Folayang tests toughest opponent in One FC

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Sunday, April 20, 2014


AFTER a disastrous mix martial arts campaign that started December 2012 up to May 2013, Team Lakay fighter Eduard Folayang could have walked away from the sport where he got a big break.

But the Sadanga, Mt. Province resiliency earned him another lease on life when he returned to One Fighting Championship in December last year and put him back on the winning track after securing a unanimous decision win over Vincent Lataoel.

Folayang was on the verge of a title shot with Asia’s largest MMA organization, ONE FC, but that one swipe of an elbow from Hawaiian fighter, Lowen Tynanes, in 2012 during their Superfight match in the Philippine’s Universal Reality Combat Championship not only sliced open Folayang’s face, but also effectively leapfrogged the Filipino in the 155-pound queue. He then lost his next ONE FC bout as well when he was defeated by veteran Kamal Shalorus.

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With such an indomitable fighting spirit, it is no wonder this lightweight is known as the hero of the Philippines and is regarded as the most popular Filipino MMA fighter.

Folayang started training in wushu when he was 16 years old. He is known for being humble, religious and has no interest in trash talking, but his fights tend to be all-action affairs that end with the former schoolteacher bloody and battered, but more often than not, victorious.

Folayang is one of the pioneer members of Team Lakay based in Baguio City and La Trinidad that also houses prospects Kevin Belingon and former One FC featherweight world champion Honorio Banario.

Although known for his precise striking, Folayang’s involvement in MMA has also led him to improve on his ground skills, specifically from top control. He possesses excellent conditioning, a diverse stand-up game that stems from his Wushu roots, and threatening ground and pound on the floor.

On May 2, Folayang will take another step ahead in his MMA career when he faces Japanese kickboxer, Kotetsu Boku, who recently came off a win against Arnaud Lepont.

Folayang is excited to show how much he has improved yet again and will be looking to increase boost his fight record to 14-4.

It is also his toughest test to date as Boku is the former One FC lightweight world champion and possess knockout power in both hands.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 21, 2014.

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