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Folayang joins Pacio, 4 other Lakay in Amazon Prime featured ONE return to Manila

ATHLETIC BOWL TRAINING. Members of the Team Lakay have their regular training at the Baguio athletic bowl on Tuesdays Eight fighters will be seeing action soon, Kevin Belingon and Stephen Loman on November 19, while straw weight king Joshua Pacio, Geje Eustaquio, Danny Kingad, Jeremy Pacatiw and Jenelyn Olsim will be fighting in the ONE’s return to Manila on December 3. Also joining them but in another card is former three time lightweight king Eduard Folayang. Here Paalam poses with Apayao chess master Mhage Sebastian during the MSD Athletes Awards last March. Pigeon Lobien

Not five but six fighters will be seeing action in the ONE Championship’s return to Manila on December 3.

Added to the full stack seemingly Team Lakay versus the world set-up is former three time lightweight king Eduard Folayang.

Known as the Landslide, Folayang will be facing Edson “Panico” Marques in the stacked ONE Fight Night Fight which will highlight the De Ridder versus Malykhin showdown at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Folayang’s fight will be one of the first of two shows at 9AM which will be aired simultaneously in the United States prime time through Amazon Prime Video,

It will be capped with the ONE 164 Pacio vs Brooks fight which goes live at 630PM. The reigning straw weight champion Joshua Pacio stakes his belt against the brash American Jared Brooks who has vowed to “destroy” the Baguio-La Trinidad based team.

In a ONE release, Folayang said: “Of course I’m happy. I feel honored being put on the forefront of a card that will air live in US prime time through Prime Video, being one of the few Filipinos in that card.”

He added: “It’s such a huge motivating factor for me because our trajectory is heading west, and I’d love to entertain our fans over there and make new ones.”

Folayang, 22-12, has long been considered the face of Philippine mixed martial arts and is one of the pillars of the promotion as he main evented the very first ONE show in September 2011. In the 11 years he has been with ONE, Folayang has won the lightweight title three times.

All I wanted to do is compete again and join this card. It doesn’t matter who I face. Actually I was waiting for [Yoshihiro] Akiyama but I think he turned down the offer in fighting me,” he added.

He said: “Nonetheless, I’m grateful because I was included, and since the event will be in the Philippines for the first time in three years, I’m super excited. I’m looking forward to performing in front of my home crowd.”

The  main event is a clash between two titans, the unbeaten two-division champion Reinier “The Dutch Knight” De Ridder who defends his light heavyweight title against Anatoly “Sladkiy” Malykhin.

The undercards of the Pacio-Brooks fight features four other Team Lakay in former ONE flyweight king Geje Eustaquio facing Chinese fighter Hu Yong.

It will also have Danny Kingad facing off with Indian fighter Gurdarshan Mangat, Jeneleyn Olsim facing off with Meng Bo if China and Jeremy Pacatiw squaring off with Tial Thang of Myanmar. Pigeon Lobien

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