ONE Championship has yet to announce the fight card of its event at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on January 31, 2020. But Ev “E.T.” Ting, 29, of Malaysia and New Zealand has expressed his interest in being included.
On April 21, 2017, Ting challenged Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 36, of the Philippines, who was then the reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion, at “ONE: Kings of Destiny” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. After five five-minute rounds, referee Yuji Shimada raised the hand of the Filipino mixed martial arts star, who won via unanimous decision.
After the bout, Ting faced seven other opponents in ONE Championship. The most recent one was Amir Khan, 24, of Singapore.
On November 22, 2019, Ting and Khan competed in the lightweight division in the co-main event of “ONE: Edge of Greatness,” which took place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. The Singaporean contender won via split decision.
“I would love to stay busy to compete four times a year,” Ting told me when I asked him if he wanted to have his rematch with Khan in his next ONE Championship bout. But the Kiwi-Malaysian MMA fighter wants a different rematch.
“Ev Ting vs Amir Khan is scheduled for April 2020 in my hometown Kuala Lumpur where I am 10-0,” Ting told me. “However, I have unfinished business with Eduard Folayang in Manila so if they are looking to satisfy the crowd for January 2020, I am the man.”
Folayang is training out of Team Lakay in La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines and he currently holds a professional MMA record of 22 wins and 8 losses. In his most recent bout, which was at “ONE: Masters of Fate” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on November 8, 2019, he defeated Amarsanaa “Spear” Tsogookhuu, 29, of Mongolia via technical decision.
Training out of Auckland MMA in Auckland, New Zealand, Ting now holds a professional MMA record of 17 wins, 6 losses and 1 No Contest. Meanwhile, here is a “ONE: Edge of Greatness” recap: