Folayang, tinik sa lalamunan ni Alvarez

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PUNTIRYA ni American mixed martial arts veteran Eddie ‘The Underground King’ Alvarez na makamit ang stardom sa pakikipagharap kay Pinoy superstar Eduard “The Landslide” Folayang sa ONE: Dawn of Heroes sa Agosto 2 sa MOA Arena sa Pasay City.

FOLAYANG: Liyamado sa ONE FC duel.

FOLAYANG: Liyamado sa ONE FC duel.

Walang dating ang debut ni Alvarez sa ONE nang mabigo ang multi-title world champion kay Tomofey Nastyukin via first round knockout sa ONE: A NEW ERA.

Sa kabila nito, kumpiyansa si Alvarez na masusungkit niya ang ONE World Title at ang panalo kay Folayang ang gagamitin niyang tuntungan sa tagumpay.

“Look, I got the first one out of the way. I lost, no problem. I did the same thing in the UFC [against Donald Cerrone] and I honestly almost did the same thing in my debut in Bellator. I got dropped terribly. My debut in Bellator against an Irish kid (Greg Loughran) that no one knew. I got caught pretty clean.

“I bounced back and got the win, but I’m not a big fan of my debuts, put it that way. So I got it out of the way, got it past me, and now I can go full-on, go undefeated straight to the belt,” pahayag ni Alvarez.

“I go out there and I’ve given my all every time, but I think at every once in a while it’s good to take a loss and put the fire back in your belly, and I think it’s a good time to have that. Sometimes you need that fire to burn long enough to get to that World Title.”

Mapapalaban si Alvarez, higit at kabig ng dating ONE Lightweight World Champion ang suporta ng homecrowd.

“He’s incredibly tough, incredibly durable. I understand the power of Wushu, because the guys I train with, Zabit [Magomedsharipov] and a lot of the Russians that come over to spar with us in [New] Jersey, they’re all from a Wushu background,” aniya.

“So the art is for real, it applies very well to MMA. And I’m looking forward to the toughest Eduard Folayang.

“It’s in his hometown. So I’m looking forward to a tough opponent and I’m viewing the fight as one that I absolutely have to finish. I am not coming in for a decision. I expect to lose if it goes to a decision. So I have every intention to finish.”