THE development of Eduard Folayang to a better-rounded mixed martial artist was in full effect as he outclassed Kotetsu Boku to lead an impressive sweep by Filipino fighters who saw action in ONE FC: Rise of Heroes on Friday night at the packed Mall of Asia Arena.
Known for his striking prowess, the renowned Filipino fighter showed his vastly improved ground game, particularly his wrestling technique to frustrate the former lightweight champion en route to a unanimous-decision victory in the co-main event.
“I really devoted time on it (wrestling) the past few months,” said the 30-year-old Folayang, who moved a step closer to a shot at the lightweight belt currently held by Shinya Aoki.
It was indeed a landslide win for the man nicknamed “Landslide”, who almost caught his Japanese foe with an armbar in the first round, before finally managing to lock him with a guillotine attempt that Boku escaped in the second round
Still, Folayang, who sustained a cut above his left eye, never forgot to turn to his strengths as he connected on several trademark leg kicks and roundhouse kicks that ensured the rout in the final round.
Lakay stablemate Rey Docyogen likewise scored a unanimous-decision win over Josh Alvarez in their flyweight bout.
In the main event, Bibiano Fernandes retained his bantamaweight belt after outfighting challenger Masakatsu Ueda in a bout that also went the distance.
All five Pinoys included in the 10-fight card emerged winners as Eugene Toquero, Ana Julaton, and Jujeath Nagaowa triumphed in their respective bouts.
“Maraming salamat sa walang-tigil niyong suporta,” Folayang said. “Sana ipagpatuloy niyo lang kasi marami pang magandang fights ang ibibigay namin.”