A win over Eduard ‘Landslide’ Folayang places Adrian Pang in serious contention for Shinya Aoki’s lightweight belt.
[mks_dropcap style=”square” size=”52″ bg_color=”#1588db” txt_color=”#ffffff”]R[/mks_dropcap]eportedly slated to fight for the lightweight title last July, Adrian ‘The Hunter’ Pang instead will face Eduard Folayang next week in ONE FC’s first card in Macau.
Pang’s most recent win, an emphatic KO finish over Peter Davis in Malaysia, was supposed to be his ticket to a title shot. He tells Dojo Drifter in an online interview, “Yes, there were talks of Pang vs Aoki and it’s a shame that fight could not come together.”
He adds, “I feel although I am only 2-0 in ONE FC, my experience and record speaks for itself and entitles me a shot at their champion.”
Nevertheless, Adrian Pang is looking forward to meet another formidable foe in ‘Landslide’ Folayang. ‘The Hunter’ a 15-year veteran, describes the Team Lakay pioneer as a tough athlete who uses his advantages to take decision victories.
“Even though there’s the disappointment of the Aoki fight falling through, I’m also excited at the fact I would be facing a skilled striker like Eduard so it is such a great fight either way.”
Folayang is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Tetsuya Yamada early this year. In addition that, he has renewed his contract with the promotion following a brief free agency.
For Pang, their fighting styles have the potential to put up the “fight for the fans,” but he prefers another quick finish to cement his top contender status in the division.
“Eduard is a tough athlete and has ridden to decision many times. I am focusing on my skills and what I can do to finish the fight as that leaves a clear cut verdict on who was the better man that night.”
He quips, “I believe Folayang’s style and mine complement each other very well and will be shown August 13 in a beautiful display of martial violence.“
Outside the cage, Pang is coming of a different fight, finding justice four years since being assaulted in a club back in 2012. According to him, the experience has further toughened him not only as a fighter, but also as an individual.
Now that it’s finally over, he can set his focus solely on attaining his goal–challenging Aoki and becoming a champion.
“Those who know or follow me have seen what sort of adversity I have overcome the past 4 years of my life. The fact I was told I would never fight again to being on the brink of a world title shot in One shows the kind of metal I am made of,” Adrian Pang recalls.
“There are a few contenders in the mix but I feel my time is now! Shinya has to defend his belt as it has been over 12 months since he did. I look forward to ending his reign if I am given the chance.”