ONE Championship: Folayang slump continues

The slump continues for Filipino MMA icon Eduard “Landslide” Folayang (22-10) as he took a decision loss against Australian fighter Antonio “The Spartan” Caruso (8-1) in ONE: Inside the Matrix on Friday, October 30 at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.

Folayang got a bit of a boost from the limited crowd inside the arena, but Caruso simply took over and manhandled the former lightweight champion with his takedowns and superior grappling.

Caruso almost finished the 35-year-old Filipino fighter twice with his choke attempt in the opening round and a knockdown early in the second round. 

Folayang, though, displayed toughness and tried to chop down Caruso’s legs in the final round, but the Australian wisely put Folayang back to the ground to avoid any potential comeback from the veteran.

This is Folayang's fourth loss in his last 5 bouts. Last January, he lost against Pieter Buist via split decision in front of the Filipino crowd.

4 titles on the line

In the main event, Reinier de Ridder pulled off the biggest upset of the night as he stripped the ONE middleweight title out of the defending middleweight king Aung La N Sang through his rear-naked choke in the opening round.

Meanwhile, lightweight champion Christian Lee defended his title in a spectacular fashion as he put Iuri Lapicus to sleep in the opening round through his vicious ground and pound. 

Lee, who just turned 22 this year, now won his last 5 fights and dealt Lapicus his first pro career loss.

In the featherweight championship, Thanh Le and Martin Nguyen let the punches fly, but Le took the upper hand as he successfully dethroned Nguyen via knockout in the third round.

Reigning ONE women’s strawweight champion Xiong Jin Nan had a dominant performance and defeated Tiffany Teo in their rematch.

FULL CARD

Middleweight World Championship: Reinier de Ridder def. Aung La N Sang via Rd.1 submission (RNC, 3:26)

Lightweight World Championship: Christian Lee (SIN) def. Iuri Lapicus (MDA) via TKO (Rd.1, 2:19)

Featherweight World Championship: Thanh Le (VIE/USA) def. Martin Nguyen (VIE/AUS) via KO (Rd. 3 2:19) 

Strawweight World Championship: Xiong Jing Nan (CHN) def. Tiffany Teo (SIN) via UD

Lightweight: Antonio Caruso (AUS) def. Eduard Folayang (PHI) via UD

Atomweight: Ritu Phogat (IND) def. Nou Srey Pov (CAM) via TKO at (Rd.2, 2:02) 

– Rappler.com