Eduard Folayang: “I have learned my lessons and it motivates me to go this far to learn and get better.”

Photo by: Willy Foo

Photo by: Willy Foo

After a devastating loss against Lowen Tynanes at URCC 22 ‘Dekada’, Filipino MMA superstar Eduard “Landslide” Folayang (12-3) looks for redemption as he faces a very tough opponent in Kamal Shalorous (7-3-2), an UFC and WEC vet who is known for his knockout power and wrestling skills in his home turf at One FC 9 ‘Rise to Power’ on May 31st at the SM Mall Of Asia Arena.

Folayang is currently in the U.S, training and honing his ground game at Drysdale Jiu Jitsu in Las Vegas with Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy and Martin .He also made a quick visit at Reign Training Center, an MMA gym owned by Filipino-American UFC fighter, Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Munoz.

“I have an opportunity to go and visit Reign Training Center at Orange County, California, but it was a limited time so I grasped the chance to visit Mark and train with him. I learned some techniques with him and I’m very glad I have that chance to be with him. Mark Munoz is a very accommodating and hospitable man you can ever meet in MMA world. I thank him even for that short time to talk and share the same faith we have. May God continue to widen his territory.”

“My trip here in the U.S is a good eye opener for me to see the MMA world in a wider perspective. It’s also a good opportunity to train with high level of fighters and train with the best coaches in the business. My training here in Drysdale is awesome, I joined their PRO MMA Class and it was great. A lot of great fighters to be with and lessons to be grasped. There is a lot of difference with the regime I used to have, that’s why it needs adjustment on my part. There is some similarity though on some part.”

Folayang is famous for his striking skills, never ending cardio and deadly ground and pound game, but one thing that is evident in his past fights is that he had some tough times avoiding his opponent’s take downs. Although he hasn’t been submitted in the past, the always humble Folayang admits that he really needs to improve his ground skills and that he is quite far from being a complete fighter; but he is working hard to bring his game into a whole new level. In fact, his training partner at Drysdale, Dan Hardy, who rolled with the Filipino fighter a couple of times, tweeted us that Folayang’s ground game is “very good”.

“Training with Dan is an opportunity. I don’t know that he is Dan Hardy though I have an idea that he is a UFC fighter that time we are on training. I’m happy to have the chance to roll and wrestle with him. You know, I learned here that training with high level fighters is not only about getting their backs or submitting them, because we cannot avoid that and even those who doesn’t know much about fighting who are good on the ground can submit you and dominate you. It’s more about learning a technique and applying it effectively.”

When asked on when he is coming home, “I’ll be coming home soon.”

On May 31st, 2013, Folayang will return inside the cage in front of his home crowd as he takes on a much decorated MMA fighter in Shalorous at One FC 9 ‘ Riste to Power’ happening at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

“It was announced already that my next opponent is Kamal Shalorous, a very decorative wrestler and brawler who already fought big names in the UFC and WEC. This fight is very important for me, I have learned my lessons on the past and it motivates me to go this far to learn, train and get better.”

When asked on what can his Filipino fans expect from him on May 31st, “Fans can expect nothing only something that God is preparing for the next step.”

For sure Eduard Folayang’s U.S trip is all worth it as he acquired new things and added them in his arsenal. We will surely see a better and more dangerous Folayang against Shalorous in Manila in May 31st. He is thankful for those people who supported his trip and to his fans that are always behind him supporting whatever decision he makes in his career.

“I thank my Lord Jesus for the provisions He provided for my expenses to be defrayed and to those people who contributed and willingly accommodated me for my training here: Kuya Dave Taclobao his wife Ruby Jean and his family, Alexander Bangsoy and his Goshenland Company, Dr. Harold Hiyadan, My brothers Joseph and Heraldo Carosen, George Forayang, Joel Aliping, Melvin Magata and his family, Nader Zamani. I also want to thank my teammates in Team Lakay and bro Mark Sangiao for their continuous support. My family, fans and fellow Kingdom of God citizens and Genevieve Aloy.”

One FC 9 ‘Rise to Power’ will be headlined by a world featherweight championship as Folayang’s teammate, Honoro “The Rock” Banario will defend his title for the first time against a veteran Japanese fighter, Koji Oishi.

Bantamweight phenom Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes will make his second One FC appearance against highly talented Koetsu Okazaki for the interim bantamweight title.

Also, Masakatsu Ueda and Kevin Belingon will battle it out to win the One FC Bantamweight Grand Prix title. This will be a crucial fight for both fighters as they try to step closer to the title picture.

You can check out the rest of the fight card for One FC ‘Rise to Power’ at http://www.onefc.com 

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Honorio Banario To Defend His Belt Against Koji Oishi at ONE FC ‘Rise to Power’ in Manila on May 31st!

