Igorot mixed martial artist Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 34, learned a lot from his recent bout against Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez, 35, of the United States. Representing Team Lakay of the Philippines, the former ONE Lightweight World Champion is ready to redeem himself at “ONE: Masters of Fate” in front of his countrymen.
ONE Championship will hold “ONE: Masters of Fate” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on November 8, 2019. Five Filipino mixed martial artists are on the card including Folayang and his fellow Team Lakay warriors former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, 30, and reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 23.
Also at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, Folayang lost to Alvarez in the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix semifinals at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” on August 2, 2019. Since then, the Team Lakay warrior has taken some time to recollect himself before heading back to the gym.
“After a brief rest from my last bout, I started training immediately,” Folayang said. “My preparations have gone well. We watched my last performance with Eddie and pointed out where I did great and where I need improvements. I don’t let the past affect my present and future. I learn and move on.”
Folayang was able to dominate Alvarez in the first few minutes of round one at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” but his eagerness to end the match early gave his American opponent the opening to turn the tide and secure a submission victory. This time, the Team Lakay veteran decided to pay additional attention to the development of his wrestling skills so as not to have the same outcome in the future.
“I focused more on my wrestling defense and ground game,” Folayang said. “I have no problems with my striking skills though I continue to train in that aspect. What needed my attention is my ground game. We have been finding ways to improve that, and we have been getting better at it each day. My goal is to have it at the same level as my striking.”
In the co-main event of “ONE: Masters of Fate,” Folayang will face “Spear” Amarsanaa Tsogookhuu, 28, of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in the lightweight division. The Filipino contender said, “It means a lot to me if I come out on top for this bout.”
“I have let my team and fans down twice this year and I don’t want them to go through that pain again,” Folayang continued. “I know what went wrong in my previous bouts and I will not repeat the same mistakes. I will redeem myself in front of my fellow Filipinos.”
Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring Folayang: