Adrian Pang Competes at ONE: Heroes of Honor
Adrian Pang Goes Hunting Against Honorio Banario
Some call him “The Hunter”, we call him “The Godfather of Aussie MMA”. Adrian Pang has been a staple of the Aussie MMA scene since 2001 and has become a top lightweight under ONE Championship’s banner.
And this weekend at ONE: Heroes of Honor, he’s got an opportunity to prove it once more.
His opponent Honorio Banario offers him a mighty fine test. On a four fight win streak, Banario fights at home in Manila this weekend. For Adrian Pang, that means he can be the disruption in the system. The hometown kid is always supposed to get the win, right? Well life’s not always a fairytale.
Adrian Pang’s bout at Heroes of Honor represents the 35th such event in his career. At 22-10-2, “The Hunter” has seen plenty of success over the course of his 17+ year career.
He’s won titles in three separate promotions while picking up 15 finishes along the way. But now, he has his eyes set on a new accolade. That would be the ONE Championship lightweight title. Though he’s lost three in a row, the competition has never been stiffer, thus allowing him to remain very much in the running for a title shot with a couple of wins.
That starts this weekend with his Filo foe.
Banario has been up and down over the course of his career. At one point, he dropped five consecutive fights, but now finds himself on an incredible tear. That has earned him a spot on ONE’s most recent excursion to Manila facing an Australian MMA legend.
But Adrian Pang doesn’t just want to be considered a legend. He wants to be a contender to the ONE crown and this weekend, he’ll get back on track to make that a reality. With a knockout win over Peter Davis and a submission finish of Vincent Latoel, Pang has had success with the promotion. So how long would he have to get back into the title picture? Let’s assess.
His Spot Among the Elite
The lightweight division of ONE Championship has certainly undergone some interesting developments.
It’s recently crowned champion, Martin Nguyen went searching for a third title and unfortunately came up short. Now, he’s booked to defend his featherweight crown against Christian Lee soon and will look forward from there. What does that mean for Adrian Pang and the other lightweight’s interested in challenging for the title?
It means they’ve got more time to establish themselves as threats.
Sure there are some fun match-ups to be made for Nguyen once he decides to move back up in weight and defend his throne. Timofey Nastyukhin, Amir Khan and Eduard Folayang all represent legitimate challenges to the crown. But Adrian Pang could work his way back into the mix as well.
Two of his last three losses came against Khan and Folayang, so the competition he’s faced is second to none. Add to that a controversial split decision loss at ONE: Defending Honor and the losing streak quickly loses meaning. It’s not so much that he’s been outclassed. Rather, Adrian Pang has been defeated by some of the best fighter’s in the world. And if given an opportunity of revenge, i’m sure he’d make the most of it.
However, regardless of where he goes from here, “The Godfather of Aussie MMA” will always hold a special place in our hearts. He’s a legend and a true warrior.
At ONE: Heroes of Honor, he’ll go hunting once more; Pang the predator, Banario the prey. And if history is any indication of what’s to come, “The Hunter” will get his man.