Team Lakay big winners at 2018 Global Martial Arts Awards

Santino Honasan on Nov 08, 2018 10:33 PM
Team Lakay big winners at 2018 Global Martial Arts Awards
Martia Arts Hero of the Year, Gym of the Year, Coach of the Year, Submission of the Year. Filipino MMA stable Team Lakay brought home a handful of honors at the 2018 Global Martial Arts Awards in Singapore

Filipino mixed martial arts stable Team Lakay were big winners at the 2018 Global Martial Arts Awards, Thursday evening at the JW Marriot in Singapore

Former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard "Landslide" Folayang was honored as the Martial Arts Hero of the Year at the 2018 Global Martial Arts Awards, Thursday evening in Singapore. 

The Team Lakay star beat out fellow world champions and MMA stars such as Angela Lee, Aung La N Sang, Daniel Cormier, Henry Cejudo, Martin Nguyen, and Tenshin Nasukawa for the most prestigious award of the night. 

"I believe this award represents the start and beginning of a neverending journey of discipline, hard work, perseverance, and pushing for an even higher standard," said Folayang. 

2018 has been a solid year for the Filipino martial arts hero, who has won two straight to earn another shot at the world title that he first captured back in 2016. 

Folayang has the massive opportunity to end the year on an even higher note as he meets Singaporean star Amir Khan for the vacant ONE Lightweight World Championship in Manila on November 9th.

The Benguet-based gym also took home Gym of the Year honors, beating out other world-class gyms such as AKA, American Top Team, Evolve MMA, Tiger Muay Thai, Tribe Tokyo MMA, and TriStar. 

Team Lakay has had quite the banner year, producing three world champions in 2018 alone, with Geje Eustquio becoming the ONE Flyweight World Champion, Joshua Pacio capturing the ONE Strawweight World Championship, and Kevin Belingon winning the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Championship.

Much of Team Lakay's success can be credited to head coach Mark Sangiao, who was named Coach of the Year over legendary mentors such as Duane "Bang" Ludwig of Bang Muay Thai, Firas Zahabi of TriStar, George Hickman of Tiger Muay Thai, Javier Mendez of AKA, Mike Brown of American Top Team, and Ryo Chonan of Tribe Tokyo. 

Joshua Pacio nabbed Submission of the Year for his stunning first-round submission victory over Pongsiri Mitsatit in Manila. 

Dubbed as the "Passion Lock", the modified  keylock earned Pacio another shot at the ONE Strawweight title which he successfully captured last September in Jakarta.

Other winners include Aung La N Sang for Male Athlete of the Year, Angela Lee for Female Athlete of the Year, Brian Ortega for Knockout of the Year, and Aung La N Sang versus Ken Hasegawa for Bout of the Year. 

 

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