MMA: Folayang keeps positive mindset after shocking setback


Posted at Nov 14 2017 09:39 PM

Eduard Folayang (right) promises that he's not done yet. ONE Championship

It’s not the end of the road for “Landslide.”

Former ONE lightweight title-holder Eduard Folayang said his journey as a fighter does not end with his devastating defeat to Martin Nguyen.

In a statement, Folayang assured his fans that he’s safe and well despite being knocked out cold Friday night, when he yielded his lightweight title to Nguyen, who added the belt to his featherweight championship.

“First and foremost, I thank God for His protection. At this point, I assure my followers and the fans of Team Lakay that I am alright and there is nothing to be anxious about. I am still in good physical condition,” he said.

“I extend my heartfelt gratitude to ONE Championship for seeing that I get the best medical attention after the match.”

He also thanked his supporters who trooped to Mall of Asia Arena last weekend to cheer for him and his teammates.

“I take this opportunity to thank my countrymen for their support not only to me but to the entire Team Lakay athletes who competed last November 10 at the Mall of Asia Arena. My heart is overwhelmed with the outpouring of their encouragement. We hope we can pay it forward,” said Folayang.

Folayang also congratulated Nguyen for winning the lightweight title aside from owning the featherweight belt.

“I tip my hat off to Martin Nguyen. He did his homework well and came very prepared,” said Folayang. 

“Because of this, my hunger for improvement remains unsatiated. This is a big lesson learned. I believe challenges inside and outside the cage always bring out the best in us. I assure you that the journey doesn't end here.”

Earlier, ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong said he is confident that Folayang will comeback being the warrior that he is.

"I don't want to count Eduard out. He's a warrior, a Filipino hero and just like all warriors who fell down, he will get back on his feet,” Chatri said.

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