Eduard Folayang vows not to waste chance vs. ONE king
MANILA, Philippines — Eduard Folayang has waited years for this chance and he is not about to waste it.
The man MMA fans refer to as “the Landslide” is ready for his title shot against reigning ONE lightweight champion Shinya Aoki.
The fight will take place in Singapore at the main event of ONE: Defending Honor this Friday.
“I feel ready for this fight, mentally, physically and spiritually. I feel calm but there’s some excitement,” said Folayang shortly before flying to Singapore.
“This fight is going to be a great one. I’ll be facing a legend in mixed martial arts. I really put a lot of effort just to make it here.”
It took Folayang five years with ONE Championship to secure a title shot and it has been a roller-coaster ride for him.
He has compiled an MMA record of 16 wins and five losses, and will carry two successive victories heading into the clash with Aoki.
The Japanese, however, boasts a steep experience in the sport and a hall of fame resume.
Nicknamed “Tobikan Judan,” or the grand master of flying submissions, Aoki has already fought 46 times, compiling a record of 39 wins, six losses and one no contest.
Apparently, this doesn’t bother Folayang.
“There’s a lot of sacrifices that I’ve been through here. I’ve waited for such a time so I don’t want to waste it,” he said.
Aoki acknowledges that Folayang has improved steadily throughout the years.
The Benguet-born wushu artist has shown better a take-down defense in his recent victories against Adrian Pang and Tetsuya Yamada.
Aoki, who is known for his impeccable ground skills, said he has been working on his stand-up.
“I’ve been really training my muay thai. But every time I fight it always ends up going to the ground,” he said.
“Eduard is improving. I’m really looking forward to the fight.”
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