As the days inch closer to August 2, the excitement intensifies as Asia’s premiere mixed martial arts organization returns to Manila for an action-packed night at the Mall of Asia Arena where a particular face off in the stacked card could potentially overshadow the co-main event match-ups.

Filipino hero and local icon Eduard “Landslide” Folayang will share the circle with multiple times Lightweight world champion Eddie “Underground King” Alvarez in the semifinals of ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix to not only determine the finalist, but also cement himself as one of the best Lightweight in the world.

Both fighters share a similar path to martial arts stardom, taking down life adversaries one by one to pursuit greater things and on fight night, they will become each other’s adversary to move forward in the tournament.

In the fight press conference last July 30, Alvarez and Folayang have different tones in the upcoming fight, but both vow to get back on track after suffering separate setbacks last March.

“In the movies, heroes always prevail, they always do well, the nemesis loses, and everybody’s happy. Unfortunately, that’s not the story I’m here to write. You picked the wrong guy at the wrong time”, Alvarez stated, referring to the home crowd advantage of Folayang that is expected to flock the arena.

“It’s unusual for me to be the bad guy. I promise you if I’m the bad guy, I will not disappoint”, continued Alvarez who also shared his fight plan against the Team Lakay standout.

“I’m going to punch him with my right hand, rip him to the floor, and I’m going to submit him. If he stands back up, I’m going to punch him again, rip him to the floor, and I’m going to submit him. This is my strategy, Eduard knows it now, and we can figure it out on Friday”, concluded Alvarez.

As for the soft spoken two-time ONE Lightweight champ, another chapter of his storied career is bound to be written and he feels blessed for it.

“He said it’s not the right time, but I think it’s God’s time that we will be facing [each other]. Of course, it will be an honor because I will be able to test my skill, my preparation if it went well. I just lost my belt last March, and that chapter is already closed. I’m here to write another chapter of my journey”, Folayang stated.

But he is setting his sight to this new opportunity to capture another title, “Losing the belt is hard, but I have been able to get over it. I’m blessed because I have the opportunity to get another belt – the World Grand Prix belt. It’s such a blessing in disguise.”

New Year celebration may be four months away, but we are all bound to witness some fireworks this Friday night and Manila will be at the forefront everything as Eduard Folayang meets Eddie Alvarez in an epic Lightweight battle.

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