Eduard Folayang Shares One Of His Wishes For His 36th Birthday

Despite his recent loss in the hands of American star Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES last 2 August, Filipino superstar Eduard “Landslide” Folayang is far from losing hope.

In fact, Folayang is now back at the gym, training relentlessly as he hopes to end the year on a high note. With his birthday coming in less than two months’ time, the Filipino superstar cannot think of a better present for himself than to put his name back to the winning lane.

“I’m in good shape now, I train everyday because I help out my teammates in preparation for ONE: CENTURY, that’s why I’ve been continuously grinding.”

“The final card in Manila is nearing and I really hope to join it because it’s the perfect venue for my redemption,”

Folayang will be celebrating his 36th birthday on 22 November, two weeks after ONE: MASTERS OF FATE, which emanates from the 20,000-seater Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.

With the slots of ONE Championship’s final event in Manila will definitely be filled quickly, the former ONE Lightweight World Champions hopes to make the final list.

“Ending the year with a win would be one of the best gifts that I’ll receive for my 36th birthday. After the tough losses I endured this year, there’s no better place [to win again] than in front of my countrymen,” he added. “That’s why I’m really praying that I get called up for that card.”

After relinquishing his lightweight crown to Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki at ONE: A NEW ERA last march and his recent loss to Alvarez last month, Folayang did not waste any time as he immediately went back to the drawing board to check where things went wrong.

Folayang revealed that he is working hard at the moment upgrading his striking and grappling skills, but most of all, he is sharpening his mental strength which was caught hard after his back to back losses this year most especially the one against Alvarez.

“To be honest, it still comes back to me from time to time but as much as possible, I’m trying to condition my mindset again that making mistakes is a part of being an athlete,” Folayang shared.

“What’s important is I learned my lesson – though it came in a painful way, it’s still going to help me moving forward.”

Healthy and in high spirits right now, Folayang shared that he is already on the lookout for his next outing.

The Filipino star said that he’s ready to go anytime – in Manila or not, expect the best “Landslide” the next time he enters the ONE Championship stage.

“As we’ve always said, it’s either you win or you learn and I certainly learned a lot in my matches against Aoki and Alvarez this year,” Folayang stated.

“I’m very motivated to bounce back strong and I can’t wait to get back in there and show that I’m still here.”

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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