Written off at first, Folayang pens own story with ONE title win

first_imgSmart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town And he did so in spectacular fashion. A perfectly timed knee to the face was the beginning of the end for Aoki and the series of punches to the head were the finishing touches. Folayang pulled off the upset just 41 seconds into the third round in a fight where many didn’t even see him past the first round.READ: Worth the wait: Folayang cops ONE lightweight title, stops Aoki“Sweeter than honey,” said Folayang shortly after his victory with the ONE lightweight belt dangling over his left shoulder.“I know people don’t believe that I can make it especially since I’m facing a legend. They encourage me and say I can do it but deep inside they know I’m at a disadvantage against my opponent, but you should just keep on believing in yourself and that God is there to strengthen you.”Facing his greatest challenge yet, Folayang took down a legend and silenced his critics.ADVERTISEMENT As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Folayang was told he couldn’t do it. He started his Friday night a heavy underdog. But he ended it at the center of the cage, pumping his fists in the air and finally, a world champion.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eduard Folayang lands a kick to the body against Shinya Aoki during their title fight in the main even of ONE: Defending Honor Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. Folayang won the fight early in the third round to seize the lightweight title. Photo from ONE ChampionshipSome are underdogs, some are deemed to have no chance of winning at all.Eduard Folayang was written off long before the opening bell rang for his championship fight with Shinya Aoki.ADVERTISEMENT PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Rousey storms off stage after staredown with Nunes View commentscenter_img EDITORS’ PICK We are young Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine MOST READ It’s the Filipino star with a shaky ground game seeking his first world title against a Japanese legend and one of the best submission artists in the game. It was considered a mismatch.“I came into the championship fight with millions of people expecting me to lose in the first round,” Folayang said in Filipino. “But I didn’t think about it. I just want to make it a point that I will do whatever it takes that even if I end up losing the fight, I’m sure I’m going to be at peace.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentJust 22 seconds into the fight, Folayang was already in a position he couldn’t afford to be in — on his back and Aoki in control. Folayang was taken to the ground thrice in the first five minutes and his doubters suddenly looked like experts.But what was overlooked during that stretch was Folayang found his way out from a situation where only few escaped. Twice, he slithered out from under Aoki and he did it again in the second round. It was an indication that Folayang could survive but still, only he knew he could win it. Eduard Folayang: Discipline leads to longevity PLAY LIST 02:58Eduard Folayang: Discipline leads to longevity01:44One Championship Fire & Fury Open workout02:17Eduard Folayang hopes to leave lasting legacy01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUNDlast_img read more


Hotshots up against favored Beermen anew

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? This was how the veteran Rafi Reavis summed up the incredible stand by the Magnolia Hotshots in turning back the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in a classic Game 7 duel to reach the Finals of the PBA Philippine Cup for the second straight season on Sunday.The Hotshots rallied from 17 points down at 39-22 midway in the third, blew a chance to win in regulation before ousteadying the Elasto Painters in the extension to prevail, 63-60, and forge another best-of-seven title showdown with heavily favored San Miguel Beer starting Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe 6-foot-8 Reavis, at 41 among the few still reliable senior players in the league, was a key factor as Magnolia finally survived the No. 2 team in the eliminations.Rain or Shine won the first two games of the semifinal series with Magnolia visibly spent from its quarterfinal meeting with Barangay Ginebra. The Hotshots then bounced back to win the next three games, but the Elasto Painters forced a rubber match with a masterful conquest in Game 6. LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief Sports Briefs: April 30, 2019 Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ We just put our heads down and kept fighting.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Reavis dominated both boards to finish with 20 rebounds while joining forces with Ian Sangalang, who came alive in the last quarter to give Magnolia a 55-52 lead going into the last two minutes.Despite the heroics of Reavis and Sangalang, experts predict easy sailing for the defending champion Beermen in their quest for a fifth straight all-Filipino title and a 26th crown overall against their sister team in the SMC franchise.After scrambling past the TNT KaTropa in their best-of-three quarterfinal series, the Beermen leaned on their deeper and more experienced bench to oust the Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters in five games of their semifinal showdown Thursday.Phoenix, the tournament’s revelation after topping the one-round eliminations with a 9-2 win-loss record, found SMB a different foe in the semis and managed to win just the third game after dropping the first two encounters of what turned out to be a bruising series.ADVERTISEMENT Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast View commentslast_img read more