ONE Championship: Team Lakay's world title haul a product of unity and teamwork
Santino Honasan on Nov 26, 2018 10:41 AM
"We are so grateful. Ang sa akin, ang masasabi ko, this is the fruit of unity." - Eduard Folayang on Team Lakay's 2018 success
Famed Benguet-based mixed martial arts stable Team Lakay will be closing out 2018 with five world championships in their humble gym in La Trinidad.
With the exception of reigning Brave Combat Federation Bantamweight World Champion Stephen "The Sniper" Loman, who captured his title in 2017, all of the team's current titleholders captured their belts in 2018, all under the ONE Championship banner.
Geje Eustaquio became the undisputed ONE Flyweight World Champion in June, Joshua Pacio became the ONE Strawweight World Champion in September, and Kevin Belingon unified the ONE Bantamweight World Championship earlier this November.
For the newly-crowned lightweight king, who was joined by his fellow world champions at the post-fight press conference table, their success was a product of teamwork.
"I’m so happy. It’s a very rare opportunity to be standing with my fellow champions here tonight," said Folayang. "I’m so grateful to my coach, to my teammates, we help each other so that we can be able have these belts."
Folayang also gave a quick little shoutout to everyone who has been there to support the team - or otherwise.
"[I'm so grateful] to everyone who is there to bash us and to support us," he continued with a grin.
Back in July, when Belingon defeated Martin Nguyen to become the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Champion, Folayang gave what now sounds a lot like a prediction when he said “I think this is one of the memorable moments of our team, because, hindi ko alam, malapit na yata namin kunin lahat [ng championships].”
Now, Folayang and Team Lakay hold four of ONE Championship's eleven MMA world championships, making them arguably the most dominant stable in ONE Championship today.
Again, Folayang stated that their success is the product of not simply the efforts of one person, but rather the whole team.
"We are so grateful. Ang sa akin, ang masasabi ko, this is the fruit of unity. Ang Pilipinas, pag mag-unite tayo, siguro mas marami pang gold ang mapo-produce natin," he said. "We helped each other and we have the same vision to excel in the areas that we are in, and we have a good team, we have a good coach, and we have brilliant people who support us. Im so grateful to everyone."