Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly, 34, of the Philippines is determined to win at “ONE: Beyond the Horizon” at the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai on September 8, 2018. His opponent is Christian “The Warrior” Lee, 20, of Singapore.
Lee has the world champions at Evolve MMA backing him from beyond the ropes, giving him instruction in a critical match up. For Kelly, he will have Team Lakay in his corner.
The Filipino fighter was deep in training, running the high altitudes of Baguio City where he and his band of brothers power through the elements. Not even inclement weather, brought about by fierce monsoon rains ravaging the country, has been able to peel Kelly’s focus away from the task at hand.
“I am determined to get this victory,” Kelly said in an interview with ONE Championship. “It’s a very important fight for me. I feel like I’m the underdog heading into this match up.”
“I am ready to surprise everyone yet again and I will give this young man a stiff test,” Kelly added. “We don’t have much at Team Lakay, but we do the best we can with what we have and that makes me very proud.”
Days before the “ONE: Beyond the Horizon” fight night, Team Lakay had to deal with a power surge that left the gym with no electricity and no lights, a common occurrence whenever there’s a bad storm, which incidentally has been hitting Baguio City hard for more than a week. Despite their predicament, Kelly’s team was able to find other ways to push through with training, even in pitch darkness.
“Nothing can stop us from doing what we love,” Kelly shared. “We will always adjust and we will always give our best in training.”
“If we work hard, we achieve the desired results,” the Team Lakay fighter added. “As martial artists, our job is to keep improving, and I’m ready to show fans the fruits of my labor.”
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