The Philippines and Singapore were among the 14 countries represented at “ONE: Eternal Glory.” It is the first event of Singapore-based martial arts organization ONE Championship in 2019.
Featuring 10 mixed martial arts matches and two Muay Thai contests, “ONE: Eternal Glory” took place at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia on January 19, 2019. In the 10th bout of the evening, Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly, 34, of Baguio City, Philippines faced Christian “The Warrior” Lee, 20, of Tanjong Pagar, Singapore.
It was a rematch between Kelly and Lee. During their first encounter at “ONE: Beyond the Horizon” on September 8, 2018 in Shanghai, China, Lee was disqualified due to illegal suplex so the victory was automatically awarded to Kelly.
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on June 21, 1998, Lee is the younger brother of reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee, 22. They are both training out of Evolve MMA in Singapore and United MMA in Hawaii, United States.
Christian is a five-time Pankration World Champion. As an MMA fighter, the Evolve MMA fighter has been competing professionally since 2015.
Born on March 1, 1984 in the Philippines, Kelly is training out of Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines. He competed on the Philippines Wushu Team in 2000 and joined ONE Championship in 2013.
On January 26, 2018, Kelly knocked out Meas Meu, 28, of Cambodia via head kick and punches after 21 seconds in the first round at “ONE: Global Superheroes.” It is the fastest knockout in ONE featherweight history.
Kelly and Christian competed in an MMA bout in the featherweight division at “ONE: Eternal Glory.” Referee Kemp Cheng put a stop to the contest after 2 minutes and 53 seconds in the first round.
Christian knocked out Kelly via strikes. This improved the Singaporean fighter’s professional MMA record to 11 wins and 3 losses.
On the other hand, Kelly now has 11 wins and 6 losses. “ONE: Eternal Glory” marked the second time the Team Lakay athlete was knocked out via strikes in the ONE Championship cage.
“ONE: Eternal Glory” Main Event
In the main event of “ONE: Eternal Glory,” Yosuke “Tobizaru” Saruta, 31, of Saitama, Japan will challenge Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 22, of La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines. The Japanese challenger won via split decision.
In the co-main event, Alexi “Phet” Serepisos, 24, of New Zealand and Mongkolpetch Petchyindee Academy, 23, of Thailand competed in a Muay Thai contest in the flyweight division. The Thai contender won via unanimous decision.
Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea, Thailand and the United Kingdom were also represented at “ONE: Eternal Glory.” Check the complete fight card here.
Here are Michael Schiavello and Mitch Chilson giving a “ONE: Eternal Glory” recap: