"It's my kingdom in the lightwieght division" - Eduard Folayang
"Siguro ang gusto ko ituro sa kanya, itís my kingdom in the lightweight division." - Eduard Folayang
On November 10th, Manila will play host to a historic meeting of champions, as ONE Championship lightweight king Eduard Folayang of the Philippines puts his title on the line against reigning ONE Championship featherweight champion Martin Nguyen of Australia.
This will be the first time that ONE Championship has set up a champion-versus-champion superfight, and given that both Folayang and Nguyen are a pair of hard-hitting warriors, this November 10th main event is sure to produce fireworks.
After successfully defending his championship against Ev Ting back in April, Folayang cemented his place as the top guy in ONE Championship's lightweight division.
Now, the top guy from a division down wants to come up and challenge the king, and during the media faceoffs in Manila, 'The Landslide' said that he wants to teach Nguyen a lesson.
"Siguro ang gusto ko ituro sa kanya, it’s my kingdom in the lightweight division. (I want to teach him that it's my kingdom in the lightweight division)" Folayang told the media Tuesday afternoon. "It will be a good lesson for him to try my division."
"Dito sa division ko, of course it’s bigger, mas malalaki yung mga nasa lightweight as compared sa mga nasa featherweight (In my division, it's bigger, the fighters in the lightweight division are bigger than those in featherweight)" Folayang continued. "As a champion, I want my division to be respected, and gagawin ko yung best ko para ma-defend yung lightweight belt na nakataya dito. (As a champion I want by division to be respected, and I'm going to do my best to defend the lightweight belt that's at stake.)"
The Baguio-native however said that in taking a fight against a bigger champion, Nguyen took a gamble, a gamble that could pay-off big should things go the Aussie's way.
"Mas mataas yung risk na itinaya niya, and syempre kung naging maganda naman yung resulta for him, it will be a good return for him. (He took a big risk, but if he gets a good result, it will be a good return for him.)"
For his part, Nguyen believes that while the smaller weight classes have their own upside as well.
"The lightweight division is a strong division, but I still think that the potential experience that comes from the bantamweight and the featherweight division still rules over the lightweight and welterweight divisions, but we’ll see come fight night!"
Eduard Folayang defends his ONE Championship lightweight world title against reignign ONE Championship featherweight world champion Martin Nguyen in the main event of ONE: Legends of the World on Friday, November 10th at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Catch the action LIVE on S+A channel 23!