ONE Championship: Folayang to battle former UFC king Alvarez in Manila

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 10) — Filipino fighter Eduard Folayang is set to fight the toughest opponent in his mixed martial arts career when he collides with ex-Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champion Eddie Alvarez in ONE Championship: Dawn of Heroes.

The event is scheduled on August 2 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

This is Folayang's first fight since he lost his lightweight belt to Japanese Shinya Aoki last March.

On the other hand, Alvarez is also coming off a stinging knockout loss to Russian Timofey Nastyukhin in his ONE Championship debut.

Nastyukhin will also see action as he faces Filipino Honorio Banario in the ONE lightweight World Grand Prix semifinals.

Danny Kingad, another homegrown talent, will go up against Kazakhstan's Kairat Akhmetov in ONE flyweight World Grand Prix semifinals.

Another notable name is former flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson. He will take on Japanese Tatsumitsu Wada in the ONE World Grand Prix semifinals.

Headlining the Manila fightcard is United Kingdom's Jonathan Haggerty. He will put his ONE flyweight muay thai world championship on the line against Thailand's Rodtang Jitmuangnon.