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Belingon eager to fight inside ONE circle

Even before the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic former ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon has been eager to make his return to mixed martial arts competition......»»

Category: sportsSource: thestandard thestandardMar 26th, 2020

Kevin Belingon gets invitation from Bibinano Fernandes after ONE: CENTURY bout

The epic rivalry between ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano "The Flash" Fernandes and Kevin "The Silencer" Belingon finally came to an end after the pair met inside the Circle for a historic fourth encounter at ONE: CENTURY PART II.   Belingon failed to reclaim the ONE Bantamweight World Title as he succumbed to Fernandes by rear-naked choke in the second round of their match on Sunday, 13 October at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.   The Team Lakay standout saw the Brazilian after their match and the two left their rivalry in the past.    “We met in a restaurant after the fight, we had spent some time talking,” Belingon said.    “He said, ‘You need to get someone to improve your jiu-jitsu. I can help you. Come to Vancouver.’ I said thanks, and he told me that he believes I’m going to be a champion again.”   The 31-year-old was delighted to hear that from his rival – after all, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt made Belingon tap twice in two of their four contests.   “He came in better prepared. He knew that the fight was going to hit the ground early on. Of course, I was trying hard to keep it standing up because I know it’s either I’ll knock him out or he’ll submit me,” “The Silencer” said.    “In the second round, I was going for leg kicks then I switched it up stairs. I was hoping to catch him on the head while he was going for the takedown, but their game plan was much more effective.”   It has been a rollercoaster ride for "The Silencer" this past year, having lost both of his matches in 2019.   For now, he wants to take a short break and then help his teammates who will be competing in ONE: MASTERS OF FATE on 8 November in their home country.    “I’ll rest for a bit, then I am back in the gym to help out my teammates who’ll be fighting in November,” Belingon said.    “Then I’ll be back to normal training, just so I’m much more prepared for whoever I’ll be facing.”   “It’s back to basics so I can climb my way up the ladder once more,” he added. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 17th, 2019

Balanza, Saints take fight out of Heroes in NCAA All-Star

Jerrick Balanza's winning streak continues in the NCAA 95 All-Star Game. Battling back from 18 points down in the last eight minutes, Balanza and Team Saints got the better of very game Team Heroes for a well-earned 113-111, Tuesday at MOA Arena. Fresh off a championship run for Colegio de San Juan de Letran, the graduating guard came up clutch for Team Saints and converted 3-of-4 charities in the final minute to complete their comeback from an 82-100 deficit at the 7:23 mark of the final frame. Balanza wasn't on the floor, though, when Team Saints detonated their blast. Rather, it was University of Perpetual Help's Edgar Charcos and San Sebastian College-Recoletos' RK Ilagan who were at the spearhead of the charge, with the former scoring seven and the latter scoring six points in the 21-6 run that put them ahead, 108-106. Jio Jalalon's, the pride of Arellano University, short stab tied the tally at 108-all with under two minutes left, but it was at that point that the King Knight's aggressiveness led to four free throws, all but one he hit. Jalalon's connection with former running mate Kent Salado yet again pulled Team Heroes within one, 110-111, with 24.2 ticks to go, but San Beda University's Clint Doliguez and Ilagan's splits from the stripe sealed the deal once and for all for their side. In the end, Balanza had 13 points, four rebounds, and two assists en route to being recognized as All-Star Game MVP while Doliguez and Ilagan also added nine and seven markers, respectively. Altas big man Ben Adamos topped the scoring column for Team Saints with 18 points on top of nine rebounds to help Letran remain inside the winners' circle even in the exhibition game. Completing the lineup for the winners are College of St. Benilde's Aaron Umlas, Unique Naboa, and Justin Gutang; Letran's Rey Nambatac and Bonbon Batiller; Perpetual's Justine Alano and Edgar Charcos; San Beda's Ryusei Koga and AC Soberano; and San Sebastian's Chris Baluyot and Alvin Capobres. For Team Heroes, Chiefs center Justine Arana showed the way with 22 points, seven rebounds, four blocks, and two assists while Jalalon and Salado merged for 17 markers, eight boards, and seven assists. Marcelino twins Jayvee and Jaycee also made Lyceum of the Philippines University proud with the former finishing with 22 points, five rebounds, and four assists and the latter ending with 12 markers, three boards, and two dimes. Rounding out their roster are LPU's Kevin Lacap, Sidney Onwubere, JP Maguliano, and Jethro Mendoza and JP Maguliano of Emilio Aguinaldo College, Ry Dela Rosa and Agem Miranda of Jose Rizal University, and Arvin Gamboa and Noah Lugo of Mapua University BOX SCORES SAINTS 113 - Adamos 18, Balanza 14, Umlas 11, Doliguez 9, Charcos 8, Ilagan 7, Nambatac 7, Batiller 6, Capobres 6, Alano 6, Naboa 5, Soberano 5, Baluyot 4, Gutang 4, Koga 3. HEROES 111 - Arana 22, Marcelino JV. 22, Jalalon 14, Marcelino JV. 12, Gamboa 10, Maguliano 8, Miranda 7, Onwubere 5, Mendoza 5, Dela Rosa 3, Salado 3, Lugo 0. QUARTER SCORES: 26-35, 47-62, 75-92, 113-111 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 26th, 2019

