BAGUIO City: Team Lakay’s head coach Mark Sangiao said his fighters are all set to redeem themselves in the upcoming One Fighting Championship (One FC) Moment of Truth on December 6 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Sangiao, a former national wushu fighter himself said that his wards Eduard “The Landslide” Folayang, former featherweight champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario, Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon and flyweight Geje “The Gravity” Eustaquio are now in their 70 percent fighting condition.
“They need to work harder at least 200 percent to improve everything,” Sangiao told The Manila Times during the team’s training at the Team Lakay gym in Baguio. “Most fighters here in Team Lakay are naturally stronger because of the weather,” Sanguiao added pertaining to the cold weather of the northern highlands.
“But it is really hard to relax at this moment since our opponents are also working very hard. Our fighters are getting better everyday so I’m confident.”
Folayang lost to Iranian wrestler Kamal “Prince of Persia” Shalorus via unanimous decision, Banario suffered a second round technical knockout against Japanese Koji Oishi, Eustaquio and Belingon were likewise beaten through unanimous decision by Andrew Leone and Masakatsu Ueda respectively in One FC Rise to Power in May.
“We added more training routines particularly in our wrestling to improve their grappling and at the same time our conditioning now is also looking good,” added Sangiao. “Although it’s hard to tell or predict, but we are all working too hard right now.”
Team Lakay hired Iranian European wrestling champion Ali Heydarabadi to develop and improve its fighters’ wrestling and grappling techniques.
Besides the wrestling routines, the fighters are also using weight training and bodyweight exercises to develop additional strength and explosiveness. Sangiao added that the fighters are also beefing up their cardio conditioning to boost their stamina.
“We need to balance both weight training and cardio,” he added. “We can’t also sacrifice their speed.”
Josef T. Ramos