What will Eduard Folayang do if Shinya Aoki takes him down to the mat at ‘ONE: A New Era’ in Tokyo, Japan?

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

Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Shizuoka, Japan will challenge reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 35, of Baguio City, Philippines in the main event of “ONE: A New Era.” Arguably, the Japanese challenger is better in the ground game while the Filipino defending champion owns the stand-up department.

Folayang acknowledges Aoki’s much improved striking game as of late and is still wary of the Japanese warrior’s incessantly dangerous ground game offensive. The Filipino champ is hard at work with Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao on coming up with a strategy to foil Aoki’s plans.

“If he does successfully take me down to the mat, I have to remain calm and work to escape,” Folayang said of Aoki. “The thing with Shinya is if he’s able to bring you into his world, it can be extremely dangerous, especially if you panic. You are prone to making mistakes and trust me, he recognizes every opening.”

Folayang also plans to keep Aoki busy on the defensive as he turns up the aggression this time around. A volley of punches and kicks are locked and loaded in the Team Lakay athlete’s arsenal to prevent his Japanese rival from even sticking a successful takedown.

For Folayang, being aggressive and keeping Aoki on his toes is the key to victory. The Filipino mixed martial arts veteran said, “I have to make sure my explosiveness is there in this bout.”

“I have to be very aggressive and keep him on the defensive,” Folayang continued. “He’s going to eat a handful of strikes if he tries to come close, that’s for sure.”

“ONE: A New Era” will take place at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan on March 31, 2019. The championship bout between Folayang and Aoki is a rematch.

Meanwhile, here is Folayang in his most recent ONE Championship bout:

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Complete card announced for ‘ONE: A New Era’ in Tokyo, Japan on March 31, 2019

'ONE: A New Era' fight card

27 February 2019 – Tokyo, Japan: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced the complete card for ONE: A NEW ERA, which is set for Sunday, 31 March at the iconic Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.

Ticket information for ONE: A NEW ERA is available at www.onefc.com and on LINE Ticket at https://ticket.line.me/sp/ONEChampionship, as well as Kyodo Tokyo, Ticket Pia, Lawson Ticket, and E-plus.

In the main event of ONE: A NEW ERA, reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang of the Philippines is set to face Japanese martial arts legend and former World Champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki in a long-awaited rematch.

In November 2016, Folayang captured the ONE Lightweight World Title from Aoki via third-round TKO, but surrendered the belt to Martin Nguyen a year later. This past November, Nguyen vacated the title and the Filipino reclaimed the crown with a dominant five-round unanimous decision over Singaporean knockout artist Amir Khan.

Meanwhile, Aoki is riding a three-bout win streak, having finished Rasul Yakhyaev and Ev Ting by submission, and stopping Shannon Wiratchai by TKO. These three wins have elevated the Japanese icon to another shot at the ONE Lightweight World Title, as well as a chance to defeat his former conqueror.

Also, there will be a trio of co-main events.

In the first co-main event, reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan will defend her belt against ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee.

The two martial artists sit at the top of their weight classes, and each has dominated their respective divisions. However, with Lee moving up in weight to challenge Xiong for the strawweight crown, the Singaporean has the chance to become the first two-division women’s World Champion in ONE Championship history. It certainly will not be easy, as “The Panda” represents the toughest challenge in Lee’s career.

In the night’s second co-main event, reigning ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight World Champion Aung La “The Burmese Python” N Sang will defend the middleweight crown against Japan’s Ken Hasegawa.

Aung La N Sang’s first encounter with Hasegawa in June 2018 was a five-round thriller of epic proportions, one which the Myanmar sports icon won in the final moments of the heated battle. The match is considered the “Greatest Bout In ONE Championship History” and was also awarded “Bout Of The Year” honors at the 2018 Global Martial Arts Awards for its nonstop action and dramatic finish. Aung La N Sang and Hasegawa will meet once again in a highly-anticipated rematch that is sure to produce fireworks.

