Eduard Folayang is one of the most successful homegrown Filipino martial artists. Fighting for ONE Championship, he is easily the face of Mixed Martial Arts in the Philippines.
But more than just fighting and making a living as a combat athlete his life’s goals include teaching the youth proper values such as hard work and discipline.
“I learned many lessons through my study of martial arts. I want to share these lessons especially with the youth. I want to be a positive influence among them. I want them to develop a sense of discipline through their training in the martial arts. I believe the youth can learn many helpful life lessons when they train to become fighters,” Folayang said.
Folayang, a mainstay of Team Lakay Wushu in Baguio City, is actually a former high school teacher in the Mountain Province and it’s not surprising that his life’s ambition includes teaching and helping the youth.
Before turning to MMA Folayang won international Wushu tournaments, including a gold medal at the 2011 South East Asian Games. Before that he won a silver medal in the 2006 Doha Asian Games and bronze medals in both the 2005 World Wushu Championship as well as the 2002 Busan Asian Games.
In his latest bouts Folayang scored impressive back-to-back victories, over Adrian Pang and Tetsuya Yamada, earning him a title shot for the ONE Championship Lightweight title.
“I feel good. Finally all the preparations and even the setbacks that I encountered have become lessons for me to become better. I am happy with my performance. I’ve been working hard. I know I will be ready for my coming fight,” he said.
Folayang expressed his gratitude to the Lord for all the blessings in life. He is also thankful for the support of his family, friends and especially his teammates.
“I want to thank God for everything that he has given me. Of course my coach and my family have been very helpful. My teammates. They are the biggest reasons for the way my career has grown,” said Folayang.
He is also grateful for ONE Championship, the biggest fight promotion in Asia, for all the opportunities he received from the company.
“It’s a great thing to have the promotion One FC. There are regular MMA fights. They have so many regular events. The arrival of ONE Championship has been opportune especially for the fighters. So many aspiring fighters are given the opportunity to showcase their skills,” Folayang said.
Folayang fights ONE Championship Lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki for his championship belt at the ONE Championship: Defending Honor on Nov. 11 in Singapore.
Folayang is ready to face the daunting challenge. He’s worked hard while preparing for the title bout.
“My next opponent Ayoki will pose a tough challenge. He is one of the better fighters competing in the Asian Martial Arts scene. This will be an exciting fight. It is a great opportunity for me,” said Folayang.
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