ONE Championship: Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao not worried about Eduard Folayang's opponent change

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 22, 2020 03:51 PM
Mark Sangiao not worried about Folayang's opponent change
“Eduard is always ready. Right now we’re just watching the matches of Pieter and trying to look at holes we can maximize in our game plan.” - Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao

Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao is working double time as he formulates a new game plan for Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, who will be facing a new opponent at ONE: FIRE & FURY

Folayang will now battle Pieter “Archangel” Buist in the co-main event of ONE Championship’s first show in the Philippines this year at the Mall Of Asia Arena on 31 January.

While they spent the first part of their camp preparing for Ahmed “Wolverine” Mujtaba’s ground game, their focus now shifts to the Dutchman who is known as a lethal striker. 

“It’s a different game plan, we know the style of Mujtaba, and Buist has a different style. So we’ll be adjusting for a bit,” Sangiao said. 

But while some camps would struggle to adjust against a completely different style, the 40-year-old mentor is not too worried about the sudden change of opponent. 

“That’s the nice thing about being a complete fighter and being prepared every time. Yes, we’ll adjust but it won’t be much,” Sangiao said.  

“We know Eduard is a striker as well. He’s facing a striker and I expect this to be a very good match.”

Sangiao did acknowledge Buist’s height and reach advantage. The 31-year-old comes in with nearly an eight-inch height advantage over the pride of Baguio City. 

However, with Folayang’s experience against different type of opponents, Sangiao is not too worried. 

“As a striker, it’s tough facing someone taller than you, he’ll have his range, but we’re used to it. Eduard is used to facing taller opponents who’s also a striker. I think it won’t be an issue,” Sangiao said.

“Eduard is always ready. Right now we’re just watching the matches of Pieter and trying to look at holes we can maximize in our game plan.”

Folayang and Buist will leave it all on the line at ONE: FIRE & FURY on 31 January at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.

Catch ONE: FIRE & FURY on Friday, January 31st, LIVE at 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! 

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