ONE Championship: Eduard Folayang wanted to keep fighting, even after cut from accidental headbutt
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 13, 2019 03:26 PM
“I really wanted to continue, there’s no giving up in my vocabulary. I really wanted to unleash my true game.” - Eduard Folayang (Photo: Richard Esguerra)
Folayang earned a technical decision win after an accidental headbutt in the second round opened a gash on his left cheek.
Given the emphasis of ONE Championship’s safety of their athletes, the Filipino was not allowed to continue and the match was forced to go to the judges.
Though getting a win was the endgame for the former ONE Lightweight World Champion, he still hoped for the match to last longer so he can strut his newly sharpened weapons in front of a sold-out crowd in at the Mall Of Asia Arena.
“On that night, I felt like the path was clear and I was relaxed. Of course, we did not expect that accidental headbutt,” Folayang said.
“I think from the start we were able to control the match and he wasn’t much of a threat. I am just not satisfied because it had to go to that decision.”
Nonetheless, a win is a win for Folayang, and he still tipped his hat to Tsogookhuu for being a tough opponent.
“At least I was able to show that I won’t back down no matter what happens. I wanted a finish, but he was really tough,” Folayang said.
“I really wanted to continue, there’s no giving up in my vocabulary. I really wanted to unleash my true game.”
His signature wushu striking was on full display right from the opening bell up until the headbutt took place. He even worried the bout might end up as a no contest after the incident, leaving all the work he has done in training and in the match for naught.
Luckily for him, he still went home with the victory.
“When the headbutt came, I was wondering why his fist was so hard, but I wasn’t wobbled. I was on my back, but my head was clear. I was worried that it might end up a no-contest,” Folayang said.
“I think it still went fair and square. I really wanted to continue, but of course the doctor said that I can’t continue so I respect that.”