It’s been over a year since Eddie Ng last stepped inside the ONE FC cage. He’s now ready to make up for lost time.

“I’ve waited a long time to get physically right to resume my career and now I’m ready for the best fighters in my division,” says Ng.

That contender is Honorio “The Rock” Banario (9-6), the former ONE featherweight world champion, who Ng will face at ONE Championship’s first Macau card at The Venetian’s Cotai Arena.

“I look at Banario as a fierce competitor, you don’t get to the championship level without having legit skills, but he can lose fights, just like me. Anyone can win or lose on any given day.”

From 2010 to 2013, Ng was on a tear, fast becoming the region’s top lightweight contender with back to back wins over Peter Davis, Arnaud Lepont and Jian Kai Chee.

Ng lost his last two outings, with a first-round stoppage from Vincent Latoel in May 2014 and a submission loss to Ariel Sexton a year later.

Ng admits that Banario will not be easy, but says his focus is on his own performance.

“I don’t focus on his strengths, I just focus on my own development and my own self-improvement. When it’s time to fight, I go out there and perform – that’s what I can control.

“Some people tell me ‘you must win this fight’, but I don’t think of it like that. I always remember the beginning and where I came from.”

Born in Hong Kong, but raised in the UK, Ng has been practicing martial arts since the age of 13, taking up kung fu as a way to halt schoolyard bullying and racism.

“There’s a lot of different reasons why people train in martial arts, for me martial arts is about self improvement. It’s not about becoming the best in the world, it’s about becoming a better version of yourself.

Eddie Ng

“If I win, I win. If I lose, I lose. But if I do my best, the result will take care of itself.”

Fighting in Macau in front of friends and family has mixed feelings for him.

“I’ve got mixed feelings about it. Getting the chance to fight and compete in front of my friends and family is special to me, but I don’t want them to worry about me.”

“Once my career is done, having fought in Macau will be something I can look back on and can be proud of.”

While some argue that Macau is a make or break situation for Ng, he takes a different perspective.

“When I first started competing in MMA, I did it for the love of the sport, it wasn’t to prove it was better than anyone else. I’m just fortunate to fight on the biggest stage in Asia.

One thing is for sure. Ng remains a tremendous perspective in the ONE FC ranks.