MMA: Folayang set to defend crown vs Aoki in rematch

Eduard Folayang hopes to make it two in a row versus Shinya Aoki. Handout photo

MANILA — Reigning ONE lightweight Eduard “Landslide” Folayang will take on a familiar face when he climbs the cage in March for his title defense.

Folayang will battle former champion Shinya Aoki, the same Japanese legend he unseated back in 2016 for his first title reign.

Folayang captured the title from Aoki via a third-round stoppage, but surrendered the belt to Martin Nguyen a year later.

This past November, however, the Team Lakay stalwart reclaimed the crown with a dominant five-round unanimous decision over Singaporean knockout artist Amir Khan.

Meanwhile, Aoki is riding a three-bout win streak, having finished Rasul Yakhyaev and Ev Ting by submission, and stopping Shannon Wiratchai by TKO.

The rematch between Folayang and Aoki will be one of the featured bouts of ONE: New Era which will take place in Tokyo, Japan on March 31.

ONE: New Era will also feature the promotional debuts of former UFC champions Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson.

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