Eduard Folayang's ONE Championship title reign has been about inspiring others
Eduard Folayang is all smiles as he talks to the media after defeating Shinya Aoki at ONE: Defending Honor, November 11th, 2016 in Singapore. (FILE PHOTO)
Nearly a full year removed from his shocking upset win over Shinya Aoki to win the ONE Championship lightweight world title in Singapore, Eduard Folayang has simply been on top of the world.
The Baguio City native has established himself as the face of Philippine MMA and has often been identified by ONE Championship CEO and chairman Chatri Sityodtong as a prime example of a hero.
Surely, life has changed for 'The Landslide' since becoming a world champion, but if you ask him what stands out, he says it's about how he has impacted others.
" Madami [magbago], as a world champion, yung kwento ng buhay mo, maraming naiinspire," Folayang shared with the media.
(A lot has changed. As a world champion, your life story inspires a lot of people.")
Folayang's inspiring story of triumph has been told time and time again. From humble beginnings, Folayang fought through adversity - be it in life or inside the cage - and persevered until eventually he became a world champion.
Now that he's at the top, he hopes that his journey can inspire others who are looking to reach certain goals and aspirations.
"Nakakabigay ka ng kaunting motivation for them not to give up, but to persist and follow the dreams that they have deep within them."
("You're able to give them a bit of motivation for them not to give up, but to persist and follow the dreams that they have deep within them.")
Right now, Folayang is indeed living his own dream of being a world champion, and on Friday, November 10th, he hopes to keep the dream going as he defends his title against Martin Nguyen at ONE: Legends of the World at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila.
Eduard Folayang defends his ONE Championship lightweight world title against reigning ONE Championship featherweight world champion Martin Nguyen in the main event of ONE: Legends of the World on Friday, November 10th at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Catch the action LIVE, 8:30 PM on S+A channel 23!