Eddie Alvarez expects toughest Eduard Folayang at ‘ONE: Dawn of Heroes’ in the Philippines

Eduard Folayang (© ONE Championship)
Eduard Folayang (© ONE Championship)

Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez, 35, of the United States and Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 34, of the Philippines will battle it out at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” on August 2, 2019. The former is a former UFC Lightweight Champion and former Bellator Lightweight World Champion while the latter is a former ONE Lightweight World Champion.

“He’s incredibly tough, incredibly durable,” Alvarez said of Folayang. The American mixed martial arts veteran noted that his Filipino opponent’s strength is Wushu just like his Russian sparring mates in New Jersey, USA including Zabit “ZaBeast” Magomedsharipov, 28, a former ACB Featherweight Champion who is now a UFC fighter.

“I understand the power of Wushu because the guys I train with, Zabit and a lot of the Russians that come over to spar with us in Jersey, they’re all from a Wushu background so the art is for real,” Alvarez noted. “It applies very well to MMA and I’m looking forward to the toughest Eduard Folayang.”

ONE Championship will hold “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. The match between Alvarez and Folayang is a ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix semi-final bout.

“It’s in his hometown so I’m looking forward to a tough opponent and I’m viewing the fight as one that I absolutely have to finish,” Alvarez shared. “I am not coming in for a decision. I expect to lose if it goes to a decision so I have every intention to finish.”

Alvarez is excited to fight Folayang. The American contender described his Filipino opponent as “a hard-nosed, tough fighter.”

“This could be a Fight of the Year,” Alvarez said. “Just my attitude and my mentality going into the fight, I like to feel that my back’s against the wall. I do really well there.”

“I don’t like to feel respected,” Alvarez continued. “I like when people think a certain way, whether it’s negatively or whatever, and then I get an opportunity to shock them all.”

“I never want an easy fight,” Alvarez added. “My only desire is for the ONE Championship title and this guy’s held it not once but twice already.”

Here is a clip featuring Folayang:

Eduard Folayang on bout against Eddie Alvarez: I never back down from a challenge

Eduard Folayang (© ONE Championship)
Eduard Folayang (© ONE Championship)

ONE Championship will hold “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” on August 2, 2019 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. In the main event, Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 35, of Baguio City, Philippines will face Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez, 35, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States in the lightweight division.

“Eddie always comes to fight and I never back down from a challenge,” Folayang said. “I’m ready to go.”

Folayang trains out of Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines. He is a former ONE Lightweight World Champion.

“Everyone’s going to love what we will do in the ring,” the Team Lakay fighter said. “I think it will be one of the most exciting fights of the year.

As Folayang is putting all his focus on his upcoming bout, a win against an exceptional athlete like Alvarez would be a huge boost for his ascent back to the top spot. This is without a doubt the biggest test for the Baguio City native and as such, he is ready to turn in his most spectacular performance to date.

“I’m both spiritually and mentally ready for this fight,” Folayang declared. “Right now, we’re just polishing our skills, making sure I’m as sharp as possible on the day of the fight. No doubt this is going to be one of the biggest challenges of my career.”

“I never imagined I would be able to face a really big name and one of the most popular fighters in the world,” Folayang continued. “I have to be on point so I can give a good performance. I have to be accurate and precise with my techniques.”

Both Folayang and Alvarez are among the most dynamic offensive forces in the sport. The Filipino fighter expects nothing but fireworks when he shares the ONE Championship ring with Alvarez at the Mall of Asia Arena.

“I’m going to go toe-to-toe with him,” Folayang said. “It’s going to be a war and a fight for the fans.”

Here is a clip featuring Folayang:

[PHOTOS] Philippines vs Japan: Eduard Folayang, Shinya Aoki fight at ‘ONE: A New Era’ in Tokyo

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The Philippines and Japan were among the 19 countries represented at “ONE: A New Era” at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan on March 31, 2019. It was the first ever ONE Championship event to take place in the country.

“ONE: A New Era” featured 11 mixed martial arts bouts and four ONE Super Series matches, which include two kickboxing contests and two Muay Thai contests. In the main event, Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Japan challenged reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 35, of the Philippines in a rematch.

Aoki was one of the six fighters from Japan on the “ONE: A New Era” card. Folayang was one of the three fighters from the Philippines.

Blue Corner

Aoki is training out of Evolve MMA. “ONE: A New Era” marked his 12th ONE Championship bout.

Red Corner

Folayang is training out of Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines. “ONE: A New Era” marked her 16th ONE Championship bout.

Fight Result

Olivier Coste served as the referee of the rematch between Folayang and Aoki. The three judges were Jonathan Lai and Ian Cartwright, both from Canada, and Joey Lepiten from the Philippines.

Coste put a stop to the contest after 2 minutes and 34 seconds in the first round. Aoki submitted Folayang via arm triangle.

Winning at “ONE: A New Era” improved Aoki’s professional MMA record to 43 wins and 8 losses. On the other hand, Folayang now has 21 wins and 7 losses.

“ONE: A New Era” Co-Main Events 

In the first co-main event, Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, 39, of Brazil became the new ONE Bantamweight World Champion. Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, 31, of the Philippines was dethroned after his disqualification in the second round due to illegal elbow strikes.

In the second co-main event, Ken Hasegawa, 32, of Japan challenged “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang, 33, of Myanmar in a rematch. The Burmese champion successfully defended his  ONE Middleweight World Championship belt.

In the third co-main event, reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “The Unstoppable” Angela Lee, 22, of Singapore failed to dethrone reigning “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, 31, of China. It was the Singaporean contender’s first loss.

Australia, Cyprus, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, Thailand and the United States were also represented at “ONE: A New Era.” Check all the official results on Conan Daily.

Japan’s Shinya Aoki is new ONE Lightweight World Champion, dethrones Eduard Folayang at ‘ONE: A New Era’

Shinya Aoki, Olivier Coste, Eduard Folayang
Shinya Aoki, Olivier Coste, Eduard Folayang

Training out of Evolve MMA in Singapore, Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Japan is the new reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion. He earned a redemptive win over Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 35, of the Philippines in their rematch at “ONE: A New Era,” the first ever ONE Championship event to be held in Japan.

Training out of Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines, Folayang was the defending champion in the main event of “ONE: A New Era,”  which took place at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan on March 31, 2019. The fight card featured 11 mixed martial arts bouts and four ONE Super Series matches, which included two kickboxing contests and two Muay Thai contests.

After eight preliminary bouts and six main card bouts, which include three co-main events, the crowd at the Ryogoku Kokugikan finally witnessed the rematch between Folayang and Aoki. Olivier Coste served as the referee while the three judges were Jonathan Lai and Ian Cartwright, both from Canada, and Joey Lepiten from the Philippines.

Coste put a stop to the contest after 2 minutes and 34 seconds in the first round. Aoki submitted Folayang via arm triangle.

Winning at “ONE: A New Era” improved Aoki’s professional MMA record to 43 wins and 8 losses. On the other hand, Folayang now has 21 wins and 7 losses.

Including the Philippines and Japan, 19 countries were represented at “ONE: A New Era,” which is the first ever ONE Championship event to take place in Japan. The other countries represented were Australia, Brazil, Cyprus, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, Thailand and the United States.

Aoki was one of the six fighters from Japan on the “ONE: A New Era” card. Folayang was one of the three fighters from the Philippines.

Watch all the “ONE: A New Era” bouts here: