Eduard Folayang in 2011
November 22, 1984
Baguio City, Philippines
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||168 lb (76 kg; 12.0 st)|
|Style||Sanda, Yaw-Yan, Panantukan|
|Fighting out of||Baguio City, Philippines|
|Rank||Wushu Black Belt|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||University of the Cordilleras|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
last updated on: March 31, 2019
|2003 Ho Chi Minh City||70 kg|
|2005 Bacolod City||70 kg|
|2011 Jakarta||70 kg|
|2006 Doha||70 kg|
|2002 Busan||65 kg|
Eduard Folayang (born November 22, 1984) is a Filipino mixed martial artist and wushu practitioner who fights in ONE Championship, where he is a two-time ONE Lightweight Champion. He also competed for Universal Reality Combat Championship, where he was the last welterweight champion.
Prior to joining Team Lakay Wushu, Folayang was a high school teacher in the Mountain Province. The Baguio native made his first Martial Combat debut on June 17, 2010, defeating Slovakian fighter Egon Racz via guillotine choke early in the first round.
Folayang has won several international Wushu tournaments, including a gold medal at the 2011 South East Asian Games which he won with a spinning back kick KO in the final, a silver medal in the 2006 Doha Asian Games, and bronze medals in both the 2005 World Wushu Championship and the 2002 Busan Asian Games.
Folayang was born in Baguio City on November 22, 1984. His parents are natives of Mountain Province. He endured a very tough childhood with his family living in dire poverty for much of his youth. Folayang even lost five of his siblings due to a lack of access to healthcare. 
Folayang started training wushu and boxing when he was 16 years old under the tutelage of head coach Tony Candelaria, who helped him to improve his skills and discipline.
Folayang graduated from the University of Cordilleras in 2006, and passed his exam to become a teacher. He began teaching English and Physical Education, but six months in, decided to quit to pursue his dreams in martial arts.
After surviving his own impoverished childhood, Folayang now uses his status to promote and help other charities, including raising money for education for under-privileged Filipino children.
Mixed martial arts career
On June 30, 2007, Folayang made his professional debut in the Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC), the biggest mixed martial arts promotion in the Philippines. The Baguio native fought undefeated welterweight champion Allan Co and defeated him by TKO in round 1. With the win, Folayang became the new title holder.
After 5 wins, Folayang suffered his first defeat at the hands of Guam's Jon Tuck via knockout in just 8 seconds on November 21, 2009. This was his second bout in the Gorilla Warfare promotion.
Despite having a contract with ONE FC, Folayang was allowed to return to the URCC to fight Brazilian Muay Thai champion Wadson Teixeira at URCC Cebu VII: Dominate on January 13, 2012. He won by submission due to elbows in the first round.
On December 1, 2012, Folayang returned in the promotion facing Lowen Tynanes. Eduard Folayang loss by a doctor stoppage due to a big cut delivered by Tynanes' elbow.
Folayang entered the Singapore-based promotion Martial Combat in 2010. On June 17, the multi-titled wushu expert took on Slovakian fighter Egon Racz in the MC – Martial Combat 5 event. Folayang won the match via guillotine choke early in the first round.
On July 14, 2010, Folayang fought Mongolian Bao She Ri Gu Leng in a lightweight fight, with the latter's Superfight lightweight title at stake; the event was held at the Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore. The Filipino fighter won by unanimous decision after 5 round, to become the new champion.
On October 16, 2010 Folayang fought South African Muay Thai specialist Vuyisile Colossa at Martial Combat 12. Folayang won a decision after scoring multiple takedowns in the first two rounds even though Colossa dominated the third round.
He was originally scheduled to make his ONE Championship debut against Muay Thai champion-turned MMA fighter Ole Laursen at ONE Fighting Championship: Champion vs. Champion at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on September 3, 2011. Laursen, however, suffered a knee injury in training and was replaced by A Sol Kwon, a South Korean on a six fight winning streak. Folayang won the fight via unanimous decision.
A rescheduled bout with Ole Laursen took place on March 31, 2012. In a back-and-forth fight, Folayang lost via a controversial split decision, resulting to the crowd booing Laursen after the decision was announced.
On July 18, 2012 Folayang defeated Felipe Enomoto via unanimous decision at ONE Fighting Championship: Pride of a Nation in Manila, Philippines. Right after the fight ONE FC President Victor Cui announced that Folayang will earn a shot for the first ever ONE FC lightweight belt on October at ONE Fighting Championship: Rise of Kings against Zorobabel Moreira. Despite the announcement, Folayang had to pull out of the title fight due to URCC commitments. He was later replaced by former foe Ole Laursen who was again replaced by Kotetsu Boku who eventually became the first ever One FC lightweight champion. However, One FC officials mentioned that Folayang will retain his no.1 contender status and should face the eventual winner Boku.
