ONE Championship: 'I rushed' - Eduard Folayang on loss to Eddie Alvarez
Santino Honasan on Aug 03, 2019 12:36 PM
"I was too so eager to get the finish, and I think that’s the mistake, I became impatient, and I wanted to finish him as soon as possible but it didn’t go that way, so, that happened." - Eduard Folayang (Photo: Richard Esguerra/ABS-CBN Sports)
Eduard "Landslide" Folayang was seemingly within moments of picking up what could have been one of the biggest wins of his career, Friday night at ONE: Dawn of Heroes in Manila.
The Filipino mixed martial arts hero and two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion was taking on former UFC and Bellator Lightweight World Champion Eddie "The Underground King" Alvarez in a ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix semifinal bout and one of the night's most highly-anticipated bouts.
Early in the round opening round, Folayang landed a vicious right low kick that landed flush on Alvarez's ankle, sending the American to the mat.
As the crowed at the Mall of Asia Arena roared, Folayang pounced on the fallen Alvarez with every intention of ending the bout early.
Folayang landed punch after punch as Alvarez fought to survive and repositioned himself as often as he could to avoid taking damage.
Almost as suddenly as Folayang put Alvarez on his seat, the American was able to grab a hold of the Filipino star's leg and reverse positions, landing inside guard.
Folayang, presumably a bit spent from all the ground and pound, was now the one in survival mode and looked to escape the guard but insted ended up giving his back up.
Now, Alvarez is known for his come-forward brawling style, but "The Underground King" is also a gifted grappler, and he showed that by almost immediately locking in a Rear Naked Choke and forcing Folayang to tap out. All in just two minutes and 16 seconds.
Obviously, it was a bitter pill to swallow for Folayang, who was once again on track for a third world title run, had he emerged victorious.
The 35-year old Baguio City-native admits that he rushed himself to get the stoppage win.
"Yeah, I rushed. I think that’s one of the mistakes I made," Folayang said during the post-fight press conference. "I was not cautious, and I wanted to get up as soon as possible, and I forgot that I’m very vulnerable in that position."
Folayang was the last member of Team Lakay to see action that night, and with his loss, the La Trinidad-based stable went 1-4.
"I was too so eager to get the finish, and I think that’s the mistake, I became impatient, and I wanted to finish him as soon as possible but it didn’t go that way, so, that happened."
Now coming off back-to-back losses, Folayang, as well as the rest of Team Lakay, will need to go back to the drawing board and make the necessary adjustments before their respective returns to action.
Coming off a loss is no longer a foreign feeling for Folayang, who has seen his highest moments come after the lowest of lows.
Before ending the post-fight presser, Folayang grabbed the mic one last time with a parting message for the media in attendance.
"I just want to quote what Douglas McArthur said: 'We shall return.'"