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Folayang stakes ONE belt vs Aussie ONE champion
by Harley F. Palangchao

BACK IN TRAINING -- ONE lightweight world champion Eduard Folayang together with Team Lakay fighters Kevin Belingon and Gina Iniong are back in full training in preparation for the ONE: Legends of the World set at the Mall of Asia Arena on Nov. 10. Folayang will defend his belt against ONE featherweight champion Martin Nguyen in a cross-divisional showdown. -- HFP

Eduard Folayang’s ONE lightweight world belt is on the line after all.

Team Lakay clarified last week that Folayang will defend his ONE lightweight belt against newly-crowned ONE featherweight world champion Martin Nguyen at the Mall of Asia Arena on Nov. 10.

Team Lakay chairman Mark Sangiao received an official communication that his prized ward will defend his belt, as Folayang and Nguyen will be fighting in the lightweight division.

This means that Nguyen will still remain as the ONE featherweight world champion assuming he loses to Folayang. On the other hand, he will make history in ONE as the first fighter in the promotion to become a two-division champion if he wins the much-awaited cross divisional showdown.

While Folayang appeared to be on the disadvantage, the Igorot MMA champion who helped the media presence of ONE in Asia is always ready to face the challenges to prove his worth as one of the best fighters in the business.

The 33-year-old Folayang topped the six most decorated fighters currently with contracts with ONE.

ONE said that of the many awards, Folayang has claimed 11 major medals, including three golds at the Southeast Asian Games (2003, 2005 and 2012), a bronze at the 2002 Busan Asian Games, a silver at the 2004 Asian Wushu Championships, a bronze at the 2005 World Wushu Championships, and a silver at the 2006 Doha Asian Games.

Even before the cross divisional showdown has been announced, Folayang has been busy with his training in Baguio and Team Lakay central gym in La Trinidad, Benguet.

Nguyen earned the credential to fight Folayang following his upset victory against former long-time ONE featherweight world champion and previously undefeated Marat Gafurov last month.

Nguyen, who has nine wins and one loss, said he is confident he will emerge victorious in his fight against the Filipino champion.

The supporting bouts in the event has yet to be announced by ONE.

 
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