Brandon Vera gives Eduard Folayang and Team Lakay some advice
Santino Honasan on Apr 19, 2017 06:10 PM
"Go out there and have fun. Go do what Team Lakay does." - ONE heavyweight champion Brandon Vera
Reigning ONE Championship heavyweight king Brandon 'The Truth' Vera knows a quite a bit about fighting in Manila on the big stage.
All three of Vera's wins under the ONE Championship banner have been in front of the MMA-hungry crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena, and those wins include a title win and a title defense, and two were the main events of the respective cards.
Team Lakay superstar and reigning, defending ONE Championship lightweight titleholder Eduard "Landslide" Folayang will be making his first title defense in Manila on April 21st at ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny. It will also mark the first time that Folayang will be the top bill on a card in Manila.
Aside from that, four of Folayang's teammates in Kevin Belingon, Honorio Banario, Danny Kingad, and the debuting Gina Iniong will also be on the same card, Friday night.
Having already defended his title at home and on the main event, "The Truth" offered up some sound advice for his fellow Pinoy fighters.
"Sa lahat ng mga tao sa Team Lakay, just relax. Remember, everyone loves you, win lose or draw." said Vera. "f you can remember that, talata, I promise you. It sounds really stupid, diba, it sounds really really simple, but I promise you, if you can relax and remember that everybody's there to support you, win, lose, or draw, it'll take all the pressure off of you. If you can remove the pressure, you can go perform."
Vera went on to explain that he believes that pressure is a fighter's biggest opponent when he steps into a ring or cage, and once they're able to eliminate that pressure, the better they tend to perform.
"I would say 95 percent of the battle is getting rid of the pressure. Everything else is automatic. When I fight, I don't know what happens until after the fight. Everything just happens, you train and train and train so many times,"
"That's what you need to get rid of in the fight game. You gotta stop worrying about everything else." Vera added. "So honestly, I would just tell the guys, relax, remember that everyone loves you, everyone is already proud of you, you've already done everything you've ever needed to do. Go out there and have fun. Go do what Team Lakay does."
Watch Eduard Folayang and the rest of Team Lakay step into the cage this Friday, April 21 at ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny LIVE at 8:30 PM on S+A channel 23!