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Folayang views latest clash with Aoki as a legacy fight

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FILIPINO mixed martial arts (MMA) champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang will face Japanese legend Shinya Aoki for the third time in ONE Championsh­ip in a fight the Team Lakay stalwart is viewing with much significan­ce especially in further establishi­ng his legacy in the sport.

Set to return to action at “ONE on TNT IV” in Singapore on April 29, Mr. Folayang (22-10) tries to go up one over Mr. Aoki in their ongoing lightweigh­t rivalry where they have split their first two encounters.

Mr. Folayang took the first back in 2016, knocking out then ONE lightweigh­t champ Aoki in the third round to become the new champion.

The Japanese then exacted payback in 2019 when he submitted the Filipino by way of arm triangle choke in the opening round to reclaim the lightweigh­t belt.

Given what is at stake in his upcoming fight, the Baguio-based fighter said they in their team are working hard to have him ready and have the best possible game plan. —

 ?? ONE CHAMPIONSH­IP ?? “THIS next fight is very important. It’s an important juncture in my career,” said Filipino MMA veteran and champion Eduard Folayang of his third fight with Japanese legend Shinya Aoki.
ONE CHAMPIONSH­IP “THIS next fight is very important. It’s an important juncture in my career,” said Filipino MMA veteran and champion Eduard Folayang of his third fight with Japanese legend Shinya Aoki.

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