MMA: Eduard Folayang open to possible square-off vs Christian Lee

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 07 2020 06:09 PM

Former two-time champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang welcomes the possibility of meeting reigning lightweight division king Christian “The Warrior” Lee inside ONE Championship's circle.

This after he heard news that the Singaporean considers him one of his choice foes.

“It would be an honor for me, and, of course, it will be a different challenge,” Folayang said, adding that he has witnessed Lee develop into a highly competitive fighter.

Lee came into ONE Championship as a 17-year-old competing in the featherweight division. While he had relative success, he had trouble beating ONE featherweight champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, who beat him twice.

This forced Lee to move to the lightweight division, where he upset Japanese legend Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki for the ONE lightweight title. He followed this up with another victory, this time against, Saygid “Dagi” Guseyn Arslanaliev in the ONE lightweight World Grand Prix Final. 

“I am very impressed with his improvements,” Folayang said. “I saw his growth as an athlete.” 

Folayang, however, admitted he will have to rack up a couple of victories before getting that title shot.

“It’s going to be a very challenging match if I face Christian Lee. I know I am still far from a world title match, but in the future, I look forward to facing him,” he said.

Nevertheless, the prospect of taking on Lee excites 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 more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website).