Former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang looks to end a dismal 2019 as he takes on another tough opponent for his next assignment.
The 35-year-old Baguio City native seeks vindication when he faces Amarsanaa Tsogookhuu of Mongolia in the co-main event of ONE: MASTERS OF FATE which takes place at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila on 8 November.
This will be Folayang’s third match this year, after suffering two first-round submission losses in a span of five months. First, in the hands of Japanese legend Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki at ONE: A NEW ERA last March and against multiple-time World Champion Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES last August.
With another strong challenge waiting for him next month, Folayang believes that this is the perfect opportunity for him to redeem himself and to end the year on a high note.
“I am really excited about this match. This is a huge opportunity to end the year on a good note. I’m focused to show what I have left before the year ends,” Folayang stated.
“This is also an opportunity to show that they cannot count me out. This is my first step in regaining my belt.”
Folayang shared that the two setbacks he collected this year were definitely given him a checkmark on the things he needs to improve. From his ground game that was exposed in the Aoki match, to his mental toughness which cost him the match against Alvarez.
Nevertheless, Folayang assured that he learned and already applied the lessons he earned and is eager to display his new form especially that he will compete again in front of his countrymen.
“Training has been intense for this match. I’ve learned a lot of lessons from my previous two matches, I’m really decided to improve and show everyone that I am motivated to get back up there,” Folayang said.
“The mental calmness, being focused in every aspect – wherever it goes, that’s what I am focusing on lately,” he added. “I’m really excited to show everyone what I have been working on in the gym.”
The man standing in Folayang’s path is Tsogookhuu – and he is certainly no slouch.
Tsogookhuu is a former MGL-1 FC Lightweight Champion and Shidokan Karate World Cup winner.
The 29-year-old Ulaanbaatar native owns an impressive 5-1 record, majority of which coming from knockout as he trains at both the Shiren Beelii Gym and Mongolian Top Team, the best teams in Mongolia.
“Of course he wants to beat me. I saw how he moves against Shannon, I noticed that he’s not only a striker but he has also a good ground game based on what I saw in his last fight,” Folayang shared.
“He will capitalize on your errors if you get careless whether on the feet or on the ground.”
Nevertheless, Folayang does not lack confidence in himself and he will stop at nothing to end the year on a high note.
“You will see a smarter and a more aggressive Folayang,” he stated.
“I’ll do everything to win in front of my countrymen and end the year strong. This is the first step to my goal of becoming a World Champion once more and that’s why it’s important to win.”