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    Folayang falls to hometown bet Aoki to surrender ONE Lightweight title in Tokyo

    Mar 31, 2019
    PHOTO: jerome ascaño

    EDUARD Folayang lost his ONE Lightweight World Championship to Shinya Aoki via technical submission in the main event of ONE: A New Era Sunday at Ryoguku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.

    It was a quick end to a rematch two and a half years in the making as the Japanese challenger caught the Igorot warrior in an arm triangle that forced to the referee to stop the match at the 2:34 mark of the first round.

    Folayang became the fourth Filipino champion to lose his title this year in what has been a disastrous 2019 for Team Lakay.

    Joshua Pacio and Geje Eustaquio both lost their titles in their title defenses earlier this year, while Kevin Belingon got disqualified earlier in the night that led to him surrendering his bantamweight title to Bibiano Fernandes.

    That left the Benguet-based stable without any gold in the world's largest martial arts organization after starting the year with four World Champions.

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    Folayang dropped to 21-7 in his career, losing the lightweight title he reclaimed just last November.

    Aoki, meanwhile, celebrated in front of his home crowd as he rose to 43-8 in his career to end the stacked Tokyo fight card.

    Danny Kingad was the lone Filipino to get his hands raised for the night after scoring a unanimous decision win over Senzo Ikeda and advance to the semifinals of the Flyweight Grand Prix.

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