ONE: Continuous improvement is what Joshua Pacio aspires for

After successfully defending his ONE Strawweight World Championship against Rene Catalan at ONE: Masters of Fate back in November 8th, Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio is no doubt the top guy in ONE’s strawweight division.  At just 23 years old, Pacio is already a two-time titleholder and owns victories over Catalan, Yoshitaka Naito, Yosuke Saruta, and Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke just to name a few. To add to that, he’s also finished his opponent in five of his last six wins.  It can be argued that Pacio is at the peak of his powers, but the young star believes that he still has even more to show and aspires for constant and continuous improvement.  (READ ALSO: 'Tataas pa 'yan at gagaling pa 'yan'- Mark Sangiao on Joshua Pacio) While there isn’t anything on deck for the reigning strawweight king at the moment, he won’t be taking too much time off from training anytime soon, and that’s because he wants to present an even better version of himself when he does step inside the Circle again. Pacio hopes to be on ONE Championship’s first card in Manila for 2020.  “Sa akin, yung tinatawag niyong break is magte-training pa din ako, kasi sa January 31, kung sakali,” he said with a chuckle. “Kung sino man yung iharap nila, hindi ako namimili ng kalaban.” “Basta gusto ko lang na makita na every fight, nag-iimprove ako, yung hindi the same yung Joshua Pacio na lumaban ngayon, iba ulit sa next. Yun yung gusto kong makitang improvement,” he continued.  At this stage, Pacio is already arguably one of the most well-rounded members of Team Lakay, and that was on full display in the Catalan fight. So what kind of improvement does Pacio want to see in himself?  The young star aspires to be as skilled and as fluid inside the ring as Demetrious Johnson, the reigning ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion.   “Siyempre isa sa mga idolo natin si DJ, magaling mag-mix eh. Yung gusto ko talagang i-improve yung talgang comfortable ka sa lahat, may striking, may wrestling, tapos striking ulit, tapos wrestling, tapos control sa ground,” Pacio explained. “Yun yung gusto kong maabot na improvement na makita ko, yung kahit na five rounds na ganun, okay pa din.” A former long-time world champion in the UFC, Johnson was at one point regarded as the pound-for-pound best mixed martial artist in the world. Now with ONE Championship, Johnson continues to remain dominant, winning his first three ONE bouts - the third being against Pacio’s teammate and training partner Danny Kingad - en route to the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix title and a shot at the ONE Flyweight World Championship. Speaking of flyweights, is a move up to that division in the future for the reigning strawweight king? According to the Pacio himself, there isn’t any motivation for him to do so, especially with teammates Kingad and Geje Eustaquio residing in that weight class.  “Para sa akin, wala eh, kasi I am a champion, pero para sa akin, kung wala sana akong teammates sa ibang weight class.” “Siyempre, sa kanila na din yun, they deserve also to become a champion. Nagwowork-hard kaming lahat, so deserve din nilang lahat maging champion, so sa kanila na yun,” Pacio concluded. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2019

Team Lakay s Geje Eustaquio gets unexpected challenge from Cuban Gustavo Balart

After his scintillating KO victory against Toni Tauru at ONE: Masters of Fate in Manila, Geje Eustaquio is looking forward to enjoying the upcoming holiday season with his family.  For now, there isn’t anything on tap for the former ONE Flyweight World Champion in 2020, but there is someone who’s issued a challenge to “Gravity”.  Eustaquio shared that during the ONE Masters of Fate Open Workouts a few days before event night itself, he was challenged by Cuban wrestler Gustavo “El Gladiador” Balart, who was also competing on the last Manila card for 2019. As he explained, the diminutive Balart - who had endeared himself to Pinoy fans because of his heart and his fighting style during his last time out in Manila - expressed his willingness to get inside the Circle with the Team Lakay star.  The challenge came as a bit of a surprise to the former flyweight king. “Na-surprise ako eh. Iniisip ko kung ano yung point ni Gustavo, does he want to earn money, or does he want to have more fights dun sa resume niya?” After competing at flyweight for his first three ONE Championship bouts, Balart made his strawweight debut at ONE: Masters of Fate but apparently had a hard time passing the weight and hydration tests.  Fight night wasn’t any better for the former Olympian wrestler, who ended up getting knocked out by Robin Catalan in the preliminary card.  Being that the Team Lakay members aren’t really the type to choose opponents, Eustaquio says he’s willing to welcome Balart back to the flyweight division.  “It's a good fight naman siguro, and as we have seen, nag-susuffer naman pala siya sa strawweight, medyo hirap siya sa hydration, malaking factor din yun siguro, so if he is willing to go back to flywieght, I can fight him in flyweight.” On paper, it may not make a lot of sense to match up a former titleholder with someone who’s yet to record a win under the ONE banner, but Eustaquio isn’t looking at it that way. Rather, he’s taking it as an opportunity to test himself against a high-caliber grappler.  Wrestling, after all, is one of the perceived weak points of the Benguet-based MMA stable.  “I understand he came from three losses, but if you're going to check the guy, he's an Olympian. He's a very good wrestler, and you know na ang isang laging bina-bash sa atin, mahina daw tayo sa wrestling, wala tayong takedown defense, kaya kung siya siguro yung maipapartner sa akin, I have to work on my wrestling, kasi I'm going to face an Olympian wrestler.” While it may seem unlikely that this match actually gets made, Eustaquio is just staying ready for whoever he draws next.  “At the end of the day, whoever the opponent is, if they say it's Gustavo, I'm going to take the positive things and take the negative out.”  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2019

