Ole Laursen and Eduard Folayang are the hot favourites to be the Fight of the Night at ONE FC: War of the Lions tomorrow. The two both favour heavy forward pressure and both have a bad-intentions striking game, looking for an early finish rather than protracted point-scoring.
Laursen counts Folayang as a friend, having trained with him in the past, but the Thailand-residing Dane says that he has no intentions of being friendly towards him tomorrow night. On the contrary, he is looking for the knockout.
FO: You had to take your clothes off to make weight, how tough a cut was it?
Cutting weight is no joke, itâ€™s never fun but I always get there in the end. Now Iâ€™m rehydrated, Iâ€™m feeling good and I will be ready to bang it out tomorrow night.
FO: You looked very intense at the weigh in. I know you and Eduard Folayang were friends but does this mean the friendship is officialy over?
Well we are fighting each other tomorrow and I donâ€™t intend to be too friendly to him then. I like Eduard, this is not personal, itâ€™s business and I am in the business of knocking people out. Iâ€™m not afraid of any man and I never back down and if you thought the weigh in was intense wait until you see the fight.
FO: In your last fight against Felipe Enomoto you went looking for the KO early on, can we expect the same again from you?
I tried to knock Felipe out, thatâ€™s what I do and thereâ€™s no point waiting until round three to do that because in an MMA fight anything can happen at any time. Eduardâ€™s a great fighter, one of the best in Asia and I respect his ability but if you watch his fights you will see he does get hit and I donâ€™t think he has ever been in there with anyone who hits as hard as me.
I only need to connect once and the fight is over, thatâ€™s the difference between me and some of the other fighters he has fought.
FO: So is it safe to assume you are planning on keeping the fight standing?
Everyone thinks I am just a stand up fighter but I have ground skills and I would be happy to get to show them off. I got no problem with being on the ground, I roll every single day and I have been doing it for years. If he wants to try and test my ground game then that is absolutely fine by me.
I have fought K-1 and Muay Thai a bunch of times and everyone knows I like to bang but I have been doing MMA for almost ten years now, itâ€™s not like I am just some Muay Thai fighter with no ground game trying it out for the first time. Iâ€™ve been around the block.
FO: Eduard is renowned for having incredible stamina, do you feel you need to finish the fight early?
I have been training hard and I am ready to go three rounds but if I can finish the fight early then thatâ€™s even better. He always fights at a fast pace and I am going to be throwing some heavy leather and as soon as the fight starts we are going to collide in the middle of the cage.
Thatâ€™s how itâ€™s going to be, we both know it, heâ€™s a warrior and Iâ€™m a warrior and thereâ€™s not going to be a feeling out process in this fight.
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