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WATCH: Kingad advances to ONE Flyweight Grand Prix Finals

Aug 03, 2019 - 8:41 AM

Team Lakay's Danny Kingad impresses the home crowd but 4 other Filipino brawlers struggle

Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Folayang shoots for ONE bounce-back win against Alvarez

Jul 30, 2019 - 10:33 PM

Team Lakay's Eduard Folayang goes up against former UFC champion Eddie Alvarez in the ONE lightweight world grand prix semifinal bout

EPIC. Eduardo 'Landslide' Folayang (left) goes up against Eddie 'The Underground King' Alvarez. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

Folayang to face former UFC champion Alvarez in ONE

Jun 10, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Fighting for the first time since losing the ONE lightweight title, Eduard Folayang will begin his trek back to glory against Eddie Alvarez

REDEMPTION. Eduard Folayang looks to redeem himself against one of the deadliest lightweights today. File photo by Dux Carvajal


Lakay losses pile up as Belingon, Folayang drop world titles

Mar 31, 2019 - 10:28 PM

Team Lakay is now left without a world championship as Eduard Folayang and Kevin Belingon absorb shock losses at ONE: A New Era in Japan

DOMINANT. Japanese Shinya Aoki (left) puts on a masterful display to conquer Filipino icon Eduard Folayang. Photo from ONE Championship

Folayang predicts submission win vs Aoki in ONE title defense

Mar 05, 2019 - 7:31 AM

Thwarting the Japanese via technical knockout in 2016 to win the lightweight belt for the first time, Eduard Folayang has no plans of seeing the rematch go the distance

PROTECT THE THRONE. Eduard Folayang seeks another decisive win against Shinya Aoki to retain his ONE lightweight title. Photo from ONE Championship


IN PHOTOS: The Year of Lakay

Dec 30, 2018 - 12:08 PM

In 2018, Baguio's Team Lakay proves that it's one of the best mixed martial arts stables in Asia

Folayang to star in ONE world title bout in March 2019

Dec 20, 2018 - 12:33 PM

Eduard 'Landslide' Folayang and Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki gear up for a long-awaited rematch in Tokyo, Japan

TITLE DEFENSE. Filipino Edward 'Landslide' Folayang danges his ONE lightweight world title against Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki of Japan. Photo by Dux Carvajal

Vera retains, Folayang regains at ONE Conquest of Champions

Nov 24, 2018 - 12:09 AM

Brandon Vera needed less than a round, while Eduard Folayang had a unanimous decision in the two title bouts of the ONE Conquest of Champions featuring Filipinos

Folayang’s birthday wish? The ONE lightweight world title

Nov 23, 2018 - 9:51 AM

Team Lakay's Eduard Folayang just turned 34, but the local MMA star hopes to bank on his experience in his title bid against Singaporean Amir Khan

BATTLE-TESTED. Team Lakay stalwart Eduard Folayang looks to end a successful year as the fourth titleholder from the Baguio-based group. Photo from ONE Championship

Vera, Folayang all set for ONE Conquest of Champions title showdowns

Nov 20, 2018 - 10:24 PM

Brandon Vera returns to the cage after two years while Edward Folayang looks to complete his resurgence

BALANCING ACT. Brandon Vera is confident to defend his ONE Heavyweight title despite juggling training with his acting career. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

Returning Vera, Folayang highlight ONE open workout

Nov 18, 2018 - 10:24 PM

Brandon Vera looks to defend his heavyweight crown against Italian champion Mauro Cerilli as Team Lakay pillar Eduard Folayang goes for the vacant lightweight title versus Amir Khan

BETTER THAN EVER. Despite a two-year break, Fili-Am MMA fighter Brandon Vera (left) expects to be in top shape against Italian champion Mauro Cerilli.Photo from ONE Championsip

PH's Team Lakay dominates 2018 Global Martial Arts Awards

Nov 09, 2018 - 11:53 AM

The famed stable takes home 4 major awards

BIG WINNER. Eduard Folayang wins the most prestigious award from the 2018 Global Martial Arts Award after bagging the Martial Arts Hero of the Year. File photo from ONE Championship


Brandon Vera to defend ONE heavyweight crown

Oct 26, 2018 - 10:39 AM

'The Truth' faces a tough challenger in Mauro 'The Hammer' Cerilli of Italy in the ONE: Conquest of Champions