Several world-ranked stars will light up Dubai once again at Rotund aRumble 2 on November 22.

The #MTKFightNight – promoted by D4G Promotions in association with MTK Global and Round 10 Boxing Club – hosts a range of huge names including WBO world super-lightweight No. 1 Jack Catterall, India’s highly-ranked icon Vijender Singh, Pakistani boxing hero Muhammad Waseem, WBO world bantamweight No. 4 Thomas Patrick Ward and many, many more. A busy undercard kicks off with two local debutants in Fahad Al-Bloushi and Sultan Al-Nuaimi – moments of history for the sport in Dubai. Fighters from no fewer than 15 countries make up a lengthy bill ready to delight a packed audience at the luxurious Caesars Palace, Bluewaters as well as those tuning in on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank and on iFL TV. Here’s a sneak preview of what you need to know…   JACK CATTERALL vs. TIMO SCHWARZKOPF (10 rounds) With a stunning undefeated record of 24-0, 13 KOs, Catterall is already seen as a super-lightweight world champion in waiting. Chorley’s ‘El Gato’ has systematically destroyed all put before him since turning professional in 2012; claiming the Central Area, the WBO European, the WBO Inter-Continental and British crowns. As the No. 1 challenger in the world to WBO and WBC world champion Jose Ramirez, Catterall is in line for a career-defining world title shot in 2020 but standing in his way is the high-class Schwarzkopf. Germany’s Schwarzkopf (20-3, 12 KOs) is a former IBF International welterweight and EBU European super-lightweight champion and is likely to push Catterall into producing his very best on the night.   VIJENDER SINGH vs. CHARLES ADAMU (10 rounds) Undefeated Singh (11-0, 8 KOs) is a sporting icon in his home country and regularly rubs shoulders with the likes of Sachin Tendulkar. Having already picked up the WBO super-middleweight Asia Pacific super-middleweight title and the WBO Oriental crown, Singh continues to gather an entire nation behind him on his quest to reach world champion status. In Ghana’s vastly-experience Adamu (33-14, 26 KOs), Singh takes on a man who has been in with the likes of Billy Joe Saunders, Rocky Fielding, George Groves and Carl Froch. Singh said: “For me these fights are going to be a build up to the world title which I am aiming for in 2020. I am sure my debut fight in Dubai is going to be an exciting one and I’m looking forward to a knockout win in the early rounds.”   MUHAMMAD WASEEM vs. GANIGAN LOPEZ (8 rounds) In Pakistan, world-class Waseem (9-1, 7 KOs) is another huge national hero and is supported by compatriots such as Shoaib Akhtar. ‘Falcon’ enjoyed a stellar amateur career that included two Commonwealth Games medals and went on to challenge for the IBF world flyweight title in just his eighth fight as a professional. Although Waseem was narrowly denied the world crown by now MTK Global team-mate Moruti Mthalane, he takes the next step back towards the top against tough Mexican Lopez (36-10, 19 KOs). Waseem, whose last performance was a stunning first-round stoppage on #RotundaRumble, said: “I’m confident of stealing the show once again. I’m very happy to be handed the chance to perform in Dubai for a second time in a row.”   THOMAS PATRICK WARD vs. MARTIN CASILLAS (8 rounds) The fighting pride of the north-east and a super-bantamweight king in waiting, unbeaten Ward (28-0, 4 KOs) is ready to announce himself to Dubai fans in style. The skillful 25-year-old has already made his name in the US by outclassing Jesse Hernandez back in February and is eager to accelerate his march towards world honours having recently signed with MTK Global. Ward said: “I’m very excited to be fighting in Dubai. It’s new for me. I’ve been all around the world but it’s always nice to showcase your skills in front of brand new audience.”   ROHAN DATE vs. JUSTICE ADDY (6 rounds) Dubai-based Irishman Date (10-0-1, 8 KOs) snatched headlines on his last outing on #RotundaRumble when he decimated Pardeep Kharera inside a single round. As he continues to move towards title shots, the 26-year-old will be looking for a similarly spectacular display against Ghana’s heavy hitting Addy (16-6-1, 14 KOs). Having already fought in Dubai four times since turning professional in mid-2016, Date is amassing a substantial following and is looking to charge up the 147lb rankings.   JAYR RAQUINEL vs. JACK AMISA (8 rounds) Raquinel (11-1-1, 8 KOs) is an emerging star of Filipino boxing and has already challenged WBC Silver flyweight honours last year. At the age of just 22, the man from Cauayan has the chance to make a name for himself on the big stage against the experienced Amisa from Indonesia.   HASIBULLAH AHMADI vs. DETNARONG OMKRATHOK (6 rounds) A teen sensational proudly representing Afghanistan, Ahmadi has impressed in blasting his way to 7-0 as a professional. A product of the local Round 10 Boxing Club, Ahmadi recorded an entertaining points win over China’s teak-tough Shidong Cai (10-4-1, 2 KOs) on the last #RotundaRumble show and will look to follow up in front of a growing fanbase.   FAHAD AL-BLOUSHI vs. SANDRO TUGHUSHI (4 rounds) Along with team-mate Sultan Al-Nuaimi, 23-year-old lightweight Al-Bloushi will be making history in joining Majid Al-Naqbi as Dubai’s only professional boxers when he makes his debut in the paid ranks on the night. Al-Bloushi said: “I’m proud to say that this is a stepping stone for us to use our talents further beyond and show the world what the UAE is made of. It’s a blessing to be able to start off the right way, in my home country and to showcase my talent to the boxing community and the community of the UAE.”   SULTAN AL-NUAIMI vs. CHARLES LATUPERISSA (4 rounds) Another man looking to cause a stir on his first outing as a professional is super-flyweight Al-Nuaimi, who won two national titles and represented UAE on numerous occasions. Al-Nuaimi said: “Being a professional boxer representing the UAE is a huge honour that I can’t describe. We can show the world that we are capable of achieving great things and making our nation proud.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 18th, 2019

