Los­ing breed

Sun.Star Baguio - - OPINION -

EVERYONEwas ex­cited. In fact, most had the Baguio idol as the over­whelm­ing fa­vorite. One per­fectly-timed shot, and it was all over. When Martin Nguyen landed his patented over­hand right on de­fend­ing ONE light­weight world cham­pion Ed­uard Fo­layang, the whole pro-Fo­layang MOA crowd was stunned silent. Martin Nguyen made his­tory as ONE Cham­pi­onship's only two-di­vi­sion world cham­pion.

The new cham­pion showed he was a true win­ner when, af­ter the KO, he rushed to the side of Ed­uard to make sure that his ‘manong’ was okay.

Nguyen im­me­di­ately tried to make sure that Fo­layang's head was el­e­vated, and when he was told by the ref­er­ees and the ring­side doc­tor to move away, he went to the other side and clung to Fo­layang's hand.

That was a win­ning move. That was clas­sic. That's what champs are made of.

Af­ter the fight? You guessed it. So­cial me­dia was abuzz with in­stant MMA ex­perts and their un­so­licited com­ments about what could have hap­pened if . . .

OMG! Why is it that there are those who think they know ev­ery­thing. Ed­uard and the new cham­pion trained very hard for the fight. I am very sure they are both very well coached and both have un­par­al­leled dedication to the sport. It isn't as if they came into the oc­tagon on fight night with­out sac­ri­fic­ing so much in terms of prepa­ra­tion and strat­egy. That evening, only Ed­uard, Martin and the ref­eree were in the ring. Ev­ery­one else, in­clud­ing those ‘ex­perts’ and ‘an­a­lysts’ were just spec­ta­tors.

Even af­ter the bit­ter­sweet loss, Ed­uard "Land­slide" Fo­layang will al­ways be a cham­pi­onI That's the sport and that's just the way it works. You win some, you lose some. As a real war­rior with the heart of a cham­pion, Ed­uard, in all his hu­mil­ity, need not

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