Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Folayang and Nguyen Face-Off for the Upcoming ONE Championship: Legends of the World in Manila

Filipino Eduard "Landslide" Folayang, and Australian Martin "The Situ-Asian" Nguyen during the ONE Championship Skyline Face-Off on October 10, 2017 at the City Garden Grand Hotel in Makati City.

There are two champions, but there could only be ONE Legend of the World.

Manila is now in heat after the skyline face-off between Eduard "Landslide" Folayang and Martin "The Situ-Asian" Nguyen, who were presented to the media on October 10, 2017, at the City Garden Grand Hotel in Makati City, Philippines. The journey to the much-awaited fight between the two champions has now officially begun.

ONE Championship™ (ONE), the largest sports media property in Asian history, in conjunction with Chevron Havoline™, recently announced the battle at the ONE Championship cage in a main event bout, entitled ONE: LEGENDS OF THE WORLD, set for November 10, 2017 at the iconic Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.

Filipinos and Martial Arts fans will witness ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, and newly-crowned ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen in their most challenging bout to date.

Lennard Kwek, Asia Pacific Marketing Manager, Chevron, stated: "We are excited at the possibilities and the opportunities for growth in both companies. The values of ONE and the strength of the athletes, resonate deeply to the core of Havoline on genuine strength. Caltex Havoline believes that, just like the bouts in the ONE Championship cage, our vehicles often face difficult conditions on the road. But with a proven warrior against friction, wear and sludge deposits, you can be sure that you will have a smooth and worry-free ride.”

Eduard "Landslide" Folayang

Eduard Folayang, ONE Lightweight World Champion, stated: “Martin [Nguyen] is a great martial artist and an amazing competitor. He has earned the highest degree of my respect. There is absolutely no chance that I am coming into this bout underestimating him. I am prepared for the best Martin Nguyen possible, one that has no weaknesses. This bout will be talked about long after it is finished, as two champions face-off inside the cage. I live for these challenges, and I am motivated for victory, for the pride and honor of the Philippines.”

Martin "The Situ-Asian" Nguyen 

Martin Nguyen, ONE Featherweight World Champion, stated: “I like Eduard [Folayang]. I said to myself I did not want to compete against someone I like and take away their glory, but opportunities like this do not come around too often. And, if I refused to do this, someone else was going to compete against him and take his glory. So it is strictly business. I am in a super bout for the first time ever in ONE Championship history to become a two-division champion. This match is not going to go the distance.”

Two champions in ONE Championship

ONE World Champions, Folayang vs. Nguyan will battle at ONE Legends of the World on November 10, 2017, to be held at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena, Pasay City, Philippines.

Eduard “Landslide” Folayang of the legendary Team Lakay in Baguio City is one of the Philippines’ most experienced martial artists. After nearly a decade of competing in various promotions, Folayang has amassed an impressive 18-5 professional record. The 33-year-old veteran is currently riding a four-bout winning streak against high-profile opponents, including an emphatic technical knockout victory over Japanese legend Shinya Aoki to capture the ONE Lightweight World Championship in 2016. 

Eduard “Landslide” Folayang of Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines.

Showcasing a highly-improved wrestling and grappling arsenal, Folayang thoroughly defeated top challenger Ev Ting in his first title defense last April. Now set to return to the ONE Championship cage in Manila, Folayang will face ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin Nguyen in a cross-divisional showdown.

Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Sydney, Australia

Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Sydney, Australia, is a 28-year old, highly-skilled finisher and one of the most talented featherweights in martial arts. In his most recent bout, Nguyen stepped into the ONE Championship cage last August, scoring the biggest victory of his career when he stopped former undefeated featherweight champion Marat “Cobra” Gafurov in Kuala Lumpur to capture the ONE Featherweight World Championship. 

Sporting a 9-1 professional record, Nguyen’s all-around skill set allows him to compete at the highest level of competition. In a much-anticipated battle between division champions, Nguyen is set to face the Philippines’ Eduard Folayang in Manila for the Filipino’s coveted ONE Lightweight World Championship.

On top of the world.  Folayang and Nguyen getting ready to face-off in front of Manila's media and martial arts fans.

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Images by Monch Henares.