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ONE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP™ Presents: Rise to Power Live On May 31st From SM Mall Of Asia Arena In Manila Philippines.

Honorio “The Rock” Banario To Defend His One FC Featherweight World Championship Title Against Koji Oishi and Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes Clashes With Koetsu Okuzaki For The One FC Bantamweight Interim Title

Here is the official press release:

10 April 2013 – Manila: ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC), in association with Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC), returns to the fight capital of Asia on Friday, 31 May, with the highly anticipated first title defense of hometown hero ONE FC Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario. Banario will put it all on the line when he takes on Japanese submission specialist Koji Oishi. Plus, pound-for-pound king Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes returns to the famed ONE FC cage when he squares off against Japanese MMA sensation Koetsu Okazaki for the ONE FC Bantamweight Interim Title. All the action will take place at the 20,000-seater SM Mall of Asia Arena in what is expected to be the greatest fight card ever compiled in ONE FC history. After selling out arenas throughout Asia it is finally time for ONE FC to return to the Philippines.

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Koji Oishi

CEO of ONE Fighting Championship™ Victor Cui stated, “ONE FC will be back in the fight capital of Asia on 31 May with a stacked fight card that is sure to get the adrenaline pumping for the passionate Filipino fight fans. This event could possibly be the largest in ONE FC’s history and features the top names in MMA, headlined by ONE FC Featherweight World Champion Honorio Banario. Of course, having one of the greatest fighters on earth fighting on this card in Manila is sure to be a special night for MMA. Bibiano Fernandes always brings his best when he steps into the cage. Close to 20,000 fans will pack out the SM Mall of Asia Arena to witness the greatest sporting spectacle in the world.”

Tickets for ONE FC: RISE TO POWER will launch in Casino Filipino branches across the Philippines starting on 19 April 2013.

Fans from around the world can witness the action online via live streaming at www.onefc.livesport.tv. The first two undercard fights are available for viewing free-of-charge and the main card fights will be available for purchase at just US$9.99.

ONE FC Featherweight Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario is one of the top Mixed Martial Artists in the world today. He is a member of the legendary Team Lakay where he trains alongside fellow ONE FC fighters Eduard Folayang and Kevin Belingon under head coach Mark Sangiao. Banario comes from a Wushu background, an ancient Chinese martial art whose practitioners are recognizable by a diverse range of striking techniques. Despite his striking credentials, five of Banario’s eight wins were by submission, proving how versatile he really is. Banario captured the ONE FC crown when he defied all odds by defeating his fellow countryman Eric Kelly at ONE FC: RETURN OF WARRIORS via TKO. Banario will be looking to hold onto his title when he battles the ever so tough submission specialist from Japan, Koji Oishi.

Koji Oishi is a 35 year-old Japanese mixed martial arts veteran and former Lightweight King of Pancrase. He comes from a wrestling and karate background and is renowned for leaving everything on the line in brawls against some of the best in the business, including Chris Lytle, Carlos Condit and both of the Diaz brothers.

ONE FC Bantamweight World Champion Soo Chul Kim is currently undergoing shoulder surgery and will be out of action for an indefinite period of time. Therefore, ONE FC officials have decided that an interim ONE FC Bantamweight World Championship title will be introduced until Kim is ready to make a comeback.

Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes is undeniably one of the best fighters in the world today. His never-ending gas tank, explosive take-downs and lighting fast strikes have garnered him a huge fan base amongst Asian and international fans alike. Fernandes made his ONE FC debut in August 2012 at ONE FC: PRIDE OF A NATION where he defeated journeyman Gustavo Falciroli via unanimous decision. A veteran who has fought countless Japanese fighters, Fernandes will have his toughest test yet when he battles Japanese sensation Koetsu Okazaki.

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Koetsu Okazaki – Tetsu Hadairo

Okazaki is the latest top Japanese fighter to sign for ONE FC and is one of the most experienced fighters in the entire bantamweight division. He is a tenacious competitor known to never back down from any opponent. Okazaki specializes in submissions but he is not afraid to go toe-to-toe with anyone if that is what it takes to get the win. Okazaki knows that a win over Fernandes will get him the global recognition that he deserves and the ONE FC Bantamweight Interim Title wrapped around his waist.

For more updates on ONE Fighting Championship™, please visit www.onefc.com and follow on Twitter @ONEFCMMA and Facebook at www.facebook.com/ONEFCMMA.

Leandro “Brodinho” Issa Is Working Hard And Getting Ready To Win His Next Fight

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Leandro is an Instructor at Evolve Mixed Martial Arts in Singapore. He is a Mundials World Champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with over 13 years of experience. He has won numerous regional and national titles in Brazil.

