Folayang vows for better in next fight

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Sunday, June 23, 2013


WEEKS after their team got blanked in One Fighting Championship’s (UFC) return to Manila, Team Lakay’s Eduard Folayang vowed to return stronger and bring back their old ways that made them one of Asia’s best mix martial arts (MMA) team.

Folayang suffered his second defeat in five months and in that course of five months, he took a three-month training in the US to hone his ground and wrestling game but still fell short of defeating UFC veteran Kamal Shalorus.

“I’m a little bit disappointed with myself because it seems I was so slow against Kamal but I think it’s not an excuse. Babawi ako next time,” said Folayang, who is considered as the posterboy of Philippine MMA.

Last May’s One FC 9 event saw the worst beating for the team, regarded as the number one MMA camp in the country.

Rising star Geje Eustaquio was the first to fall before Folayang, Rey Docyogen and Kevin Belingon all fell similar fates, losing via decision against opponents who utilized superior wrestling skills.

The final nail on the coffin was Koji Oishi’s unexpected knockout of featherweight champ Honorio Banario in the main event of the night.

“I know I could have done better because I felt I had tougher fight against Felipe Enomoto and Ole Laursen,” added Folayang.

While Team Lakay admitted the fact that they are a young team and that they still need to learn more about MMA, Coach Mark Sangiao said they discuss strategies during their trainings.

“We need to check and see our mistakes and see how we can improve. It’s probably the way things are really. When you lose, that’s when you learn and check and level up where we are lacking,” he said.

And if things would push through later on, an Iranian Olympic wrestler is set to visit Team Lakay to enhance their wrestling and grappling skills.

Sangiao said Olympic wrestling coach Ali Heydarabadi has committed to train the Igorot fighters every weekend to make them more complete MMA fighters.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 24, 2013.

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