Folayang Talks About His Win Over Enomoto, His Next Fight And Why Belingon Lost To Kim

Faith is a strong human characteristic that helps individuals through the countless trials life puts in front of them. Appearing in many forms faith has given many people including fighters a positive outlook on the rocky travels toward their goals.

Sponsored by a strong religious belief, faith has become a great asset for the Filipino MMA icon Eduard “Landslide” Folayang. Despite experiencing his own share of turbulence his positive assurance through it all has kept the 27-year-old grounded allowing him to see the many blessings life has offered him.

With a strong Christian upbringing combined with valuable life lessons from his parents these values would provide as a guiding navigation tool in Eduard’s days as a youth through his conversion into adulthood. The instruction would pay off handsomely in his sails as a teenager where he gained various accolades in his college athletics.

With his exceptional work ethic and superb striking, Folayang brought the Filipino MMA into a whole new level. His recent win over a highly decorated fighter Felipe Enomoto has brought him back to his winning ways.

Although his opponent is yet to be announced, Folayang is already back in the gym as he prepares for his up coming fight on November 17 in URCC 22.

MMA Orient: Before we start this interview, we at MMA Orient congratulate you for your impressive win against Felipe Enomoto at ONE FC 5. What do you think of that imipressive win of yours in front of thousands of Filipinos who watched that fight?

Eduard:

Thanks for the privilage to be interviewed. I think my prayer and preparations had helped me a lot to win that fight, with the help of my coach, trainers, teammates and the motivation of those people who believed in us and of course the divine provision of my Lord Jesus.

MMA Orient: A lot of fans cheered for you that night. Does fighting in front of your countrymen make you more confident?

Eduard:

It makes you confident and nervous! (Laughs)

MMA Orient: You definitely outworked him in the first and second round. You gave your all to knock him out. But in the third round, it seemed like you slowed down a little bit and Enomoto knew it that’s why he connected some solid kicks and punches to you. Did you started to get tired in the third round?

Eduard:

Well, Enomoto is a good fighter and I think he just gave his best in the third round, that’s why he became more aggressive.

MMA Orient: Right after the fight, Victor Cui went up to the cage and announced that you’ll be fighting for the title on October 6for the ONE FC lightweight belt. But after a week, news starting to come out about you being not able to compete at ONE FC 6 ‘Rise of Kings’ because you are scheduled to fight on URCC’s tenth anniversary on November. Now, For the sake of your fans who are quite confused about the situation, we would like to hear it straight from you, are you still going to fight for the title in Singapore next month in ONE FC 6 or you will be fighting in URCC on November?

Eduard:

It will be better for me to fight in URCC on November due to the amount of time to prepare for it. It is good to fight Zoro for the title but we need to consider recovery and burn out.

MMA Orient: So this simply meant that you’ll not be making your appearance in ONE FC 6 ‘Rise of Kings’?

Eduard:

I don’t know yet if I will be there watching.

MMA Orient: You know what is right for your career and I’m sure that your fans will always be there for you no matter what decision you make. So did the URCC told you on who will be your next opponent for their November event?

Eduard:

My opponent is yet to be announced.

MMA Orient: I’m sure your supporters cannot wait to know who will be your next foe. Let’s go back on your last fight against Enomoto. Despite of your impressive win against him, in your opinion, what part of your game you still need to work on?

Eduard:

I’m working a lot on my grappling and also with my striking, if there’s something to work on, it will be on the whole area because MMA is not just on one area.

MMA Orient: Team Lakay fighters are making huge wins recently in local and as well as in international scene. What do you think is the key on why your team is very successful?

Eduard:

Hardwork, discipline and faith.

MMA Orient: You are obviously an MMA icon in the Philippines. Everybody wants to get a picture with you and you have been in the news headlines in the past weeks. Did you ever think that your MMA career will go as far as this?

Eduard: 

My dream is to become a great fighter not a famous fighter; and as I continue to walk in this journey, there are still a lot of mountains to climb and I’m on my way there.

MMA Orient: You are indeed on your way there. Did you already started training in preparation for URCC 22 on November 17th?

Eduard:

I’m still helping Kevin and Honorio on their preparation, that’s why my training is continuous.

MMA Orient: Good to hear that. Speaking of Kevin, what do you think went wrong in his recent defeat aginst Kim? Because when take a look at the video, it is obvious that Kevin was very dangerous on his feet and Kim knows that, that is why early in the fight, he already implemented his gameplan and took Kevin down which repeatedly did until the third round.

Eduard:

Kim went there with a gameplan and he focused on that. Kevin suffered a cut two weeks prior to that fight which prevented him to train his ground and wrestling skills. I think that pulls Kevin’s focus on the ground game.

