One Fighting Championship will crown its first featherweight champion on Feb. 2, when Honorio Banario meets Eric Kelly at One FC 7 at Putra Indoor Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
One FC head Victor Cui announced the news to Sherdog.com during an interview on Wednesday, also revealing that One FC 8 will take place April 6 in Singapore.
Beaten just once in eight pro outings, Banario captured the Universal Reality Combat Championship lightweight title last year and posted six consecutive victories to start his pro career before tasting defeat in his One FC debut against Bae Young Kwon this past February. The Filipino fighter then rebounded from that setback by stopping fellow URCC veteran Andrew Benibe on Aug. 31 at One FC 5.
Another Filipino standout, Kelly has gone undefeated in nine pro fights, winning the URCC featherweight belt just over two years ago before joining the One FC roster. Kelly has since posted a trio of victories inside the Singapore-based organization’s circular cage, besting Kwon and former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver before returning to the URCC to submit Brad Terrey on Dec. 1.