Folayang, Khan dispute vacant ONE lightweight title in Manila

first_imgEduard Folayang. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA new ONE lightweight champion will be crowned not long after the title was vacated by Martin Nguyen several days ago.ONE chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong on Monday announced that Filipino MMA star Eduard Folayang and Singaporean knockout artist Amir Khan will dispute the belt at ONE: Conquest of Champions on November 23 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The 23-year-old Khan, who has won eight of his last fights, eyes history for Singapore as he hopes to become the country’s first homegrown world champion in his first title fight.“Amir wants to become Singapore’s first homegrown World Champion in history, and stamp his legacy as the greatest Singaporean martial artist the world has ever seen.” said Sityodtong said of Khan, who beat Filipino Honorio Banario via submission earlier this month.Sityodtong also said whoever wins between Folayang and Khan will defend the lightweight strap against the victor of the Shinya Aoki and Ev Ting showdown at ONE: Kingdom of Heroes on Saturday in Bangkok, Thailand.“Barring any injuries or unforeseen circumstances, I fully expect the winner between Ev and Shinya to face the winner between Eduard and Amir in Tokyo.” Sityodtong said.  “Without a doubt, it is super exciting times for this incredibly stacked division. Hold your breath though. I am going to announce more explosive news soon. Stay tuned.”ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal PSC to ‘fast-track’ rehab of athletes’ dorms after death of wushu junior Daraliay MOST READ “I am excited to announce that Eduard ‘Landslide’ Folayang and Amir Khan will face each other for the ONE Lightweight World Championship on November 23 in Manila,” Sityodtong wrote on his Facebook account. “The stakes could not be any higher for both warriors in what will be the biggest fight of their careers.”The 33-year-old Folayang earned his shot to reclaim the crown he yielded when got knocked out cold in the second round by Nguyen in November last year after scoring a pair of impressive decision wins over previously undefeated Russian fighters Aziz Pahrudinov and Kharun Atlangeriev.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Eduard wants to reclaim his title and go down as the greatest Filipino martial artist in history.” Sityodtong said.But Folayang’s road back to the top will have to go through a dangerous foe in Khan. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Six things we learned in European football this weekend

first_img0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000It was a frustrating weekend for Kylian Mbappe and Paris Saint-Germain as they went down 2-1 at Lyon © AFP / ROMAIN LAFABREGUEPARIS, France, Feb 4 – While Real Madrid are ominously finding form ahead of the return of the Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain’s first Ligue 1 loss of the season will have encouraged their future European opponents Manchester United.With Juventus and Bayern Munich having defensive difficulties exposed too, AFP Sport looks at what we learned from the weekend across Europe: – Momentum with Madrid –In-form Karim Benzema got Real Madrid’s opener in a 3-0 win over Alaves © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSThere have been few weekends in La Liga this season when Real Madrid can claim to have come out on top, but this was one.Perhaps not in terms of the table, where they still trail Barcelona by eight points and Atletico Madrid by two.But the gaps were reduced after a 3-0 win over Alaves took advantage of Barca drawing with Valencia and Atletico losing at Real Betis.Barcelona are still very much in the driving seat but the momentum appears to be with Madrid, who have put together a run of five wins in a row.Another over Atletico next weekend would see them leapfrog their city rivals into second, with the resumption of the Champions League just around the corner.– PSG form will encourage Solskjaer –Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was in attendance to watch his side’s future Champions League opponents Paris Saint-Germain as they lost 2-1 in Lyon.And the Norwegian can have taken plenty of positives from the way a makeshift PSG side — without the injured Neymar or a recognisable central midfielder in their starting line-up — had their unbeaten record in Ligue 1 this season ended.United are approaching the first leg of their last-16 tie next week in terrific shape with nine wins and a draw in 10 games under Solskjaer.Meanwhile, PSG need to get Marco Verratti back to fitness and new midfield signing Leandro Paredes up to speed in time for the Old Trafford trip.– Leaky defence not worrying Allegri –Gervinho (C) scores a late equaliser as Parma snatch a 3-3 draw with Serie A leaders Juventus © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOMassimiliano Allegri insisted that his Juventus side’s leaky defence was only a temporary setback and not a worry ahead of their upcoming Champions League last-16 first leg at Atletico Madrid.For the first time in seven years Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini were all out injured at the same time as Juve were held 3-3 by Parma, three days after a 3-0 Cup defeat at Atalanta.The last time they conceded three goals in consecutive games was under Antonio Conte in 2013.“We still have a healthy advantage (in Serie A) and this setback will ultimately do us good,” said Allegri, who expects Chiellini to be fit for Madrid.– Zaniolo in Totti footsteps –Nicolo Zaniolo, 19, rescued a 1-1 draw against AC Milan to become the youngest Roma player to score his first three senior goals for the capital side since club legend Francesco Totti, aged 18 years in 1995.“He’s like Totti, one who speaks little and always wants the ball,” said coach Eusebio Di Francesco of the youngster. “I hope he can continue to play with that joy and verve.”It was a bad day for Thomas Mueller and Bayern Munich in Leverkusen © AFP / Patrik STOLLARZ– Bayern vulnerable on break –Jurgen Klopp would have noted with interest just how easily Bayer Leverkusen’s slick attack tore open the Bayern Munich defence as they beat the Bavarians 3-1 on Saturday, proving the vulnerability of the defending Bundesliga champions to quick counter-attacks.Kevin Volland and Lucas Alario finished off rapid-fire breakaways with superb second-half goals for Leverkusen.“We got into an exchange of blows with Leverkusen and they killed us,” admitted Bayern coach Niko Kovac, whose side face Liverpool at Anfield on February 19 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.Kovac’s experiment of playing Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka — who scored Bayern’s goal — in central midfield back-fired as Leverkusen poured through the middle while centre-backs Mats Hummels and Niklas Suele lack the pace to plug the gaps, leaving space to exploit.– Ronaldo no lucky charm –Cristiano Ronaldo and his Spanish girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez in the crowd at Sunday’s Lisbon derby © AFP / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRAA day after scoring twice for Juventus in their draw with Parma, Cristiano Ronaldo was in Lisbon to watch his first club Sporting in the derby against Benfica.But Ronaldo’s presence certainly did not inspire the Lions, who were outplayed in a 4-2 home defeat that leaves them well off the pace in fourth in the Portuguese league.According to local media, Ronaldo had seen enough after Benfica went 3-1 up early in the second half, and headed for the exit.last_img read more