Eduard Folayang came out victorious in his ONE Super Series debut at ONE X last March 26, but the threat of retirement is always hanging over his head. The two-time ONE lightweight champion recently spoke with International Business Times sports editor and combat sports analyst Nissi Icasiano about this matter.
The phrase "you can't put a good man down" has often been used and said about someone or a certain scenario. But cliché as it may sound, the true meaning of this timeless adage has always been personified in the realm of combat sports. Living proof of it was...
Eduard Folayang has named Sage Northcutt as his possible opponent in next Muay Thai bout. The former ONE champion doesn’t have a problem competing in Muay Thai rules. Eduard Folayang did not fail to deliver in his Muay Thai debut at ONE Championship’s 10th anniversary event, “ONE X.” He stole the spotlight from John Wayne Parr, who was having his retirement bout, by securing a decision win over “The Gunslinger.”
Eduard Folayang could have not scripted his road to redemption any better as he defied odds and exceeded expectations by beating a man who’s revered as one of the best strikers to ever grace the realms of Muay Thai and kickboxing. The 38-year-old native of Baguio City, Philippines turned...
The Singapore Indoor Stadium played an integral role in the inception of ONE Championship as a combat sports organization over 10 years ago, but the venue also served as a jump-off point of a revered Filipino mixed martial artist’s international career. Located in the urbanized locale of Kallang, the...
As he approaches the first crossover bout of his prizefighting career, Filipino mixed martial artist Eduard Folayang proves that complacency is a non-existing word in his vocabulary. Folayang, who was a multi-medal winner in the Chinese full-contact combat sport of wushu sanda before becoming a two-time world champion in MMA,...
Eduard Folayang facing Muay Thai icon John Wayne Parr in the latter’s retirement match at ONE X is an arguably better opportunity than what was originally offered to him by ONE Championship. In an exclusive interview with International Business Times sports editor and combat sports analyst Nissi Icasiano, Folayang...
Singapore-based ONE Championship is looking to make ONE X its biggest card yet after announcing that kickboxing legend John Wayne Parr's retirement match will have him face Filipino mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Eduard Folayang. Both men have a lot at stake going into this matchup as both Parr and...
One Championship can always call on Eduard Folayang. The Filipino standout linked arms with the Singapore-based company in 2012 and has spent the better part of a decade as one of its most consistent and dependable performers. The two-time One Championship lightweight titleholder owns wins over Shinya Aoki, A-Sol Kwon, Kotetsu Boku, Ev Ting, Amir Khan and a host of other contemporaries. Now approaching his 38th birthday, Folayang finds himself on a career-worst four-fight losing streak as he stands at a crossroads. He last appeared at One Championship Battleground 2, where he lost a unanimous decision to “The Ultimate Fighter China” winner Lipeng Zhang.
One Championship aired the second pre-recorded portion of its “One: Battleground” series of events Friday. In the “One: Battleground 2” main event, Ultimate Fighting Championship vet Lipeng Zhang made his promotional debut by taking on former two-time One lightweight titleholder Eduard Folayang. The 37-year-old Folayang (22-12, 12-10 One) put a lot on the line as he entered the competition with a single victory in his latest six appearances. The Filipino appeared to control the situation in the first minute of the clash as he landed a few punches. Zhang (31-11-2, 1-0 One) waited for the right moment to secure a takedown, pinning “Landslide” with his back on the canvas for the rest of the round and punished him with punches from the top. Before the end of the first stanza, Zhang took his foe’s back but failed to finish him with a rear-naked choke.
ONE: ‘Battleground’ Part II was broadcast tonight and Zhang Lipeng faced Eduard Folayang in the main event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The Chinese fighter was able to secure a takedown in every single round to earn the decision win. Folayang looked to make a fast start, attacking with low...
Eduard Folayang has been a constant on the One Championship roster for nearly a decade. The two-time lightweight titleholder will attempt to put an end to a career-worst three-fight losing streak when he toes the line against “The Ultimate Fighter China” winner Lipeng Zhang in the One Championship “Battleground 2” main event on Friday at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. Folayang, 37, has delivered eight of his 22 professional victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission. However, he recorded his last win on Nov. 8, 2019, when he earned a technical unanimous decision over Tsogookhuu Amarsanaa at “Masters of Fate.”
No fighter on the active One Championship roster has made more appearances with the Singapore-based promotion than Eduard Folayang—a testament to his persistence, durability and expertise. Folayang has pieced together a 12-9 record in 21 outings under the One Championship banner, capturing the organization’s lightweight crown on two different occasions....
ONE on TNT 4 video: Shinya Aoki taps Eduard Folayang with armbar, calls out Sage Northcutt and Yoshihiro Akiyama
Shinya Aoki has always been one of the most ferocious grapplers in the history of mixed martial arts and he proved that yet again at ONE on TNT 4. The veteran lightweight needed just a single takedown against fellow former ONE champion Eduard Folayang to advance his position and then set up a fight ending armbar before the first round was finished. The end came at just 4:20 in the opening round as Aoki notches his fourth win in a row overall since losing the lightweight title to Christian Lee in 2019.
Lingering COVID-19 symptoms have forced Sage Northcutt out of a proposed clash with Shinya Aoki at One on TNT 4. As a result, Eduard Folayang will step in and face Aoki on the April 28 card at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Promotion officials announced the change on Monday. Folayang was initially slated to face Yoshihiro Akiyama on the same card, but Aikyama pulled out of the event due to injury. One on TNT 4 airs on live on TNT in the United States at 10 p.m. ET and is headlined by a light heavyweight title tilt between Aung La N Sang and Vitaly Bigdash.
Sage Northcutt will not be making his return this month. MMA Fighting confirmed with ONE Championship officials that Northcutt has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming 170-pound bout with Shinya Aoki (46-9, 1 NC) at the April 28 ONE on TNT event due to lingering COVID-19 symptoms. Stepping in for Northcutt will be Eduard Folayang (22-10).