Why Eduard Folayang and John Wayne Parr must win a crossover fight at ONE X

KEY POINTS

  • ONE Championship has announced that John Wayne Parr will face Eduard Folayang of Team Lakay at ONE X in his retirement match.
  • Adding Folayang to the game was met with skepticism but it could prove to be the best move for his career
  • Parr targets 100th career win, while Folayang seeks to silence doubters

Singapore-based ONE Championship is looking to make ONE X its biggest card yet after announcing that kickboxing legend John Wayne Parr’s retirement match will pit him against the Filipino mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar. Eduard Folayang.

Both men have a lot at stake in this game as Parr and Folayang are desperate for a win.

“The Gunslinger” has been a fixture on the kickboxing scene since his professional debut in 1997 and has won multiple titles with different combat sports organizations since then.

However, every fighter knows their career has an expiration date and Parr will have one last chance to come out on top.

After a three-fight stint with Bellator Kickboxing, reports that the kickboxing legend was heading to ONE Championship were confirmed in March 2020.

His promotional debut came against Nieky Holzken at ONE on TNT III in April 2021, losing the fight in the second round via TKO – his third straight loss.

As for Folayang, his decision to participate in a Muay Thai match was questioned by many spectators as it is not his area of ​​expertise.

However, International Business Times sports writer and combat sports analyst Nissi Icasiano explained why the fight made sense for the former ONE lightweight champion.

“Although there is a reward system and rankings in place, the nature of the business is still based on the idea that it is every man for himself. To be at the top of the food chain, you have to find a way to get ahead of the others. At first glance, [Eduard] Folayang is taking the road less traveled to bolster his stock,” Icasiano explained.

Folayang is on par with Parr in terms of current record, with team captain Lakay having lost his last four fights.

What many forget is that Folayang has experience in other combat sports disciplines such as wushu sanda, being a gold medalist representative of the Philippines at the three-way Southeast Asian Games. occasions.

Parr winning over Folayang would give him a career-ending storybook as he aims for his 100and win, while Folayang gets a new lease on life in his combat sports career.

It’s only fitting that the duo will have their share of glory at the ONE Championship’s tenth anniversary celebration on March 26 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

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