Eduard Folayang suffered another quick defeat at the hands of Shinya Aoki during the ONE showpiece on TNT IV in Singapore.
But the Filipino striker refuses to consider the tapout of the first round as the end of his historic rivalry with arguably the best grappler in Japan alive.
“It could go up to a ‘Game 5’ so relax guys,” he said with a smile shortly after the loss. “As long as Shinya and I are still here [in ONE Championship], we will see each other again, ”he added.
Folayang looked powerful as soon as the opening bell rang, even managing to mark his foe with a clean combination.
Aoki continued to unload a few strikes himself in an attempt to engage in a melee, before leading the fight to the ground, where Folayang’s fate began.
Unable to pull away, Folayang found himself receiving, ironically, a sol-and-book before eventually falling prey to an armband.
“I believe there will always be times in our lives when we are in a difficult situation,” said the Filipino forward, who suffered his third straight loss and walked away from the suitors’ picture.
“However, that’s not a good reason to give up,” he continued. Shinya, who has been a fairly eccentric character for most of his distinguished career, had nothing but praise for Folayang. In fact, he sees himself in Folayang.
“Five years ago, I lost against [Eduard]He said with the help of a translator. “After that, I went through a struggle. I struggled but I was able to overcome it. “
“I think he’s facing this situation,” said Aoki, who has now won four wins. “He’s losing a lot right now, but I hope he fights.”
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