- Eduard Folayang has named Sage Northcutt as his possible opponent in next Muay Thai bout
- The former ONE champion doesn’t have a problem competing in Muay Thai rules
Eduard Folayang did not fail to deliver in his Muay Thai debut at ONE Championship’s 10th anniversary event, “ONE X.” He stole the spotlight from John Wayne Parr, who was having his retirement bout, by securing a decision win over “The Gunslinger.”
Next up, Sage Northcutt
Folayang came into ONE X off to a four-fight skid in MMA. However, he feels that he still got a couple of fights in him. Until then, should ONE suggest that he give another Muay Thai rules bout a go, “Landslide” wants former UFC star Sage Northcutt to be his opponent.
“I still have a purpose in mixed martial arts but if they want karate versus wushu, probably Sage Northcutt,” Folayang said. “He is a karate guy and I am a wushu guy probably we can fight in Muay Thai rules.”
Folayang wants “Super Sage” this year
The former ONE lightweight champion’s win over Parr was no walk in the park. For three rounds, Folayang and Parr engaged in a slugfest. Hence, he wants to take some time to recuperate before taking on Sage Northcutt sometime this year.
“I am looking forward [to fighting Sage Northcutt],” the Filipino fighter stressed. “First I need to recover, assess myself, go with my team, and soon probably in the middle of this year or the third quarter I can come back again.”
Fine with Muay Thai
Though both combat sports, MMA and Muay Thai are still different. But for Folayang, adjusting from MMA to Muay Thai is not much of a deal.
“I have been with a lot of Muay Thai guys,” he revealed. “I took a lot of advice from different people especially my coach and other athletes. For me it’s just normal, the striking department is just about the rules and how to use my elbows and knees.”
With Folayang clear about what he wants next, it will be interesting to see if ONE Championship will grant his request.