Updated 15:41 PM PHT Mon, March 6, 2017
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Filipino ONE lightweight champion Eduard Folayang is set to defend his title for the first time against Malaysian Ev Ting on April 21 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Folayang is coming off a stunning win over Shinya Aoki to improve his MMA record to 17-5.
"Winning the title against a legend like Shinya Aoki will forever hold a special place of distinction in my career, but it is only the first step in establishing my legacy," Folayang said.
"Before champions are recognized as greats and legends of the sport, every single one of them faced contenders that challenged their prowess as champions. In April, I will have the opportunity to show the world why I hold my coveted title," he added.
Ting, on the other hand, is riding on a hot streak with four consecutive victories under his name.
He holds a 13-3 win-loss slate in his professional career.
"I have worked tirelessly to be where I am now. It has finally paid off because I will get an opportunity to vie for a world title. It's every mixed martial artist's dream to become a champion," Ting said.
"This is my chance to fulfill that dream. Eduard Folayang is a great champion and is admired by many Filipinos, but he has what I want. I'm coming to Manila to get it from him and bring the belt home to Malaysia."