Eduard “Landslide” Folayang has never lost three consecutive matches in his storied mixed martial arts career.
And Folayang hopes to avoid that fate when he takes on Mongolian rising star Amarsanaa Tsogookhuu in the co-main event of ONE: Masters of Fate on November 8 at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.
After suffering two consecutive losses this year, “Landslide” wants to bounce back at the expense of the 29-year-old.
“This is very crucial because I’m coming off back-to-back losses, right? I’ve never lost three straight and I want to avoid that,” Folayang said.
The 35-year-old will come in prepared, as he has stayed in shape even during his off-season.
He was even willing to step in on short notice and face Saygid “Dagi” Guseyn Arslanaliev at ONE: Century on October 13 if his visa was cleared.
Now that he has an official bout — which is happening in his backyard — Folayang is doubling the intensity of his training sessions, as he hopes to avoid losing.
“Training has been intense for this match. I’ve learned a lot of lessons from my previous two matches. I’m really decided to improve and show everyone that I am motivated to get back up there,” Folayang said.
Even though he was a World Champion just seven months ago, Folayang’s future has been under scrutiny following the consecutive losses.
He hopes to make up for it with the performance of his life, and intends to climb the towering lightweight division ladder once more.
“This is also an opportunity to show that they cannot count me out. This is my first step in regaining my belt.”
With all the motivation he needs and his physical condition peaking, Folayang is out to send a message to the division that he is still here.
“My aim is to win, no less. To show that I still have plenty of potential in me,” Folayang said.
“There’s still something to show. This fight is for a fresh start — that’s what I want to put out in this match.”
ONE Championship returns this Friday, October 25, with ONE: Dawn of Valor at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The main card airs live on ABS-CBN S+A at 9:30pm.
The Home Of Martial Arts then returns to the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines for ONE: Masters of Fate on November 8.
Get your tickets here and use the code “onewarrior” for a 20-percent discount.
Watch both shows for free by downloading the ONE Super App.
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