In the last co-main event of the evening, ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of the Philippines will defend his championship against former titleholder Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes of Brazil in a trilogy match.

The two competitors first met in January 2016, when the Brazilian made quick work of the Filipino, whom he finished via first-round submission. Belingon was unable to showcase much of his striking, as it was easily nullified by Fernandes’ vaunted grappling.

From there, Fernandes continued to establish himself as the most dominant ONE World Champion in history with eight successful World Title defenses. Belingon, on the other hand, worked his way back up to contention, winning six straight bouts in exciting fashion to earn another shot at the ONE Bantamweight World Title.

Belingon captured the ONE Bantamweight World Championship with a scintillating split decision victory over Fernandes last November at ONE: HEART OF THE LION in Singapore. It was a close match-up, one that saw Belingon’s elite striking take center stage as he overcame Fernandes’ world-class Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Now, “The Silencer” and “The Flash” will meet in the ONE cage for the third time to finally settle the score.

In addition to the aforementioned bouts, multiple-time World Champions Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez are scheduled to make their first appearances inside the ONE Championship cage.

Alvarez joined ONE Championship in October, taking his stellar career back to Asia where he first made a name for himself. A multiple-time Lightweight World Champion, Alvarez seeks to become a ONE World Champion, but will have to go through a bevy of top lightweight contenders in order to achieve his goal. In his first outing for the promotion, Alvarez will face top contender Timofey Nastyukhin of Russia in a quarter-final bout of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix.

Johnson, meanwhile, is widely-considered the pound-for-pound best mixed martial artist in the history of the sport. He joined ONE Championship in late October and, alongside Alvarez, appeared in Singapore the following week for the Global Martial Arts Summit, Global Martial Arts Awards, and ONE: HEART OF THE LION. Johnson’s opponent for his first ONE Championship bout will be Japan’s Yuya “Little Piranha” Wakamatsu. It is a quarter-final bout of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix.

The rest of the quarter-final bouts of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix will be held at ONE: A NEW ERA.

Danny “The King” Kingad of the Philippines is set to take on fellow former ONE World Title challenger Andrew Leone in a quarter-final bout of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix.

In another tournament matchup, former ONE Flyweight World Champion Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhmetov of Kazakhstan will lock horns with former ONE World Title challenger Reece “Lightning” McLaren of Australia.

Also in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix, Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada of Japan will share the cage with undefeated Brazilian standout Ivanildo Delfino.

There will also be an exciting ONE Super Series showdown on the card, as Muay Thai legend Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex squares off against Dutch World Champion kickboxer Andy Souwer.

Yodsanklai is coming off a stunning performance in Kuala Lumpur at ONE: DESTINY OF CHAMPIONS. The martial arts veteran finished opponent Luis Regis with three rapid-fire uppercuts that drew a chorus of cheers from the crowd.

Souwer, on the other hand, is one of the most internationally-renowned striking superstars ever to emerge from the Netherlands and is a two-time K1 World MAX World Champion and It’s Showtime 70MAX World Champion.

A tough test awaits Japanese veteran and former ONE World Title challenger Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi in her homecoming bout as she is slated to face submission specialist and debutante Kseniya “White Tiger” Lachkova of Russia.

Lachkova has won four of her last five outings by finish, making her a formidable foe for Yamaguchi, who looks to re-establish herself as a top contender for the coveted ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship.

Based out of Jakarta, Indonesia, Anthony “The Archangel” Engelen of the Netherlands aims to place himself back on the winning track against multiple-time BJJ World Champion Garry “The Lion Killer” Tonon of the United States.

Tonon is one of the world’s most decorated grapplers, having won multiple tournaments across the globe. He is a former IBJJF World Champion, two-time IBJJF World No-Gi Champion, and four-time Eddie Bravo Invitational Champion. He made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 2018, winning his first three assignments in impressive fashion. Tonon now makes his way back to square off with Engelen in his fourth ONE Championship bout.

