Eduard Folayang (URCC Champion, 3x SEA Games Gold Medalist) will be going against a fellow Filipino, Ole Laursen (K-1 Veteran) this March 31, 2012 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. This has got to be the most anticipated MMA bout for the Filipinos this year.
Eduard Folayang vs Ole Laursen Clip
One FC III Trailer
This bout was supposed to take place last September 2011 but Ole had to withdraw from the competition due to an injury.
I had the privilege to meet Ole last January 2012 in URCC Cebu where he cornered for Brazilian Wadson Teixera who fought and lost to Eduard Folayang. Backstage, he mentioned that he opened a gym at Boracay and now lives and trains there. This is in contrast to Eduard who trains in high altitude Baguio.
Here's a video of Folayang vs Teixera taken by a fan at URCC Cebu:
One FC III: War of the Lions will be Ole's comeback bout after his loss to Felipe Enemoto.
Here's the full fight:
Whatever the outcome of the Laursen vs Folayang bout, I'm glad that Philippine MMA is now world-class.
Check out the full fight card, breakdown, and analysis here: