ONE Championship lightweight king Eduard Folayang headlines the 10th fight card of the largest sports media property in Asian history on Philippine shores as he defends his belt against Malaysia’s Ev Ting in ONE: Kings of Destiny on April 21 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
The Folayang-Ting title clash will be the main event for ONE Championship’s return to Manila that’s set to rock the 20,000-capacity MOA Arena, with a stacked card that promises another evening of world-class mixed martial arts action that fans around the globe should not miss.
“It is always an amazing time when ONE Championship is in Manila, because Filipino fans are so intensely passionate about the sport of mixed martial arts that the atmosphere in the SM Mall of Asia Arena just hits a fever pitch,” said Victor Cui, CEO of ONE Championship.
“We can’t wait to be back in April as our team has prepared an incredible main event for the organization’s return to Manila,” he shared.
Folayang of the legendary Team Lakay in Baguio City is one of the Philippines’ most experienced mixed martial artists. After nearly a decade of competing in various promotions, Folayang has amassed an impressive 17-5 mixed martial arts record.
The 33-year-old veteran has authored a career resurgence last year, winning three consecutive matches against high-profile opponents and showcasing a highly-improved wrestling and grappling offensive arsenal.
In his last bout, Folayang shocked the world by capturing the ONE lightweight world championship belt with a sensational victory over Japanese legend Shinya Aoki. And he’s all the more eager to prove his win was no fluke in his first title defense and his comeback fight on home soil.
“Winning the title against a legend like Shinya Aoki will forever hold a special place of distinction in my career, but it is only the first step in establishing my legacy. Before champions are recognized as greats and legends of the sport, every single one of them faced contenders that challenged their prowess as champions. In April, I will have the opportunity to show the world why I hold my coveted title,” he said.
“I know how exceptional Ev Ting's talent is. I am in a tough preparation for this bout. This will be my first fight in the Philippines since December 2014. I don't want to let my countrymen down. I will make sure that the belt stays in the Philippines,” added Folayang.
Ting, though, is no pushover. The mixed martial artist of Malaysian heritage, Ting lives and trains out of Auckland, New Zealand, and owns a stellar 13-3 win-loss record so far in his professional career. A winner of his last four bouts over top-caliber foes, Ting is one of the most talented mixed martial artists to come out of Malaysia. Eight of his 13 victories have come by exciting finish, including four submissions and four knockouts. Ting secured a date with Folayang when he notched a split decision win over former title challenger Kamal Shalorus last February.
“I have worked tirelessly to be where I am now. It has finally paid off because I will get an opportunity to vie for a world title. It's every mixed martial artist's dream to become a champion. This is my chance to fulfill that dream. Eduard Folayang is a great champion and is admired by many Filipinos, but he has what I want. I'm coming to Manila to get it from him and bring the belt home to Malaysia,” said Ting.