- Name: Eduard Folayang
- Pro MMA Record: 23-13-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
- Nickname: Landslide
- Current Streak: 1 Win
- Date of Birth: November 22, 1984 (40 years old)
- Last Fight: December 02, 2022
- Weight Class: Welterweight | Last Weigh-In: 167.9 lbs
- Affiliation: Team Lakay
- Height: 5'7" (170cm) | Reach: 68.5" (174cm)
- Career Disclosed Earnings: $5,000 USD
- Born: Sadanga, Mountain Province, Philippines
- Fighting out of: Baguio City, Philippines
- Married to: Genevieve Aloy ( 2 children)
Eduard "Landslide" Folayang, among 50 Greatest Filipino Athletes of All Time
Eduard "Landslide" Folayang, a proud Igorot mixed martial artist from Sadanga, Mountain Province, Philippines, was added to the book "50 Greatest Filipino Athletes of All-Time". The book published by Vernon Go was launched at the Sheraton Manila Hotel Ballroom on Andrews Avenue, Pasay City on January 21, 2020.
"Everything we do, we must put it to heart... If we continue to embody the values of martial arts, then it will be easier to influence the people with what we do." Folayang said.
Folayang is now among the likes of his childhood hero, boxing legend Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao; pool wizard "The Magician" Efren Bata Reyes; and four-time bowling World Champion Paeng Nepomuceno.
While the Igorot mix martial artist has already established his legacy as an athlete with two ONE Lightweight World Championship belts under his name and countless gold medals as the Philippine representative at international wushu events, the Igorot warrior has no intention of stopping now.
The Igorot pride said, his ultimate goal is to inspire others through his actions.
"One way or another, of course, we need to win. The more you win, the more audience you inspire," Folayang said. "It's hard to talk and influence people when the results are contrasting. When they see good results, for sure it will attract them."
Folayang credited the Singaporean MMA promotion ONE Championship for making him one of the most recognizable faces in the mixed world of martial arts.
"ONE is so instrumental in putting me where I am today. Their platform reaches far beyond the Philippines. We're getting known outside of the country and it's because of ONE Championship, the Igorot pride said.
"The good thing about it is that they're focusing on the values of martial arts. I wouldn't be here without ONE. I am always grateful because without them I would not have been part of this," he added.
Folayang also credited ONE CEO and chairman Chatri Sityodtong for doing a very good job in motivating many athletes to participate in the ONE Championship.
Eduard "Landslide" Folayang's Story
Life has not been easy for young Eduard Folayang.
Born in a small town of Sadanga, Mountain Province, Philippines, the future champ was raised under dire circumstances. While growing up, five of his siblings died of sickness. Like any Igorot family, his unschooled parents understood the value of education. Her parents made sure their surviving children could attend school.
Yearning for a better life for his family and to help alleviate his parent's burden, the Wushu practitioner utilized the sport to earn a scholarship from the University of the Cordilleras.
Because of his talent, he was drafted to the Philippine Wushu team. He then won numerous gold medals from the Southeast Asian Games and numerous international competitions.
The Igorot warrior then shifted to mixed martial arts under Team Lakay's father Mark Sangiao. In his debut fight in June 2007, he won a Filipino Welterweight Championship.
Folayang then rose to prominence in the Singapore Martial Combat promotion when he knocked over opponents after opponents, capturing him a major event venue at the inaugural show of the ONE Championship in September 2011.
In 2016, five years after joining ONE, Folayang shocked the world of martial arts by scoring a third-round technical knockout against ruling champion Shinya Aoki to take the ONE Lightweight World Title.
Folayang shuts off critics after successfully defending his belt against Malaysian martial artist Ev "The Extraterrestrial" Ting.
Manny Pacquiao called him "one of the legends of mixed martial arts in the Philippines," and confirmed the Igorot's superstar status.
Eduard met his wife, Genevieve Aloy, at the gym. The couple tied the knot in April 2015 at the Asia Pacific Theological Seminary in Baguio and were later blessed with two beautiful daughters, Yeshuareigns and Yahamaziach.
