Folayang ready for tough test

Published October 15, 2020, 4:41 PM

by Carlo Anolin

Photo from ONE Championship

Team Lakay’s Eduard Folayang is a machine that needs to be oiled and tested to regain a sharp form.

And he couldn’t be more excited as he returns to the Circle in ONE: Inside the Matrix on October 30 against Australian foe Antonio Caruso.

Folayang seeks big-time redemption after losing three of his last four fights, the most recent with a split decision defeat against Pieter Buist last January.

The Team Lakay stalwart considered his next few fights to be crucial in his career, adding that they haven’t gotten the results they wanted.

After spending most of his time training during quarantine, alongside the Team Lakay fighters, the 36-year-old Folayang wants to show the world his best form after nine long months of waiting.


“I’m going to show the world what a hundred percent of Eduard Folayang looks like. I’m excited to get back in the Circle and do what I do best,” said the two-time lightweight champion.

That said, Folayang, who holds a 22-9 record, is not taking his next opponent lightly.

Caruso, a versatile fighter being a former boxer and a grappling champion, trained under legendary mentor Henri Hooft, who also honed top caliber fighters in Aung La N Sang, Martin Nguyen, Eddie Alvarez, Vitor Belfort among others.

“As usual, it’s going to be about dictating the pace and making him fight my fight. You can’t underestimate anyone in this game, so I’m not about to start with him,” said Folayang.

But Folayang insisted that their camp had prepared a “strong gameplan” against the 29-year-old Australian, who has a 7-1 record.

“[W]e have all the bases covered. Whether this fight is spent on the feet or ends up on the ground, I’ll be ready,” added Folayang.

The Folayang-Caruso bout is one of the main cards included in the action-packed ONE Championship event, which features four world championship matches in a yet to be announced venue.