nounce­ment of his next bout.

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