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Intriguing storylines of ONE: Inside the Matrix

ONE Championship returns on Friday for the blockbuster ONE: INSIDE THE MATRIX card, and it marks the return of Philippine martial arts icon Eduard "Landslide" Folayang.

Folayang takes on Antonio "The Spartan" Caruso in just one of the two non-title matches on the loaded card.

For fans in the Philippines, they can catch the event live on One Sports+ and the ONE Super App at 8:30 p.m. One Sports will air the show a little bit later that day at 9 p.m. while TV5 airs a next-day delay at 11 p.m.

Here are some storylines to watch out for in ONE: Inside the Matrix.

Folayang's homestretch

Folayang knows the importance of this match for his career -- a win here gets him back to the upper echelon of the division and a loss sets him back further.

Though this bout is crucial, Folayang believes he's far from done.

"As we say in the Philippines, 'Only Carabaos get old.' So yeah, I feel fresh as ever," Folayang said. "I've been fighting all my life, so when I stop it's like taking a fish out of the water. It dies. Right now, I still enjoy it and I'm still motivated."

He will need all the motivation he can get that night since he'll carry the hopes of an entire nation on his shoulders.

Caruso's dreams

While Folayang has done it all in the world of mixed martial arts, Caruso can only hope to replicate what "Landslide" has achieved.

For the Aussie sensation who trains out of Sanford MMA Gym, his arrival starts on Friday.

"I want to achieve everything Eduard has achieved," Caruso said. "He's a legend of this division, of this sport, and of the country."

If Caruso shocks the word with a win, he'll gain traction in a weight class loaded with top athletes.

For the fans

Aside from Folayang's return, four World Title bouts are at stake, with the main event being a battle between ONE Middleweight World Champion Aung La "The Burmese Python" N Sang and undefeated number-one contender Reinier "The Dutch Knight" De Ridder.

It is, without a doubt, the biggest card ONE has put together this year.

"I want do something special for the fans, something special that everyone can really enjoy," ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong said.

"We've never done four World Title fights other than last year at our 100th event, and so we thought it'll be a world treat for fans, and at the same time I want to get all of our biggest stars back in action as quickly as possible."