SINGAPORE – Eduard Folayang needed a huge win to regain lost confidence and he found it in the place where he once had his coronation.
Folayang proved that there is a lot left in his gas tank as he dominated erstwhile unbeaten Russian prospect Kharun Altangriev en route to a unanimous decision victory in ONE: Unstoppable Dreams on Friday evening at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
It was the perfect bounce-back victory for Folayang, 19-6, as he rebounded from a knockout loss to Martin Nguyen last November, coincidentally in the place where he won the ONE Lightweight title from Shinya Aoki late in 2016.
The 33-year-old standout from Baguio City was clearly the better man than his younger foe as he dominated the 25-year-old wrestler on the feet and showed excellent takedown defense against the now 11-1 Russian.
Folayang landed with his trademark leg and body kicks and repeatedly connected with the straight right hand to frustrate Altangriev all throughout the match.
In the main event, Angela Lee made a triumphant return from a scary automobile accident and successfully defended the Atomweight title after continuing her mastery on Mei Yamaguchi.
Lee overcame a strong start from her veteran Japanese foe before turning to her decorated ground game to grind out a unanimous decision victory.
Her brother in Christian Lee however wasn’t so successful as two-division champion Martin Nguyen prevented a double-celebration for the Lees after scoring a tight split decision victory.
Nguyen used his trademark striking to negate Lee’s ground game, pressing the action for whole five rounds to eke out the victory.
Meanwhile, Sam-A Gaiyanghadao became the first ONE Super Series in Muay Thai as he knocked out Dutch kickboxer Serigio Wielzen in the fourth round of their flyweight bout.
The Thai striking legend peppered Wielzen with elbows to score the knockout victory as his Dutch foe failed to beat the 10-count.
The second of the Filipinos in Roel Rosauro however wasn’t as lucky as Folayang as he got dominated by Indonesian grappler Sunoto resulting to a unanimous decision loss.
Rosauro had no answers for Sunoto who used his superior ground skills to continuously take the Cebuano to the ground while continuing to control him from there.
The loss dropped Rosauro to 3-3.