Former ONE world champ Folayang eyes more bouts

>> Friday, June 17, 2022


Carlo Quinto

Filipino mixed martial arts icon Eduard “Landslide” Folayang may be late in his career, but maintains he is nowhere near the end as the veteran fighter believes he is merely turning to a new chapter in his illustrious career.
    After conquering legendary Australian striker “The Gunslinger” John Wayne Parr in his first ONE Super Series fight, the 38-year-old Folayang revealed he is keen on facing either Yoshihiro ‘Sexyama’ Akiyama in a mixed martial arts bout or Sage Northcutt in a wushu vs. karate spectacle.
    “Sure, ‘Sexyama’ is a very good challenge to pursue especially since he just came from a big win as well,” Folayang said.
    Akiyama recently ended a feud with fellow Japanese great Shinya Aoki at ONE X. ‘Sexyama’ pulled off an emotional second-round technical knockout victory after he survived Aoki’s tricky submission attempts in the opening round.
    And while Folayang says he isn’t sure whether or not he is willing to feature in another Super Series bout, a match against American sensation “Super” Sage Northcutt remains an enticing proposition.
    “I’m honestly not sure about a Super Series fight but I really want a wushu vs. karate fight against Northcutt,” Folayang said.
    Folayang and Parr put on an absolute classic at ONE Championship’s landmark 10th-anniversary show in Singapore last March. It was “Landslide’s” first win following a string of heartbreaking setbacks in MMA.
    The two legends poured it all in a match that belied the years they’ve both put into their respective martial arts careers.
    Though Folayang dominated the early going against Parr, the veteran Aussie turned back the clock to give the Filipino stalwart trouble in the final round. 
    Folayang, though, weathered Parr’s late attack and took home the unanimous decision win. Team Lakay’s elder statesman said his win against Parr was a gust of inspiration to him and it would motivate him in his future battles ahead.
“That win against JWP was a huge motivation-booster for me to keep going no matter what lies in my future fights,” Folayang said.


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