Folayang eyeing April return

Roderick Osis

AFTER suffering one of the toughest lost in his mixed martial arts career, former One Championship lightweight world champion Eduard Folayang is hoping to see action again in April.

Folayang lost his title against challenger and featherweight world champion Martin Nguyen in a second round knockout as the Team Lakay fighter is eyeing to reclaim his belt.

But the former world title is not eager to get back into title contention saying he does not mind fighting for another title eliminator before he competes for the championship again.

“I’m hoping na sana maka laro ulit tayo sa April. Tuloy lang ang training and we will strive and worker harder to reclaim the belt,” said Folayang during the Kafagway International Sports Luminaries Awards organized by the National Correspondents Club of Baguio.

Folayang joined other athletes during the awards backed by the City Government of Baguio and received the Sportsmanship Award while coach Mark Sangiao bagged the Super Coach of the Year.

Folayang added the loss to Nguyen was one of the toughest, especially one that happened in front of his hometown crowd and felt he let the fans down.

However, the former wushu champion said despite the loss, he remain as motivated, determined and will not stop from chasing his dreams.

“I am aiming to get another shot at the ONE lightweight world championship. Becoming world champion was an amazing achievement for me, and having that belt strapped around my waist inspired many people to be the best they can be, and to work hard,” added Folayang.

Folayang quipped more than just being world champion, he wants to continue to be an inspiration to others by giving his all each and every time he step into the cage.