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Eduard Folayang ready to suit up in upcoming ONE Championship grand prix

first_imgAfter eSports venture, ONE Championship launches athleisure line Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown But, at the moment, Folayang is more focused on the task at hand, which is a shot at redemption for the crown he once held. He can make history by being the first two-time lightweight champion.“Last year, I was in the same place but things didn’t go expected. I lost the belt but I worked my ass out. This is another story to watch out for. I’m here because I worked hard for it. Of course, that’s what martial arts is, that even if you fall, there’s a 100 chance for you to come back and a single defeat cannot define us.” said Folayang.If Folayang beats Khan, which is no easy opponent considering he has the record in the most knockouts in the promotion, he will be the fourth champion this year under Team Lakay.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments The addition of Eddie Alvarez to the ONE Championship roster has made the competition in the lightweight division even more heated.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Folayang is bidding for a second run at the ONE lightweight title against Amir Khan on Friday at ONE: Conquest of Champions at Mall of Asia Arena, but win or lose, he’s prepared to work his way up in the Grand Prix.“I don’t want to hear the word ‘loss’ but yes, I’m ready,” said Folayang on Tuesday during the press conference at City of Dreams Manila when asked whether he’s ready to suit up for the Grand Prix, which is happening next year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissONE Championship announced earlier this month that it will hold a last-man-standing kind of tournament that will feature the best in the stacked flyweight and lightweight divisions. The top eight in both weight classes will fight it out to ultimately get the world title.It will be like a coming out party for the promotion’s prized recruits which also includes flyweight king Demetrious Johnson, who signed with ONE Championship shortly after Alvarez.last_img read more

FA chairman Greg Dyke backs Michel Platini for FIFA presidency

first_imgThe Football Association has given its firm backing to Michel Platini after the Frenchman formally declared he is to run for the FIFA presidency.The 60-year-old UEFA president said he wants to he wants to restore the world governing body’s dignity after the corruption crisis which engulfed the organisation – leading to Sepp Blatter announcing he will stepdown as FIFA president on February 26.FA chairman Greg Dyke has thrown his weight behind the Frenchman but warned that it will be a challenging task to change FIFA. Platini has also championed Qatar’s 2022 World Cup despite the controversy surrounding the bid and the decision to play the tournament in the winter.Dyke said: “We support Michel Platini’s candidacy. We have a good relationship with him and hope he can gain the necessary global backing to lead a new FIFA during the most difficult period in its history.“We understand there will be a number of candidates, which should result in a strong and healthy debate. However, we should not underestimate how challenging it will be for anyone to lead an organisation that has been so tainted. The whole structure of FIFA must be reviewed and fundamentally changed.“With FA vice-chairman David Gill newly-appointed to the FIFA executive committee and the level of worldwide scrutiny on the reform process, the opportunity is there to bring about positive change. While we have yet to see Mr Platini’s manifesto, we believe he will fully support an ongoing reform process.“Mr Platini has been supportive of English football in recent years, not least when he visited St. George’s Park last autumn and we spoke at length about the game in this country, our strong leagues, great clubs and fantastic fans. We continue to have discussions with him on our concerns about dwindling opportunities for homegrown players – a concern he shares.“We are pleased Mr Platini has decided to stand as a candidate and we look forward to supporting him.”All nominations for the February 26 election have to be submitted by October 26. 1 Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini last_img read more