loader

Folayang tries to regain crown vs tough Russian

MANILA, Philippines — Eduard Folayang clashes with Kharun Atlangeriev of Russia in the undercard of the ONE: Unstoppable Dreams at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday, hoping to get past his unbeaten rival and start his climb back to the top of the lightweight ladder.


The 33-year-old Folayang snatched the lightweight crown from Japanese legend Shinya Aoki also in ONE 49: Defending Honor in Singapore two years ago but lost it a year later on a second-round knockout defeat (punch) to Martin Nguyen of Australia ONE 65: Legends of the World in Manila.


Folayang, who fell to an 18-6 (win-loss) record, vowed to do his best and get back on track.


“I hope to win this fight and help me get back on track,” said Folayang.


But the 25-year-old Atlangeriev expressed confidence of extending his unbeaten run to 12 in his ONE debut to earn a title crack in the 77.1-kilogram weight class against Nguyen.


“I’m super excited to visit Singapore and put on a show,” said Atlangeriev. “I know that he is a former champion and an experienced competitor, but I have no pressure on me. The pressure is on him. It is going to be a wild night.”


Though he’s going up against a former champ, Atlangeriev believes he has the tools to beat Folayang.


“To the common eye, it may be a mismatch on paper due to records and experience, but I am confident in my skills. I feel like this is my time to make myself known around the globe. Anything can happen, and I have the skills to finish him,” he stated.


“I have fought some crazy people in my career. I know what Eduard Folayang offers, and I know how he fights, and to be honest, I am not really afraid of anything. The only thing I am afraid of is me not giving my 100 percent, and that is pretty much it,” said Altangeriev, who fought in 11 MMA fights, 10 of which went the distance.

Related Topics

News
Videos
Videos
News
News
News
News
News
News
News
News
News
News
News
News

Tulisan Terbaru

kamu akan suka