Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 34, of Baguio City, Philippines has been fighting as a professional mixed martial artist since 2007. Having won 18 out of 24 bouts, the Filipino fighter from Team Lakay is one of the top fighters of ONE Championship, particularly in the lightweight division.
On November 11, 2016, Folayang earned the ONE Lightweight World Champion belt after defeating Shinya “Tobikan Shudan” Aoki, 34, of Japan at “ONE: Defending Honor” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. But on November 10, 2017, the Filipino fighter lost the belt to Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 29, of Australia and Vietnam at “ONE: Legends of the World” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
After an exciting first round at “ONE: Legends of the World,” Nguyen uncorked his signature overhand right at Folayang, who attempted deliver a spinning back-kick. The punch connected right on the Team Lakay veteran’s chin, ultimately knocking him out in the second round and costing him his world title.
As Folayang admitted, he did not exactly know what to say or how to address the loss in the aftermath of his unsuccessful second title defense against Nguyen. The Team Lakay fighter said, “It was hard to talk about it for a time.”
“Finding the right words to describe what I was feeling was a challenge even for myself,” the Team Lakay fighter continued. “I think that is just how it goes for me after a tough loss. Losing is not new to me, but it is also an opportunity for me to take a step back and try to pick up the pieces.”
Folayang took an extended break to understand the errors that he made during the lightweight championship contest. He explained, “I needed the time off to realize where I went wrong whether that was in my preparations or in the fight itself.”
“I wanted to know where I had miscalculated,” Folayang continued. “I reviewed every angle, and I really took the time to look at my mistakes.”
According to Folayang, he needed to relax and ease his mind before he could even think about returning to Team Lakay and resume training for another bout. On May 18, 2018, he will compete against Kharun “Predator” Atlangeriev, 25, of Russia at “ONE: Unstoppable Dream” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.
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