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Kamal Shalorus Signs With ONE FC, Set To Fight Eduard Folayang in Manila on May 31st

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Former WEC and UFC standout Kamal Shalorus is taking his talents to the Asian MMA scene.

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Iranian wrestler and UFC veteran Kamal Shalorus (7-3-2) has signed with ONE FC and is set to take on Eduard Folayang (12-3) in a lightweight clash in Manila on May 31st.

Shalorus went 7-0-2 in his first nine professional fights, winning the King of Kombat welterweight title in the process. Under the WEC banner he beat recent Bellator Season 7 Lightweight Tournament winner Dave Jansen and Bart Palaszewski and fought to a split decision draw with Jamie Varner.

His stint in the UFC was not so successful as he was stopped by Jim Miller, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Rafael dos Anjos. Shalorus's Iranian nationality made him an obvious addition to the roster of ONE FC and his first assignment will be against the popular Filipino.

Folayang was on track for a ONE FC title shot after beating A Sol Kwon and Felipe Enomoto, with the sole blotch on his record since signing for Asia's biggest MMA promotion a controversial split decision loss at the hands of Ole Laursen.

The Filipino suffered a setback when he was stopped by Lowen Tynanes at URCC 22 last December and will be looking to get back into title contention with a win over Shalorus. He still holds the URCC Welterweight Belt and will have 20,000 Filipino fans cheering for him at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, which is the biggest venue ONE FC has been to yet.

Perhaps with a view to neutralizing Shalorus's wrestling Folayang recently flew to the US where he has been working at some of the top MMA camps. The Filipino has posted photos of himself training with the likes of legendary BJJ instructor Robert Drysdale, Fil-Am fighter Mark Munoz and England's Dan Hardy.

Shalorus will enter an extremely competitive ONE FC lightweight division with Kotetsu Boku set to defend the title against Shinya Aoki at the Singapore Indoor Stadium next Friday night. That card will be the first to be broadcast live by Star Sports and also features Melvin Manhoef, Masakatsu Ueda, Jens Pulver and Folayang's Team Lakay team mate Kevin Belingon.

A press conference is set for Manila soon after the Singapore show and the only other match ups to have been confirmed for the May 31st card, which will definitely feature Bibiano Fernandes, is a featherweight title tilt between defending champion Honorio Banario and Bae Young Kwon.