"Of course, Iím happy about Eddie Alvarez joining ONE Championship, having a competitor like him will make the lightweight division even more exciting, for sure."
With the recent announcement of multiple-time lightweight world champion Eddie Alvarez signing a multi-bout contract with ONE Championship, the promotion's already talent-rich lightweight division just got even more stacked.
And while having "The Underground King" on board just means another guy who's looking to take the top spot, someone who's been there before, former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard "Landslide" Folayang is pretty excited about ONE Championship's newest talent acquisition.
"Of course, I’m happy about Eddie Alvarez joining ONE Championship," Folayang shared, "having a competitor like him will make the lightweight division even more exciting, for sure."
The 34-year old Folayang captured ONE Championship's lightweight world title back in 2016. The Team Lakay star is eyeing a second run as the champion when he meets Singaporean contender Amir Khan for the vacant title at ONE: CONQUEST OF CHAMPIONS on Friday, 23 November in Manila.
If Folayang manages to become a two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion, of course Alvarez immediately becomes a potential challenger.
For the Filipino martial arts hero, he says sharing the cage or ring with Alvarez would be a special moment.
"If that happens, definitely, it would be an honor," Folayang said.
But for now, Folayang knows that he needs to take care of business against Khan first. After that, the Baguio City-native will need to shift his focus on a seemingly rejuvenated fellow former champion in Shinya Aoki, who recently secured his spot as the next contender to the ONE Lightweight World Championship with a first-round submission win over Ev Ting in Bangkok.
Quite the tough path for Folayang, just to get to a potential showdown with Alvarez.
"A match with Alvarez would definitely be an exciting one for me, but first I have to get past Amir Khan and become champion again, and if I do that, then I'll have to beat Shinya Aoki again and defend the championship," he explained.
"If I can get through Khan and Aoki, that's when I'll think about Alvarez," Folayang added.
Alvarez's arrival to ONE Championship makes a number of dream matches within the realm of possibility, and like most mixed martial arts fans, even Folayang would like to see Alvarez matched up with some of the best names in the lightwieght division as well.
"There are a lot that can give Alvarez a really good challenge," Folayang stated, "most especially the strikers."
"And then of course, I'd love to see him and Shinya in a trilogy match," he continued.
Alvarez and Aoki have crossed paths twice before, with each man getting a victory. ONE Championship would be the perfect place for a third and deciding matchup between the two lightweight stars.