The Team Lakay superstar dropped the former Lightweight World Champion early in round one, only to get swept and choked in the opening round at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES on 2 August at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.
“I think I overdid it. When I saw him go down, I felt like I really wanted to finish him,” Folayang shared.
“I don’t usually give up my back but I lost my cool. I really wanted to finish him in the first round. However, because I wanted to get back up, I lost my position.”
Folayang usually knows what to do when caught in a rear naked choke, but when he stood up he let Alvarez tighten the choke further.
“I had an idea how to defend the choke, but at that time I felt like my mindset changed.”
Folayang admitted that the error did not hit him until the bout was officially over. He knows that his overeagerness to finish got him into trouble and he paid the ultimate price.
“When I saw his face, I know that he was close to being finished,” Folayang said.
“But when the match ended, I was in shock. I really lost focus on the match and singled out the stand-up game,” the Filipino added. “It hurts but we learn from it.”
While many people feel like Folayang’s experience, or lack of it, when it comes to the ground cost him the match, the 35-year-old Filipino hero said that was not the case.
“I don’t think I can be easily submitted when I roll in the ground for jiu jitsu but, things happen in an MMA bout. We’re not really top-notch jiu jitsu practitioners, and we’re not that experienced, but there are things that happen in the match which are beyond your control,” Folayang shared.
“We’re always working on our ground game, but it’s not why we lost today. My mistake was moving in with the wrong mindset. Letting the emotions get the better of me.”
Despite letting a huge opportunity slip, Folayang is quick to move forward from it.
“The results don’t matter anymore. What’s important is that we learned. We’ll be back. We’ll try to fix it. Then we’ll rise again.”