Baguio City

Team Lakay’s Eduard Folayang: I just can’t be complacent

Martin Nguyen, Eduard Folayang

Martin Nguyen, Eduard Folayang

Representing Team Lakay of of Baguio City, Philippines, Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 34, is on an upward trajectory since making his triumphant return to the ONE Championship cage. He had a one-month training in the United States after beating two previously undefeated Russian opponents consecutively.

“I just can’t be complacent,” Folayang stated. “As one of the top guys in my division and also a former champion, there will always be a target on my back. I didn’t think twice when it was offered to me to train there.”

Folayang accepted an invitation from a close friend to train in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In August 2018, he trained at the famous Jackson-Wink MMA training facility, which is a home to Jon Jones, Alistair Overeem, Andrei Arlovski, Donald Cerrone, Diego Sanchez, and other successful MMA fighters.

Jackson-Wink MMA got it covered for Folayang from striking to grappling. Headmasters Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn taught invaluable tricks of the trade to the Team Lakay with Brandon “Six Gun” Gibson supervising the striking drills of the former ONE Lightweight World Champion.

Also, Folayang trained at Jackson-Wink MMA’s branch in Acoma with Nick Urso, who handled Folayang’s grappling program. The Team Lakay fighter spent some of his time on the mats with the camp’s notable names, including Carlos Condit, Holly Holm, John Dodson and Michelle Waterson, as well.

The month-long training at Jackson-Wink MMA is perfect for Folayang’s return to the ONE Championship cage. On November 23, 2018, the Team Lakay fighter will make an attempt to redeem the recently vacated ONE Lightweight World Champion title at ONE: Conquest of Champions” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines against Amir Khan, 23, of Singapore.

Representing Evolve MMA, Khan won in his most recent bout in the ONE Championship cage. On September 8, 2018, he defeated Folayang’s Team Lakay teammate Honorio “The Rock” Banario, 28, of Mankayan, Benguet, Philippines lost at “ONE: Beyond the Horizon” in Shanghai, China .

Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring Folayang, Banario and other Team Lakay fighters:

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