Coming from a two-fight losing skid, Folayang faced Dutch fighter Vincent Latoel on December 6, 2013, at ONE FC: Moment of Truth. The event took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines. For the majority of the fight, Folayang used his takedows and ground striking offense but was unable to finish his opponent, eventually winning by unanimous decision.
In his next fight, Folayang faced former ONE FC lightweight champion Kotetsu Boku on May 2, 2014 at ONE FC: Rise of Heroes. He won the bout by unanimous decision.
Folayang faced Russian fighter Timofey Nastyukhin on December 5, 2014 at ONE FC 23: Warrior's Way. Despite entering the fight as a favorite, Folayang lost the fight via KO in the first round after being dropped by a flying knee and then finished by Nastyukhin's soccer kicks.
After picking up two consecutive wins in 2016, Folayang faced Shinya Aoki for the ONE Championship Lightweight title at ONE Championship: Defending Honor on November 11, 2016 in Singapore. Folayang won the bout and the title via TKO in the third round. On April 21, 2017, Folayang successfully defended his title against Ev Ting at ONE 54: Kings of Destiny. On November 10, 2017, Folayang lost the lightweight title at ONE Championship 64: Legends of the World to Martin Nguyen via second round KO, Nguyen would then vacate the title due to injury. After losing his title, Folayang picked up a couple of wins against Kharun Atlangeriev and Aziz Pahrudinov in 2018 and was given a chance to reclaim the belt at ONE Championship: Conquest of Champions on November 23, 2018 against Singaporean knockout artist Amir Khan. Folayang recaptured the lightweight title by defeating Khan via unanimous decision. On March 31, 2019 Folayang lost the lightweight title again in a rematch with Shinya Aoki at ONE Championship: A New Era via technical submission.
Folayang's next fight was at ONE Championship: Dawn of Heroes on August 2, 2019. He faced former UFC and Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. Folayang lost the fight via submission in the first round.
Folayang is now expected to face Amarsanaa Tsogookhuu at ONE Championship: Masters Of Fate on November 8, 2019. After dominating early in the fight with his kicks, an accidental clash of heads in the second round cut Folayang open and rendered him unable to continue. The fight would go to a technical decision and Eduard Folayang won by unanimous decision.
Afterwards, Folayang was originally scheduled to face Ahmed Mujtaba at ONE Championship: Fire & Fury. However, Mujtaba would later be replaced by Pieter Buist. On January 31, 2020, Folayang lost to Buist by split decision.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Martial Combat
- Martial Combat Superfight Lightweight Championship (One time)
- ONE Championship
- Universal Reality Combat Championship
- URCC Welterweight Championship (One time)
- Three successful title defenses
- #1 Pound for Pound MMA fighter in the Philippines
- 2002 Asian Games – Bronze medal
- 2005 World Wushu Championships – Bronze medal
- 2006 Asian Games – Silver medal
- 2003 SEA Games – Gold Medal
- 2005 SEA Games – Gold Medal
- 2011 SEA Games – Gold Medal
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|31 matches||22 wins||9 losses|
|Loss||22–9||Pieter Buist||Decision (Split)||ONE Championship: Fire & Fury||January 31, 2020||3||5:00||Manila, Philippines|
|Win||22–8||Amarsanaa Tsogookhuu||Decision (Technical)||ONE Championship: Masters of Fate||November 8, 2019||2||2:31||Manila, Philippines||The fight was stopped prematurely due to a cut by an unintentional head butt by Tsogookhuu.|
|Loss||21–8||Eddie Alvarez||Submission (rear-naked choke)||ONE Championship: Dawn of Heroes||August 2, 2019||1||2:16||Manila, Philippines|
|Loss||21–7||Shinya Aoki||Technical Submission (arm-triangle choke)||ONE Championship: A New Era||March 31, 2019||1||2:34||Tokyo, Japan||Lost the ONE Lightweight Championship|
