Ev Ting all praise for champion Eduard Folayang
Santino Honasan on Apr 24, 2017 04:01 PM
The champion played the right game, he did everything possible and everything necessary to win the fight." - Ev Ting on Eduard Folayang
"Man, you Filipinos should be really proud of your champion, much respect."
A disappointed Ev Ting said, as he was trying to keep his emotions in check. The Malaysian ONE Championship lightweight contender had just gotten out of a five-round war against reigning ONE lightwieght champion Eduard Folayang.
Ting gave the Pinoy champion all that he could handle, but still found himself on the opposite end a unanimous judges' decision. It snapped a four-fight win streak, and it's his first loss at lightweight.
"My gameplan was to stand in the middle of the cage. The champion played the right game, he did everything possible and everything necessary to win the fight." Bared Ting during the post-fight presser.
Throughout the five round war, the 27-year old product of Auckland MMA stood and traded with Folayang, and while he managed to land a number of good shots of his own, he quickly found out that standing and trading with a striker like the champion wouldn't be an easy route to take.
"He's a really well-timed counter fighter. Every time he can find you, his first line of attack will be his kicks, that was his game, if you inch into his range, it'll be a kick, i had to pick my opportunities to get in and you take some to give some,"
To add to that, the champion found a way to take the challenger down on more than one occasion, and it came each time Ting attempted to land a flying knee.
"I did line it up a few times and I did connect a couple of times, but he caught my leg and managed to take me down."
For his part, although many expected to be outmuscled and outstruck by Folayang, Ting held his own on the feet, and at times even controlled the tempo of the match by pressuring the champion against the fence. Some would argue that he even had Folayang staggered at times. No doubt, it was a tough test for both fighters.
At the end of the day, it was a valiant effort for the Malaysian, definitely something that he can learn from as he continues to establish himself as a force in the ONE lightweight division.