Eduard Folayang made a successful first defense of his ONE Lightweight World Championship at the top Asian promotion’s King of Destiny event which took place at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines earlier today.
Folayang (18-5) retained the title he won when he scored a 3rd round stoppage win over former champion Shinya Aoki with a masterful display of striking to defeat top Malaysian lightweight Ev “E.T.” Ting.During the encounter, the champion would repeatedly unleash a variety of lightning quick and powerful spinning attacks, side kicks and back fists to pick apart Ting and after the final bell, all three judges awarded the bout to “Landslide” who extended his unbeaten run to 4 wins on the bounce.
During the encounter, the champion would repeatedly unleash a variety of lightning quick and powerful spinning attacks, side kicks and back fists to pick apart Ting. After the final bell, all three judges awarded the bout to “Landslide” who extended his unbeaten run to 4 wins on the bounce.
Following his victory, Folayang had the following to say about his defeated opponent and his performance.
“I would like to thank Ev Ting, he really came prepared for this fight. We came to give the fans a good fight, and that’s what we have done,” said Folayang. “This is the essence of martial arts, five rounds to show how much we’ve prepared for a long time. [This fight] means a lot. A lot of you [fans] were discouraged the last time I was here, I slept on that mat. I rose up from my circumstances. I needed to train a lot to improve a lot. This is it on my shoulder. Thank you for your support.”
In the co-main event of the evening, Team Lakay bantamweight Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon swarmed Finnish kickboxing sensation Toni “Dynamite” Tauru with a relentless barrage of attacks to earn a scintillating striking victory.
Tauru, the taller fighter by over 10cm, used his length to keep Belingon at bay but it was only a matter of time before the Filipino would come looking for the stoppage against the former Cage Warriors bantamweight champion. tried his best to keep the distance, but his opponent would close the gap and unleash a furious attack pounding Tauru with thunderous lefts and rights. In the end, Tauru had no choice but to bow out of the contest via verbal submission.
The Finnish fighter would try his best to maintain the distance between himself and his opponent who would close the gap and unleash a furious attack pounding Tauru who would have no choice but to bow out of the contest via verbal submission.
ONE: Kings of Destiny Results & Photo Gallery
ONE Lightweight World Championship bout: Eduard Folayang def. Ev Ting by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 5 rounds
Bantamweight bout: Kevin Belingon def. Toni Tauru by Submission (Verbal Tapout) at 2:27 minutes of round 1
Lightweight bout: Honorio Banario def. Jaroslav Jartim by Knockout at 1:31 minutes of round 2
Featherweight bout: Christian Lee def. Wan Jian Ping by TKO (Strikes) at 4:50 minutes of round 1
Flyweight bout: Danny Kingad def. Muhammad Aiman by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
Flyweight bout: Stefer Rahardian def. Eugene Toquero by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
Bantamweight bout: Xie Bin def. Chan Rothana by Submission (D’Arce Choke) at 1:46 minutes of round 2
Women’s Atomweight bout: Gina Iniong def. Natalie Gonzales Hills by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
Women’s Catchweight bout (57.8kg): Michelle Nicolini def. Irina Mazepa by Submission (Armbar) at 2:11 minutes of round 1
Strawweight bout: Robin Catalan def. Jeremy Miado by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds