Folayang wins anew in Singapore Martial Combat

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Saturday, October 23, 2010


IGOROT mix martial arts sensation Eduard Folayang survived another three rounds to win anew in Singapore's Martial Combat during the weekend.

Folayang earned a three-round unanimous victory against South African Vuyisille Colossa in one of the main event of the evening in Asia's largest mix martial arts competition sanctioned by the Asian Mixed Martial Arts Federation.

The many time South East Asian games campaigner took the first round with a series of takedowns but slowed down a bit in the second round of action with Colossa scoring with a flurry of strikes.

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Going into the third and final round, Colossa knew he was behind on the scorecards and went for broke. He landed a push kick that sent Folayang flying across the ring and provoked a furious exchange.

Colossa then found himself atop Folayang in the ground as the South African fighter rained down blows against the Filipino pound for pound mix martial artist.

Despite being caught in the ground and a sizeable cut on his left eye, Folayang managed to survive the third and final round with three judges awarding the victory to the Asian Games-bound Folayang.

"I had a tough opponent tonight but I was able to manage the fight well. I had an eye injury which affected my vision in the final round and I could not see his attack. I had some information about him prior to the fight but frankly, he exceeded my expectations. However, I never felt like I couldn't manage it. I am a fighter and I will never stop trying my hardest unless you knock me out," Folayang said as quoted in the Martial Combat website.

Mark Sangiao, Folayang's long time buddy and coach was also happy with Folayang's recent victory.

"It was a great fight pero nahirapan din si Eduard but his okay despite the cut in the upper left of his eye," said Sangiao.

With the win, Folayang now tots a record of nine wins, including a solitary loss he got last year in Saipan.

He has a perfect record of six wins in the local Universal Reality Combat Championship where he holds the welterweight division crown.

Folayang, who is fine-tuning for the Guangzhou Asian Games next month, kept his winning streak going in the Martial Combat event to three.

The loss was the first for the South African, who later admitted that Folayang was indeed the more aggressive and superior fighter.

Folayang is one of the country's bright prospects in the coming Asian Games, having won the silver medal in the Doha Games four years back.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 24, 2010.

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