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ONE on TNT IV: Eduard Folayang replaces Sage Northcutt

COVID-19 has struck again, this time at the ONE on TNT IV event on April 28.

ONE Championship confirmed today that welterweight Eduard Folayang (22-10-0) will replace Sage Northcutt (11-3-0) to face Shinya Aoki (46-9-0, 1NC) for a third time.Both fighters have one win apiece.

Northcutt is currently recovering from lingering complications from testing positive for the  coronavirus in January. He told MMA Crossfire in December 2020 on the TKO Countdown show that he was looking forward to returning to competition.

But Northcutt’s loss is now Folayang’s gain.

“Landslide,” 37, was originally scheduled to fight Yoshihiro Akiyama but became idle when Akiyama had to pull out with an injury. This fight is a chance to snap a two-fight losing skid.

Meanwhile, Aoki, 37, is a former lightweight champion who lost the belt to Christian Lee in May 2019. He has won three straight contests since.

Speaking of Lee, he is scheduled to defend the lightweight title this Thursday April 14 against Timofey Nastyukhin in the main event of ONE on TNT II.



More bouts for ONE on TNT IV are expected to be announced.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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