“You’re not the champion until you defend the belt.”
Eduard “The Landslide” Folayang just satisfied UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes’ requirement to be a true champion. The Filipino MMA hero claimed victory against a very intense foe in Kiwi-Malaysian Ev Ting in a five-round war of attrition at ONE: Kings of Destiny. Making the night sweeter is Lakay teammates Kevin Belingon, Honorio Banario, Danny Kingad, and Gina Iniong’s wins, leading to a 5-0 sweep for the mythical Baguio-based team.
We saw a familiar “Landslide” last night, unafraid to throw kicks and back fists against an opponent who similarly enjoys trading shots. “E.T.” was a bit gun shy at first, but things picked up within the round, eventually culminating in a five-round classic.
Eduard Folayang was bloodied by Round 3, but continued to pour it against Ev Ting for five rounds.
Folayang essentially relied on his striking and improved grappling to establish three layers of offense against the taller Ting. From the get go, he looked to keep his distance with straight side, roundhouse, and spinning wheel kicks. In contrast to Ev’s headhunting tendencies, Folayang tried to play an endurance game with leg and body kicks that typically pay dividends at the latter rounds. They are also more efficient in terms of output: Head kicks take more energy to execute, more so against a taller opponent.
A straight side kick from Folayang.
A spinning wheel kick towards Ev Ting’s midsection.
Team Lakay Grappler’s Cup Going Strong with 25th Event
The North has long been a training ground for an explosive breed of submission fighters. In the recent Grappler’s Cup that took place at the Baguio Convention Center, grapplers from different teams showed just why they are a force in the local grappling scene.
The event attracted PXC and ONE fighters like Danny Kingad and Harold Banario, who won their respective divisions. Overall team champion was Team Lakay La Trinidad, which drew strength from their younger grapplers.
“That’s the fun part—they’re strong, agile, and most of them started out young,” said participant Joshua Abella (Toughguys Fabricio), who last fought and made a good showing against grapplers from the North during the wrestling nationals in 2009.
“The experience made me respect the skills of the Cordillerans when it comes to grappling. They are very technical, and at the same time, explosive and strong. I think most of them do not have the means to compete in Manila but arguably, you can find some of the best and toughest grapplers here.”
Congratulations to organizer Coach Mark Sangiao and all the winners! The rest of the teams that participated include Lakay Central, University of the Cordilleras Wushu Jaguars, Gridlock Gym, Lakay San Fernando City (La Union), Fight Corps MMA, Tribal Submission Team Torogi, Bravehearts Gym, Attackers Gym, and Toughguys Fabricio.
Fight Con 2016 is the First of Many Fight Cons to Come
Heavy rains were no match against Fight Con last July 2, 2016. The Amoranto Theatre was packed with fight fans who witnessed the first fight and conditioning convention in the Philippines. It was a day full of activities geared towards making a change in the full-contact sport scene and MMA Philippines was there to be part of the action.
Coach Erwin Tagle of Ultimate Fitness talked about FightForm – a fitness program incorporating moves from boxing, wrestling, jiu-jitsu, and MMA. Fight fans were eager to learn about the program as they took on the fitness challenge held after his talk. Legendary Coach Mark Sangiao of Team Lakay also graced the event with the story of how a humble gym from the mountains of Benguet became the breeding ground for UFC-calibre fighters.
Coach Mark Sangiao
It was a star-studded night as local legends, celebrities, and fighters, including Team Lakay’s Eduard Folayang, URCC light heavyweight champ Chris Hofmann, and former URCC champion Hideo Morikawa, were present to be part of this historic event. Presidential son Baste Duterte also showed his support leaving a very basic message to everyone: “Yes to sports. Yes to music. No to drugs!”