Folayang scores huge upset, Docyogen chalks up first-A A +A
Monday, May 5, 2014
IT MIGHT have been one of the toughest tests in Eduard Folayang's career but the Igorot mix martial artists escaped a unanimous decision win over former lightweight champion Japanese Kotetsu Boku during Friday’s One Fighting Championship event at the MOA Arena.
Folayang’s improved wrestling skills swung the bout in his favor and improved his record to 14 wins and 4 loss scoring his back to back victories in One FC.
“Our game plan was not to engage with Boku because I know his capability that’s why I waited for proper opportunities and wrestle him to the ground,” said Folayang of the Baguio based Team Lakay.
Both parties were highly respectful of each other’s striking pedigree and were hesitant to strike in the opening exchanges as Folayang took Boku down with an empathic slam in the first round, and came close to finishing the bout with an armbar attempt before time ran out.
The former SEAG gold medalist’s improved grappling was on full display in the second round, as he took Boku down on several attempts as well as grazed Boku with a spinning wheel kick.
After a wild third round where both fighters attacked valiantly in search of the knockout finish, Folayang emerged with his hands raised.
Meanwhile, Rey Docyogen finally chalks up his first win in One FC after going 0-2 with a convincing victory over Joshua Alvarez.
Alvarez began the bout by threatening with a rear naked choke, but Docyogen survived and went on to dominate the rest of the first round with superior grappling skills.
Docyogen thwarted all of Alvarez’s takedown attempts in the second round while clearly winning the striking exchanges.
The former undefeated architect Docyogen found his striking range again in the third round, landing countless strikes at will.
Igorota and hometown favorite Jujeath Nagaowa made her debut in mix martial arts a memorable one by scoring a second round technical knockout against Jeet Toshi.
Nagaowa quickly established her dominance in the first round, using crisp boxing skills to set up several takedowns. The former WBO Atomweight Champion Nagaowa decided to keep the fight standing in the second round and proved to be the correct decision as she unleashed a barrage of punches that ultimately forced referee Oliver Coste to step in with 1:07 minutes remaining in the second round.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 06, 2014.