Folayang's return; three title fights on deck for ONE: Unstoppable Dreams in Singapore
Santino Honasan on May 18, 2018 11:07 AM
Former ONE Championship Lightweight World Champion Eduard 'The Landslide' Folayang makes his long-awaited return to the cage. (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)
Three world title fights, plus the highly-anticipated return of former ONE Championship Lightweight world champion Eduard 'The Landslide' Folayang' highlights ONE Championship's Unstoppable Dreams card on Friday, May 18th at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Six months after his stunning KO defeat to Martin Nguyen for the ONE Lightweight World Championship in Manila, Folayang returns to the very place where he won his first world championship to begin his journey back to the top of the division.
The Team Lakay star's first test comes in the form of unbeaten Russian newcomer Kharun Atlangeriev, who's also looking to make a splash in his ONE debut.
A win over Atlangeriev could rocket Folayang back into the ONE Lightweight World Championhship picture, and at 33 years old, the former champ knows that at this point, opportunities won't be coming as often.
For the debuting Atlangeriev, a win over a name as big as Folayang also pushes him into the title picture.
In the main event of the evening, Singaporean superstar and reigning ONE Atomweight World Champion 'Unstoppable' Angela Lee puts her world title on the line against number one contender Mei 'VV' Yamaguchi in a rematch of their 2016 world title bout.
Originally scheduled for ONE's November 2017 card in Singapore, the Lee-Yamaguchi rematch had to be put on hold after Lee was involved in a car accident that kept her sidelined for a bit.
Since their first bout in 2016, Lee has successfully defended the ONE Atomweight World Championship twice, stopping Jenny Huang and Istela Nunes in impressive fashion. Friday in front of a pro-Lee crowd in Singapore, the champion looks to repeat history by once again beating Yamaguchi.
After her title rematch with Lee was put on hold, Yamaguchi put her top contender spot on the line against Team Lakay's Gina Iniong on short notice. Yamaguchi put on a masterful performance, beating Iniong via unanimous decision in Singapore to secure her place as the rightful number one contender to the champ Lee.
In the co-main event, two-division ONE Championship World Champion Martin 'The Situ-Asian' Nguyen puts his featherweight world title on the line against a familiar opponent in Christian 'The Warrior' Lee.
The two featherweight stars have crossed paths before, with Nguyen extending his winning streak to three straight after choking Lee out in Macau, handing the Singaporean the first and only loss in his career so far.
Since then, Nguyen has won three more bouts and capturing two world championships, while Lee has picked up four straight wins to put him in the front of the line to challenge for the featherweight title.
Follwing a tremendous debut in Manila back in April, the ONE Super Series will be crowning their first world champion in Singapore when Muay Thai legend Sam-A Gaiyanghadao meets Dutch multi-time Muay Thai world champon Sergio Wielzen for the ONE Super Series Flyweight World Championship.
A two-division Lumpinee champion with an unbelievable 365-46-9 Muay Thai record, Gaiyanghadao introduced himself to ONE fight fans back in January after dismantling Joseph Lasiri in a Muay Thai bout at ONE: Global Superheroes in Manila. He now has a chance to add a ONE Super Series world championship to his long list of accolades.
Amsterdam, Netherlands' Wielzen owns a 46-18-2, 1 No Contest Muay Thai record and has a respectable list of accolades of his own, which includes the Lion Fight Featherweight world championship. Wielzen looks to take down a massive name in Gaiyanghadao on his way to another world championship.
Catch ONE Championship: Unstoppable Dreams LIVE starting at 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!