Multiple-time former ONE World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang remains one of the top competitors in his division, despite a recent string of heartbreaking setbacks inside the Circle. As such, the Filipino mixed martial arts veteran is excited for the lightweight main event this week at “ONE on TNT II.”
Reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Christian “The Warrior” Lee is set to defend his title against #3-ranked contender Timofey Nastyukhin in the feature bout at “ONE on TNT II,” a previously recorded event from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore which airs this Wed., April 14 (Thu., April 15 in Asia).
Folayang breaks down the highly-anticipated fight, and lays out why it’s a must-watch event.
“It’s going to be a good fight. Both guys are at the top. Christian has been a good champion, surprising a lot of fans who doubted him. Both are well-rounded fighters. Obviously the power edge has to go with Timofey because of the sheer knockout potential he brings. But Christian has shown in the past that he can deal with powerful strikers, particularly against Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev and Iuri Lapicus,” said Folayang.
“I think Christian’s wrestling skills, and the way he can control the action in the cage will be the deciding factor. Will he be able to keep Timofey down? That’s the big question. Timofey is very strong, and also a good wrestler. This is a great matchup.”
“As a fan, I’m excited to see it,” Folayang added.
“ONE on TNT II” is the second of a four-part event series broadcast from the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Also on the card in the co-main event, ONE Atomweight Kickboxing World Champion and #2-ranked atomweight Muay Thai contender Janet “JT” Todd faces #4-ranked contender “Ninjaline” Anne Line Hogstad in a Muay Thai contest.
Folayang believes the winner between Lee and Nastyukhin will come down to who can impose his will in the fight.
“Christian wants to establish his legacy here in the lightweight division. He’s done a great job so far, and he’s close to really beating everyone in the top five. At the same time, you can’t underestimate Timofey, he’s one of the most dangerous guys in ONE. He has that equalizing power that can end things quickly,” said Folayang.
As for the 37-year-old Filipino veteran, Folayang is still in training, trying his best to stay in shape after his upcoming opponent, Yoshihiro Akiyama, announced he was pulling out of the bout. Folayang and Akiyama were supposed to fight at “ONE on TNT IV.”
“Landslide” is hoping to get a replacement opponent soon. Meanwhile, he’s just waiting patiently for his next assignment.
“I’m just keeping sharp. It’s unfortunate that Akiyama had to pull out but I’m keeping in shape, hoping to land another fight soon. I’m excited to get back in there and compete,” said Folayang.
The “ONE on TNT” series airs every Wednesday in the United States from April 7 for four weeks.
Each week will include a lead card digitally streamed exclusively on Bleacher Report, B/R App, B/R MMA Twitter, B/R Live YouTube, and B/R Live, followed by main card fights televised exclusively on Bleacher Report and the B/R app. More information on how to watch can be found at https://www.onefc.com/news/how-to-watch-one-on-tnt-ii/.