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