Considered as the frontrunner of mixed martial arts (MMA) in the Asian region, ONE Championship has become a staple of the growing local combat scene in the Philippines since its first venture on the country's shores in 2012.
It has held nine of its last 53 events in the Philippines at locations such as the historic Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City and the state-of-the-art SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
ONE Championship returns to Manila on Friday, 21 April to host its tenth live Philippine event dubbed “ONE: KINGS OF DESTINY”. The promotion has prepared ten marquee match-ups for its blockbuster card.
Loren Mack, ONE Championship’s Vice President for Public Relations and Communications, bared that ONE: KINGS OF DESTINY is the organization’s special offering to its Filipino audience because of the ending support received by the league since its first event in the Philippines.
“Truly, it is ONE Championship's ultimate pleasure to return to Manila where we always get a warm reception every time we are here. From pre-event festivities to fight night, every Filipino stays glued watching us. ONE Championship sincerely appreciates the support, which is why we make sure to provide the best card for our Filipino audience,” he said.
According to Mack, ONE: KINGS OF DESTINY will be the biggest MMA event in Philippine history to date due to its stacked match lineup.
“As a gesture of appreciation to our followers in the Philippines, we have prepared an extremely outstanding event. This is our tenth event in Manila, and we aim to give the Philippines the absolute best that will keep our audiences at the edge of their seats,” he stated.
“ONE: KINGS OF DESTINY is going to be the biggest mixed martial arts card in Philippine history,” Mack added.
In the main event, Team Lakay’s Eduard “Landslide” Folayang puts his ONE Lightweight World Championship title at stake against Malaysian-Kiwi sensation Ev “E.T.” Ting in a scheduled five-round clash.
“We have the Philippines’ beloved hero in Eduard Folayang defending his coveted title for the first time in front of a sold-out Manila crowd against Malaysia’s very own Ev Ting. Fans around the world rallied to see this match-up, and they are going to get it on Friday,” Mack said about the card’s headliner.
Aside from Folayang, four Team Lakay fighters are likewise slated on the undercard of ONE: KINGS OF DESTINY, featuring former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario as he takes on lightweight stalwart Jaroslav Jartim of Czech Republic
Meanwhile, Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon shares the ONE Championship cage with fellow ex-world title challenger Toni “Dynamite” Tauru of Finland in a three-round bantamweight encounter.
Gina “Conviction” Iniong makes her much-awaited promotional debut as she is booked to square off with Filipino-English standout Natalie Gonzales Hills, while Danny Kingad is tasked to face flyweight newcomer Muhammad Aiman of Malaysia.
"A handful of compelling bouts between Asia’s top superstars are set to take place inside the ONE Championship cage on fight night. From top to bottom of the card, we guarantee fireworks and an exceptional live mixed martial arts entertainment,” Mack shared.
Also booked for ONE: KINGS OF DESTINY is Filipino fan-favorite Eugene Toquero, who battles Indonesian flyweight prospect Stefer Rahardian.
Singaporean talent Christian Lee returns to action at ONE: KINGS OF DESTINY as he is set to duke it out with Chinese combatant Wan Jian Ping.
“Fans will not want to miss all the action that goes down in Manila, as we are already gearing up for an absolutely electrifying evening of world-class mixed martial arts. Let us make history on April 21st,” Mack concluded.
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ONE Championship is the largest sports media property in Asian history. Headquartered in Singapore, the world’s most exciting mixed martial arts organization hosts the largest sports entertainment events across Asia featuring the best Asian mixed martial artists and world champions, all signed to exclusive contracts, on the largest media broadcast in Asia. ONE Championship is broadcast to over 1 billion viewers across 118+ countries around the world with some of the largest global broadcasters, including FOX Sports, Setanta, MNC, Astro, Thairath TV, ABS-CBN, TV5, MYTV, HTV, OSN and more.