Reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 35, of Baguio City, Philippines is defending his title at “ONE: A New Era” the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan on March 31, 2018. His challenger is Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Shizuoka, Japan.
This will be a rematch between Folayang and Aoki. On November 11, 2016, the Filipino fighter training out of Team Lakay captured the title from the Japanese mixed martial arts veteran via a third-round technical knockout in the main event of “ONE: Defending Honor” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.
But on November 10, 2017, Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 29, of Australia and Vietnam dethroned Folayang in the main event of “ONE: Legends of the World,” which took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Without a single title defense, the Vietnamese-Australian fighter vacated the title on September 28, 2018.
On November 23, 2018, Folayang reclaimed the ONE Lightweight World Championship belt. In the main event of “ONE: Conquest of Champions” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, he defeated Amir Khan, 24, of Singapore via unanimous decision.
Meanwhile, Aoki defeated his three most recent ONE Championship opponents namely Rasul Yakhyaev, 27, of Grozny, Chechnya, Russia, Shannon “One Shin” Wiratchai, 30, of Bangkok, Thailand and Ev “E.T.” Ting, 29, of New Zealand and Malaysia.
“ONE: New Era” is the first ever ONE Championship event in Japan. Including the rematch between Folayang and Aoki, the fight card features three title bouts.
Reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee, 22, of Singapore will challenge reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, 30, of China. Ken Hasegawa, 31, of Kanagawa, Japan will challenge reigning ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight World Champion “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang, 33, of Myanmar.
Here is a clip featuring Folayang and his fellow ONE Championship champions representing Team Lakay:
Tickets for ONE: A NEW ERA go on sale December 20, 2018 at 6PM JST and is available on LINE Ticket at https://ticket.line.me/sp/ONEChampionship, Kyodo Tokyo, Ticket Pia, Lawson Ticket, and E-plus from January 27, 2019.