Upbeat after winning two consecutive matches, Filipino mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Eduard “The Landslide” Folayang wants to notch a third victory when he takes on ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki in the main event of ONE: Defending Honor on November 11, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.
“I am at the peak of my abilities as a fighter. All the hard work I have put into training has finally started to pay off and I am challenging the great champion Aoki,” the Team Lakay standout Folayang said.
The Baguio City native added that he considered an honor to be inside the cage with the decorated Japanese MMA fighter.
Folayang is coming off a two-game winning streak, beating Adrian “The Hunter” Pang and Tetsuya Yamada.
With eight years of MMA experience under his belt, Folayang carries a record of 16 wins and five losses.
“I will fight for the honor of my country and the people of the Philippines who will be in my corner on fight night,” he said.
Folayang and Aoki will clash in a five-round lightweight bout.
“Filipino fight fans have been waiting a long time for this one. Eduard Folayang has been with ONE Championship since the beginning and has performed at an extremely high level in his last couple of bouts. He is deserving of a title shot which he earned with victories over Tetsuya Yamada and Adrian Pang,” ONE Championship CEO Victor Cui said in a statement.
Fighting out of Shizuoka, Japan, Aoki is the DREAM Lightweight Champion, former Shooto Welterweight Champion, and the reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion.
“This is the first time I will be fighting a strong Filipino warrior. I am excited to test my skills against a fighter representing the Philippines. Eduard Folayang is a great competitor with solid all-around skills. It should be an exciting match-up,” Aoki said.