MMA Orient: You’ve been fighting in MMA for five years now. This sport is obviously harder than Sanshou. You’re a multiple Asian games medalist and SEA games gold medalist. What are your family have to say about you fighting professionally in MMA?

Eduard:

My family is very supportive in my career and they are always there to motivate and pray for me.

MMA Orient: Are you still going to compete in Sanshou?

Eduard:

For now, my focus is in MMA.

MMA Orient: It seems like being a fighter runs in your family. Mark Eddiva is your cousin, he is a very talented kid who is also an accomplished sanshou fighter like you and he has an undefeated record in MMA. When is he fighting again inside the cage?

Eduard:

I don’t know when will Mark be fighting in MMA again. I believe in his capabilities to be a great fighter.

MMA Orient: What is your ultimate goal in your fighting career?

Eduard:

To glorify my Lord Jesus Christ.

MMA Orient: What do you love to do aside from fighting?

Eduard:

Hiking, fellowship with my friends and watching movies.

MMA Orient: Have you ever been through hard time cutting down to 155 lbs.?

Eduard:

It’s hard to cut weight but I managed it well.

MMA Orient: From all the guys that you already defeated, who do you think is the toughest among them?

Eduard:

Everyone has their own toughness in different area and they gave me lessons to learn.

MMA Orient: Any people/sponsors you would like to thank?

Eduard:

I thank you for this interview. I would like to thank tomy sponsors who supported me on my last fight; Hayabusa, Loco Frio, Havokk Clothing, Infotxt, ON Supplement and Bagsan’s Law Office.

Also, thanks to our coach, Mark Sangiao, trainers, Julio Agalateo and Allen Gonzalez, to URCC president, Alvin Aguilar who helped me in my ground game, my teammates who are very supportive in Team Lakay, to my brethren and family and to all my countrymen who believes in us.

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Get Ready For “Rise Of Kings” On October 6th!

After making history in Manila, ONE Fighting Championship is poised to stage another gigantic event in the beautiful island of Singapore on October 6, 2012 that will showcase three world championship fights in the lightweight, featherweight and bantamweight divisions.

ONE FC has been very successful in their past events, giving MMA fans some world-class fights and signing some of the biggest names in the business. They’ve also managed to help Asian MMA back to the top as the Singapore-based promotion is gaining a lot of respect not only in Asia, but also around the globe.

In their next event, ONE FC 6 “Rise of Kings”, one of Asia’s greatest MMA fighters, Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki will finally make his ONE FC debut against a very durable and exciting warrior in Arnaud “The Game” Lepont in a battle where many believed will be one of the most exciting fights in ONE FC history.

Aside from the confirmed bout between Aoki and Lepont, there are several fighters who also agreed to fight on the said event.

Melvin “No Mercy” Manhoef’s ONE FC debut last March has resulted to a very unfortunate outcome; he sustained a very ugly cut on his shin that forced the referee to stop the fight and was ruled a “no contest” match. Manhoef is hungry to get back inside the ONE FC cage because he wants to prove that he can beat some top guys in his division. Although his opponent is yet to be announced, Manhoef is training hard to show his fans that he belongs to Asia’s biggest MMA promotion. Before he will make his second appearance in ONE FC, “No Mercy” is set to fight Jay Young Kim first in Road FC against a heavy-handed Jae Young Kim on September 15, 2012 in South Korea.

Manhoef’s Shin during his ONE FC debut last March. Photo by: Anton Tabuena of Bloodyelbow.com

 

Evolve MMA’s Zorobabel “Zoro” Moreira will also make his 3rd ONE FC appearance as he takes on a TBA opponent. Moreira in my opinion is no doubt, one of the best lightweight fighters in Asia. The Brazilian is on a five-fight win streak and has been very successful in his recent fights in ONE FC as he stopped all of his oppnents impressively, including his recent K.O win over former UFC lightweight contender, Roger “El Matador” Huerta via soccer kick in the second round. I want to see “Zoro” fighting for the title with either Folayang or Laursen.

Photo by: Evolve MMA

Right after Folayang beat Enomoto last Friday in Pride of a Nation; Victor Cui announced in front of the much pumped Filipino crowd that their hometown hero will be fighting in Singapore on Ocotber 6th for the inaugural ONE FC lightweight championship.

During ONE FC 5, Victor Cui announced that Eduard Folayang will fight for the inaugural ONE FC lightweight championship on October 6th. Photo by: ONEFC.COM

[update] I just saw Eduard Folayang being interviewed in one of the biggest TV networks in the Philippines on Tuesday, September 4th and he just said that he will fight Moreira for the lightweight title in Singapore on October 6th. But I guess it’s still not official unless Victor Cui will confirms it.