ONE Championship: Andun pa yung fire - Eduard Folayang highly motivated as he begins his comeback

After absorbing back-to-back defeats for just the second time in his professional mixed martial arts career, Filipino star Eduard “Landslide” Folayang once again finds himself on the comeback trail as he tries to once again have his hand raised in victory inside the ONE Circle.  The former two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion dropped the title to Shinya Aoki in the first defense of his second run as champion back in March, and then followed that up with a loss to Eddie Alvarez in August.  At 34 years of age, there really isn’t much left for Folayang to prove. A professional since 2007, Folayang has a respectable 21-8 professional record which includes championships in regional promotions and two world championship runs under the ONE banner. As it stands, he is already the face of Filipino MMA.  If he were to, say, hang his gloves up and dedicate his life to coaching future champions from Team Lakay, it’s highly unlikely that anyone would take it against him.  Yet, Folayang is gearing up for a return to action at ONE: Masters of Fate this coming Friday, November 8th at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Manila, Philippines. He faces Mongolian up-and-comer Amarsanaa “Spear” Tsogookhu in the co-main event. When asked what keeps him motivated, even after back-to-back losses, the former Philippine Wushu National Team Member and multiple-time SEA Games gold medalist says that he believes there’s still a lot for him to show.  “Yung pakiramdam na alam mong mayroon ka pang potential, hindi mo pa nai-uunleash yung full potential mo, yun yung parang nagpapalakas sa akin, na hindi pa dapat mag-give up, kasi still, andun parin yung fire na mag-rise up again,” Folayang told ABS-CBN Sports. “I think purposely, inallow ni God [yung mga losses ko] para makita ko yung mga areas na kailangan kong ayusin and yung mga pagkakamali talaga na kailangan kong iwasan sa mga future bouts ko.” For Folayang, the Alvarez bout in Manila last August is one that stung quite a bit.  A former UFC and Bellator Lightweight World Champion, Alvarez’s signing with ONE was met with lots of hype and anticipation. As early as then, a potential matchup with Folayang was already something that fans of the Asian martial arts promotion were intrigued to see.  When the bout was finally going to take place, it was billed as a must-see matchup between two of the division’s biggest stars.  Indeed, the bout lived up to the hype as it included a little bit of everything that a fight fan would want to see. Folayang, a striking expert, was the more aggressive fighter on the feet and was able to use his best weapon - his tree-trunk legs - to do damage and chop Alvarez down.  Once he had dropped “The Underground King” Folayang went in for the kill, and that eagerness to get the finish was what ultimately led to the Pinoy hero’s downfall in the match.  While obviously hurt by the chopping leg kick he had absorbed just moments earlier, Alvarez remained composed as he tried to survive the landslide of strikes coming from Folayang. The American found his opening and flipped Folayang over for the reversal before taking the Filipino’s back and finally getting the Rear Naked Choke Submission, forcing the hometown bet to tap out.  “Gina-gauge ko yung sarili ko eh, alam mo yun? Yung expectations ko sa kanya, hindi ganun eh. Sobrang taas, tapos nung laglaban kami, naramdaman ko, pero siyempre, nakalimutan ko siguro na magaling din siya sa ground, or either nang-gigil ako na gusto kong tumayo ulit para tapusin na namin yung laban sa taas,” Folayang explained.  “Siguro yun yung naging mga pagkakamali ko that time, na ayaw ko maulit. Hindi ako naging composed sa sarili ko, nakalimutan ko na yung laban ay mixed martial arts, kung saan lahat ng angle, kapag dun ka kinuha, kahit nananalo ka na sa isang area, hindi yun yung laban eh. Yung laban ay yung kung natapos na. Siguro yun yung parang nakita ko na nagkamali ako,” he added.  Had Folayang won, he would have advanced to the Finals of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix at ONE: Century in Tokyo, Japan.  Alvarez ultimately pulled out after an injury had barred him from competing in the finale against Turkey’s Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev. Arslanaliev ultimately lost to Christian Lee, who stepped in as Alvarez’s replacement.  Throughout his career, Folayang has had some rather heartbreaking losses, but the Alvarez one has to be up there as one of the most, especially since he was quite dominant in the opening moments of the bout.  Folayang admits that it took quite a bit for him to get over that.  “Hindi [ako agad naka-get over] eh, kasi everytime, may makaka-salubong na na ireremind sayo, ‘Sayang!’ yung ganun,” But it was also that bout against Alvarez - specifically that sequence that nearly ended the fight in his favor - that somehow made him realize what he is still capable of.   “Dun ko din talaga nakita na, kung yung ganung level ni Alvarez, sa kalakasan niya, nasurpass ko, I think mayroon pa talaga eh. Hindi ko pa talaga nare-reach yung full potential ko eh, may mas maipapakita pa ako na mas magandang performance, lalo na kapag idinagdag ko yung mga experience ko na kagaya nung mga ganung experience.” To help move past the loss, Folayang returned to the gym to help his teammates who were getting ready for their big matches in Tokyo.  Hardly taking any damage in the loss to Alvarez, Folayang was pretty much in shape to get back in action, and a small window of opportunity appeared when it was announced that Alvarez had pulled out.  According to ONE Championship Chairman Chatri Sityodtong, Folayang was the first option to replace Alvarez, but with just around two weeks left before fight night, visa issues prevented the Filipino star from stepping in, opening the door for Lee to do so.  “Siyempre, hindi naman natin alam kung ano yung mangyayari, kasi professional na tayo, kailangan lagi parin tayong handa, although siyempre, yung nasa utak natin talaga ay gusto natin lumaban, kaya nagte-training pa din. So nung sinabi yung late replacement kay Dagi, nag-oo ako, pero unfortunately, hindi talaga siguro time,” Folayang said.  The time for Folayang’s comeback, as it turns out, was the month after.  Facing a relatively unknown opponent in Tsogookhu, Folayang has the chance to get back on track and pick up a solid win, but it could also prove to be a high-risk challenge, as Tsogookhu was impressive in his debut against veteran Shannon Wiratchai.  Folayang says that he fully understands the risk behind the fight, but to be able to get back to the top of the division, he must be able to face risk head on.  “Yun yung maganda sa MMA, the more na naiintindihan mo na it’s high risk, alam mo yun. Kasi kahit sabihin mo na more experienced ka, kung mag-commit ka ng single mistake, kakainin ka eh, so, yun. We are fighters, as much as possible, kung sino man yung mag-sstand dun sa way natin, kailangan natin i-face para makabalik tayo doon sa inaasam natin.”   Catch ONE: MASTERS OF FATE live on Friday, November 8th LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23 on LIVESTREAM via the ABS-CBN Sports Facebook Page and on iWant starting at 8:30 PM. ONE: MASTERS OF FATE will also air on Sunday's Best on November 17th, Sunday, at 11:30 PM with local commentatry from Anton Roxas and Theo Castillo  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 7th, 2019

