TITLE TILT FOR EV
Malaysian rewarded with bout against Folayang after stunning win over Shalorus
MIXED martial arts (MMA) exponent Ev Ting is set to become the first Malaysian to fight for the world title at ONE Championship’s Kings of Destiny on Apr 21 in Manila, Philippines.
Ev’s title fight comes after he stunned Kamal Shalorus of Iran at last month’s ONE: Throne of Tigers to win by split decision in the lightweight category, which is also the main event of the evening.
“I have worked tirelessly to be where I am now, it has finally paid off because I will get an opportunity to vie for the world title,” said Ev.
“It’s every mixed martial artist’s dream to become a champion and this is my chance to fulfil that dream.”
The 27-year-old will take on hometown favourite Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, who will be defending his belt for the first time.
“Eduard Folayang is a great champion and is admired by many Filipinos, but he has what I want.
“I’m coming to Manila to get it from him and bring the belt home to Malaysia.”
Training out of Auckland, New Zealand, Ev is running on a 13-3 win-loss record so far in his professional career, compared to Folayang’s 17-5 MMA record.
Folayang, 33, shocked the MMA world when he captured the title last year following a victory over Japanese legend Shinya Aoki but fighting in his hometown for the first time since 2014, has given him an extra boost of confidence.
“I don’t want to let my countrymen down, I will make sure that the belt stays in the Philippines,” said Folayang.
Ev Ting (left) won by split decision against Iran’s Kamal Shalorus in the lightweight category at last month’s ONE: Throne of Tigers at the Stadium Negara.