TITLE DEFENSE. Mixed martial arts veteran Brandon Vera (right) holds a professional record of 15-7. Photo from ONE Championship

No better birthday gift for Eduard Folayang than ONE title

Oct 22, 2018 - 9:43 PM

The Baguio City native makes a bold prediction that there will be a coronation of another Filipino world champion in mixed martial arts

REDEMPTION. Eduard Folayang seeks to reclaim the world title he lost last year. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Eduard Folayang gets another crack at ONE lightweight world championship

Oct 02, 2018 - 9:25 AM

Coming off back-to-back wins over Russian grapplers Aziz Pahrudinov and Kharun Atlangeriev, the 33-year-old can wrest the title he lost to Martin Nguyen last year

REDEMPTION. Eduard Folayang has a shot at redemption with a shot to reclaim the ONE lightweight world championship. File photo courtesy of ONE Championship


Belingon clinches ONE crown, Folayang avenges home loss

Jul 28, 2018 - 12:26 AM

Kevin Belingon and Eduard Folayang banner the famed Team Lakay's successful night at ONE: Reign of Kings

Eduard Folayang. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

WATCH: Eduard Folayang side kicks his way to rebound win in ONE battle

May 19, 2018 - 1:12 AM

The Team Lakay stalwart recovers in a big way by topping Russia’s Kharun Atlangeriev via a unanimous decision

RELENTLESS. Filipino MMA star Eduard Folayang unleashes a flurry of side kicks to down Russia’s Kharun Atlangeriev. Photo from ONE Championship

Eduard Folayang to defend ONE title vs featherweight champ Martin Nguyen

Sep 19, 2017 - 6:13 PM

The bout will be the first time two reigning champions will face in ONE Championship history.

CHAMPION VS CHAMPION. Lightweight champion Eduard Folayang will defend his title against Martin Nguyen at Mall of Asia Arena. Photo from ONE Championship

Eduard Folayang retains ONE lightweight title, decisions Ev Ting

Apr 22, 2017 - 12:03 AM

Folayang has a triumphant homecoming win defeating Ev Ting in his first fight on Philippine soil in 3 years

STILL CHAMPION. Eduard Folayang retains his ONE Championship lightweight title with a decisiont win over Ev Ting. File photo by Edward Hilvano IV

Eduard Folayang keeps challenger's hungry mindset ahead of title defense

Apr 19, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Folayang puts his gold plated strap on the line against Malaysian Kiwi sensation Ev Ting in the main event of ONE Championship s Kings of Destiny card

FIRST TITLE DEFENSE. Eduard Folayang will defend his title for the first time at ONE: Kings of Destiny. Photo from ONE Championship

Folayang goes from hunter to hunted in first defense as ONE champ

Mar 31, 2017 - 3:58 PM

Eduard Folayang will face more pressure as champion when he defends the belt in the main event of an event at Mall of Asia Arena

CHAMPION. Eduard Folayang admits there's greater pressure fighting in front of a Filipino audience now that he is champion. File photo by Rappler

Folayang defends ONE lightweight title against Ting on April 21

Mar 06, 2017 - 2:11 PM

Eduard Folayang will make his first title defense against Malaysia s Ev Ting at Mall of Asia Arena

TITLE DEFENSE. Will Eduard Folayang shine in front of his countrymen, or will Ev Ting bring the 'Landslide' down? Photo from ONE Championship

ONE Championship looking to hold fight cards outside Metro Manila

Feb 17, 2017 - 4:38 PM

As ONE approaches its tenth event in the Philippines the company muses about holding shows in the Queen City of the South and the summer capital to the north

PROVINCIAL PROSPECTING. ONE Championship has hosted 9 events so far in the Philippines and is now looking to bring the fight to fans outside of Manila.

IN PHOTOS: ONE world champ Folayang gets hero's welcome in Baguio City

Dec 13, 2016 - 3:55 PM

Baguio City holds a parade in honor of its own ONE Championship title holder Eduard Folayang

Eduard Folayang (R) and Divine Masadao Wally (C) take a photo with Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan. Photo from ONE Championship

Eduard Folayang happy with decision to stay in ONE Championship

Nov 15, 2016 - 5:42 PM

I have no regrets of signing back with ONE Championship because they gave me the opportunity to fight for the world lightweight title Folayang says

HAPPY. Eduard Folayang is happy to stay at ONE Championship. Photo from ONE Championship

