Former ONE champ Eduard Folayang is ready for a better 2018
Santino Honasan on Jan 25, 2018 03:04 PM
"Mas maganda I think ang 2018, ikine-claim ko magiging maganda kasi pinag-hahandaan ko naman."
While 2017 wasn't all bad for famed Baguio-based MMA stable Team Lakay, it's pretty safe to say that coming from their banner 2016 campaign, last year wasn't as stellar.
Especially the final stretch, which saw Team Lakay go on a four-fight skid.
Arguably the biggest of those losses was Eduard Folayang's shocking knockout loss to Martin Nguyen in Manila.
2017 is over and done with, and for the former ONE lightweight world champion, the previous year wasn't a complete loss.
"Tapos na yung 2017, and may good and bad, pero ang importante, I think I’ve learned a lot," Folayang shared with ABS-CBN Sports. "I did not lose because of the lessons that I’ve learned."
At 33 years old and over a decade in the game, Folayang has had his fair share of ups and downs. At this point, the former SEA Games Wushu gold medalist knows that it's no longer just about winning, but also learning.
"I think that’s one of the most important things as a martial artist, hindi lang yung mananalo ka palagi, kundi yung paano ka ulit babangon sa areas na nagkamali ka."
While Folayang's loss to Nguyen was indeed brutal to watch, the Baguio City native revealed that it didn't keep him out of the gym at all.
"Actually after ng fight, balik agad ng gym, training ulit, kasi yung pagpapahinga, andiyan lang yan. Pero kung paano iinvest or bibigyan ng investment ng time yung mo para gumaling, yun ang pinaka-importante."
And while 'The Landslide' hasn't been booked for a fight yet this year, the former lightweight king is itching to get back inside the cage.
Furthermore, Folayang is itching to prove that 2018 will be a better for him and for his Team Lakay family.
"Of course, always excited. Mas maganda I think ang 2018, ikine-claim ko magiging maganda kasi pinag-hahandaan ko naman."
After Friday's ONE: Global Superheroes card at the Mall of Asia Arena, ONE Championship will be holding three more cards in Manila on April 20th, July 27th, and November 16th. It's highly likely that the return of 'The Landslide' could be on one of those upcoming Manila shows.