ONE Championship: Lito Adiwang s dream fight would be against Demetrious Johnson

After an impressive run in ONE Warrior Series and an even more impressive debut on the main ONE Championship roster, the future is looking very bright for Team Lakay strawweight Lito "Thunder Kid" Adiwang.  The 26-year old debuted on the biggest stage of them all, ONE: Century in Tokyo, Japan last October 13th and came away with a first-round TKO victory over Pancrase champion Senzo Ikeda.  Adiwang's win proved to be the lone bright spot for the Filipino contingent in Tokyo, and it even caught the attention of ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong.  Now, expect the newest Lakay on the block to get a bit of a step up in competition in his next bout. Adiwang himself says that he's ready for anyone.  "We have a lot of tough and good opponents in the strawweight division, but for now I’ll just wait for ONE Championship to give me who’s next, but I will keep on improving and preparing myself," he said. "Anybody they’ll throw at me, I’ll prepare for it. I’m ready get a win again." Adiwang has campaigned on getting back to action as soon as possible, angling for a spot on the Masters of Fate card in Manila this coming November 8th.  While Adiwang maintains that he's just waiting on who ONE throws at him next, the up-and-comer already has a dream fight in mind. When asked who he'd like to face inside the ONE Circle more than anyone, it was none other than one of the sport's absolute best.  "Actually I’m looking at a higher [weight class], I think everyone wants to fight [Demetrious Johnson], and actually, that’s my dream," Adiwang revealed. "If you want to ask me about my dream match in ONE, that’s my dream match. I want to fight the pound for pound king, and I just saw him fight, and I’m visualizing myself competing with him, and I’ll work hard to make it happen one day." Johnson, of course, defeated Adiwang's teammate Danny Kingad on the same ONE: Century card to take the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship and now is the number one contender to ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano Moraes.  Obviously, Adiwang's focus remains on his division, the strawweight division, but he's just letting it be known that he would be ready to jump up to flyweight if DJ needs an opponent. "For now, I’ll try to focus on strawweight, but if opportunity comes, like if they’re going to give me DJ, then that’s a very big fight. I can go up," he said. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2019

ONE Championship: Engaged Gina Iniong eyes November return amid wedding preps

  Gina "Conviction" Iniong yearns to get back to competition when ONE Championship returns to Manila for ONE: MASTERS OF FATE on 8 November at the Mall Of Asia Arena.   “Conviction” took a split decision victory in her last bout against Malaysian star Jihin "Shadow Cat" Radzuan in February on the undercard of ONE: CLASH OF LEGENDS in the latter’s home country.    It has been more than a year since Iniong last saw action inside the Circle on her home soil.  Eager to get at least one more bout before the year ends, the 29-year-old is sitting beside the phone waiting to get a call from the big bosses of The Home Of Martial Arts for her next conquest.  “I really hope to compete in November here in Manila. It’s been awhile since I last fought here,” Iniong said.    “I’m just waiting for it, it’s going to be easier since I’ll have more than two months to prepare.”    Iniong took a well-deserved vacation, then immediately went back to the gym after her most recent bout. But what keeps her occupied nowadays is the fact the she is about to marry her longtime partner Richard Araos in a couple of months.   “I had a short vacation, but I still train. Right now, I’m preparing for our wedding, but nonetheless I’m still waiting for my next bout,” Iniong shared.    “I’ve been engaged for a long time. We’re just fixing the papers and then we’ll determine a date. Maybe this month or the next. Depends on the schedule.”   Iniong vowed that her wedding preparations would not get in the way of her training as she continues to hope for a November match-up.    She wishes to be more active moving forward and stated that she is willing to face any names thrown at her.   “I’ll face whoever they put in front of me,” Iniong said.    “What’s important is I get back to active competition. If I had it my way, I’d like to compete three or four times a year.”     Watch the world’s best strikers at ONE: IMMORTAL TRIUMPH on ABS-CBN S+A at 9:30pm PHT.   To catch the prelims, go to ONE’s Facebook and Twitter pages at 6:30pm PHT.   Read More From ONE Championship: Gina Iniong Survives Late Scare To Defeat Jihin Radzuan By Decision Gina Iniong Eyes Trilogy Bout With A Former ONE World Title Challenger The Best Pictures From ONE: DAWN OF HEROES  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 5th, 2019

ONE Championship: Team Lakay s Lito Adiwang hopeful to make debut at ONE: Masters of Fate

Lito "Thunder Kid" Adiwang is ready to strut his wares in front of a worldwide audience after getting a lucrative six-figure contract to the ONE Championship main roster. The fast-rising strawweight athlete from Baguio City defeated Anthony "The Antidote" Do by unanimous decision at Rich Franklin’s ONE WARRIOR SERIES 7 on 6 August in Singapore. Eager to get down to business and make his mark in the strawweight division, "Thunder Kid" hopes to compete when The Home Of Martial Arts returns to the Philippines for ONE: MASTERS OF FATE on 8 November at the Mall Of Asia Arena. “I’ll be ready. For me, it’s the perfect timing cause it’s only a few months away. I don’t have any injuries, so there’s no problem for me,” Adiwang said. “Now it’s all about getting a bit of rest and recovery and then I’ll go back to training and prepare for November 8. If I’m given a chance, I’ll be ready. I’m really eager to join the card.” His latest exploits inside the ring earned Adiwang a lucrative six-figure contract in his entry to the main roster of ONE Championship. But despite an impressive showing in the developmental show, he was not exactly pleased with his performance and wants to make up for it in front of his compatriots. "Now I’m eager to enter the Circle as soon as possible so I can showcase what I failed to show back then. Really excited to showcase the things that I can do,” Adiwang explained. “My goal is to become the ONE Strawweight World Champion. That’s what I am aiming for. That’s what pushed me to get some impressive wins and put on a better show.” Now that Adiwang has made a name for himself at ONE Warrior Series with his explosive striking and monstrous knockout power, he aims to do the same in the main roster. "I’ll do my best, train harder, give better shows - then get a title shot." Catch ONE Championship’s event ONE: IMMORTAL TRIUMPH on 6 September in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. It will be the organization’s first ever all-Super Series event. It will be aired live on the ONE Super App.     More from ONE Championship: Latest ONE Warrior Series Contract Awarded To Team Lakay’s Lito Adiwang Top Five Highlights From ONE Warrior Series 7 How Lito Adiwang’s Homecoming Set Him For Breakout Success.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 20th, 2019

