Eduard "Landslide" Folayang says he will see a glimpse of his future when he shares the Circle with former lightweight World Champion Eddie "The Underground King" Alvarez.
The former ONE Lightweight World Champion from Baguio City is slated to lock horns with the American mixed martial arts legend in a ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix semifinal bout at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES on 2 August at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.
Eager to become a World Champion yet again in The Home of Martial Arts, Folayang, will find out if he still has what it takes to reign over the talent-rich division.
After all, Folayang is not getting any younger and he believes that his battle with Alvarez will only show him where he stands right now.
“This is very important because this is where I’ll my see future and where I am right now,” said Folayang.
“It’s like a measurement fight. This is where I’ll see if I still have what it takes and the things I need to do in order to become a champion again.”
Folayang realizes that he is about to mix it up with the most decorated opponent he has faced to date. With pressure mounting to perform in front of his hometown crowd, "Landslide" is bent on getting the win in hopes for another World Title shot.
“The home crowd will certainly be a factor, especially since I’m facing a very good opponent. I think all of the fans know that,” said Folayang.
“They know what’s at stake and that’s why we should be at our best. Sometimes all they care for is winning or losing, so we really have to be better.”
With less than a month left before the highly-anticipated showdown between the two best lightweights the East and West has to offer, Folayang is banking on his countrymen's cheers to uplift his warrior spirit at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“It’s a different feeling when they cheer. Your spirits are lifted and your adrenaline is through the roof.”