Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 35, of the Philippines is in the list of opponents Christian “The Warrior” Lee, 22, Singapore wants to face. Recently, the Filipino mixed martial arts veteran talked about the possibility of challenging the reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion.
“I am very impressed with his improvements,” Folayang said of Lee. “I saw his growth as an athlete.”
Training out of Team Lakay in La Trinidad, Benguet, Philippines, Folayang is excited to face Lee. However, the Igorot MMA superstar knows that he has to conquer many obstacles to get a shot at the reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion.
Training out of Evolve MMA in Singapore and United MMA in Hawaii, United States, Lee has been reigning as the ONE Lightweight World Champion since May 17, 2019. He is the younger brother of reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “The Unstoppable” Lee, 23.
Christian is set to defend his strap against Iuri Lapicus, 24, of Moldova and Italy sometime in the future while Folayang has to scale the division’s ladder to get his name in ONE Championship’s top five lightweight rankings. The Team Lakay representative is hopeful that he will have the chance to challenge Angela’s younger brother.
“It’s going to be a very challenging match if I face Christian Lee,” Folayang said. “I know I am still far from a world title match but in the future, I look forward to facing him. It will be a big challenge for me if we face each other. I want to face him and I hope he remains the champ by then.”
For Folayang, challenging Christian “would be an honor.” The Team Lakay representative said, “Of course, it will be a different challenge.”
From 2015 to 2019, Christian competed in 16 professional MMA bouts, which were all in ONE Championship. He won 13 out of those 16 matches.
Two of those three were losses were in the hands of Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 31, of Australia and Vietnam. The other one was a disqualification loss due to illegal suplex to Folayang’s Team Lakay teammate Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly, 36, of the Philippines.
Folayang now has 22 wins and 9 losses. Competing professionally since 2007, he joined ONE Championship in 2011.