Edward Kelly served notice in his most recent appearance in the ONE Championship cage.
Now, he’ll try to score another key victory when he faces former featherweight champion Nadambaa Narantungalag at ONE: Pinnacle of Power next weekend from the Studio City Event Center in Macau, China.
The 34-year-old from Baguio City knocked out Meas Meul in January in just 21 seconds. Kelly now owns both the fastest knockout and fastest finish in ONE featherweight history.
“I am a martial artist who always looks for the finish. As much as possible, I want to give the fans what they want. They came and bought a ticket for an action-packed bout with an amazing conclusion,” Kelly said. “In my upcoming bout, my fans should expect that I will have the same mentality. I will look for that finish.
“The record does not mean much. Whether it is 21 seconds or the full three rounds, what matters is that I prepared myself to be the best. I think I just did my part to show the world what I am capable of inside the cage. The win was great, but now it is back to training, and getting better for the next bout.”
Kelly knows that Narantungalag is a viable challenger despite coming off a loss to Marat Gafurov in a rematch of their 2016 title fight. Prior to his MMA run, the 42-year-old Mongolian was a kickboxing legend.
“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,” he said. “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. I am expecting an honest, explosive contest between two talented strikers.
“Being that he is the former featherweight world champion, this bout is very significant. I know if I can beat Jadambaa, it will bring me one huge step closer to getting that title shot.”
The card features Laura Balin challenging Xiong Jing Nan for the strawweight belt and Adriano Moraes defending his flyweight title against interim champion Geje Eustaquio.