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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Shinya Aoki Dethrones Kotetsu Boku, Belingon and Ueda Will Face Each Other For The BW GP Finals

shinya5 April 2013 – Singapore: ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC), Asia’s largest Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) organization, wowed the sold-out crowd in attendance at Singapore Indoor Stadium with ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS. Fans were treated to a night of unforgettable action as ONE FC’s best battled inside the famed ONE FC cage.

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The ONE FC lightweight division crowned a new champion when Shinya Aoki submitted Kotetsu Boku in the second round of their championship bout. Aoki displayed superior grappling that knockout specialist Boku simply had no answer to. The finish came in round two when Shinya Aoki sunk in a rear naked choke that resulted in Boku tapping out and conceding his lightweight championship title.

In the co-main event of the evening, Brock Larson had to survive adversity to emerge victorious by unanimous decision. Melvin Manhoef nearly finished the fight in the first round with his signature kicks that clearly rocked Larson. Larson came back strong in the second round and ended the round with a tight armbar. Larson came on strong in the third round and neutralized Manhoef’s striking with superior grappling and relentless ground and pound. The judges unanimously awarded Larson the decision victory.

The packed Singapore Indoor Stadium also witnessed history as Kevin Belingon and Masakatsu Ueda earned wins in the prestigious ONE FC Bantamweight Grand Prix semi-finals and will face each other in the final. The winner of that bout will be guaranteed a future title shot.  Belingon dispatched of his opponent Thanh Vu with a relentless barrage of punches and kicks that led the referee to step in and stop the fight in round two.  Ueda also won in round two after he sank in a choke and the referee had no choice but to step in and stop the fight.

Official results for ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS:

Shinya Aoki defeats Kotetsu Boku by submission via rear naked choke at 4:04 minutes of round 2
Brock Larson defeats Melvin Manhoef by unanimous decision at 5:00 minutes of round 3
Masakatsu Ueda defeats Jens Pulver by d’arce submission at 3:52 minutes of round 2
Kevin Belingon defeats Thanh Vu by referee stoppage due to strikes at 1:00 minutes of round 2
Eddie Ng defeats Arnaud Lepont by armbar submission at 4:45 minutes of round 2
Leandro Issa defeats Yusup Saadulaev  by decision at 5:00 minutes of round 3
Alex Silva defeats Rene Catalan by armbar submission at 4:34  minutes of round 1
Bashir Ahmad defeats Shannon Wiratchai by decision at 5:00 minutes of round 3
Jake Butler defeats Swain Cangco by  submission at 2:52 minutes of round 1
Chen Yun Ting defeats Ronald Low by referee stoppage due to strikes at 3:58 minutes of round 1

In case you missed the action, log on to ONEFC.LIVESPORT.TV for the full replay of the fights at only US $9.99.

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

Melvin Manhoef Versus Brack Larson Added To One FC ‘Kings and Champions’ On April In Singapore

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One of the deadliest strikers in the business today will face a submission wizard on 5 April 2013 in Singapore as Melvin “No Mercy” Manhoef (27-9-1-1) takes on Brock Larson (36-7) in One FC ‘Kings and Champions’.

Manhoef doesn’t need any further introduction as he is known for his devastating power. He is a poster boy for annihilation and a true knock our artist. Manhoef has faced and beaten some of the greatest fighters in the business today and established himself as one the most respected fighters in the fight business today. This guy is a nightmare for anybody in his division; he can put you to sleep in any moment in a fight or worse, he can send you straight to the hospital.

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Meanwhile, Larson is a veteran of 43 professional fights. He is a UFC veteran and he loves to break somebody’s arm and put his opponent to sleep by choking them out. His name might not be as big as Manhoef, but his record will show you that he can stop a fighter as good as Manhoef. Let’s see if Larson can take Manhoef down before he gets knocked out.

Headlining One FC ‘Kings and Champions’ is a lightweight bout between two of Japan’s well-known MMA as the always dangerous Shinya Aoki will challenge the crafty striker Kotetsu Boku for his One FC lightweight belt.

Also, Jens Pulver takes on Masakatsu Ueda and Kevin Belingon versus Thanh Vu are set for the Bantamweight Grand Prix semi-finals.

Another lightweight bout is set to make the fire up the crowd as the always entertaining French fighter, Arnaud “The Game” Lepont battles crowd favorite, Eddie “The Magician” Ng.

Two top bantamweight fighters will try to get back to their winning ways when Evolve MMA’s Leandro “Brodinho” Issa squares off with Yusup “Maestro” Saadulaev.

