Philippines martial arts hero Eduard “Landslide” Folayang is ready to climb his way to the top of the lightweight throne next year.
The wushu specialist believes his desire is unmatched by any of his nearest rivals and has his sights only on Christian “The Warrior” Lee’s ONE Lightweight World Title. But first, that ambition will takeoff at ONE: FIRE & FURY in Manila, Philippines on Friday, 31 January.
“I think reaching for a World Title is still a goal. After all, why would I want to win if I wasn’t looking to challenge for the World Title?” the athlete offered.
“I understand that I need to work my way back up again, but I want to prepare myself to have the best year of my life in the upcoming year.”
At times plans do not always go as planned, just as the Team Lakay standout discovered this year. After starting the year with a hat-trick of victories in 2018, the former ONE Lightweight World Champion succumbed to an arm-triangle choke submission to grappling wizard Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki at ONE: A NEW ERA in March.
In August, Folayang was hell-bent to return to winning ways, however, that hunger to score a finish against Eddie Alvarez was paid with a hefty price. Despite flooring the American martial arts icon in the early minutes of the match, “Landslide” was caught by Alvarez’s crafty moves which led to the latter’s first victory in ONE Championship.
“We can’t change what happened already. Although I would have wanted to perform better than I did, I can’t discount the fact that my opponents were no walks in the park,” the Baguio City native said.
“I had lapses that led to unfavorable outcomes, but I’m still happy that my career is far from over.”
At the ripe age of 35 years old – a time where some athletes pull the curtain on their career – Folayang is still chasing his dream.
Besides a shot at the lightweight crown, the Filipino shares his vision outside the Circle. One he believes will pull him closer towards his ultimate goal of 2020 in The Home Of Martial Arts.
“[My personal goal] is to be a better human being. As I said, I still have a lot of lapses and developed habits that are not good.”
“As much as possible, that’s what I’m aiming to improve in the upcoming year. It won’t make me perfect, but it would help me achieve my goal.”