MMA: Folayang, compatriots have one objective — defend the home turf


Posted at Nov 10 2017 07:53 AM

Eduard Folayang puts his ONE Championship title on the line when he faces Martin Nguyen in the main event of ONE: Legends of the World card at Mall of Asia Arena on Friday. 

The premier MMA promotion hasn't seen anything like this, two title-holders — Folayang in the lightweight division and Nguyen in the featherweight class — battling for the Filipino fighter's throne.

"Papasukin iyong division ko, so as much as possible, you are not only defending your own name, but also your division," Folayang said in the prefight press conference held earlier this week. 

Folayang won his belt when he defeated Shinya Aoki on November 11 last year. 

After that shock victory in Singapore, Folayang hopes to get the same result when the Team Lakay stalwart takes on his Vietnamese-Australian opponent in front of hometown fans in Pasay City.

Folayang isn't the only Filipino on the weekend card.

Danny Kingad clashes with Brazil's Adriano Moraes for the world flyweight championship, while Kevin Belingon battles Kevin Chung of South Korea in a bantamweight tussle.

In other fights featuring local bets, Gina Iniong faces Priscilla Lumban Gaol of Indonesia in a womens' atomweight match, while Joshua Pacio takes on Roy Doliguez in an all-Filipino strawweight encounter.

Catch the action LIVE, 8:30 p.m. on S+A channel 23.

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