Ev Ting Plans To Drag Koji Ando Into Extraterrestrial Waters At ONE: Pinnacle Of Power
New Zealand MMA has been brought into the spotlight by many talented individuals as of late yet Ev Ting was putting in work before all the hoopla ever began.
Since entering the ranks of ONE Championship in 2014, the Auckland representative has been breaking barriers and faces at the same time. After winning seven out of eight clashes against the upper echelon of the featherweight and lightweight divisions, he finally got a crack at the title early last year.
In April, Ting entered enemy territory to face then lightweight champion, Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, even though it was no easy task, the Malaysian-Kiwi embarked on this endeavor. These two world-class athletes went back and forth in a closely contested five-round battle with Folayang coming out on top to retain his lightweight crown.
Ting, however, was not deterred and returned to defeat two well-respected names in former ONE welterweight champion Nobutatsu Suzuki and high-flying lightweight contender Ariel Sexton.
Since the new champion of the lightweight division, Martin Nguyen, was out chasing more titles, there were rumblings of an interim title fight between Ting and Timofey Nastyukin. That matchup never materialized and the 28-year-old was in limbo.
Eager to add more weight to his contender status and continue his quest for gold, Ting accepted an offer to face Koji Ando in Beijing, China on June 16 at ONE Championship: Pinnacle of Power.
Ev Ting joined John Hyon Ko from Singapore during a visa run to talk about the performances of the other lightweights at ONE: Unstoppable Dreams, the disappointment of not fighting Timofey Nastyukin for the interim title, making adjustments after his original date to fight Koji Ando was changed to June 16, Bali MMA becoming a premier facility and more.