MMA: Edward Kelly banks on age difference when he battles ex ONE champ


Posted at Jun 14 2018 03:00 AM

Team Lakay fighter Edward Kelly has to go through Narantungalag Jadambaa of Mongolia to get his title shot. Handout

After a highlight-reel finish in his last bout, Team Lakay's Edward Kelly is going for another impressive win, this time against former ONE featherweight champion Narantungalag Jadambaa.

Kelly will square off against the Mongolian fighter in the undercard of ONE: Pinnacle of Power in Macau on June 23.

The 34-year-old Baguio City native is coming off a 21-second knockout win over Cambodia’s Meas Meul in January.

He connected a quick 3-punch combination on Meul before unleashing a killer roundhouse that sent him face first into the canvass.

Kelly now owns both the fastest knockout and finish in ONE Championship’s featherweight division, with the scorching stoppage going viral online.

“I am a martial artist who always looks for the finish. As much as possible, I want to give the fans what they want,” Kelly said.

“In my upcoming bout, my fans should expect that I will have the same mentality. I will look for that finish."

But in order to get closer to the featherweight crown, he must go through Jadambaa.

Although Jadambaa yielded to former featherweight titlist Marat Gafurov in their November 2016 title rematch, he remains a fearsome opponent.

Jadambaa is a very good submission artist with superb power in both hands. He actually knocked out Kelly's older brother, Eric, in 1 round in 2016.

“To be honest, Jadambaa is one of the very few peers that I look up to in ONE Championship. He is my idol. He is incredibly tough and durable. But most importantly, he has a big heart. It is an honor for me to compete against him,” Kelly said.

Despite the vast difference in terms of competitive experience, Kelly said he believes his youth will play a factor in his 3-round encounter with the 42-year-old Mongolian kickboxer.

“The only advantage I would have probably is age. I am a little younger than he is, and he has been in more cage wars, so the mileage is there. But in this particular fight, I do not think it will matter,” Kelly said.

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