March 5, 2024

Former ONE Championship world champions Eduard Folayang and Joshua Pacio have started their cross training in the United States, starting at Jackson Wink in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

It was not immediately known how long the two former Team Lakay stars will train at the famous mixed martial arts gym that produced world champions.

LET THE TRAINING BEGIN — Former ONE world champions Joshua Pacio and Eduard Folayang have started their training in the United States with the famed Jackson Wink MMA Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico as their first destination during their two-month stay there. Folayang first trained in the same gym that produced world MMA champions in 2018. — Contributed photo

What is certain is that Folayang and Pacio will cross train in various gyms for two months while waiting for a call from ONE on when the schedule of their next bouts.

The duo flew to the U.S. more than a month after they formally announced their departure from Team Lakay, which they represented in their quest for pride and glory in at least two MMA promotions.

Up to now, the circumstances that led to their departure still baffle journalists.

The 38-year-old Folayang will have no problem finding someone to spar with, as most MMA gyms have fighters competing in the lightweight division.

The 27-year-old Pacio might find sparring with Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran John Dodson, as few fighters at Jackson Wink are competing in the strawweight division.

Folayang and Pacio were earlier reported to be planning to visit Kings MMA in Huntington Beach in Los Angeles after their stint at Jackson Wink.

The Filipino fighters are also scheduled to be in the cage side when ONE Championship makes its inaugural event on U.S. soil in Bloomfield, Colorado on May 5.

Former UFC champion, now reigning ONE flyweight world champion Demetrius Johnson, will defend his belt against long-time champion Adriano Moraes in their much-awaited trilogy.

Meanwhile, former ONE world champions Kevin Belingon and Honorio Banario continue with their training, with the latter also busy training with the national kickboxing squad. – Harley F. Palangchao