The Team Lakay stalwart succumbed the lightweight belt in Tokyo in early 2019, falling to rival Shinya Aoki via first-round submission at ONE: A NEW ERA. It was a painful setback, but did little to deter Folayang’s fighting spirit.
Two former world champions will clash at ONE: CENTURY PART II when former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario faces former ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. #ONEChampionship
In attendance were members of Grab Philippines community, ONE Championship senior executive Victor Cui, and team Lakay athletes Eduard Folayang, Geje Eustaquio, ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua Pacio, and Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao. Also in attendance as a special guest was Filipino sports icon and national hero, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.
The venue has been the scene for several memorable moments in ONE Championship history. In the featured bout, newly-crowned ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Jonathan Haggerty will make the first defense of his title against Rodtang Jitmuangnon. #ONEChampionship
“I wasn’t worried at all that I didn’t have a schedule to defend my title yet. I was in light training just in case. You never know when the call could come, and it was best to be prepared.” – Kevin Belingon #ONEChampionship
ONE: A NEW ERA will feature three co-main events, four World Title bouts, and two epic promotional debuts. If that wasn’t enough, the show also features a fantasy-like kickboxing bout (Andy Souwer vs Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex), along with a match featuring perhaps the greatest female mixed martial artist in Japanese history in Mei Yamaguchi.
ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera of the Philippines made quick work of Italy’s Mauro “The Hammer” Cerilli, stopping his opponent with a well-placed left hook counter to the jaw that turned the lights out on the Italian.
After coming up short in his two bids to become a three-division world champion in ONE Championship, two-division titleholder Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen has decided to bid goodbye to the bantamweight division.
Filipino dynamo Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon derailed Martin Nguyen’s goal to become a three-division world champion by outclassing the ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion with his striking superiority.
ONE Championship (ONE) recently held an athlete outreach activity that saw ONE Championship athletes visit youth living in metropolitan Manila.