Filipinos are without doubt some of the most talented people in the world. And among the roster of Pinoys who have brought pride to the country countless times were big names in the field of sports. Since then, dozens of our amazing players have carried the name of the Philippines into international sporting events like the Olympic Games and PyeongChang Olympics—with most of them turning out to be successful.
Recently, netizens have been cheering for yet another Pinoy who not only won the fight but also made history with his win. MMA fighter Edward Kelly, featherweight representing Baguio City‘s Team Lakay, gave an unbelievable performance last Friday, January 26, in “ONE: Global Superheroes” preliminary event at Mall of Asia Arena.
He gave a finishing blow to opponent, Cambodian Meas Meul, in just 21 seconds, the fastest in the history of ONE Championship Featherweight division.
In a news report from Kicker Daily, Edward recounted how he didn’t expect the fast knockout himself.
“I felt emotional because I know that Cambodians are like Filipinos, they’re used to hard work. When he fell and I saw his back, I thought he was going to roll and I would need to catch him on the ground with punches.”
Still in a state of disbelief, Edward was torn between euphoria and regret. When he knocked his opponent unconscious, the Pinoy MMA fighter said that he felt sorry, and event went out his way to apologize to Meas’ team.
“I just told him what happened is part of being a fighter.”
Meanwhile, the momentous bit was uploaded by ONE Championship on Facebook on the same day of the fight, to which Pinoy netizens in particular celebrated. As of writing, the clip has already earned over a million views, 18,000 reactions, 3,100 shares, and 1,300 comments.
Missed it? You can watch the “ferocious” KO here.
A "Ferocious" KO just 21 seconds in, the fastest in ONE Featherweight history! TV: Check local listings for global broadcast | PPV: Official Livestream at oneppv.com
Posted by ONE Championship on Friday, January 26, 2018
Congratulations on your legendary victory, Edward Kelly!
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