For the first time, Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly, 34, of the Philippines is facing a Singaporean opponent in ONE Championship. The fighter from Team Lakay of Baguio City will compete in the featherweight division at “ONE: Beyond the Horizon” at the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China on September 8, 2018.
Kelly’s “ONE: Beyond the Horizon” opponent is Christian “The Warrior” Lee, 20, of Singapore. The latter is the younger brother of reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee, 22.
“I’m a hundred percent ready to go back in there again,” Kelly stated. “In victory or in defeat, I will never stop doing what I love to do. I never stop training. I train all year round.”
Christian is a former Pankration World Champion who began his professional career on an absolute tear, railing off five-straight victories by thrilling finish. Having won four of his last five bouts, showcasing his impressive skills inside the ONE Championship cage, he has impressed fans with his ability to seek out stoppage wins over top-caliber foes in an exciting, fan-friendly style.
Apparently, a tough test awaits Kelly in his bid to reinsert his name into the winner’s column. The Team Lakay representative stressed that being an underdog in the three-round featherweight encounter with Lee heightens his hunger to walk away with the win.
“It’s good to be an underdog because it boosts my motivation to win,” Kelly shared. “When you’re an underdog, others believe that you have a small chance to win but in some instances, some fighters use it as an extra drive in their fights.”
Kelly has had his fair share of ups and downs in his mixed martial arts run, but he assured that his current situation would not stop him from becoming a major force in ONE Championship’s featherweight division. He noted, “Whether I have an upcoming fight or not, I’m always prepared.”
“True martial artists are always in search of perfection of their craft,” the Team Lakay fighter explained. “I can’t wait to go back inside the ring or cage and show the world how much better I have gotten.”
For Kelly, the perfect strategy will get him the victory against a highly-touted opponent like Lee. The Team Lakay fighter revealed, “My game plan will be the key in this matchup, and I believe we have the perfect strategy to beat him.”
“I fully expect to be victorious,” Kelly said. “Anything can happen, so we always have to be prepared. We train in all styles. It has to all come together. A sound game plan is also key to bringing everything together seamlessly.”
Meanwhile, here is a clip from one of Kelly’s previous bouts: