ONE Championship held “ONE: Conquest of Champions” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on November 23, 2018. In the co-main event of the evening, former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 34, of the Philippines and Amir Khan, 24, of Singapore competed for the vacant ONE Lightweight World Championship.
Khan is training out of Evolve MMA in Singapore. When he was 13 years old, he started his Muay Thai training, which helped him overcome Tourette Syndrome.
“ONE: Conquest of Champions” marked Khan’s 14th bout in ONE Championship. Capturing the ONE Lightweight World Championship would make him the first ever homegrown Singaporean to become a ONE Championship world champion.
Representing Team Lakay of Baguio City, Philippines, Folayang is the third ONE Championship athlete to hold the ONE Lightweight World Championship. He earned the title on November 11, 2016 but lost it to Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 29, of Australia and Vietnam on November 10, 2017.
Folayang has been competing professionally since 2007. “ONE: Conquest of Champions” marked his 15th bout in ONE Championship.
After five five-minute rounds, the lightweight world championship bout between Folayang and Khan was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, referee Yuji Shimada raised the hand of the Team Lakay fighter, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
Winning at “ONE: Conquest of Champions” improved Folayang’s professional MMA record to 21 wins and 6 losses. On the other hand, Khan now has 11 wins and 4 losses.
“ONE: Conquest of Champions” Main Event
In the main event, Mauro “The Hammer” Cerilli, 35, of Terracina, Latina, Italy challenged reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera, 41, of Manila, Philippines. The Filipino defending champion knocked out his Italian challenger in the first round.
Meanwhile, watch the recent bout of Folayang and Khan in the Philippines here: