The Philippines and South Korea were among the 18 countries represented at “ONE: Roots of Honor.” It was the second ONE Championship event in 2019 held in the Philippines.
Featuring two kickboxing contests, two Muay Thai bouts and 11 mixed martial arts matches, “ONE: Roots of Honor” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on April 12, 2019. In the ninth bout of the evening, Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly, 35, of the Philippines faced Sung Jong Lee, 33, of South Korea.
Lee started his martial arts training in taekwondo as a young kid. He went on to become a NAGA No-Gi Grappling Champion.
“ONE: Roots of Honor” marked Lee’s fourth ONE Championship bout. He is training out of Eddie Bravo’s 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu Korea.
As an MMA fighter, Kelly has been competing professionally since 2007. He is training out Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines.
“ONE: Roots of Honor” marked Kelly’s 13th ONE Championship outing. He holds one of the fastest knockouts in ONE Championship’s featherweight division.
Kelly and Lee competed in an MMA match in the featherweight division. Kemp Cheng served as the referee.
Cheng put a stop to the featherweight bout after 2 minutes and 51 seconds in the second round. Kelly knocked out Lee via strikes.
Winning at “ONE: Roots of Honor” improved Kelly’s professional MMA record to 12 wins and 6 losses. On the other hand, Lee now has 4 wins and 5 losses.
“ONE: Roots of Honor” Main Events
In the co-main event, Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 23, of the Philippines challenged reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Yosuke “The Ninja” Saruta, 31, of Japan in a rematch. The Filipino challenger knocked out the Japanese defending champion in the fourth round.
In the main event, reigning ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 29, of Australia and Vietnam defended his belt against former champion Narantungalag “Tungaa” Jadambaa, 43, of Mongolia. The Vietnamese-Australian defending champion knocked out the Mongolian challenger in the second round.
Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, China, Cuba, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, Morocco, the Netherlands, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the United States were also represented at “ONE: Roots of Honor.” Check the complete results on Conan Daily.