SINGAPORE – Eduard Folayang said retirement never crossed his mind even with a spate of losses that hounded his mixed martial arts career as of late.
The 37-year-old Folayang finally ended that losing run in a big way, putting on a vintage performance in beating Australian muay thai legend John Wayne Parr.
Prior to the fight, Folayang lost four in a row, prompting chatter that it may be time for the Pinoy MMA star to hang it up. But Folayang proved the doubters wrong, even going out of his comfort zone by competing in muay thai to take the win over Parr in his retirement bout.
“Sometimes, a lot of people don’t understand that martial arts is a journey. It’s a life for us. We can’t just walk away because we lost,” said Folayang.
“Because if you lost and walk away, you know you didn’t unleash all the potential that you have. But for us, sometimes, you are in a losing streak, you know that giving up is not an option for us. It’s a motivation for us to move forward and someday, we will be able to get that winning streak,” said Folayang.
Eduard Folayang gets his first win since 2019.
The Filipino fighter won in convincing fashion on Saturday night at ONE X, beating Parr via unanimous decision. Folayang made his transition to muay thai seamless. In fact, it was like a homecoming for the former ONE lightweight champion that is known for his striking.
Folayang said he never hesitated when an offer to fight Parr came but on a different discipline.
“That’s the essence of martial arts. Sometimes, you need to come out of your comfort zone. You need to face a lot of challenges. A lot of people, they will criticize me especially that I had a tough year and a losing streak. But we are martial artists. We are warriors. We take challenges. If you are able to counter it, we take pride because we know a lot of people cannot make a decision to step to those legends,” said Folayang.
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