Eduard “Landslide” Folayang (left) will defend his ONE Lightweight World title against his friend Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen at the ONE Legends of the World main event at the SM Mall of Asia Arena (Photo by Jamil Buergo)
“We’re friends through martial arts. And it is also through martial arts that we’re sharing the cage and give respect to the sport by giving it all against each other”. That is how Eduard “Landslide” Folayang describes his upcoming bout against Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen this coming Friday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
The 33-year old fighter from the legendary Team Lakay from Baguio is set to defend his ONE Lightweight World title against his friend and ONE Featherweight World champion Martin Nguyen in a cross-divisional championship bout.
Considered one of the most experienced MMA fighters in the country today, Folayang is coming off an impressive unanimous victory against Ev Ting during the ONE Kings of Dynasty event held in Manila last April. Prior to beating Ting, Folayang captured the ONE Lightweight championship with an emphatic TKO win against Shinya Aoki last year.
Folayang holds a remarkable MMA record of 18 wins and 5 losses.
“Representing the Philippines and showcasing my skills is an honor for me. Filipinos are truly world-class. We have the ability to hang with the best, no matter what the field. That is why I accepted this challenge in front of me. Join me as I continue my journey this coming Friday. Winning this bout is my top priority, to keep this belt on my shoulder. It is going to be tough, but I have my people to support me. I want to make everyone proud. I want to show the fans that Filipino athletes are world-class.” Folayang stated at the ONE Championship press conference held at the City of Dreams Grand Ballroom in Paranaque.
Nguyen, a Vietnamese based in Sydney, Australia also is coming off a knockout victory where he won the ONE Featherweight World title against Marat “Cobra” Gafurov last August in ONE Quest for Greatness in Kuala Lumpur. “2017 has already been a big year for me, and I am looking to end it with another belt on my shoulder.” claims Nguyen. “I have worked very hard to be in this position. Eduard Folayang is a great champion and embodies the true values of martial arts. I know chances like this are very rare. I will do my best to take another world title home for my family and all of my fans” he added.
In the co-main event this friday, ONE Championship fast rising star Danny Kingad is set to fight ONE Flyweight World champion Adriano Moraes of Brazil. “I have waited so long for this. Ever since I joined ONE Championship, I had my eyes set on becoming champion. This is what I wanted when I became a martial artist – to be the best in the world. Now that it is finally happening, and I have this opportunity right in front of me, the feeling of nervousness quickly turned into motivation. I’m ready to showcase my skills in front of the world. I believe it’s going to be a good and exciting match with Adriano [Moraes].” said Kingad, who sports a 5-0 mixed martial arts record
Another Filipino is set to see action is Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon as he will slug it out with Kevin Chung of South Korea. After losing his title match against ONE Bantamweight World champion Bibiano Fernandes early last year, Belingon is on a three fight win streak including a KO victory against Reece McClaren last August. “I am preparing very hard so that I can make my country proud again. I know my opponent is incredibly well-rounded and highly-skilled, so I will surely not be taking him lightly. It’s going to be an absolute battle from beginning to end.” said Belingon.
Other matches slated for ONE Legends of the World this Friday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena are the Strawweight fight between Alex Silva (Singapore) and Hayato Suzuki (Japan), Flyweight fight between Anatpong Bunrad (Thailand) and Reece McClaren (Australia), and the Featherweight match between Zhao Zhi Kang (China) and Thai Rithy (Cambodia).
Completing the fight cards on Friday are the preliminary matches of Filipinos Roy Doliguez and Joshua Pacio (Strawweight), Xie Chao of China versus Malaysia’s Kelvin Ong, Chinese Peng Xue Wen versus Cambodia’s Phat Soda, and the Women’s Atomweight clash between Priscilla Lumban Gaol of Indonesia and Gina Iniong of the Philippines.