Antonio “The Spartan” Caruso, 29, of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia will fight Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 35, of Baguio City, Philippines at “ONE: Inside the Matrix.” It will the second ONE Championship fight of the Australian contender, who is of Italian and Greek descent.
Born in Australia to a Greek mother and an Italian father on December 24, 1990, Caruso attended the University of South Australia in Adelaide. As an MMA fighter, he has been competing professionally since 2013.
Caruso was undefeated when he joined ONE Championship. In his promotional debut, which was at “ONE: Dawn of Valor” at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia on October 25, 2019, he lost via unanimous decision to Pieter “The Archangel” Buist, 32, of Breda, Netherlands.
Right before losing to Buist, Caruso had two consecutive wins via rear-naked choke submission. Training out of Sanford MMA in Deerfield, Florida, United States, the Australian MMA fighter is looking forward to redeem himself by finishing his opponent at “ONE: Inside the Matrix” on October 30, 2020 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.
In a Zoom interview on October 27, 2020, I asked Caruso if his fans can expect him to showcase his submission skills at “ONE: Inside the Matrix” by finishing Folayang via rear-naked choke. He replied, “Of course, man, if he shows me his neck, I gonna take it, you know what I mean.”
“That’s how I work,” Caruso continued. “That’s how I operate. You know, you give me anything and I’m gonna take it so if he shows me his neck, I’m gonna choke him like you said.”
I also asked Caruso how his Italian and Greek background shaped him as a mixed martial artist. He said, “It’s more the, I guess the way we grew up as, you know, Italians and Greeks, you know.”
“We’re very family-oriented,” Caruso continued. “Anyone, any fans out there who have followed me as a person, I am very much all about my family, about my friends, you know what I mean and that’s what I do, what I do this for so I guess it shaped in terms of the loyalty, the respect.”
During the interview, Caruso was wearing a black shirt with his fight name along with the words hard work, dedication and respect. He said, “As you can see, it is on my shirt, you know, dedication and that’s what those values taught me.”
“My grandparents taught me that,” the Sanford MMA representative continued. “My father taught me that and it carries me through my life and my career.”