ONE Championship: Eduard Folayang turned heads with impressive game plan in bout against Amir Khan
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 03, 2018 02:37 PM
"I wanted to go for a finish, but he was tough. There are more things that I should work on at the gym,” - Eduard Folayang
Eduard "Landslide" Folayang was sharp and relentless in his ONE Lightweight World Title encounter on Friday, 23 November.
In his co-main event bout with Singaporean knockout artist Amir Khan at ONE: CONQUEST OF CHAMPIONS, which took place in front of Folayang's home crowd at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines, he dominated his foe from start to finish.
The Filipino displayed stark improvement in his grappling, and he was calculated with every strike that he threw over the course of five rounds.
After 25 minutes of nonstop action, Folayang won via unanimous decision to claim the vacant belt and begin his second reign as the ONE Lightweight World Champion.
"I think I was able to predict what he wanted to do,” the Baguio City native said.
“It became apparent what his game plan was. I also noticed how he used his left hand and kicks. I was able to predict on point the weapons he would usually utilize.
"My performance was okay. I also appreciate his toughness because he was hit a lot, but he endured until the last round.”
Folayang was the busier athlete, as he dictated the tempo of the contest from the get-go and did not miss a beat in employing his offense.
The Filipino, who turned 35 years old just a day before recapturing the gold, believes that age is merely a number in the sport of mixed martial arts.
“We used to say here that only carabaos grow old,” he stated.
He credited his training camp and one-month visit at Jackson-Wink MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA for his superb conditioning against Khan.
"We focused on doing drills in camp. Strength and conditioning were also on point," he explained.
“The training I had in America boosted my confidence. I think that was the best thing that came out from my visit to the United States.”
While he is completely satisfied with the outcome of his World Title bout at ONE: CONQUEST OF CHAMPIONS, “Landslide” believes there is still room for improvement.
"I wanted to go for a finish, but he was tough. There are more things that I should work on at the gym,” Folayang said.
“Even though I didn’t get the finish that I wanted, I am still happy. A win is a win.”