Folayang’s tempo to dictate bout against Boku

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Thursday, April 24, 2014


SPEED will play a big role in Eduard Folayang's campaign when he enters the One Fighting Championship cage a week from now at the MOA Asia Arena.

The Team Lakay stalwart tests former One FC world lightweight champion Kotetsu Buko in the undercard of the packed rise of Heroes in the co-main event of the evening featuring the world championship match between current bantamweight title holder Bibiano Fernandez and challenger Masakatsu Ueda.

"Iba ang training ni Eduard ngayon and I see his speed improving by the day," said Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao.

Sangiao added Boku will be a tough assignment with his credentials in One FC and is considered as one of the best boxers in the division.

However, Sangiao said they are also keen on a possible knock out if given a chance.

"But if Eduard won't be able to knock Boku out, I'm sure it's going to be a great fight until the third round and it may go to a decision," Sangiao added.

Compared to Folayang's past opponents, Sangiao said Boku is faster and a good striker.

That's the reason, he said, they are not taking chances, especially that Boku just came from a first-round knockout win over Arnaud Lepont at One FC 14 in Malaysia early March.

"Eduard is undergoing a very intense training in all aspects of mixed martial arts, in standing and on the ground. There are some differences from some of the routines that we were doing before," Sangiao said.

Folayang's training regimen includes strength and conditioning in the morning, skills training in the afternoon and sparring sessions twice a week.

"We are focusing in all aspects of the game," the former wushu turned MMA coach said.

A hired foreign wrestling coach likewise comes up to Baguio City every other week to train Folayang and the other Team Lakay fighters. Ground game or wrestling has been identified in the past as a weakness among these Filipino MMA fighters, which prompted Team Lakay to hire a foreign wrestling coach.

But if Filipino MMA fighters have a weakness in their arsenal, so does Boku, Sangiao said.

"We see some weaknesses in Boku's skills and that's one thing that we are trying to focus on right now, but this is MMA so we are preparing in all aspects of the game. We see some holes on Boku's skills and I hope we could address that during the fight," he said.

Folayang (13-4) expressed confidence he will win against the Japanese.

"Mananalo ako. Magaling sya sa striking pero magaling din ako. Malakas ako sa kanya sa takedown," he said.

Also seeing in the undercard of the May 2 bout is Rey Docyogen who will seek his first One FC win after coming off two successive defeats as he squares off against Josh Alvarez.

Docyogen, who had a ten fight winning streak, got his first defeat with a guillotine choke by Sinichi Kojima in February last year and a controversial split decision loss over Yusuhiro Urushitani in May 2013.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 25, 2014.

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