The only championship fight that is only confirmed by ONE FC is a fight between two Filipino fighters, Eric “The Natural” Kelly and Honorio “The Rock” Banario. Both guys are fresh from their very impressive victories in ONE FC 6 in Manila.

Banario looked very sharp on his recent with recent outing against fellow Filipino fighter, Andrew Benibe. Banario displayed his much improved boxing skills against Benibe, who seemed to be a little intimidated on Banario’s reach. In the end, Banario gets his hand raised as he stopped Benibe in the third via TKO. Banario improved his pro mma record to 7-1 and made himself as one of the two participants who will battle it out for the first-ever ONE FC featherweight championship.

Photo by: ONEFC.COM

Eric Kelly will be Banario’s opponent for the featherweight title. Kelly impressed a lot of fans around the world when he dismantled the former UFC lightweight champion, Jens “little evil” Pulver in the second round. Kelly is very strong, agile and very motivated to be the first ONE FC featherweight champion, but Honorio Banario has the same goal as him, to become the best in their division and to become an MMA champion.

There’s no doubt that his fight will get the “Fight of the night” honors as these two young warrios will try to make history.

Another rumored title fight is set for ONE FC 6 as bantamweight phenoms, Leandro “Brodinho” Issa will take on a highly-decorated young Korean fighter, Soo Chul Kim.

Leandro Issa is probably one of the scariest bantamweights outside the UFC. “Brodinho” is a BJJ blackbelt who is also very confident on his feet. Issa is on a tear right now winning four of his last five fights eighter via TKO or submission. Issa is another product of the largest MMA gym in Asia, Evolve MMA. His recent win with the legendary Japanese fighter, Masakazu “Ashikan Judan” Imanari just made him one of the most feared fighters in his division.

Issa’s oppnent is Korea’s Soo Chul Kim. He maybe young, but he always fight like he’s been in the business for a long time. I mean this kid is very talented and smart, he always follow their gameplan and the most scary part of this kid; he is just entering his prime. Kim has silenced all of his doubters when he beat the no. 1 bantamweight fighter in the Philippines, Kevin “Silencer” Belingon via unanimous decision. I think we just saw a new version of Kim when he fought Belingon. He is crisp in his punches and kicks and he also improved his strength as he repeatedly took Belingon down in their fight.

According to MMAWeekly.com, Brian Choi, Mitch Chilson and Radeem Rahman will also fight in ONE FC “Rise of Kings”.

“The Polar Bear” Choi made his promotion debut against Arnaud “The Game” Lepont at ONE FC 4 last July 23 but lost the fight via 3rd round submission. He is now eager to get back inside the cage to prove that he belongs to the best lightweights in Asia. Choi’s opponent is yet to be determined.

There’s no time to rest for Mitch “The Dragon” Chilson. After a “no contest” fight with Shannon Waratchai last Friday,  the Singapore-based American fighter is back at Evolve MMA to train for his next fight at ONE FC “Rise of Kings”. His opponent is yet to be announced, but I think it will be a rematch with Wiratchai.

Singapore’s very first pro MMA fighter, Radeem Rahman will be making his second ONE FC appearance. Although his opponent is yet to be announced, he is so excited and proud to represent his country in Asia’s largest MMA promotion. Radeem made his ONE FC debut a year ago, against an Indian karate champion, Susovan Gosh. Rahman overwhelmed Gosh by his reach and height advantage and stopped Gosh in the 1st round.

I personally can’t wait to see this card because I think it has all the elements to become one of the best MMA events in the history of Asian MMA.

Stay tuned for the latest updates about this gigantic event.

Eduard “Landslide” Folayang pre-fight interview

Filipino MMA icon, Eduard “Landslide” Folayang will try to get back to his winning ways against a dangerous fighter in Felipe Enomoto in front of his hometown crowd in the Philippines.

Folayang is coming off from a split decision loss to his fellow Filipino fighter, Ole Laursen  at ONE FC 3 – War of the Lions on March 31, 2012 in Singapore. Folayang promised that he will give his best performance for this fight because he doesn’t want to disappoint his fans and aims to start a new win streak by beating Felipe Enomoto.

3 Big match-ups we want to see at ONE FC 5: Pride of a Nation

ONE Fighting Championship announced earlier that some of the biggest names in the sport will compete in their fifth installment in Manila.

