Eduard Folayang thinks Shinya Aoki hardly improved ahead of ONE title rematch

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Folayang and Aoki have contrasting styles. The Filipino superstar is at his most dangerous when he’s on his feet while the Japanese legend made a name for himself as a grappling wizard.In their first bout, however, Folayang showed he can hang with Aoki’s vaunted ground game and pull off the big time upset with a third-round TKO victory to claim the lightweight crown for the first time in 2016.The 34-year-old Folayang, who is also on a three-match run, is determined to repeat over Aoki and put on a sterling show before the pre-dominantly Japanese crowd.“Of course I need to give a convincing victory — a different, creative, and innovative way to win the fight,” Folayang said.“If I pull that off, I think that is one of the best ways to capture the Japanese fanbase.”ADVERTISEMENT Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’02:03MMA legends gather in Tokyo for historic ONE: New Era fight week03:03Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Aoki’s resurgence following two straight knockout losses to Folayang and Ben Askren has not gone unnoticed with many of his fellow ONE fighters convinced that he’s taken his game to a higher level after the pair of setbacks.But Folayang, the reigning lightweight champion, thinks otherwise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I think Shinya Aoki will use the same old approach inside the cage,” Folayang said.“Those who are commenting that his striking has improved may have not watched his previous fights carefully. If you would look at it, he clearly wants the fight to hit the ground as early as possible.” Ivana Agudo rises to the challenge for Lady Tamaraws ONE ChampionshipTOKYO, Japan—Shinya Aoki has been on a tear heading into his title rematch against Eduard Folayang in the main event of ONE: A New Era on Sunday at Ryogoku Kokugikan here.Aoki is riding on a three-fight streak with all of his wins by stoppage in the first round.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Google Philippines names new country director View commentslast_img read more