Friday, December 5, 2014

Eduard Folayang Knocked Out By Timofey Nastyukhin In ONE FC 23: Warrior's Way

Eduard Folayang didn't have his hands raised last night at the Mall of Asia Arena when the referee announced the victor in his tussle with Russia's Timofey Nastyukhin. The Team Lakay fighter was knocked out in the first stanza via a flying knee followed by a soccer kick

Folayang and Nastyukhin locked horns in the undercard of Warrior's Way, a combat sports event put up by the One Fighting Championship (ONE FC), the leading mixed martial arts organization in Asia.

The moment the bell was rung to signal the commencement of the bout, Folayang and Nastyukhin started trading shots. Nastyukhin was the one pressing forward and he dropped Folayang in the first minute of the fight. However, it looked more like a flash knockdown. It was more of a slip than a knockdown.

In the exchanges, the Russian was landing the more telling and more accurate blows, tagging Folayang several times with his right hand. Folayang throw some punches of his own but most of these went into thin air. The Igorot fighter had some success with his leg kicks but these didn't deter Nastyukhin from pressing forward.

The end of the fight came when Nastyukhin landed a flying knee on the chin of Folayang. The latter dropped to the ground. Going in for a finish, Nastyukhin landed a thudding ground punch then followed it up with a soccer kick to the face of the Filipino fighter. With Folayang already lying flat on the mat, referee Yuji Shimada rightfully stepped in to wave off the fight.
With the loss, Folayang's record drops to 14 wins and 5 losses while Nastyukhin's improves to 8 wins and 1 loss.

If Folayang won the bout, he was likely to get a shot at the ONE FC's lightweight championship belt which is currently held by Shinya Aoki of Japan.
Nastyukhin lands a flying knee to the chin of Folayang. Image credit: One Fighting Champinoship
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