Team Lakay will move on without one of its pillars. And Mark Sangiao has accepted the fact that they have to keep going forward.
Moments after Eduard Folayang announced that he is leaving Team Lakay, the team’s founder expressed his gratitude to the former ONE Lightweight World Champion.
And he wishes nothing but the best for him.
“Eduard ‘The Landslide’ Folayang, wishing you all the best and good luck on your next venture and adventure.
“I pray that this will lead you to continuous growth and to be a better individual for His glory, for the sports that we both love, for the country, and for the generations after us,” his short statement read.
Sangiao and Folayang met in the wushu national team during the 2000s.
As Folayang was transitioning to mixed martial arts, Sangiao asked him to join Team Lakay.
Under the guidance of Sangiao, Folayang began to hone his skills in MMA. He made his professional debut in 2007 and quickly established himself as a force to be reckoned with.
Folayang’s first major championship came in 2011 when he won the URCC welterweight title. He then went on to capture the ONE Lightweight World title in 2016.
But the partnership has now ended, with Folayang citing the need for growth.
For the past few months, Team Lakay had been training without some of its prominent fighters, of course, headlined by Folayang.
Whatever comes next, Sangiao knows that their paths will still cross one way or another.
“So long Lakay, see you on the road.”