Eduard Folayang, the Philippines’ most recognizable mixed martial artist next to United Fighting Championship campaigner Mark Muñoz, has no plan to try his luck in the UFC -- for now.
“Okay pa naman relationship ko sa One FC,” said Folayang, who currently has a three-year contract with One Fighting Championship that started last year.
Making an appearance on Wednesday afternoon during the open workout session of the international fighters for the “Pride of a Nation” card, the 27-year-old Folayang said he is happy bringing honor the country by playing in MMA leagues other than the UFC and believes that there are lots of potential athletes who could make the jump someday.
“Masaya ako na tinatayo ko bandera ng Philippine MMA. Pero madami pa magagaling dyan sa susunod sa akin,” said Folayang, an Asian Games silver medalist and Southeast Asian Games gold medal holder in wushu.
The 5-foot-9 Baguio native, who leads the cast of five Filipinos in the card, will take on Swiss-Japanese Felipe Enomoto in a lightweight showdown.
Folayang, who sports an 11-2 win-loss record, is aching to bounce from a split-decision loss to Danish Ole Laursen in One FC 3 last March in Singapore that snapped his six-fight winning streak.
“Kailangan ko pa manalo ng belt at gumawa ng kakaiba sa sport na ito,” said Folayang ahead of his third fight in the fast-growing league.