Three Filipino mixed martial artists will represent the famed Team Lakay of Baguio City, Philippines at “ONE: Reign of Kings” on July 27, 2018. They are Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, 30, Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 34, and Joshua “Passion” Pacio, 22.
“ONE: Reign of Kings” will take place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila. On the preliminary card, Pacio will make an attempt to break the undefeated record of Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit, 22, of Thailand as they compete in the strawweight division.
Folayang will also face an undefeated opponent. On the main card, he will compete in the lightweight division against Aziz Pahrudinov, 29, of Russia, who currently has 20 wins and 0 loss.
In the main event, Belingon will compete for the ONE Interim Bantamweight Championship against Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 30, of Australia and Vietnam. The latter is the reigning ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion.
Having competed against Nguyen, Folayang is aware of the toughness of Belingon’s opponent at “ONE: Reign of Kings.” It was the Vietnamese-Australian superfighter who dethroned Folayang as the ONE Lightweight World Champion in 2017.
Describing Nguyen as an intelligent martial artist, Folayang said the “ONE: Reign of Kings” main event will “all come down to who wants it more.” The Team Lakay fighter pointed out, “Whoever imposes his will is going to walk out of the arena with that belt.”
For Folayang, being able to train alongside Belingon and help him prepare for a former adversary in Nguyen is an honor he holds to high regard. Folayang said he and Belingon have a long history together as teammates as they have been training together since their professional MMA debuts in the Philippines.
“It makes me happy to see him at this level,” Folayang said of Belingon. “Competing on the same card, it is both an honor and a privilege. It’s a good test for Kevin and I know he can get the win.”
Also fighting on the preliminary card of “ONE: Reign of Kings” is Rene “D’ Challenger” Catalan, 39, of Iloilo, Philippines. Representing Catalan Fighting System, he will competed in the strawweight division against undefeated contender Stefer Rahardian, 31, of Indonesia.
Meanwhile, here is a short interview with Folayang: