The quest for Eduard “Landslide” Folayang to become a ONE Lightweight World Champion again is officially on.
The former ONE Lightweight king looks for redemption after losing his title in his last outing against Japanese legend Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki at ONE: A NEW ERA in Tokyo, Japan last March.
Now, his comeback trail to regain his throne will start at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES in Manila on 2 August as he is set to go toe-to-toe against a legend of the sport, American star Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez.
“This is a huge opportunity for me because knowing Eddie, he has an amazing resume. He’s a former Bellator and UFC Champion,” said Folayang.
“This is also a great chance for me to redeem myself because I did not exactly have a good outing the last time,” he added.
“It’s also a great thing that ONE decided to put the event in Manila because they know that this match will not be put to waste [by the Manila crowd].”
One of the most anticipated matches of the sport after Alvarez joined the stacked roster of ONE Championship last October, Folayang believes that his clash with his American counterpart will definitely bring out the best of them inside the ONE circle.
The 35-year-old Baguio City native also admits that his showdown with Alvarez will surely go down as one of the biggest matches of his stellar career.
“This is one of the biggest fights of my career. It’s like east versus west knowing that he has made a name for himself out west and even here in Asia. I know this is a highly anticipated bout,” said Folayang.
“This is very important because the stakes are really high. I’ve been in the sport for the longest time and it’s very rare to get an opportunity to face someone in that caliber,” he added.
And though “Landslide” does have plenty of intel from his next opponent, he guarantees that he will go all out in training knowing that a decisive victory in Manila could be his golden ticket for his fourth World Title attempt.
“I always see my hands being raised after the fight. I have time to prepare for the upcoming bout so I will not waste the opportunity. We never know when we’ll face someone like Eddie again so I’ll make a lot of effort to have my hand raised after the fight,” said Folayang.
“I expect to get another shot at the ONE Lightweight World Title if I win here, and that’s my goal.”