Team Lakay’s Mark Sangiao happy for ‘brother’ Eduard Folayang

Nov 14, 2016 - 2:01 PM

I almost cried Eduard is a brother to me says Mark Sangiao of Team Lakay

HAPPY TIMES. Trainer Mark Sangiao (L)  has been at Eduard Folayang's side in good times and bad. Photo from ONE Championship

Eduard Folayang joins list of rare Aoki conquerors

Nov 14, 2016 - 12:31 PM

Only 7 men had defeated Shinya Aoki in 47 previous fights Eduard Folayang is the latest to join that list

CONQUEROR. Eduard Folayang toppled the odds in defeating the formidable Japanese fighter Shinya Aoki. Photo from ONE Championship

Possible opponents lined up for Eduard Folayang's first title defense

Nov 14, 2016 - 7:03 AM

One potential foe holds a win over Folayang while another has yet to go the distance in any of his wins

CHAMP. Eduard Folayang in action against Shinya Aoki at ONE: Defending Honor. Photo from ONE Championship

Folayang’s win over Aoki: A knockout out of nowhere

Nov 13, 2016 - 2:12 PM

Folayang s victory over Aoki was something no one expected That it came by knockout was even more surprising

STAR OF THE NIGHT. Eduard Folayang (middle) beats the odds to become a champion. Photo from ONE Championship

WATCH: Eduard Folayang’s title-winning KO vs Shinya Aoki

Nov 12, 2016 - 3:11 PM

Folayang dethrones Aoki by way of third round technical knockout

CHAMP. Eduard Folayang in action against Shinya Aoki at ONE: Defending Honor. Photo from ONE Championship

Folayang ends Team Lakay’s title drought, becomes 5th homegrown MMA world champ

Nov 12, 2016 - 2:30 PM

Aside from handing Team Lakay its first championship victory since February 2013 Folayang becomes the fifth homegrown Filipino to win a world title in the sport

CHAMPION. Eduard Folayang of Team Lakay is world champion at last. Photo from ONE Championship

Eduard Folayang beats Shinya Aoki, becomes MMA world champ

Nov 11, 2016 - 11:29 PM

UPDATED Eduard Folayang hands Aoki his first defeat in 4 years with a third round technical knockout

FACE OF PHILIPPINE MMA. Eduard Folayang is scheduled to challenge Shinya Aoki for the ONE Championship lightweight belt on November 11., 2016. Photo by Nissi Icasiano/Rappler

Belingon sees Eduard Folayang winning against Shinya Aoki

Nov 11, 2016 - 3:46 PM

Belingon a former bantamweight title contender believes Folayang has what it takes to win a world championship

Folayang vs Aoki could end by stoppage, says Team Lakay coach

Nov 11, 2016 - 11:41 AM

Sangiao believes the scores of the judges may not dictate the outcome

Eduard Folayang sheds light on signature walkout song

Nov 11, 2016 - 12:24 AM

What does the song Hero by the Christian rock band Skillet mean to the Philippines mixed martial arts athlete who is competing for the ONE Championship?

FACE OF PHILIPPINE MMA. Eduard Folayang is scheduled to challenge Shinya Aoki for the ONE Championship lightweight belt on November 11., 2016. Photo by Nissi Icasiano/Rappler

Eduard Folayang looks for KO win over Shinya Aoki

Nov 10, 2016 - 2:00 PM

Folayang is looking for a knockout in the first world title bout of his 9 year career

WATCH: Folayang, Aoki come face-to-face at ONE Championship’s presser

Nov 09, 2016 - 11:14 PM

Both men have an eerie staredown that draws a raucous ovation from the crowd at ONE Championship’s public faceoff event

FACE-TO-FACE. Shinya Aoki and Eduard Folayang meet face-to-face two days before fight night. Screengrab from ONE Championship

Eduard Folayang relishes underdog role against Shinya Aoki

Nov 09, 2016 - 10:42 AM

For the third straight time in 2016 Folayang will be sitting in the blue corner where underdogs or challengers are designated in a match

WINNING UNDERDOG. Eduard Folayang doesn't mind being the underdog in his bout against Shinya Aoki as he is on a winning streak. Photo by Edward Hilvano IV

WATCH: Aoki's media workout for title defense vs Folayang

Nov 08, 2016 - 8:45 PM

Aoki is set to lock horns with Folayang in the main event of ONE Championship s Defending Honor card on Friday November 11 in Singapore