Leandro is coming off a very discouraging loss against the current One FC bantamweight champion, Soo Chul King at One FC 6 in October, while Saadulaev got his first TKO loss at the hands of Filipino MMA star Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon in October as well.

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

One FC’s Bantamweight Grand Prix Semi-Finals Is Going Down On April 5th In Singapore!

one fc bw grand prixJens Pulver takes on Masakatsu Ueda, while Filipino MMA star Kevin Belingon battles Thanh Vu at One FC ‘Kings and Champions’ on April 5th.

Here’s the official press release:

20 February 2013 – Singapore: ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC) announced today that the ONE FC Bantamweight Grand Prix semi-final fights will be featured at ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS. The event will take place live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 5 April 2013. Former Lightweight World Champion from the United States, Jens Pulver, will take on Japan’s Masakatsu Ueda and Kevin Belingon of the Philippines will face Vietnamese-Australian Thanh Vu.

ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS will be broadcast live on STAR SPORTS across Asia. This historic moment will mark the first time ever a live Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event will be broadcast on the network. ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS will be available live in 28 countries to an estimated 500 million viewers.

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

CEO of ONE Fighting Championship™ Victor Cui stated, “ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS is the biggest event in ONE FC history and will feature four of the world’s best Bantamweights fighting for a shot at the Bantamweight World Championship title. It is a must-see for MMA fans because when these four champions enter the ONE FC cage, nothing will matter more to them than making it into the finals of the Grand Prix. Get ready for explosive MMA action that will leave you on the edge of your seats!”

Jens Pulver is a former Lightweight World Champion whose career has seen him compete for the top promotions in the history of MMA, the UFC, PRIDE and ONE FC. Pulver loves to represent the USA and he has every intention of capping his incredible career by winning the ONE FC Bantamweight Grand Prix. A true pioneer in the sport of MMA, Pulver brings a wealth of cage fighting experience as he faces Japanese veteran Masakatsu Ueda.

Masakatsu Ueda is the former undisputed Shooto Featherweight Champion, a title he successfully defended three times. He has an outstanding 16-2-2 record and is a widely regarded as one of the best Bantamweight fighters in the world. Ueda has studied BJJ extensively under legendary Japanese coach Yuki Nakai, who has also trained DREAM superstar Shinya Aoki. After making his debut in 2005, he has defeated the current Bellator Bantamweight Champion Eduardo Dantas while defending the Shooto Championship Belt. With his impressive track record, Ueda will definitely be one of the favorites to win the ONE FC Bantamweight Grand Prix.

What Kevin Belingon may lack in size, he makes up for with his lightning speed and well-honed striking skills. The current URCC Flyweight Champion is considered one of the most dangerous strikers in the Asian Bantamweight division. He sets a fearsome pace and can either shoot for takedowns to rough opponents up with ground-and-pound or keep it standing and pick them apart with his pinpoint precision striking. Belingon was incredibly enthusiastic about representing Pinoy warriors in the inaugural ONE FC Bantamweight Grand Prix because, as he puts it, there is no better feeling than fighting for Filipino pride.

Thanh Vu is a Vietnamese-Australian Bantamweight who is already rated as one of the best prospects in his weight class in Australia, where he currently competes. Vu is a decorated grappler who has placed in the Grappler’s Realm Australia and Events BJJ tournaments. Vietnam has a strong culture of martial arts but has produced few famous fighters and Vu is looking forward to representing the country in competitive action on the largest stage in Asian MMA. He made quick work of his opponent in the Final Elimination Bout in February and will look to do the same again in April.

ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS is headlined by the ONE FC Lightweight World Championship bout between reigning champion Kotetsu “No Face” Boku and number one contender Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki.

Tickets for ONE FC: KINGS & CHAMPIONS are now on sale at SISTIC (www.SISTIC.com.sg). Tickets categories begin with the full Red Carpet and cage-side experience for VIPs at S$348 followed by Arena – S$148, Terrace – S$68 and Balcony – S$38. Several ticket categories are almost sold out. Get your tickets now. All applicable service charges apply.

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

ONE FC 6 ‘Rise of Kings’ Weigh-In Photo Gallery Pt. 2

ONE FC: RISE OF KINGS will be available on Pay-Per-View in the United States on 6 October at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT on iN DEMAND, Avail-TVN, DIRECTV and DISH for a suggested retail price of US$29.95.

Fans from around the world can witness the action online via live streaming at www.onefc.com/livestream. 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.