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Can Ev Ting become Malaysia's first MMA world champion?

Can Ev Ting become Malaysia's first MMA world champion?
Ting is one of the countrys most promising young talents who lives and trains out of Auckland, New Zealand and currently holds a record of 13-3 in his professional career. - ONE photo
KUALA LUMPUR: A call for a title shot has been made last month by Malaysian MMA hero Ev Ting against ONE Lightweight World Champion, Eduard Folayang after the former's previous bout in Kuala Lumpur.

Now, it has been confirmed that 27-year-old Ting will be facing Folayang, a Filipino MMA veteran, at ONE Championship's 'Kings of Destiny' in Manila, Philippines on April 21.

Ting is one of the country’s most promising young talents who lives and trains out of Auckland, New Zealand and currently holds a record of 13-3 in his professional career.

He managed to secure a date with Folayang when he notched a split decision win over former title challenger Kamal Shalorus.
“I have worked tirelessly to be where I am now. It has finally paid off because I will get an opportunity to vie for a world title.

"It's every mixed martial artist's dream to become a champion. This is my chance to fulfill that dream," said Ting in his reaction to the upcoming fight.

"Eduard Folayang is a great champion and is admired by many Filipinos, but he has what I want. I'm coming to Manila to get it from him and bring the belt home to Malaysia,” he added.

Meanwhile, Folayang who will be making his first title defence, admitted that Ting is an exceptional and tough opponent.

Nevertheless, he vows to defend his world title and make sure that the belt stays in the Philippines.

"Before champions are recognized as greats and legends of the sport, every single one of them faced contenders that challenged their prowess as champions.

"In April, I will have the opportunity to show the world why I hold my coveted title,” said Folayang.

Folayang, 33, is one of the Philippines’ most experienced mixed martial artists, shocking the world by capturing the world title with a sensational victory over Japanese MMA legend Shinya Aoki.

After nearly a decade of competing in various promotions, he has amassed an impressive 17-5 mixed martial arts record.

The two will be locking horns in a headline fight at Manila's SM Mall of Arena.