TEAM Lakay looks to have two One Championship titleholders by the end of the night.
Eduard Folayang defends his One lightweight crown against featherweight titlist Martin Nguye, while Danny Kingad challenges Adriano Moraes for the flyweight title in the One: Legends of the World on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.
Folayang will be defending his title in the country for the second time after retaining his title in April against EV Ting.
For Folayang, 18-5, fighting a champion in another weight class is a challenge that he just can't say no to.
His opponent in Nguyen, 9-1, is coming off a huge upset victory over Marat Gafurov last August.
“Representing the Philippines and showcasing my skills is an honor for me. Filipinos are truly world-class," Folayang said. "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," he added.
Kingad, on the other hand, is looking to become the third fighter from the Lakay stable to be crowned champion after Folayang and Honorio Banario.
Unbeaten at 5-0, Kingad's skills were in full display in his victory over Malaysia’s Muhammad Aiman.
But things won't be easy against Moraes who recently snapped Kairat Akhmetov'a 23-fight unbeaten run to unify the flyweight title in October.
"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," said Kingad.
"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," he added.
Bantamweight contender Kevin Belingon will also be in action when he takes on Korean MMA star Kevin Chung (4-0).
Belingon, 16-5, is fresh off a TKO victory over former No. 1 contender Reese McLaren and will be looking to put a dent on Chung's record.
A win is likely to put Belingon back in the picture for a possible rematch with One legend Bibiano Fernandes.