MMA: Alvarez, Folayang battle for spot in ONE Lightweight Grand Prix Finals


Posted at Jul 15 2019 05:15 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The highly anticipated showdown between Eduard "Landslide" Folayang and Eddie "The Underground King" Alvarez will be for a spot in the finals of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix.

This was announced by ONE Championship on Monday, after Timofey Nastyukhin was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to injury. The Russian was set to face former ONE featherweight champion Honorio "The Rock" Banario.

Alvarez, the only man to win world titles in both of North America's leading promotions, is intent on cementing his status as an all-time great by capturing the ONE lightweight world title as well.

He hit a stumbling block in his ONE Championship debut, however, when he ran into Nastyukhin. Now Alvarez is on the comeback trail, and will need to defeat Filipino icon Folayang if he hopes to reinvigorate his chances at the ONE world title.

Folayang, a former ONE lightweight world champion, is bracing for what should be the biggest test of his career against Alvarez.

The winner of this bout moves on to face Turkish sensation Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev in the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix finals.

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