Eduard Folayang Looks to Make it Two in a Row in Manila

Former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang looks to make it two wins in a row as he takes on another tough opponent for his next assignment.

Former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang’s road back to the pinnacle of the division gets a jumpstart early next year.

On 31 January, the 36-year-old battles Ahmed “Wolverine” Mujtaba of Pakistan at ONE: FIRE & FURY, ONE Championship’s inaugural show in the Philippines next year which takes place at the Mall of Asia Arena.

This early, Folayang is already in pretty good shape.

“I’m so excited for this match. I won the last time in Manila, and I hope to build on that energy,’ Folayang said.

“Right now I can confidently say that I am in good shape, with five weeks to go before the fight. I never stopped training, regardless if it’s the holiday season or not. That’s how serious I am in getting the win and showing that I am still a contender in this division.”

Folayang lost his first two matches this year, before ending it on a high note when he scored a technical decision win over Amarsanaa “Spear” Tsogookhuu at ONE: MASTERS OF FATE last 8 November.

Even at this age, Folayang never stops learning as he continues to pick up lessons both in victories and in defeat.

“Losing is a part of the game, and that’s why somehow I am happy cause I learned my lessons and I ended the year with a win. Every step counts and that’s why my next match will be very very important.”

The soft-spoken Folayang, however, refuses to look past Mujtaba who is looking to make a name for himself in the division.

One of the best martial artists to emerge from Pakistan, Mujtaba comes in with an 8-2 professional record, with all of his wins coming from stoppages.

It is something that Folayang is wary of.

“Mujtaba is more of a grappler though he is not afraid to mix it up on the feet. That’s what I’ve noticed in his previous bouts, that’s why I am really working hard – particularly on my wrestling,” Folayang shared.

“He also comes from featherweight and will make his lightweight debut, so I expect a good challenge from him.”

But Folayang, his confidence is soaring high and when he was asked about the result, Folayang kept his answer short.

“It will be a landslide.”

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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