WORKOUT. Shinya Aoki wrapped up the final leg of his training camp with a media workout. Photo from ONE Championship

Folayang out to silence doubters in world title fight against Aoki

Nov 08, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Some people think that I cannot beat Aoki but I believe in myself I can be the one to beat the legend says the Filipino fighter

SILENCING CRITICS. Eduard Folayang is determined to prove doubters wrong by defeating Shinya Aoki. Photo from ONE Championship

Aoki expects lopsided fight vs Folayang, wary of foe’s striking

Nov 07, 2016 - 8:30 PM

The 33 year old Japanese veteran expects a lopsided encounter with Folayang due to the stark difference in skillset

EASY WORK. Shinya Aoki feels that it will be a lopsided affair when he locks horns with Eduard Folayang on Friday, November 11. Photo from ONE

Folayang aims to take home ONE Championship’s intricately-crafted belt

Nov 07, 2016 - 7:41 PM

The only accolade missing in Eduard Folayang’s trophy room is a world title in ONE Championship

WORLD TITLE. A look at the ONE Championship lightweight title. Photo from ONE

Shinya Aoki uses fear as motivation in title defense vs Folayang

Nov 07, 2016 - 7:37 PM

Aoki reveals that fear plays a pivotal role in bringing out the best in him

TITLE DEFENSE. Shinya Aoki is set to defend his ONE Championship lightweight title for the third time against Filipino stalwart Eduard Folayang. Photo from ONE

Eduard Folayang's long journey to the promised land

Nov 06, 2016 - 5:45 PM

The 9 year MMA veteran widely regarded as the face of Philippine MMA is eyeing a world championship

PROMISED LAND. Widely recognized as the face of Philippine MMA, Eduard Folayang will have the opportunity to become a world champion in the sport. Photo from ONE Championship

ONE: Folayang seeks title win over Aoki to complete career revival

Oct 17, 2016 - 1:33 PM

Almost two years after a nightmare defeat Eduard Folayang will be setting foot on a world title stage for the first time as he challenges Shinya Aoki for the ONE Championship lightweight belt

CAREER COMEBACK. Eduard Folayang could write an ultimate comeback story if he wins the ONE Championship lightweight title against Shinya Aoki. Photo from ONE Championship

Eduard Folayang: Team Lakay's last hope to end championship drought

Oct 11, 2016 - 6:25 PM

Team Lakay s homegrown talents have lost 7 world title contests since 2013 but they re optimistic Folayang can turn things around

LAST HOPE. Eduard Folayang is Team Lakay's final straw in an attempt to break their 3-year championship drought in MMA. Photo from ONE Championship

Franklin on Folayang possibly dethroning Aoki: 'Great for business'

Oct 03, 2016 - 4:00 PM

From a matchmaking perspective Franklin believes if Folayang wins against Aoki it will benefit ONE Championship in terms of creating new match ups

'BEST FOR BUSINESS'. ONE Championship VP Rich Franklin says Eduard Folayang dethroning Shinya Aoki is 'best for business'. Photo by Edward Hilvano IV

ONE Championship VP Franklin warns Aoki of Folayang's striking

Oct 03, 2016 - 12:50 PM

I don t think Shinya has the ability to deal with Folayang s Wushu and spinning strikes says ONE Championship vice president Rich Franklin

WARNING. ONE Championship VP Rich Franklin, who was once a highly-decorated mixed martial arts competitor and a world champion in the sport, issues a stern warning to Shinya Aoki about Eduard Folayang’s leverage in the on-feet exchanges. File photos by Rappler and ONE Championship

Folayang sees 'favorite sparmate' Pacio winning world title

Sep 28, 2016 - 9:30 PM

Even with the influx of young talents from all corners of the country Folayang sees Pacio as the frontrunner of the new generation of Filipino fighters

TITLE SHOT. Joshua Pacio of from Team Lakay will get a shot at the ONE Championship strawweight title. File photo by Edward Hilvano IV

Sangiao: Folayang, Pacio out to win ONE Championship titles

Sep 27, 2016 - 1:51 PM

Despite the odds the Team Lakay coach is confident Folayang and Pacio will have their hands raised after solid preparations

DOUBLE CHAMPIONS. Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao is confident that Eduard Folayang and Joshua Pacio will become ONE Championship titleholders. Photos from ONE Championship, Edward Hilvano IV