Leandro is a type of guy who you don’t want to mess with. A former MCFC Featherweight Champion, he currently is a professional MMA fighter with a 9-2 record and competes in ONE Fighting Championship, Asia’s largest and most prestigious MMA event.

Leandro has also competed in the Art of War, China’s largest MMA organization. Leandro also has professional MMA fights in Brazil and the US. He has also been working on his Muay Thai with the famous Sityodtong Team. Leandro’s favorite BJJ techniques include the rear naked choke, omoplata, and flying triangle choke.

The Ubatuba, Brazil native is a 2nd degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He trained under Roberto “Gordo” Correa at Evolve Brazil before coming to Evolve Singapore to live and teach on a permanent basis.

The Brazilian submission ace started his MMA career in 2005, beating Eduardo Felipe via submission. On July 15, 2011 it was announced that Issa had signed with One Fighting Championship. On July 18, it was announced that Issa would be facing unbeaten Korean prospect, Soo Chul Kim at ONE Fighting Championship: Champion vs. Champion at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on September 3, 2011. Brodinho won via unanimous decision against a very young and talented bantamweight fighter from South Korea. But in their rematch last October, the ONE FC bantamweight belt is at stake and unfortunately, “Brodinho” made a mistake and lost the fight via TKO.

Leandro’s biggest achievement so far as an MMA artist is when he beat the Japanese leg lock wizard, Masakazu Imanari via unanimous decision at ONE FC 4 – Destiny of Warriors.

Although he didn’t captured the ONE FC bantamweight against Soo Chul Kim, Issa is still determined to become a world bantamweight champion and be the best in his weight class.

Here’s our interview with Evolve MMA’s Leandro Issa:

MMA Orient: Your loss to Soo Chul Kim was the first time you have tasted defeat since 2008 and broke a seven fight winning streak, how much of a disappointment was that for you?

Issa:

Of course this was a very big disappointment because I wanted to win the ONE FC title and because I had already beaten this opponent once before and in my heart I know I could beat him again. I don’t like to lose and losing to a fighter I had already beaten and losing in a title fight was very hard for me but in MMA no-one is undefeated, even Anderson Silva, Jose Aldo and Junior Dos Santos have lost some fights and not always to famous fighters. I talked to Chatri Sityodtong and he told me that everyone loses the important thing is to learn some lessons and become a better fighter and so I am just working hard at Evolve MMA, same like always, and getting ready to win my next fight.

MMA Orient: Do you know when your next fight will be and is there anyone in particular you would like to fight?

Issa:

I want to fight Soo Chul Kim again, I think that would be fair because I beat him one time and he beat me one time so now it is like a draw between us and we need one more fight to decide the winner. I want to fight again as soon as I can and I am ready to fight anyone, I think the 135 lbs division is the strongest in ONE FC because there are many great fighters like Ueda, Fernandes, Falciroli and I heard some more fighters had signed too. I am ready to test myself against all of them, I will fight anyone but I hope that I can fight Soo Chul Kim one more time in my career.

MMA Orient: Despite coming off a loss are you happy with how your MMA career is going?

Issa:

I think so, yes. Since I joined Evolve MMA in Singapore my record is 7-1 in fights and I have wins against good fighters in Asia like Masakatzu Imanari, Soo Chul Kim, Young Gwan Choi and Jiang Long Yang. I have improved a lot because I train with Muay Thai champions, boxing champions, wrestling champions and BJJ champions. Even though I was already a BJJ black belt and won gold at IBJFF my BJJ has got better since I joined Evolve MMA but for me the big difference is my striking and my wrestling, Heath Sims has helped me a lot with wrestling and Yodsanan Sityodtong has taught me boxing and I work on my Muay Thai with Attachai Fairtex a lot, these are the best coaches in the world and they have helped me a lot. I owe everything to the team at Evolve MMA.

MMA Orient: You and Zorobabel Moreira both worked your way into title contention only to fall at the final hurdle, who do you think will be the next champion from Evolve MMA?

Issa:

There are so many good fighters now who will be champions soon I am sure. I think Rafael Dos Anjos is ready to fight for the UFC belt, maybe if he can win one more fight he will get a title shot and Shinya Aoki is the number one lightweight in Asia and he is fighting for DREAM soon but after that he wants to fight for the ONE FC belt and he will be ONE FC champion for sure. He is not so famous now but Bruno Pucci just joined Evolve MMA and he won the no gi world championships two times and is unbeaten in MMA and he will be ONE FC featherweight champion in maybe one or two years I think because he is still very young, only 22, so he can improve a lot working with all the world champions at Evolve MMA.

