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Champion vs Champion: Eduard Folayang faces Martin Nguyen in second title defense

Champion vs Champion: Eduard Folayang faces Martin Nguyen in second title defense

Asia’s premier fight league ONE Championship has just announced the main event of Legends of the World. ONE Championship: Legends of the World is set to take place on Friday, November 10 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

The fighting pride of Baguio City, ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang will defend his title against ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen in a cross-divisional showdown of epic proportions.

“ONE Championship continues to push the boundaries of sports and entertainment with each event, and our next show in Manila is going to be absolutely phenomenal,” said Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship Chatri Sityodtong.

“Two world champions in their respective weight classes are set to go head-to-head in a cross-divisional showdown that will be talked about the world over.”

Eduard “Landslide” Folayang of the legendary Team Lakay in Baguio City is one of the Philippines’ most experienced martial artists.ONE Kings of Destiny - Folayang x Pacquiao

After nearly a decade of competing in various promotions, Folayang has amassed an impressive 18-5 professional record. The 33-year-old veteran is currently riding a four-bout winning streak against high-profile opponents, including an emphatic technical knockout victory over Japanese legend Shinya Aoki to capture the ONE Lightweight World Championship in 2016.

Showcasing a highly-improved wrestling and grappling arsenal, Folayang thoroughly defeated top challenger Ev Ting in his first title defense last April.

Now set to return to the ONE Championship cage in Manila, Folayang will face ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin Nguyen in a cross-divisional showdown.

“As a martial artist, I am constantly in search of the biggest challenges, the biggest tests of my skills. As champion, I welcome any and all challengers. Martin [Nguyen] is one of the best in the world and it is an honor to share the ONE Championship cage with him,” said the humble champion. “This is a bout for the fans, and I can’t wait to perform in front of my hometown crowd in Manila once again.

“I have complete respect for my opponent’s skills and together with my brothers at Team Lakay, my coach Mark Sangiao, I’m preparing to showcase the best version of Eduard Folayang on November 10.”

Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Sydney, Australia, though is no slouch as he is a highly-skilled finisher and one of the most talented featherweights in martial arts.ONE Global Rivals - Martin Nguyen x Kai Wen Li

In his most recent bout, Nguyen stepped into the ONE Championship cage last August, scoring the biggest victory of his career when he stopped former undefeated featherweight champion Marat “Cobra” Gafurov in Macao to capture the ONE Featherweight World Championship.

Sporting a 9-1 professional record, Nguyen’s all-around skill set allows him to compete at the highest level of competition.

“New Years’ will be coming early this year, because in this fight there will definitely be fireworks. I’m out not only to make a statement, but to go down in history as the best to ever compete under the ONE Championship banner,” said Nguyen, who is looking to become ONE’s first-ever two-division champion. “I have the utmost respect for Eduard, and will definitely not take his skills for granted. But this is going to be a dog fight.

“It’s the first time two champions in different divisions go head-to-head in ONE, and I am excited to give the performance of a lifetime.”

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