On the other hand, Engelen made a successful return to the ONE Championship stage in 2018, finishing both Meas Meul and Jimmy Yabo in the first round. “The Archangel” looks to regain his momentum at the expense of Tonon after falling short in his first match this year.

Rodtang “Iron Man” Jitmuangnon is one of the most recognizable names in the world of Muay Thai, capturing the Omnoi Stadium Muay Thai World Championship on two occasions. Known for his exciting Muay Mat style, which specializes in devastating strikes and always looks to charge forward to instantly inflict damage, Rodtang has beaten some of Thailand’s biggest Muay Thai superstars.

Following his two impressive performances on the ONE Super Series stage, Rodtang eyes to inch himself closer to a possible ONE World Title shot by testing his mettle against two-time Muay Thai World Champion Hakim Hamech. Hamech made quite an impression in his ONE Super Series debut in September 2018, scoring an emphatic first-round knockout victory over Japan’s Yukinori Ogasawara.

In another ONE Super Series contest, two-time Muay Thai World Champion Panicos Yusuf of Cyprus is booked to lock horns with Mohammed “Jordan Boy” Bin Mahmoud of Malaysia.

After his sensational debut against Australian Josh “Timebomb” Tonna this past January, Japanese striker Hiroki Akimoto looks to establish his first win streak in ONE Super Series. He takes on former WBC Muay Thai World Champion Joseph Lasiri of Italy.

Tasked to set the tone for the evening is a three-round lightweight encounter between South Korea’s Yoon Chang Min and India’s Bala Shetty.

ONE: A NEW ERA
Sunday, 31 March
Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan

Main Event
ONE Lightweight World Championship

Eduard Folayang (C) vs Shinya Aoki
Mixed Martial Arts: 77.1kg

Co-Main Event
ONE Women’s Strawweight World Championship
Xiong Jing Nan (C) vs Angela Lee
Mixed Martial Arts: 56.7kg

Co-Main Event
ONE Middleweight World Championship

Aung La N Sang (C) vs Ken Hasegawa
Mixed Martial Arts: 93.0kg

Co-Main Event
ONE Bantamweight World Championship

Kevin Belingon (C) vs Bibiano Fernandes
Mixed Martial Arts: 65.8kg

ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix (Quarter-Final)
Demetrious Johnson vs Yuya Wakamatsu
Mixed Martial Arts: 61.2kg

ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix (Quarter-Final)
Eddie Alvarez vs Timofey Nastyukhin
Mixed Martial Arts: 77.1kg

Andy Souwer vs Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex
ONE Super Series Kickboxing (4oz. Gloves): 72.0kg

ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix (Quarter-Final)
Danny Kingad vs Andrew Leone
Mixed Martial Arts: 61.2kg

ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix (Quarter-Final)
Tatsumitsu Wada vs Ivanildo Delfino
Mixed Martial Arts: 61.2kg

ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix (Quarter-Final)
Kairat Akhmetov vs Reece McLaren
Mixed Martial Arts: 61.2kg

Mei Yamaguchi vs Kseniya Lachkova
Mixed Martial Arts: 52.2kg

Anthony Engelen vs Garry Tonon
Mixed Martial Arts: 70.3kg

Rodtang Jitmuangnon vs Hakim Hamech
ONE Super Series Muay Thai (4oz. Gloves): 61.2kg

Panicos Yusuf vs Mohammed Bin Mahmoud
ONE Super Series Muay Thai (4oz. Gloves): 65.8kg

Hiroki Akimoto vs Joseph Lasiri
ONE Super Series Kickboxing (4oz. Gloves): 61.2kg

Yoon Chang Min vs Bala Shetty
Mixed Martial Arts: 77.1kg

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Philippine Sportswriters Association to honor Brandon Vera, Team Lakay’s Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon, Joshua Pacio, Geje Eustaquio

Joshua Pacio, Geje Eustaquio, Mark Sangiao, Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon
Joshua Pacio, Geje Eustaquio, Mark Sangiao, Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon

The Philippine Sportswriters Association is set to acknowledge the best of Philippine sports in the previous year at the SMC-PSA Annual Awards Night on February 26, 2019. Four of the honorees are ONE Championship athletes training out of Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines.

