October 30, 2020

Eduard Folayang Loses to Antonio Caruso Via Unanimous Decision

Filipino mixed martial artist Eduard Folayang bowed to Antonio Caruso of Australia in their bout at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore on Friday night. The fighter from Team Lakay wasn't able to fend off the Australian's takedowns in the first two rounds. Folayang also got knocked down in the second round.

Folayang rallied in the third round and was able to score with his boxing and with his trademark leg kicks. But this wasn't enough to sway the judges. Caruso was awarded a unanimous decision victory.

With the victory, the younger Caruso improves his record to 8 wins and just 1 loss. His only loss was to Pieter Buist which was incidentally his debut fight on One Championship last year.

With the loss, Folayang's record slides to 22 wins and 10 losses. He has lost 4 of his last 5 fights. The two-time One Championship lightweight champion has previously faced the best fighters in the division including Shinya Aoki, Eddie Alvarez, and Martin Nguyen.

Folayang is widely considered as the pioneer of MMA in the Philippines. He's the first MMA star to come out of the republic. His success inside the cage has paved the way for other fighters to shine in the sport, most of whom also train at Team Lakay.

Team Lakay, a homegrown team and gym which is currently based in La Trinidad, Benguet has produced multiple world champions like Joshua Pacio and Geje Eustaquio. The fighters train under Mark Sangiao, the team's head coach.