The Story Behind Eduard Folayang’s Famous Moniker “Landslide”

Mixed martial arts has its share of interesting nicknames over the years as it highly reflects each competitor’s personality.

And for former two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, his moniker definitely tells how eager he was to be successful in this sport.

Known as the face of Philippine martial arts, Folayang also has his own nickname every time he is being introduced at the center of the martial arts stage.

The 35-year-old Baguio City native has been using the moniker “Landslide”. A nickname that was bestowed on him when he defeat then URCC Champion Allan Co back in 2007.

“This nickname was given to me after my first bout in URCC where I won via landslide victory in my debut against a champion,” said Folayang.

Since then, Folayang has been using the moniker in all of his battles, and has been a witness in all of his success and downfalls in the sport he loves.

But more than just a word being used every time he is being introduced before he competes, for the Filipino hero, his nickname has a deeper meaning for him personally.

“You know that our region is always affected by landslides right? So as much as possible, we want to change that,” said Folayang.

“As much possible, we look at it on a more holistic approach. We want a landslide, a landslide of success.”

Heading to his 29th match as a pro in his next appearance inside the ONE Championship stage, Folayang has no plans of changing his moniker in his future match introductions.

“I don’t have any plans of changing my nickname, it has been with me through my ups and downs,” said Folayang.

“I plan to stick with it for a very long time.”

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Author: Robert Belen

Robert Belen is a long-time combat sports writer for dSource Boxing. An avid sports fan, he knows no fear nor partiality in his reporting. If you have a problem with him, tell it to his face. (We bid you not.) You can follow him on Twitter @robertbelen

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