EDUARD Folayang believes he has what it takes to stop Shinya Aoki, unbeaten in four years, as the Filipino fighters challenges the One Championship lightweight champion on November 11 in ONE: Defending Honor at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
“I am at the peak of my abilities as a fighter,” Folayang said. “All the hard work I have put into training has finally started to pay off and I am challenging the great champion Aoki.
“It will be an honor to share the cage with him, but I feel I have the skills to pull off an upset. 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 added.
The Team Lakay fighter won his two fights this year and holds a 16-5 win-loss record, while Aoki has a 39-6 fight record with 25 fights won by submission and is on a nine-fight win streak.
“I have been in the sport for many years and have fought the toughest challengers across the world, but this is the first time I will be fighting a strong Filipino warrior,” Aoki said.
Aoki lost in 2012 in Bellator against Eddie Alvarez but has been unbeaten since. His last fight was in December last year, stopping Kazushi Sakuraba in the first round.
“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,” said ONE CEO Victor Cui in a statement.
“He is deserving of a title shot which he earned with victories over Tetsuya Yamada and Adrian Pang,” Cui added.