Folayang takes back One lightweight belt after beating Khan

Folayang takes back One lightweight belt after beating Khan

The One lightweight championship turned out to be just waiting for its former owner to take it back. Rick Johnsen Dela Cruz
By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY--Eduard Folayang is a world mixed martial arts champion again.

Folayang reclaimed the erstwhile vacant One lightweight belt after beating Singaporean opponent Amir Khan in the co-main event of One: Conquest of Champions at the Mall of Asia Arena on Friday night.

A year after he lost the said belt to Martin Nguyen, who eventually relinquished it, right at the said venue, Folayang took back the belt with an impressive performance against Khan.

Folayang began taking over in Round 2, foiling Khan's aerial strike and converting it into a takedown, even going on a ground-and-pound action.

Folayang again took down Khan in Round 3 while aggravating a cut under the latter's right eye which slowed him down the rest of the way. Folayang eventually won via unanimous decision

Folayang became the fourth member of Team Lakay who won a One Championship belt this year, joining strawweight champ Joshua Pacio, flyweight champ Geje Eustaquio, and bantamweight champ Kevin Belingon.

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