Fame is inevitable when a mixed martial artist becomes one of the top fighters of global organizations like ONE Championship. In this era of social media, supporters and critics alike can easily voice their opinions on famous MMA fighters for the world to see.
It is very convenient for keyboard warriors to use nasty words in an attempt to put an MMA fighter down for whatever reason. These keyboard warriors, who often hide behind a fake social media account, are called as such because they only engage in war of words online and do not really participate in MMA events in person.
As the top fighter of the famed Team Lakay of Baguio City, Philippines, Eduard “Landslide” Folayang knows very well how it feels like to be pestered by these keyboard warriors. Along with fellow Global Citizen ambassadors Brandon Vera and Angela Lee, Folayang attended the press conference for “ONE: Global Superheroes” on January 22, 2018 at the City of Dreams Manila in Paranaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
In my short interview with Folayang, I asked him whether or not he reads comments of supporters and bashers alike on social media. He said he does not usually read social media comments, but sometimes, his name is tagged in some comments so he gets to read some of them.
Many fight fans showed their support for Folayang when he lost the ONE Lightweight World Champion belt to Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen on November 10, 2017. On the other hand, some keyboard warriors took the opportunity to criticize the Team Lakay fighter.
“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion whether it is negative or positive,” Folayang noted. “Siyempre, madali namang magsalita kung wala ka do’n sa sitwasyon. (Of course, it is easy to comment if you are not in the situation.) If they are in the situation, they will be able to understand even just a little bit.”
To the keyboard warriors, Folayang said if it fits themselves and if it uplifts their beings, let them be. He concluded that at the end of the day, responding to these keyboard warriors will only lead to nowhere because their level of understanding does not match the level of understanding of those who really live martial arts.
Watch my interview with Folayang here: