Eduard Folayang Breaks Down His World Title Win Over Amir Khan

Eduard Folayang DC 6841

Friday, 23 November, was a landmark day for Eduard “Landslide” Folayang.

It was the night the Team Lakay star reclaimed the ONE Lightweight World Title at ONE: CONQUEST OF CHAMPIONS in Manila, Philippines, as he returned to the top of the world after spending a full year battling his way back to the belt.

For Folayang, the win was a product of two key factors – shrewd game planning, and the support of the most in-form mixed martial arts team in the world.

Who's next for Eduard Folayang? ????

Who's next for Eduard "The Landslide" Folayang? ????Download the ONE Super App now ????

Posted by ONE Championship on Friday, November 30, 2018

“Our game plan was to punish him when he switched stances, and score as much as I could in the clinch. At the same time, avoid his left kick and his strong left hand,” he explains.

“We all know that he has knockout power in those hands. That’s why I was very cautious when executing my offense. Luckily, everything went perfectly, and we were able to secure the victory.”

Folayang reveals they had also planned to use takedowns as an integral part of their strategy, but after feeling that Khan was waiting for him to change levels, he instead chose to adapt his approach on the fly, and keep the bout on the feet.

“We had plans to take him down, but eventually we figured out that he was also waiting for that opportunity. That’s why we didn’t focus on that strategy that much, and just stuck with our original game plan,” Folayang says.

“We were able to predict the things he presented inside the cage, as well as the techniques and the strategy that he wanted to impose. Luckily, I was able to stop all those attempts.

“I had my chances to finish him, but he is a tough warrior and came prepared to fight. But, a win is a win. What’s important is that I have secured the victory, and the belt is already back here in the Philippines.”

Hear from Eduard Folayang right after his epic World Championship win over Amir Khan!

Hear from Eduard "The Landslide" Folayang right after his epic World Championship win over Amir Khan!TV: Check local listings for global broadcast

Posted by ONE Championship on Friday, November 23, 2018

Folayang’s triumph saw him complete an incredible year for his team. Baguio City’s humble Team Lakay has captured an incredible four ONE World Titles in 2018.

Geje “Gravity” Eustaquo, Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, and Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon successfully took the flyweight strawweight, and bantamweight crowns, respectively.

Folayang paid tribute to his teammates, as well as the collective’s head coach Mark Sangiao, for his return to the lightweight summit.

“We have a good team, a good coach, and brilliant people who support us,” he said.

Folayang first won the World Title as a huge underdog, when he defeated Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki to become the ONE Lightweight World Champion.

After losing his belt in 2017, the Filipino superstar went back to the drawing board, before clawing his way back into contention by defeating two unbeaten Russian powerhouses. Now, he has captured the gold for a second time.

After the first World Title win, Folayang put his belt around his coach Sangiao’s waist. He did exactly the same this time around.

Eduard Folayang's backstage reaction to reclaiming ONE lightweight gold! ????

Eduard "The Landslide" Folayang's backstage reaction to reclaiming ONE lightweight gold! ????Download the ONE Super App now ????

Posted by ONE Championship on Friday, November 23, 2018

“Landslide” says his mentor deserves a belt of his own, in recognition of the remarkable achievements Team Lakay has achieved under his tutelage.

“Coach Mark has to have a belt as well,” he stressed. “We are so grateful, because this is a product of unity. We helped each other, and have the same vision to excel.”

More in News

Roman Kryklia vs. Francesko Xhaja headlines ONE Fight Night 12
Jarred Brooks celebrates his win at ONE 164
Ilya Freymanov is declared winner against Martin Nguyen at ONE on Prime Video 2
Kulabdam Sor. Jor. Piek. Uthai is declared the winner at ONE Friday Fights 2
Mikey Musumeci Osamah Almarwai ONE Fight Night 10 54
Regian Eersel Sinsamut Klinmee ONE Friday Fights 9 98
Tommy Langaker stands in the Circle at ONE 160
Fabricio Andrade crowned ONE Bantamweight world champion at ONE Fight Night 7
Superlek Kiatmoo9 Danial Williams ONE Fight Night 8 2
Smilla Sundell Milana Bjelogrlic ONE Friday Fights 18 23
Tyson Harrison faces off with Pongsiri PK Saenchai at ONE Friday Fights 18
Smilla Sundell wins the inaugural ONE Women's Strawweight Muay Thai World Championship at ONE 156