Thursday, November 10, 2016
One: Defending Honor Official Face-Off
The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship (ONE), announced today that the mixed martial artists competing at ONE: DEFENDING HONOR are expected to be ready for all the action which takes place Friday evening, 11 November, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
In the main event, MMA legend and ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki will defend his title against Filipino MMA icon Eduard “Landslide” Folayang. They are joined on the card by an epic rematch between ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat “Cobra” Gafurov and former ONE Featherweight World Champion Narantungalag “Tungaa” Jadambaa in the co-main event.
Four of Singapore’s homegrown fighting talents will also be taking to the cage alongside some of the biggest names in Asian MMA today.
Visit the official ONE: DEFENDING HONOR face-off gallery by clicking: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BxHVlFU0lKiITWx4Z1piVmREWDg?usp=sharing.
CEO of ONE Championship, Victor Cui, stated: “Five years after ONE changed the face of Asian sports with our first event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, we are back again with yet another blockbuster event in ONE: DEFENDING HONOR. With two world title belts on the line starring some of the biggest names in MMA such as ONE World Champions Shinya Aoki and Marat Gafurov, I am certain MMA fans around the world will get to savour ONE’s signature brand of non-stop martial arts action.”
Headliner and ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki stated: “I am prepared for Eduard Folayang’s striking, and there is no way he is going to beat me on the ground. Eduard is a fantastic martial artist and a true hero to the Filipino people, and I respect him for that. However, I am entering the bout as the reigning and defending champion, and I plan on leaving that way.”
Eduard Folayang stated: “There is no doubt Shinya Aoki is a legend in Asian MMA, but I firmly believe I can be the one to beat the legend. I have prepared my whole life for this moment since the first ONE Championship event in 2011, and I am going to seize this opportunity to become champion. This is my fight and my time to reign with the support of the Philippines behind me.”
ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat Gafurov stated: “I am at the peak of my abilities as a martial artist and am only getting better every day. Jadambaa may have improved as well, but the story this time will be the same as our last fight in November 2015. There is absolutely no chance of me losing this belt.”
Former ONE Featherweight World Champion Narantungalag Jadambaa stated: “Not many people get a chance to reclaim what was once theirs. I will get my belt back from Gafurov and become the ONE Featherweight World Champion once again. I know exactly what I need to do to make that happen, and I am fully prepared to do so this Friday night.”
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