MANILA, Philippines — After scoring a highlight-reel finish in his last bout, Edward Kelly looks for another scintillating performance when he takes on Narantungalag Jadambaa in Macau, China, next weekend.
The 34-year-old Baguio City native eyes a follow-up to his 21-second knockout win over Cambodia’s Meas Meul earlier this week in the card billed as “Pinnacle of Power” set at the Studio City Event Center on June 23.
“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.
Kelly now owns both the fastest knockout and finish in ONE Championship’s featherweight division, with the scorching stoppage going viral around the world.
“In my upcoming bout, my fans should expect that I will have the same mentality. I will look for that finish,” he added.
However, having that distinction and honor is not something that the humble Kelly would brag about.
“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,” he added. “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 is ascending up ONE Championship’s featherweight ranks, but in order for him to reach the next level, he must defeat a tough opponent in Jadambaa, a former champion.
“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,” he explained.
“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,” he ended.