Lightweight champ Folayang to Pacio: ‘It's not the end of the road’
posted January 21, 2019 at 05:00 pm
If there is an athlete in ONE Championship who knows all about bouncing back from a stunning loss, it is ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang.
A senior in the renowned Team Lakay gym, Folayang was quick to offer some words of encouragement to teammate Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, who dropped the ONE Strawweight World Title to Yosuke “Tobizaru” Saruta at ONE: ETERNAL GLORY last Saturday.
Bannering ONE's first event this 2019 at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia, Pacio and Saruta engaged in a back-and-forth contest, which ended with Saruta getting his hand raised.
Losses like that may be tough to swallow, but Folayang is confident that Pacio will be back stronger than ever.
“As much as we like to focus on winning, losing is a part of the game. Losing a match should be a learning opportunity for all of us. It's tough, but we need to use that emotion to fuel our work habit, assess our current skill set and improve as professionals,” Folayang said.
“Joshua is a great athlete, I have also been in that scenario before and I know that he will also learn a lot from that match against Saruta. He just needs to train harder. It won't be considered a loss, as long as you learn and grow from each setback or mistake.”
The last time Folayang lost in a World Title match was in November 2017 when he got knocked out by Martin “Situ-Asian” Nguyen in the main event of ONE: LEGENDS OF THE WORLD at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.
Folayang responded by winning his next three bouts, which culminated with a five-round shutout of Evolve MMA star Amir Khan last November to become a two-time World Champion in The Home Of Martial Arts.
Seeing how Pacio works everyday to improve, Folayang is confident that his 23-year-old teammate will be able to lick his wounds and get back on his feet sooner than later.
"I know that Joshua will become a better athlete after this loss to Saruta. An obstacle on the road is not the end of the road. You will discover a lot of things about yourself when you lose a match. All you need to do is learn everything you can from it. I know that he will be back stronger than ever.”
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