Following his impressive win at ONE FC 5 in Manila, officials planned to grant Eduard Folayang with a shot at the inaugural ONE FC lightweight title on October 6. On my post-fight article I questioned the move, as their next event in Singapore was just less than 5 weeks away, and having him go back right in training camp after having a tough war against Felipe Enomoto may not have been the best move for him.
Well lucky for him, it looks like the plans have changed. Sources close to the promotion have informed BloodyElbow.com late Saturday night that ONE FC has decided to set up an even better fight for their first lightweight title.
Fast rising star, Zorobabel Moreira will be still be challenging for the lightweight title, and his opponent as we're told, will be former Muay Thai world champ, Ole Laursen who is coming of that war against Folayang which was an instant classic that he won by a razor thin decision.
As for the Philippines' most popular fighter in Folayang, he has been allowed to take a longer break before headlining the URCC's 10th anniversary show on November 17.
Stylistically, it's a much better fight. Zorobabel will have better BJJ, while Laursen clearly packs bigger power. That being said, it's definitely not going to be your traditional striker vs. grappler match. As shown by his complete trashing of Roger Huerta at ONE FC 4, the 6'3 lightweight in Moreira now also has devastating striking and he knows how to fully utilize the reach advantage he has over everyone in the division.
It's a great change and adjustment from ONE FC. Folayang will have a proper training camp for his next bout of the URCC's milestone event, while Asian MMA fans can really look forward to one of the best and most intriguing matchups they can put on for their inaugural lightweight champion.
UPDATE: The fight hasn't been finalized, but it is in the works and has been verbally agreed thus far. They still have to finalize more details on the contract before it becomes official.
Check out the current rumored fight card for ONE FC 6 after the jump.
ONE FC 6: Rise Of Kings
October 6, 2012 -- Singapore Indoor Stadium