After losing the ONE Lightweight World Champion title to Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Australia and Vietnam, Eduard “Landslide” Folayang of the Philippines is returning to the ONE Championship cage. Representing Team Lakay, the Filipino fighter will face Kharun “The Predator” Atlangeriev of Russia, who is making his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Unstoppable Dreams” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on May 18, 2018.
“To the common eye, it may be a mismatch on paper due to records and experience, but I am confident in my skills,” Atlangeriev stated. “I feel like this is my time to make myself known around the globe. Anything can happen, and I have the skills to finish him.”
Atlangeriev has an immaculate record in his mixed martial arts run, acing his 11 professional bouts with flying colors. Known for his intense demeanor inside the cage, he has gone the distance just once in his prizefighting stint as ten of his 11 career wins have come by way of finish.
“I have fought some crazy people in my career,” the undefeated Russian fighter said. “I know what Eduard Folayang offers, and I know how he fights, and to be honest, I am not really afraid of anything. The only thing I am afraid of is me not giving my 100 percent, and that is pretty much it.”
Coming off a 22-second stoppage win over Andrey Kurbatov in December 2017 under the Octagon Fighting Sensation umbrella, Atlangeriev seeks to make an impact in his maiden ONE Championship appearance by defeating Folayang. The Russian fighter said, “I believe in myself more, I have more confidence, and I feel like I am where I am supposed to be. I always knew I had potential, and on Friday, I will show it.”
Atlangeriv faces a tough test in the form of Folayang at “ONE: Unstoppable Dreams.” On the other hand, the ONE Championship debutant believes that he will make headlines by having his hand raised in triumph.
“I want a challenge,” Atlangeriev noted. “I want people to really think it is impossible for me to win because that is when I am going to show them wrong. I am here to shock the world.”
Meanwhile, here is Folayang with his fellow ONE Championship stars and Global Citizen ambassadors Brandon “The Truth” Vera and Angela “Unstoppable” Lee: