Former lightweight champion Eduard Folayang chalked up another loss at ONE on TNT Part IV. It is three defeats in a row for the 36 year old but this disappointing run of results has not diminished his enthusiasm.
Folayang is very clear in his mind what his current ambitions are and he intends to achieve them,
âIâm not done shooting for my goals. Other people may see it differently, but as for me, itâs far from over. Iâm just taking everything in to fuel me and motivate me to have a better outing in my next performance,â he said.
He has experienced back to back defeats in the past and has always bounced back. Team Lakay has also had its ups and downs and Folayang thinks you should never write him or his training partners off,
âIâm on a tough losing streak, but I donât think it should be the basis for me being a gatekeeper now, considering that weâve won world titles before where Iâve had to go through the same adversity and rise up from it.â
Folayangâs international debut lasted just eight seconds. That is how long it took Jon Tuck to knock him out in Saipan in 2019.
Tuck, who is the same age as Folayang, would go on to compete for the UFC and Bellator but has not fought since 2019 while the Filipino is still going strong as he approaches his 37th birthday even if recent results havenât been going his way.
Folayangâs longevity is impressive and he feels he can continue to improve as he awaits his next fight offer,
âObviously, I want to keep on improving in the areas where Iâve struggled in the past like the ground game and takedowns. If I can overcome that, I can show that I can still keep on improving.â
The Akiyama fight is one that Folayang would still like,
âIf I was given the chance to face him, of course, Iâd want to test him. I havenât faced him before and I want to see how I fare against him. Maybe weâll cross paths, and it would be an honor to finally face him. If that happens, I know Iâll be the sexier man after that match.â
Dreams of gold
Lee and Folayang have never previously crossed paths. The Filipino knows he is in no position to demand title shots at present but still believes he can earn a fight with the 23 year old prodigy,
âI still want to test myself against him in the future. I know that I am not in the position to call him out now, but still, my eyes are on him.â he says.