Former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang gets a new opponent for ONE: FIRE & FURY – and things just got a lot more interesting.
Folayang will now take on Pieter “The Archangel” Buist when The Home Of Martial Arts returns to the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines on January 31.
With a new opponent comes an even steeper challenge for the 36-year-old. “The Archangel” has been soaring as of late. Buist burst onto the scene quickly with a second-round TKO win over Kota Shimoishi at ONE: WARRIORS OF LIGHT last May before securing a unanimous decision victory over Antonio “The Spartan” Caruso at ONE: DAWN OF VALOR last October.
The 31-year-old, who competes out of Team Souwer and Combat Brothers, has finished 10 of his 16 wins and has shown willingness to stand and trade with his opponents in the past, making Folayang the perfect partner for his third match in the Circle.
A win here for Buist could very well put him into the mix of contenders vying for the ONE Lightweight World Title held by Christian “The Warrior” Lee.
The match-up also makes perfect sense for Folayang, who has repeatedly said he is far from done despite spending over a decade plying his trade in martial arts. Folayang himself is coming off a technical decision win over Amarsanaa “Spear” Tsogookhuu at ONE: MASTERS OF FATE, though the match had to go to the judges early because of an accidental clash of heads.
Feeling he still has a lot more to show, “Landslide” will now have a huge chance to prove himself against a hungry, confident, younger foe.
Folayang and four of his Team Lakay teammates take centerstage in ONE Championship’s first show in the Philippines for 2020 – ONE: FIRE & FURY – on Friday, January 31, at the Mall Of Asia Arena
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