The URCC announced earlier this month that Eduard Folayang would be fighting in the Philippines for the first time since 2010. In something of a surprise move his opponent was confirmed earlier today as Brazilian Muay Thai champion Wadson Teixeira.
Teixeira won the Brazilian >65 kgs Muay Thai title in 2001, 2003 and 2007 and in 2005 he defeated four separate opponents in one night to win the Gladiator Muay Thai tournament in Sao Paulo. He has put his Muay Thai career on the backburner in recent years to focus on MMA and trains at the Nova União under Andre Pederneiras and alongside Jose Aldo, Diego Nunes, Ronny Torres and Johnny Eduardo.
After the fight he will be returning to Thailand to train with Ole Laursen at the Legacy Gym in Ubon Ratchatani but Teixieria says he has been working on his ground game every day at Nova Uniao and now has a brown belt in BJJ, making him the most dangerous grappler Folayang has ever faced.
The Brazilian, who has bulked up to 74 kgs since his competitive Muay Thai career, believes that with his stand up skills and ground game he is more than capable of causing an upset against Folayang,
"I was very happy with the opportunity Eduard is a great fighter but I am confident I can beat him. I'm very well trained and confident in my work, I train hard every day and that makes me comfortable in any fight."
For his part Folayang is on an impressive five fight win streak and coming off a fight of the night win over highly rated Korean A Sol Kwon at ONE Fighting Championship 1. Teixeira is nowhere near as experienced an opponent but has won his last two MMA fights and his skill set could pose some problems for the Filipino.
Although Folayang has a long term contract with ONE FC, the ambitious promotion which has rapidly risen to become the biggest in Asia, he is being allowed to return to fight for the URCC because they are a part of the ONE FC Network. The network also includes Dream in Japan, CFC in Australia and Road FC in Korea and we have already seen a couple of ONE FC fighters feature on a Road FC card.
The fans in Cebu will be the main benefactors of this network as they get to see their hero fight on home soil for the first time in almost two years. It will be a clash of styles between the Brazilian Muay Thai and BJJ specialist and the Filipino Wushu exponent and although Folayang will be the clear favourite Teixeira certainly has the tools to cause an upset.
Most importantly it will be a homecoming for Folayang, the most recognizable mixed martial artist the Philippines has ever produced, who after creating headlines all over the world with his international performances will be looking to put on a show for the promotion which gave him his big break.
Cebu 7 "Dominate" takes place on January 13th 2012 at CICC in Cebu City. Also on the card will be Carry Bullos vs. Rex Delara for the Visayan Bantamweight Championship , Geronimo Etac vs. Victor Torre for the Visayan Pinweight Championship.
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