ONE Championship: Eduard Folayang, Martin Nguyen face off in Manila

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Eduard Folayang (left) will go toe-to-toe with Martin Nguyen (right) in Manila on November.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The reigning title holders of ONE Championship's lightweight and featherweight divisions, Filipino fighter Eduard Folayang and Australia's own Martin Nguyen, are set to headline the promotion's return to Manila on November 10.

Team Lakay's Folayang is riding a four-fight win streak, which has seen him claim and defend the lightweight crown in emphatic fashion.

Folayang will stake his belt against Nguyen, who has scored each of his victories either by knockout or submission.

The idea that all of his opponent's conquests were felled early didn't faze the Filipino champion, instead he pointed out that Nguyen isn't used to drawn-out battles.

"Sanay siya na nagiging short 'yung mga result ng mga naging laban niya." Folayang said. "I think this will be a good fight. Kung saan siya malakas, 'yun din ang area na malakas ako."

Nguyen, on the other hand, is confident that the fight will not go the distance. Just by looking at the manner of how he piled up his 9-1 slate, you can see why.

"Let's put it this way, the fight won't go the distance," Nguyen declared. "It's him finishing me, or I'm finishing him, but that's how it's going to be."

The Filipino crowd

This will be Folayang's first fight in the Philippines since winning the belt against Shinya Aoki last November in Singapore, and he admits that there is added pressure to perform for the home crowd on his return.

"There is a lot of expectations and pressures," Folayang conceded. "As a martial artist you need to do your part, you need to embrace yung mga pressure na darating."

"I need to embrace it," Folayang said.

For Nguyen, it will be an uphill climb when he faces off against both Folayang and the Filipino crowd.

The Australian champion labeled himself as the underdog, but he feels like he can play that role, entertain the crowd, and shut them out all at the same time.

"In terms of being the underdog through the shouting crowd, I don't care. It's all about entertainment at the end of the day," Nguyen said.

Folayang and Nguyen are set to take center stage in the ONE Championship cage on November 10 at the Mall of Asia Arena.