Former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 34, of the Philippines and Amir Khan, 23, of Singapore had their “ONE: Conquest of Champions” faceoff during an open workout at the Victory Sports Tower in Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines on November 16, 2018. They are scheduled to co-headline the fourth and last ONE Championship event in the Philippines in 2018.
“I am so happy for the opportunity to once again be fighting for the world title,” Folayang stated. “As always, I feel motivated and encouraged to do my best. I want to prove to the world that I am not done yet in this sport and that I can still be world champion.”
“Losing the title for the first time, it was a very painful feeling,” the former ONE Lightweight World Champion added. “But in defeat, I have discovered my weaknesses and made efforts to improve certain parts of my game. Now I am ready to showcase my championship form once again.”
The “ONE: Conquest of Champions” fight night will take place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on November 23, 2018. In the co-main event of the evening, Folayang and Khan will compete for the ONE Lightweight World Championship, which has been vacated by reigning ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 29, of Australia and Vietnam.
Folayang described Khan as “a great young martial artist” who has shown “tremendous growth” since his ONE Championship debut. The Filipino contender represents Team Lakay while his Singaporean opponent represents Evolve MMA.
“I cannot underestimate him because he is younger than I am,” Folayang said of Khan. “This bout is special because it’s taking place in front of my hometown crowd in Manila. It also represents a chance for me to redeem myself because this is the same place I lost the title one year ago.”
After losing the ONE Lightweight World Championship title, Folayang has worked very hard. He said he values the opportunity that was once again given to him.
As for Khan, he sees his professional MMA career as a long journey. He said, “I’ve worked very hard for this.”
“Ever since I started this journey, I have had one goal in mind and that’s to be champion,” Khan added. “Everything I have done so far has been to work towards achieving that dream.”
“I have 13 bouts in ONE Championship and 11 of those are wins,” the Singaporean contender added. “I’ve won my last two in exciting fashion. It’s only right that I am now challenging for the world title.”
Khan acknowledges that it is going to be a tough challenge to face a former champion like Folayang in the hometown of the latter. The Evolve MMA fighter said he is confident of victory although the Team Lakay fighter has the home crowd advantage.
“I hope to be able to bring this belt back to Singapore,” Khan said. “I foresee that I’ll be the Joseph Schooling of mixed martial arts.”
Meanwhile, here is a clip from the “ONE: Conquest of Champions” open workout featuring Folayang:
Ticket information for ONE: CONQUEST OF CHAMPIONS is available at www.onefc.com.