ONE Championship: Folayang vs. Alvarez matchup now a ONE Lightweight Grand Prix semifinal bout
Santino Honasan on Jul 15, 2019 04:04 PM
Eduard Folayang and Eddie Alvarez will now face each other in a ONE Lightweight Grand Prix semifinals bout
As if it wasn't massive enough, the lightweight clash between former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard "Landslide" Folayang of the Philippines and multiple-time lightweight world champion Eddie "The Underground King" Alvarez of the United States at ONE: Dawn of Heroes at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila on Friday, August 2nd now has even more at stake.
Due to an injury that has forced Russian contender Timofey Nastyukhin to withdraw from his ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix semifinals bout against former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio "The Rock" Banario of the Philippines, the Folayang-Alvarez matchup has now been elevated to the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix semifinals, as announced by ONE Championship.
This now means that the winner of the must-see lightweight contest will advance to the finals to face Turkish knockout artist Saygid "Dagi" Guseyn Arslanaliev at ONE: Century in Tokyo, Japan this coming October.
The eventual winner of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix will challenge reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Christian Lee in the future.
Banario, meanwhile, could remain on the card to face a different opponent, or could be moved to a different card altogether.
Folayang is coming off a first-round submission loss to Shinya Aoki at ONE: A New Era in Tokyo, Japan back in March. Earlier that same evening, Alvarez lost his ONE debut via first-round TKO to Nastyukhin in a ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix quarterfinals bout.
ONE: Dawn of Heroes takes place on Friday, August 2nd at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Catch it LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!