ONE lightweight world champion Eduard ‘Landslide’ Folayang and ONE featherweight champion Martin ‘The Situ-Asian’ Nguyen went head-to-head yesterday (October 10) ahead of their main event on November 10 in Manila, Philippines.
Appearing at the City Garden Grand building in Makati City, Philippines, both champions expressed their respect for their opposite number but seemed confident they would walk away with the victory.
“Martin (Nguyen) is a great martial artist and an amazing competitor,” said Folayang, 18-5. “He has earned the highest degree of my respect. There is absolutely no chance that I am coming into this bout underestimating him. I am prepared for the best Martin Nguyen possible, one that has no weaknesses.
“This bout will be talked about long after it is finished, as two champions face-off inside the cage. I live for these challenges, and I am motivated for victory, for the pride and honor of the Philippines.”
Nguyen, the newly-crowned featherweight titleholder, said: “I like Eduard (Folayang). I said to myself I did not want to compete against someone I like and take away their glory, but opportunities like this do not come around too often. And, if I refused to do this, someone else was going to compete against him and take his glory. So it is strictly business. I am in a super-bout for the first time in ONE Championship history and I can become a two-division champion. This match is not going to go the distance.”
Folayang and Nguyen are scheduled to do battle on November 10 at ONE: Legends of the World, an event set for the iconic Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.