Filipino superstars Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, Joshua “The Passion” Pacio and Brandon “The Truth” Vera are set to be cited after claiming World Title victories in ONE Championship. They accumulated an astonishing record of 12-0 last year as the Filipino athletes shone in The Home Of Martial Arts.

“It’s an honor definitely,” Folayang said. “It’s always a blessing to be in this position and be recognized for what we do. We hope that through this, we will continue to inspire others.”

Folayang reclaimed his ONE Lightweight World Title when he defeated Singapore’s Amir Khan by way of unanimous decision last November at ONE: CONQUEST OF CHAMPIONS, the same night Vera defended his ONE Heavyweight World Title against Mauro “The Hammer” Cerilli of Italy. Belingon finally got his hands on the ONE Bantamweight World Champion when he defeated Bibiano Fernandes via split decision in a highly-anticipated rematch at ONE: HEART OF THE LION this past November.

Eustaquio and Pacio also won World Titles the past year. But unfortunately dropped those titles early this year.

Vera and the Team Lakay fighters will be joined by several notable names in other sports which include WBO mini flyweight champion Vic Saludar and Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Buboy Fernandez. Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, skateboarder Margielyn Didal, and golfers Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan, and Lois Kaye Go, all gold medal winners at the 2018 Asian Games will be awarded with the coveted Athlete of the Year honors.

Here are Folayang, Belingon, Pacio and Eustaquio in a post-fight press conference in 2018:

Eduard Folayang vs Shinya Aoki rematch at ‘ONE: A New Era’ in Tokyo, Japan

Reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 35, of Baguio City, Philippines is defending his title at “ONE: A New Era” the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan on March 31, 2018. His challenger is Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Shizuoka, Japan.

This will be a rematch between Folayang and Aoki. On November 11, 2016, the Filipino fighter training out of Team Lakay captured the title from the Japanese mixed martial arts veteran via a third-round technical knockout in the main event of “ONE: Defending Honor” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.

But on November 10, 2017, Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 29, of Australia and Vietnam dethroned Folayang in the main event of “ONE: Legends of the World,” which took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Without a single title defense, the Vietnamese-Australian fighter vacated the title on September 28, 2018.

On November 23, 2018, Folayang reclaimed the ONE Lightweight World Championship belt. In the main event of “ONE: Conquest of Champions” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, he defeated Amir Khan, 24, of Singapore via unanimous decision.

Meanwhile, Aoki defeated his three most recent ONE Championship opponents namely Rasul Yakhyaev, 27, of Grozny, Chechnya, Russia, Shannon “One Shin” Wiratchai, 30, of Bangkok, Thailand and Ev “E.T.” Ting, 29, of New Zealand and Malaysia.

“ONE: New Era” is the first ever ONE Championship event in Japan. Including the rematch between Folayang and Aoki, the fight card features three title bouts.

Reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee, 22, of Singapore will challenge reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, 30, of China. Ken Hasegawa, 31, of Kanagawa, Japan will challenge reigning ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight World Champion “The Burmese Python” Aung La  N Sang, 33, of Myanmar.

Here is a clip featuring Folayang and his fellow ONE Championship champions representing Team Lakay:

Tickets for ONE: A NEW ERA go on sale December 20, 2018 at 6PM JST and is available on LINE Ticket at https://ticket.line.me/sp/ONEChampionship, Kyodo Tokyo, Ticket Pia, Lawson Ticket, and E-plus from January 27, 2019.

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