If Zoro fights Boku again he can beat him and I believe I can beat Kim so we can both be ONE FC champions, maybe we have to wait because we already fought one time for the belt but that does not mean we can never fight for it again. Then Eddie Ng who has been injured is a very good fighter and when his shoulder is better everyone will see how much he has improved, he is like the Evolve MMA’s secret because no-one knows how good he really is. There is another fighter training with us at the moment who is a Muay Thai world champion named Irshaad Sayed and even though he is not a member of the Evolve MMA fight team he is very dangerous and has a lot of power with his striking, I think he is fighting for the belt soon.

Jake Butler is going to fight for the first time soon and he is an NCAA wrestler and has been at Evolve MMA for a year and no-one knows about him yet but I think everyone will be very surprised when they see how good he is. I think everyone at Evolve MMA has potential to be a world champion in MMA because they are all champions already in either boxing, BJJ, Muay Thai or wrestling and when you learn with champions every day you improve very fast.

MMA Orient: Are you following the ONE FC Bantamweight Grand Prix and who do you think is the favourite to win it?

Issa:

I don’t know because there are many good fighters. Even if Jens Pulver is older now he still has a lot of experience and is before UFC champion and for sure he is a dangerous fighter and Ueda has a very good record, one of the best in the world.  Belingon also fought very good against Yusup who is one of the top bantamweights in the world, a lot of good fighters and still one more fight I don’t know about. To win this tournament will be very difficult, ONE FC has the best fighters in Asia now and there are no easy fights.

MMA Orient: With Bibiano Fernandes in line for a title shot and the winner of the Grand Prix likely to be in contention are you worried it will be a long time before you get to fight fpr the belt again?

Issa:

I do not think about this, I just try to win my next fight and then win the fight after that and keep on winning and if I do that then I will get to fight for the title again in the future I think. Chatri and Heath are taking care of me and it is up to them when I fight and who I fight and I trust them 100% and ONE FC has Victor Cui and Matt Hume and so I have the best people in the world taking care of my fights. All I need to think about is training, everything else is taken care of for me and I am happy about that.

Gustavo Falciroli to Bibiano Fernandes, “I see him as a complete fighter”

MMAOrient: How are you man, how’s training?

Gustavo:

Very good thank you, training has been good so far.

MMAOrient: We all know that you’ll be fighting in Manila on August 31st against Bibiano Fernandes. Give us your thoughts when ONE FC called you and offered you to fight Fernandes.

Gustavo:

I was willing to have a fight soon so it worked out pretty good as I took the fight right away after the offer.

MMAOrient: What do you know about your next opponent?

Gustavo:

He’s a good one.

MMAOrient: Do you see any holes in his game?

Gustavo:

Not really, I see him as a complete fighter.

MMAOrient: What gym are you training with in preparation for this fight?

Gustavo:

I have been going all around Melbourne to get ready for this fight, I have been training at Absolute MMA, Kaizen Fitness, No Limits Martial Arts, Dominance, Companhia Paulista Australia, Maromba Australia, Australian Jiu-Jitsu Elite Team, Kimekai and Skamma gym.

MMAOrient: Do you expect him to stand and trade punches with you, or do you think he’ll take you down early?

Gustavo:

Fight is a fight, we only going to see what’s gonna happen after the bell.

MMAOrient: This is your first fight in Manila and it will be in front of 16,500 plus screaming fans. Do you fell any pressure going to this fight?

Gustavo:

Not really, more people, more enjoyable is gonna be the show.

MMAOrient: Let’s talk about your family. Do you allow your kids and your wife to watch your fights? If so, what are their reactions every time you ho home after a fight?

Gustavo:

Yeah, I allow them to do it as long as it’s on TV. My kids are too young to understand the moment but my wife, well she is my inspiration she supports everything I do and is always happy to see me back home.

MMAOrient: Many considered that this fight against Bibiano is your toughest to date. Tell us what you think about it.

Gustavo:

Every coming up fight of mine is the toughest one, so, they are probably right.

MMAOrient: What is your biggest advantage over Bibiano?

Gustavo:

Do you really believe I would tell you?

MMAOrient: How does it feel fighting under the ONE FC banner?

Gustavo:

It feels great, ONE FC is very professional and they always look for me, so it’s all good.

MMAOrient: What is the biggest thing that MMA did into your life?

Gustavo:

Made me a professional athlete where I can finally call it a job to provide for my family and doing what I love to do.

MMAOrient: Any advise to those up and coming fighters?

Gustavo:

Keep training and believing so that one day ONE FC will knock on your door.

MMAOrient: What can ONE FC fans expect from you on August 31st in Manila?

Gustavo:

A great show, that is what I always do when I step inside that cage.

MMAOrient: Do you have any people you want to thank?

There is many people to thank, I won’t say names to don’t forget anyone, I wanna thank all my family, friends and fans that supports me for real, I really appreciate their support.

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