MMA: Why Folayang is wary of David-and-Goliath narrative ahead of ONE bout

Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 08 2017 06:51 AM | Updated as of Nov 08 2017 07:18 AM

Eduard Folayang and Martin Nguyen dispute the ONE lightweight championship on Friday. Dennis Gasgonia, ABS-CBN News

Eduard Folayang is expected to come in as the bigger fighter when the Team Lakay star defends on Friday his ONE lightweight title against Vietnamese-Aussie opponent Martin Nguyen.

Nguyen, the ONE featherweight title holder, climbs in weight to meet Folayang in an attempt to become ONE Championship’s first 2-division champion.

Folayang acknowledged that he plans to capitalize on his size, but added that it won’t be much of a factor if it isn’t used properly.

“Depende pa rin kung paanong gagamitin iyon as an advantage,” Folayang said in the final press conference for ONE: Legends of the World held on Tuesday. “Kasi nakita natin sa mga previous na laban they weren’t able to capitalize their weight advantage.”

“So siguro hindi ko iko-consider iyon as an advantage.”

He added that the MMA world is littered with stories of smaller fighters upsetting bigger opponents.

“Baka malimutan kong tinalo ni David si Goliath,” he said.

Nguyen agreed with Folayang.

“I don’t think weight will be a factor at all,” Nguyen said. “It’s going to be a chess game and I’m coming up with a game plan.

“Come Friday night we’ll see who’s going to be checkmated.”

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