ONE Championship: Pinoy Ramon Gonzales targets fourth-straight win at ONE: DREAMS OF GOLD

Ramon “The Bicolano” Gonzales looks to leave a bigger dent in the stacked strawweight division in his next appearance inside the ONE Championship ring. The Filipino National Kyokushin Karate Champion will take on “Wolf of the Grasslands” Hexigetu at ONE: DREAMS OF GOLD on Friday, 16 August at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. Currently on a three-bout winning streak all by way of first-round submission, “The Bicolano” is ready to climb the ladder anew in the hopes of getting a crack at the ONE Strawweight World Title, which is currently held by his compatriot Joshua “The Passion” Pacio. “I’m certainly ready for Friday. I’m ready to display more innovation and improvement from what I can do. Of course, there’s still my striking,” Gonzales said. “I’ve been focusing on everything, from my striking, which is Kyokushin, to my ground game. I know that a win could push me further up the rankings. But on top of that, my main goal for every match is to win and learn.” In the hopes to finally make a splash in his weight class, Gonzales says he has stepped up his training camp in preparation for Hexigetu. “This is one of the best training camps I’ve had. Everyone in the gym helped me out with the challenge I’m facing in Bangkok,” he said. “I am eager and much more determined for this coming Friday. This is for everyone who believes in me.” His game plan is simple - get in the ring and showcase his renowned striking and improved well-roundedness as a mixed martial artist. “Our game plan is to give my all thru striking and the ground. Wherever this match goes, I am ready, and I will give my best,” Gonzales shared. “I know how dangerous of an opponent Hexigetu is, and I have no plans of getting complacent.” Eager to prove himself on the global stage, the Filipino athlete said that he remains as hungry as ever, even after winning three straight matches. “I remain focused in training even on match week. I am excited and challenged for my next fight because this is another opportunity for me.” Tune in to watch ONE Championship’s next event, ONE: DREAMS OF GOLD, this Friday, 16 August. The main card airs live on ABS-CBN S+A at 9:30pm PHT. To catch the prelims, tune in to ONE’s Facebook and Twitter pages at 6:00pm PHT.   More from ONE Championship: Ramon Gonzales Aims To Continue Life-Changing Winning Streak In Bangkok Ramon Gonzales Thrills Manila With 79-Second Submission Ramon Gonzales Opens The Show With Crushing First-Round Choke      .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 14th, 2019

ONE Championship: I rushed - Eduard Folayang on loss to Eddie Alvarez

Eduard "Landslide" Folayang was seemingly within moments of picking up what could have been one of the biggest wins of his career, Friday night at ONE: Dawn of Heroes in Manila.  The Filipino mixed martial arts hero and two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion was taking on former UFC and Bellator Lightweight World Champion Eddie "The Underground King" Alvarez in a ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix semifinal bout and one of the night's most highly-anticipated bouts.  Early in the round opening round, Folayang landed a vicious right low kick that landed flush on Alvarez's ankle, sending the American to the mat.  As the crowed at the Mall of Asia Arena roared, Folayang pounced on the fallen Alvarez with every intention of ending the bout early.  Folayang landed punch after punch as Alvarez fought to survive and repositioned himself as often as he could to avoid taking damage.  Almost as suddenly as Folayang put Alvarez on his seat, the American was able to grab a hold of the Filipino star's leg and reverse positions, landing inside guard.  Folayang, presumably a bit spent from all the ground and pound, was now the one in survival mode and looked to escape the guard but insted ended up giving his back up.  Now, Alvarez is known for his come-forward brawling style, but "The Underground King" is also a gifted grappler, and he showed that by almost immediately locking in a Rear Naked Choke and forcing Folayang to tap out. All in just two minutes and 16 seconds.  Obviously, it was a bitter pill to swallow for Folayang, who was once again on track for a third world title run, had he emerged victorious.  The 35-year old Baguio City-native admits that he rushed himself to get the stoppage win.  "Yeah, I rushed. I think that’s one of the mistakes I made," Folayang said during the post-fight press conference. "I was not cautious, and I wanted to get up as soon as possible, and I forgot that I’m very vulnerable in that position." Folayang was the last member of Team Lakay to see action that night, and with his loss, the La Trinidad-based stable went 1-4. "I was too so eager to get the finish, and I think that’s the mistake, I became impatient, and I wanted to finish him as soon as possible but it didn’t go that way, so, that happened." Now coming off back-to-back losses, Folayang, as well as the rest of Team Lakay, will need to go back to the drawing board and make the necessary adjustments before their respective returns to action.   Coming off a loss is no longer a foreign feeling for Folayang, who has seen his highest moments come after the lowest of lows.  Before ending the post-fight presser, Folayang grabbed the mic one last time with a parting message for the media in attendance. "I just want to quote what Douglas McArthur said: 'We shall return.'"   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2019

