Fireworks expected in action-packed ONE: Reign of Kings

first_imgLacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? “This [Belingong-Nguyen] matchup gives me goosebumps and I know everyone is excited to see how it unfolds, said ONE Championship chairman Chatri Sityodtong during the press conference on Tuesday at City of Dreams Manila.“When you put two aggressive and explosive strikers in the cage together, it is sure to produce fireworks.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Belingon is ready to prove his worth in front of the hometown crowd in what he feels is the biggest bout of his career—and could also be the toughest as he goes up against Nguyen, who stunned the Filipino fans the last time he was here.“I took this challenge against Martin Nguyen because I wanted to prove that I never back down from any challenge no matter how big or small,” said Belingon on Tuesday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NCAA: Bolick lifts San Beda past St. Benilde in comeback win Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nguyen dethroned Folayang with a stunning second-round knockout, becoming ONE Championship’s first two-division champion November last year.He has experienced steady success since that fight at MOA Arena, but he said he remains hungry as ever to make history with three-division world titles.“I have complete and total respect for a martial artist with his values and principles. In a huge way, I see a lot of similarities between us. We are both hungry, and we are both determined for victory,” said Nguyen, dubbed “The Situ-Asian.”Folayang, meanwhile, is also determined to get back to the top of the highly-competitive lightweight division and beating Aziz Pahrudinov will be the best start.“The ONE lightweight division is incredibly deep and with lots of talent. Getting to the top is very hard, but once you are there, it’s a great feeling. I am determined to get back to the top. I can face every opponent, whether they are undefeated or not. I am willing to go in there and go to work,” said Folayang.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Martin Nguyen (left), ONE Championship chairman Chatri Sityodtong and Kevin Belingon during the ONE: Reign of Kings presscon. Photo from ONE ChampionshipExpect fireworks when two explosive fighters in Kevin Belingon and Martin Nguyen face off for the ONE Interim bantamweight title in ONE: Reign of Kings Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Their world championship bout headlines an action-packed card that also features Shinya Aoki of Japan and Shannon Wiratchai for the lightweight belt, legendary Brazilian fighter Renzo Gracie and hometown hero Eduard Folayang.ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team View commentslast_img

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