Recognizing the Need for Change: Olympic Wrestling Coach Set to Train With Team Lakay

ONE FC 9: Rise to Power was not kind to Team Lakay.

While it was clear the Filipino fight squad, consisting of rising stars Kevin Belington, Honorio Banario, and Eduard Folayang possessed some of the most unique and agile striking in ONE FC roster, a lack of takedown defense and grappling was painfully evident.

Geje Eustaqio was taken down at will by Phuket Top Team’s Andrew Leone, Eduard Folayang dropped his second fight in a row to a dominant grappler, and Kevin Belington was stymied by Masakatsu Ueda. In addition, Team Lakay bantamweight Crisanto Pipitunge was wrestled out of his PXC belt by Michinori Tanaka on May 18. It was clear that there needed to be some changes.

Luckily, Baguio MMA owner and Team Lakay head, Mark Sangiao, understands the need for additions to their program. Sangiao recently announced to a Filipino newspaper that former Olympic Coach and traveled Wrestling-for-MMA trainer Ali Heydarabadi would begin working with his fighters every weekend beginning June 29th.


The Filipino fight squad, consisting of former champion Honorio Banario, Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon, Crisanto Pitpitunge, Dave Galera and Rey Docyogen will be rigorously drilled by Heydarabadi, who is no stranger to living and working in the Philippines.

This is a great move for Team Lakay. Hopefully we’ll see the fruits of their efforts at upcoming URCC and ONE FC shows, and the Filipino Wu Shu Masters will be back in the winner’s circle.


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2 Comments on “Recognizing the Need for Change: Olympic Wrestling Coach Set to Train With Team Lakay”

  1. Nurse P
    June 20, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    Geje, not Rey, fought Leone.

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