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Folayang defense set

Reigning lightweight champion Eduard Folayang is determined to prove that winning the title last year was no fluke as he defends it against Malaysia’s Ev Ting in the ONE Championship ‘Kings of Destiny’ on Friday at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena in Pasay City.

Folayang, a wushu expert, will be defending the title he won against Japan’s legendary mixed martial artist Shinya Aoki, and he expects a tough fight against a younger opponent in Ting.

“It is an honor to represent our country in this sport. Alam ko maraming pang Filipino ang magra-rise up sa sport.

Itong ONE Championship ay napakalaki, and ito (fight) pinaghandaan ko,” said Folayang in a press briefing hald at the Novu Hotel in City of Dreams in Pasay City.

“Ang importante, hindi lang para sa akin at pamilya ko ito. It’s really an amazing feeling. (WG)