November 22, 1984
Baguio City, Philippines
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
Welterweight (2007–2009)Lightweight (2009–Present)
|Fighting out of||Baguio City, Philippines|
|Team||Team Lakay Wushu|
|Rank||Wushu Black Belt|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|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 the current Lightweight Champion. He also competed for Universal Reality Combat Championship, wherein he was the last welterweight champion.
Folayang is a member of Team Lakay Wushu in Baguio City which is also home to URCC pinweight champion Rey Docyogen, URCC flyweight champion Kevin Belingon and URCC Lightweight champion Honorio Banario.
Prior to joining Team Lakay Wushu, Folayang was a high school teacher in 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, a province (aside from Baguio City, Benguet, Kalinga, Apayao, Ifugao, Abra) where the Igorots are situated and he is proud to be one.
Folayang started training wushu and boxing when he was 16 years old under the tutorship of head coach Tony Candelaria, who helped him to improve his skills and discipline.
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 star 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.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Martial Combat
- Martial Combat Superfight Lightweight Championship (1 Time)
- ONE Championship
- ONE Lightweight World Championship (1 Time, Current)
- Fight of the Night (3 Times)
- Universal Reality Combat Championship
- URCC Welterweight Championship (1 Time)
- #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
- 2011 SEA Games – Gold Medal
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|22 matches||17 wins||5 losses|
|Win||17–5||Shinya Aoki||TKO (knees and punches)||ONE 49: Defending Honor||November 11, 2016||3||0:41||Sentosa, Singapore||Won the ONE Lightweight Championship; Fight of the Night|
|Win||16–5||Adrian Pang||Decision (unanimous)||ONE 44: Heroes of the World||August 13, 2016||3||5:00||Macau, China|
|Win||15–5||Tetsuya Yamada||Decision (unanimous)||ONE 38: Clash of Heroes||January 29, 2016||3||5:00||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|Loss||14–5||Timofey Nastyukhin||KO (flying knee and soccer kicks)||ONE FC 23: Warrior's Way||December 5, 2014||1||3:11||Pasay City, Philippines|
|Win||14–4||Kotetsu Boku||Decision (unanimous)||ONE Fighting Championship: Rise of Heroes||May 2, 2014||3||5:00||Pasay City, Philippines|
|Win||13–4||Vincent Latoel||Decision (unanimous)||ONE Fighting Championship: Moment of Truth||December 6, 2013||3||5:00||Pasay City, Philippines|
|Loss||12–4||Kamal Shalorus||Decision (unanimous)||ONE Fighting 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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