|Win||21–6||Amir Khan||Decision (unanimous)||ONE Championship: Conquest of Champions||Nov 23, 2018||5||5:00||Manila, Philippines||Won the vacant ONE Lightweight Championship|
|Win||20–6||Aziz Pahrudinov||Decision (unanimous)||ONE Championship: Reign of Kings||July 27, 2018||3||5:00||Manila, Philippines|
|Win||19–6||Kharun Atlangeriev||Decision (unanimous)||ONE Championship: Unstoppable Dreams||May 18, 2018||3||5:00||Kallang, Singapore|
|Loss||18–6||Martin Nguyen||KO (Punch)||ONE Championship: Legends of the World||November 10, 2017||2||2:20||Manila, Philippines||Lost the ONE Lightweight Championship|
|Win||18–5||Ev Ting||Decision (unanimous)||ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny||April 21, 2017||5||5:00||Manila, Philippines||Defended ONE Lightweight Championship; Fight of the Night|
|Win||17–5||Shinya Aoki||TKO (knees and punches)||ONE Championship: Defending Honor||November 11, 2016||3||0:41||Sentosa, Singapore||Won the ONE Lightweight Championship|
|Win||16–5||Adrian Pang||Decision (unanimous)||ONE Championship: Heroes of the World||August 13, 2016||3||5:00||Macau, China|
|Win||15–5||Tetsuya Yamada||Decision (unanimous)||ONE Championship: Clash of Heroes||January 29, 2016||3||5:00||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|Loss||14–5||Timofey Nastyukhin||KO (flying knee and soccer kicks)||ONE Championship: Warrior's Way||December 5, 2014||1||3:11||Pasay City, Philippines|
|Win||14–4||Kotetsu Boku||Decision (unanimous)||ONE Championship: Rise of Heroes||May 2, 2014||3||5:00||Pasay City, Philippines|
|Win||13–4||Vincent Latoel||Decision (unanimous)||ONE Championship: Moment of Truth||December 6, 2013||3||5:00||Pasay City, Philippines|
|Loss||12–4||Kamal Shalorus||Decision (unanimous)||ONE Championship: Rise to Power||May 31, 2013||3||5:00||Pasay City, Philippines|
|Loss||12–3||Lowen Tynanes||TKO (doctor stoppage)||URCC 22: Dekada||December 1, 2012||1||6:22||Manila, Philippines||For URCC Lightweight Championship|
|Win||12–2||Felipe Enomoto||Decision (unanimous)||ONE Fighting Championship: Pride of a Nation||August 31, 2012||3||5:00||Manila, Philippines|
|Loss||11–2||Ole Laursen||Decision (split)||ONE Fighting Championship: War of the Lions||March 31, 2012||3||5:00||Kallang, Singapore||Fight of the Night|
|Win||11–1||Wadson Teixeira||Submission (elbows)||URCC Cebu VII: Dominate||January 13, 2012||1||0:56||Cebu City, Philippines||Defended URCC Welterweight Championship|
|Win||10–1||A Sol Kwon||Decision (unanimous)||ONE Fighting Championship 1: Champion vs. Champion||September 3, 2011||3||5:00||Kallang, Singapore||Fight of the Night|
|Win||9–1||Vuyisile Colossa||Decision (unanimous)||Martial Combat 12||Oct 16, 2010||3||5:00||Sentosa, Singapore|
|Win||8–1||Bao She Ri Gu Leng||Decision (unanimous)||Martial Combat 5||Jul 14, 2010||5||5:00||Sentosa, Singapore||Won Martial Combat Superfight Lightweight Championship|
|Win||7–1||Egon Racz||Submission (guillotine choke)||Martial Combat 4||Jun 17, 2010||1||4:40||Sentosa, Singapore|
|Win||6–1||Doo Jae Jung||TKO (punches)||URCC 16: Reckoning||Mar 27, 2010||1||3:15||Makati City, Philippines||Defended URCC Welterweight Championship|
|Loss||5–1||Jon Tuck||KO (punch)||Gorilla Warfare 3: Confrontation||Nov 21, 2009||1||0:08||Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands|
|Win||5–0||A.J. Aguon||Decision (unanimous)||URCC 14: Aggression||Jul 18, 2009||2||10:00||Makati City, Philippines|
|Win||4–0||Jerome Norita||TKO (punches)||Gorilla Warfare 2: Battle Ready||Mar 28, 2009||1||0:52||Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands|
|Win||3–0||Jerry Legaspi||TKO (strikes)||URCC 13: Indestructible||Nov 22, 2008||1||0:15||Makati City, Philippines||Defended URCC Welterweight Championship|
|Win||2–0||Caloy Baduria||TKO (punches)||URCC 12: Supremacy||May 7, 2008||1||3:41||Makati City, Philippines|
|Win||1–0||Allan Co||TKO (punches)||URCC 10||Jun 30, 2007||1||7:24||Taguig City, Philippines||Won URCC Welterweight Championship|
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