Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Japan will challenge reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 35, of the Philippines in a rematch at “ONE: A New Era.” They had their official face-off during the press conference on March 28, 2019 at the Ritz Carlton in Tokyo, Japan.
“I am well-prepared for this bout,” Folayang said during the press conference. “I am so happy to be here in Japan for this historic event. I know Shinya has prepared well also and I am expecting the very best from him.”
Folayang represents Team Lakay of Baguio City, Philippines. Aoki trains out of Evolve MMA in Singapore.
“This rematch is three years in the making,” the Team Lakay fighter added. “It’s an honor to face Shinya again. I believe this event is going to be explosive. History will be made.”
The rematch between Folayang and Aoki is the main event of “ONE: A New Era.” Taking place at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on March 31, 2019, it is the first ever ONE Championship event to take place in Japan.
The fight card features 11 mixed martial arts bouts and four ONE Super Series matches, which include two kickboxing contests and two Muay Thai contests. Aside from the main event, there will be three other title bouts, which are the three co-main events.
In the first co-main event, Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, 38, of Brazil will challenge reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, 31, of the Philippines. It will be the third time they are facing each other in the ONE Championship cage.
In the second co-main event, Ken Hasegawa, 32, of Japan will challenge reigning ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight World Champion “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang, 33, of Myanmar in a rematch. They will compete for the Burmese fighter’s middleweight belt.
In the third co-main event, reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “The Unstoppable” Angela Lee, 22, of Singapore will compete for her second belt. She will challenge reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, 31, of China.
Meanwhile, watch Folayang in an open workout in the Philippines in 2018 here: