MMA

Team Lakay’s Eduard Folayang is ONE Lightweight World Champion again

Victor Cui, Eduard Folayang (© ONE Championship)

Victor Cui, Eduard Folayang (© ONE Championship)

Representing Team Lakay, Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 35, of the Philippines has been crowned the ONE Lightweight World Champion for the second time. He defeated Amir Khan, 24, of Singapore at “ONE: Conquest of Champions.”

ONE Championship held “ONE: Conquest of Champions” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila on November 23, 2018. The fight card featured eight MMA matches, two Muay Thai bouts and two kickboxing contests.

In the co-main event of the evening, Folayang and Khan competed for the then vacant ONE Lightweight World Championship. After five five-minute rounds, the Team Lakay fighter was crowned the new champion again by defeating his opponent from Evolve MMA via unanimous decision.

Folayang dominated Khan from start to finish. The Team Lakay fighter punished his younger opponent with a variety of striking combinations featuring spinning heel kicks and sharp elbows.

Khan tried his best to counter Folayang’s offense. However, the Evolve MMA athlete appeared a step slower and could not pin down his Filipino opponent’s timing.

Winning at “ONE: Conquest of Champions” improved Folayang’s professional MMA record to 21 wins and 6 losses. It was his 11th victory in ONE Championship.

On the other hand, losing to Folayang dowgraded Khan’s record to 11 wins and 4 losses. It was the third ONE Championship loss of the Singaporean fighter.

Folayang first held the title from November 11, 2016 to November 10, 2017. He first earned the title by knocking out Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Japan at “ONE: Defending Honor” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.

On April 21, 2017, Folayang successfully defended the belt against Ev “E.T.” Ting, 29, of New Zealand and Malaysia at “ONE: Kings of Destiny” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. A year later in the same venue, the Filipino MMA superfighter lost the belt to Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 29, of Australia and Vietnam.

On September 28, 2018, Nguyen vacated the ONE Lightweight World Championship because he is unable to defend it due to an injury. He is still the reigning ONE Featherweight World Champion.

Meanwhile, here is Folayang during the “ONE: Conquest of Champions” post-fight press conference:

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