Eduard Folayang will get to make the first defense of his One Championship title in front of his Filipino faithful.
Monday, One Championship announced that its April 21 “Kings of Destiny” bill would be headlined by Folayang defending his newly-earned One lightweight title -- contested at 170 pounds under One's weight class structure -- against Ev Ting. “Kings of Destiny” takes place at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Metro Manila and airs in North America via online pay-per-view.
Folayang, 33, earned the One title in Kallang, Singapore last November, knocking out Japanese MMA legend Shinya Aoki in the third round. A product of Lakay MMA, “Landslide” has won five of his last six bouts now, including wins over Aoki, Adrian Pang and Kotetsu Boku.
“Winning the title against a legend like Shinya Aoki will forever hold a special place of distinction in my career, but it is only the first step in establishing my legacy,” Folayang said in a press release.
“I know how exceptional Ev Ting's talent is. I am in a tough preparation for this bout. This will be my first fight in the Philippines since December 2014. I don't want to let my countrymen down. I will make sure that the belt stays in the Philippines.”
Malaysia's Ting has lost just once in his last eight bouts, suffering a first-round submission loss to One Championship 155-pound titlist Marat Gafurov in May 2015. Since then, the 27-year-old “E.T.” has won four straight, over Honario Banario, Eric Kelly, Rob Lisita and this past Feb. 10, Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Kamal Shalorus.