There are few gigantic match-ups that has been already confirmed by ONE FC; Jens “little evil” Pulver vs. Eric “The Natural” Kelly, Soa “The Hulk” Palelei vs. Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski, Gustavo Falciroli vs. Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes and Gregor Gracie vs. Nicholas Mann. But despite of these exciting bouts, I am pretty sure that you guys are pumped to know the full fight card for this gigantic event. But Victor Cui said during the presser that the full fight card is yet to be announced in the coming weeks.

I know a lot of ONE FC fans have their own dream matches for this event. That’s why I asked some hardcore ONE FC fans on what are those match-ups they want to see on August 31st.

I got three match-ups who garnered a bunch of votes from ONE FC fans. I hope Victor Cui will give the fans what they want.

Shinya Aoki vs. Jorge Masvidal

Shinya Aoki doesn’t need an introduction anymore because he already has this popularity that is bigger than any other MMA fighters in Asia.

Aoki has been the face of JMMA and Asian MMA as a whole. Whenever this guy is in the cage, he never fails to bring it; that’s why this guy has a tremendous fan base around the globe. We want to see this freak of nature go up against Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal.

Masvidal is a Strikforce lightweight fighter who trains at American Top Team. Masvidal’s record includes notable wins over Yves Edwards, Joe Lauzon, Satoru Kitaoka, Ryan Schultz, Billy Evangelista and K.J. Noons.

Gamebred has been fighting for almost 10 years now and proved that he belongs to the top 155 fighters in the world. Masvidal possess a heavy hands and an unbelievable cardio. He just recently won his fight via split decision against Justin Wilcox in Strikeforce – Rockhold vs. Kennedy last July 14th, 2012.

Masvidal has a perfect style on giving Aoki a headache; so if this fight happens, it will surely bring fireworks on August 31st in Manila.

Eduard Folayang vs Felipe Enomoto

Speaking of fireworks, we want to see two of the most talented lightweights in Asia today go up against each other. Folayang vs Enomoto will be one of those match-ups that will surely bring the Filipino fans up on their seats.

Folayang is an MMA icon in the Philippines, a very accomplished Sanshou fighter who loves to utilize heavy leg kicks and punches to his opponents. Folayang is widely considered as the no. 1 lightweight fighter in the Philippines to date. He is also one of those Filipino fighters who brought the Philippine MMA into a whole new level.

Eduard is willing to fight whoever ONE FC puts in front of him.

Ellenberger’s ground game is quite different, he does have submissions as a part of his arsenal, he would prefer to keep the fight standing.

If this fight will happen, Felipe Enomoto will have a slight reach and height advantage over the Filipino fighter. We have already seen how dangerous this guy is on the ground when he submitted Ole Laursen at ONE FC 3: War of the Lions in Indonesia.

These two warriors obviously got some differences on their styles, but both of them have one thing in common; both of them got a heart of a champion which I think, the most important recipe for an explosive and thrilling fight.

It will surely be a heck of a fight!

Mark “Mugen” Striegl vs. Mitch “The Dragon” Chilson

Striegl and Chilson are arguably two of the best good looking guys in the business today. They possess a charisma that never fails to attract female fans. In other words, these two fighters got swag on them. No doubt about it (no homo).

Anyway, I want to see this fight happen because I know that both men are always looking to put on a good show and loves to finish their opponents as quick as possible.

Striegl is undoubtedly one of the fastest rising featherweight prospect in Asia. The Filipino-American Striegl has an unblemished MMA record of 10-0 (8 by submissions and 2 by decisions). Striegl looked very sharp in his recent fight against Alcer Lozada in URCC 21 last April 28, 2012, submitting Lozada in the first round via rear naked choke.

Mitch Chilson is an accomplished Muay Thai fighter and is a certified Muay Thai instructor under Kru Yodtong Senan, 1 of only 7 non-Thai instructors in the world.

Chilson is coming off from a very impressive win over Striegl’s teammate, Aj Vaa in ONE FC 4: Destiny of Warrios. Chilson showcased his BJJ skills by submitting Vaa via 1st round submission (RNC), making his record improved to 3-1.

I think Striegl has never faced a high caliber striker like Chilson and as for the Evolve Fight Team warrior, I think he never faced a guy as versatile as Striegl.

UFC is heading to Macau this November, so If ONE FC doesn’t make a move on Striegl, maybe we will likely see him making his debut on November in the biggest MMA promotion in the world.

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One FC 3: War of the Lions Fight Videos

Ole Laursen Vs. Eduard Folayang

Eddie Ng Vs. Jian Kai Chee

Tatsuya Kawajiri Vs. Donald Sanchez

Masakazu Imanari Vs. Kevin Belingon

Quek Kim Hock Vs. Major Overall

Jeet Toshi Vs. Nichole Chua

Check out One FC’s official YouTube channel for more videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/OneFCMMA