Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times
(C) ONE Championship

Muay Thai

‘Vintage’ Eduard Folayang prevails over John Wayne Parr in ONE X Muay Thai clash


SINGAPORE — Returning to his natural habitat as a striker for the first time since the 2011 Southeast Asian Games, Eduard Folayang performed like he never figured in mixed martial arts (MMA) for the last 11 years.

The 38-year-old Baguio City native’s vintage form manifested as he spoiled John Wayne Parr’s swan song on the main card of ONE X. The event took place at the 12,000-capacity Singapore Indoor Stadium on Saturday at the Indoor Stadium here.

Driven to redeem himself from his four-fight losing skid in MMA, Folayang gambled to face Parr in his bread-and-butter of Muay Thai. And the Filipino proved that the risk was worth the reward as he authored a unanimous decision win.

Folayang opened his attacks, utilizing his wusha sanda pedigree. He darted stiff kicks to the midsection and hammered Par with heavy punches from left to right.

The Team Lakay captain also caught Parr clean with his signature backfist. Then he punctuated the first frame by turning up the volume of his attacks while still focusing on inflicting damage to the Aussie’s body.

In the second round, “The Landslide” started to mix it up. He unleashed a steady stream of shattering leg kicks that disoriented Parr further.

ONE-X-Eduard-Folayang-x-John-Wayne-Parr 'Vintage' Eduard Folayang prevails over John Wayne Parr in ONE X Muay Thai clash Muay Thai News ONE Championship  - philippine sports news

(C) ONE Championship

Folayang scored the first knockdown of the encounter, by dropping Parr along the cage fence with a right straight off a quick combination.

The two-time ONE lightweight champion took the punishment up a notch down the stretch of the aforementioned round as evidenced by the bruises seen on the legs and upper extremities of Parr.

#ReadMore  ONE: Revolution: Lito Adiwang shows no rust, stops Hexigetu's streak

Folayang simply picked up where he left off in the third and final stanza. He tagged Parr from a left jab-right straight combination to a spinning backfist.

However, Folayang was put in a precarious position near the final minute of the period as Parr managed to wobble the Filipino.

With pure grit and determination, Folayang dug deep to hang on and recover. He rallied to fend off Parr and finish the round.

With his conquest of Parr, Folayang won his first outing as a competitor in the ONE Super Series – the all-striking arm of the Singapore-based combat sports outfit.

On the other hand, Parr fell short in his bid to capture his 100th career win with the heartbreaking loss.

The Aussie walks away from both Muay Thai and kickboxing with a record of 99-35 with 46 victories by knockout.

Written By

Nissi Icasiano has been immersed in the sports industry since 2013, covering the biggest sports events in both domestic and overseas. He has worked as a reporter and a contributing writer for several media outlets/networks such as Rappler, ABS-CBN, Philboxing.com, MSN.com, The Phnom Penh Post, Asian MMA, The Fight Nation and South China Morning Post. In 2017, he started a career as a Combat Sports Analyst for television and radio, appearing on various news shows for ABS-CBN, GMA, TV5 and Radyo Pilipinas. He is also Business World's resident fight analyst.


You May Also Like

2021 SEA Games

As expected, Team Lakay standouts Jean Claude Saclag and Gina Iniong delivered for Team Pilipinas. The two MMA stalwarts both produced gold medals to...

2021 SEA Games

Gina Iniong flexed her muscles in her title defense start. The Team Lakay star dominated Malaysia’s Jihin Radzuan, 3-0, in the semifinals of the...

2021 SEA Games

Another Team Lakay stalwart secured the Philippines a medal in the ongoing 31st Southeast Asian Games. Honorio Banario booked his place in the semifinals...

2021 SEA Games

Team Philippines secured its first medal of the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam on Sunday. Jean Claude Saclag advanced to the semifinals of...

Basketball

The stars of Team Lakay took some time away from their rigorous training schedule to join the 17,928 fans in attendance at Game 4...

Mixed Martial Arts

The ONE X mega-event couldn’t have gone any better for ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong. The three-part card celebrating the promotion’s 10th anniversary...

Mixed Martial Arts

It was certainly a night for the books. ONE X lived up to the hype, as ONE Championship’s three-part 10th-anniversary celebration wowed fans all...

Mixed Martial Arts

SINGAPORE — Denice Zamboanga fell short in her mission to finally avenge the first defeat of her promising mixed martial arts career. She bowed...

Advertisement