Eduard "Landslide" Folayang Fight History
|win||Amir Khan||One Championship - One on Prime Video 14: Stamp vs. Ham - Sep / 29 / 2023||KO (Punch)/Herb Dean||3||1:57|
|loss||Edson Marques||One Championship - One on Prime Video 5: De Ridder vs. Malykhin - Dec / 02 / 2022||TKO Punches/Olivier Coste||2||2:53|
|loss||Lipeng Zhang||One Championship - Battleground - 2Jul / 30 / 2021||Decision Unanimous/Olivier Coste||3||5:00|
|loss||Shinya Aoki||One Championship - One on TNT - 4Apr / 28 / 2021||Submission Armbar/Mohamad Sulaiman||1||4:20|
|loss||Antonio Caruso||One Championship - Inside the Matrix - Oct / 30 / 2020||Decision Unanimous/Justin Brown||3||5:00|
|loss||Pieter Buist||One Championship - Fire and Fury - Jan / 31 / 2020||Decision Split/Kemp Cheng||3||5:00|
|win||Tsogookhuu Amarsanaa||One Championship - Masters of Fate - Nov / 08 / 2019||Technical Decision Unanimous/Kemp Cheng||2||2:31|
|loss||Eddie Alvarez||One Championship - Dawn of Heroes - Aug / 02 / 2019||Submission Rear-Naked Choke/Olivier Coste||1||2:16|
|loss||Shinya Aoki||One Championship - A New Era - Mar / 31 / 2019||Technical Submission Arm-Triangle Choke/Olivier Coste||1||2:34|
|win||Amir Khan||One Championship - Conquest of Champions - Nov / 23 / 2018||Decision Unanimous/Yuji Shimada||5||5:00|
|win||Aziz Pahrudinov||One Championship - Reign of Kings - Jul / 27 / 2018||Decision Unanimous/Yuji Shimada||3||5:00|
|win||Kharun Atlangeriev||One Championship - Unstoppable Dreams - May / 18 / 2018||Decision Unanimous/Olivier Coste||3||5:00|
|loss||Martin Nguyen||One Championship - Legends of the World - Nov / 10 / 2017||KO Punch/Olivier Coste||2||2:20|
|win||Ev Ting||One Championship - Kings of Destiny - Apr / 21 / 2017||Decision Unanimous/Yuji Shimada||5||5:00|
|win||Shinya Aoki||One Championship - Defending Honor - Nov / 11 / 2016||TKO Knees and Punches/Yuji Shimada||3||0:41|
|win||Adrian Pang||One Championship 45 - Heroes of the World - Aug / 13 / 2016||Decision Unanimous/Olivier Coste||3||5:00|
|win||Tetsuya Yamada||One Championship 38 - Clash of Heroes - Jan / 29 / 2016||Decision Unanimous/Joey Lepiten||3||5:00|
|loss||Timofey Nastyukhin||One FC 23 - Warrior's Way - Dec / 05 / 2014||KO Flying Knee and Soccer Kicks/Yuji Shimada||1||3:11|
|win||Kotetsu Boku||One FC 15 - Rise of Heroes - May / 02 / 2014||Decision Unanimous/Yuji Shimada||3||5:00|
|win||Vincent Latoel||One FC 13 - Moment of Truth - Dec / 06 / 2013||Decision Unanimous/Yuji Shimada||3||5:00|
|loss||Kamal Shalorus||One FC 9 - Rise to Power - May / 31 / 2013||Decision Unanimous/Yuji Shimada||3||5:00|
|loss||Lowen Tynanes||URCC 22 - Dekada - Dec / 01 / 2012||TKO Doctor Stoppage||1||6:22|
|win||Felipe Enomoto||One FC 5 - Pride of a Nation - Aug / 31 / 2012||Decision Unanimous/Moritaka Oshiro||3||5:00|
|loss||Ole Laursen||One FC 3 - War of the Lions - Mar / 31 / 2012||Decision Split/Matt Hume||3||5:00|
|win||Wadson Teixeira||URCC Cebu 7 - Dominate - Jan / 13 / 2012||TKO Submission to Elbows||1||0:56|
|win||A-Sol Kwon||One FC - Champion vs. Champion - Sep / 03 / 2011||Decision Unanimous/Matt Hume||3||5:00|
|win||Vuyisile Colossa||MC - Martial Combat - 12Oct / 16 / 2010||Decision Unanimous||3||5:00|
|win||Sheri Guleng Bao||MC - Martial Combat - 5Jul / 14 / 2010||Decision Unanimous||5||5:00|
|win||Egon Racz||MC - Martial Combat - 4Jun / 17 / 2010||Submission Guillotine Choke||1||4:40|
|win||Doo Jae Jung||URCC 16 - Reckoning - Mar / 27 / 2010||TKO Punches||1||3:15|
|loss||Jon Tuck||Gorilla Warfare 3 - Confrontation - Nov / 21 / 2009||KO Punches/Tony D'Angelo||1||0:08|
|win||A.J. Aguon||URCC 14 - Aggression - Jul / 18 / 2009||Decision Unanimous||2||10:00|
|win||Jerome Norita||Gorilla Warfare 2 - Battle Ready - Mar / 28 / 2009||TKO Punches||1||0:52|
|win||Jerry Legaspi||URCC 13 - Indestructible - Nov / 22 / 2008||TKO Punches and Kicks to the Body||1||0:15|
|win||Caloy Baduria||URCC 12 - Supremacy - Jul / 05 / 2008||TKO Punches||1||3:41|
|win||Allan Co||URCC 10 - X - Jun / 30 / 2007||TKO Punches||1||7:24|
50 greatest Filipino athletes of all time
The chairman/CEO of the yearbook Grace Glory Go and Vernon discussed the idea of releasing a sports edition at a meeting with fellow Star sports columnists Bill Velasco and Joaquin M. Henson in January 2019. And for the first time in the history of the yearbook, the theme was about sports and it honored the 50 greatest Filipino athletes of all time.
List of 50 greatest Filipino athletes of all time in 23 different sports:
- JuneMar Fajardo
- Robert Jaworski
- Caloy Loyzaga
- Alvin Patrimonio
- Ramon Fernandez
- Ambrosio Padilla
- Tony Genato
- Allan Caidic
- Manny Pacquiao
- Donnie Nietes
- Nonito Donaire Jr.
- Gerry Peñalosa
- Flash Elorde
- Onyok Velasco
- Paeng Nepomuceno
- Bong Coo
- Lita dela Rosa
- C. J. Suarez
- Biboy Rivera
- Krizziah Tabora.
- Efren Reyes
- Francisco Bustamante
- Rubilen Amit
- Gertrudes Lozada
- Haydee Coloso Espino
- Akiko Thomson
- Lydia de Vega
- Elma Muros
- Mona Sulaiman
- Paulino Alcantara
- Phil Younghusband
- Cheryl Nakanishi
- Roman Cortuna
- Roland Dantes
- Ciriaco Canete
- Ben Arda
- Jennifer Rosales
- Felix Barrientos
- Treat Huey
- Bea Lucero-Lhuillier
- Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski
- Eduard Folayang
- Meggie Ochoa
- Adeline Dumapong
- Josephine Medina
- Eugene Torre
- Jethro Dionisio
- Pocholo Ramirez
- Boy Codiñera
- Hidilyn Diaz