EDUARD Folayang’s final stop in his road to redemption lies in the place where he lost his belt in devastating fashion. If that wasn’t enough of a pressure in itself, it also comes in a night where Team Lakay’s terrific year hangs in the balance.
Folayang, 17-5, looks to reclaim the ONE Lightweight title on Friday when he takes on Amir Khan (11-3) in the co-main event of Conquest of Champions, while also looking to keep the championship streak of his stable alive.
All eyes will be on Folayang as he looks to follow the footsteps of teammates Geje Eustaquio, Joshua Pacio and Kevin Belingon who’ve claimed belts in their respective divisions over the last 11 months.
“I’m so happy for my teamamtes dahil naging magnada yung progress nila. Pagkatapos ko makuha yung belt nung 2016 naging inspiration yun for them to reach yung dreams nila,” said Folayang.
“I’m happy for the progress of the team, as one of their seniors I never stopped improving also in areas na kung saan kailangan pa mag-improve,” he added.
Instead of focusing on the pressure that the gigantic task at hand gives, Folayang is using that as a motivation – especially since he’s been working with Belingon who just last month hoisted the Bantamweight title from longtime king, Bibiano Fernandes.
“We were there on the same training camp, preparing for our own title fights, and he was able to capture and unify the belt, masayang masaya ako,” said Folayang,
“Naging motivation siya sakin na kung nagawa ni Kevin, that means I can also do it,” he added.
The 34-year-old Wushu practitioner understands the stakes in this fight and admits that sometimes pressure creeps up to them.
But he’s been in the fight game for the longest time, and he knows what’ll happen to him once he allows the pressure to kick in.
“We’re here in MMA for a very long time and I think I need to adjust myself kasi the more na inaallow mo yung pressure na kainin ka, it will make you uneasy, and you wont be able to give your best.” Folayang explained.
“Giving the best is the biggest thing for me. Yung pressure andun pero turning that into motivation will make a lot of difference,” he added.
The moment the cage door closes though, all of that outside noise will be left behind as he focuses on the opportunity given to him.
“It’s the place where I lost the belt and given the chance to redeem myself in the same place is big. It has a lot of difference, you need to do your very best again to claim what was lost,” Folayang said .
“The opportunity is here, I’m 100 percent ready to get it.”