ONE Lightweight Champion Eduard Folayang will be defending his title from tough competitor Ev Ting at ONE: Kings of Destiny next month. With the exciting battle fast approaching, analysts and fighters have begun laying down their thoughts on the incipient match. To name one, former UFC champion Rich Franklin has a thing or two to say about it.
UFC legend Rich Franklin is now a vice president for ONE Championship. As VP of the eastern promotion, Franklin had a few things to add about the upcoming match-up in an interview.
In an interview with ABS-CBN Sports, Franklin said “Eduard Folayang and Ev Ting are both very explosive and well-rounded mixed martial artists. They share many similarities, including both being very comfortable on the ground, standing or in the clinch.
“Folayang however is a much more unorthodox striker, utilizing his world-class wushu skills which he spent years honing in Baguio City, while Ting prefers a more conventional style of boxing. The Malaysian is a bit more aggressive offensively, grappling and looking for submissions but on the other hand, Folayang is nearly impossible to catch.
“These two extremely talented fighters will not spend much time feeling each other out, I suspect. The two will both be pressing a good pace. Fans are in store for a tremendous striking battle. The way I see it, this fight goes back and forth on the feet, with almost complete disregard for the takedown.”