Team Lakay s Gina Iniong and Joshua Pacio: Two paths, one goal

Lakay. It is the Ilocano word for old man.   But when you go up to Baguio, it has an altogether different meaning. You cannot miss that word when you drive down Benguet road, on a nifty sign attached to a normal-looking office building: Team Lakay.   The home of the best Philippine mixed martial arts team in history. Almost all of the big names local fight fans have come to cheer and love as our modern-day heroes trace their roots to the relatively small, packed training room down Benguet road, where mats are soaked with the sweat of the fighters.   Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon, Geje Eustaquio, Honorio Banario, Rey Docyogen, Roldan Sangcha-an, and Mark Eddiva are all hallowed names in the annals of Philippine mixed martial arts, disciples of Mark “The Machine” Sangiao, who established, and groomed Team Lakay to the fearsome fighting factory that it is today.   While all the names above have ensconced themselves on pedestals, Team Lakay’s pipeline includes two more who have been fighting for recognition in recent fights: lone female fighter Gina Iniong, and ONE’s current Strawweight lynchpin and youngest champion, Joshua Pacio.   Both fighters may have started their professional fighting careers for different reasons, but Iniong and Pacio still have a lot to offer and prove for mixed martial arts in the country and in the international stage, such as being prominent fighters in the prestigious cage of ONE Championship.   CHANCE OF A LIFETIME   Gina, the first female Filipino mixed martial artist to fight and win abroad, started boxing back in high school as part of her after-school activities. When she was about to graduate, she actively sought scholarships in order to finish her education. One such opportunity presented itself in the form of an athletic scholarship, concentrating on the martial art of Wushu, which has a huge following in her hometown of Baguio City, with the University of the Cordilleras having a team of its own.   “Our former boxing coach, who was a former student of Coach Mark (Sangiao), approached me one day, telling me to join the upcoming wushu competition then for the college scholarship. So I joined it, and took a chance,” Iniong shared, recounting how she got into the world of combat sports as a young lady.   However, it was too good to be true, as she had to hurdle quite a huge problem if she wants that scholarship: a fight record. Sangiao told the young Iniong it would be difficult to get her a scholarship if she does not have a record to show in active combat in Wushu.   “I was lucky because there was a Wushu National Games here in Manila and we immediately went down and made our way there. Thankfully, I got the gold after the competition, and that paved the way for my scholarship,” said Iniong.   From there, the “Conviction” was born. After competing in numerous Wushu tournaments, Iniong finally caught the eye of Sangiao, who decided to take her under his wings and train her to be his female version inside the MMA cage.   After debuting in the Universal Reality Combat Championship in 2010, Iniong hasn’t looked back in the 12 bouts she has figured in, compiling a professional record of 8-4.  As the lone female representative of the most-successful mixed martial arts team in the Philippines, she has displayed that trademark fearsome striking prowess of fighters coming from the Lakay camp.   When asked about the fact that she is one of the only five Filipinas making the country proud inside the ONE cage, the 29-year old’s face lit up, in disbelief, in honor, in humility, for she cannot believe it herself.   “I’m very proud, and humbled, of the fact that I am the lone female fighter representing Team Lakay in ONE Championship. Many very skilled female fighters dream of being part of ONE Championship, and fight under Team Lakay, yet I am the one that Coach Mark has seen with the most potential to carry the flag inside the cage,” she said.   However, what drives Gina to fight, and it has been a well-known fact, is her mother, diagnosed with a stage 5 chronic kidney disease. In her fight against Jihin Radzuan last February, Iniong dedicated the fight to her mother, who to this day, is scared of seeing her daughter mix it up in the ring.   “To this day, she hasn’t watched me fight live, not even on TV because she is quite the nervous person, and she would only watch if she knew I won, during replays. She is very unlike my dad, who has fully supported my life as an athlete, after being a boxer himself in his younger days,” she shared.   CHALLENGE ACCEPTED   Joshua “The Passion” Pacio never intended to make mixed martial arts fighting a career growing up. The 23-year old fighter deemed it impossible back then, to reach a stage as huge as ONE Championship, due to the excellence of the fighters that he used to watch with his uncle through videos.   Add to the fact that Pacio was overweight. Obese, specifically. It made it all the more difficult for the kid to follow his dream and passion to be a fighter.   It all changed when his uncle started training him in Muay Thai, the art of the eight limbs that originated from Thailand, and considered one of the deadliest forms of combat striking. It started out as training just for fitness, but as if seeing a tiny ray of light in a dark tunnel, Pacio wanted more.   “At first, it was only for fitness, with my uncle training me, and watching videos of various MMA fights, which really inspired me to push myself harder. I really wanted to test myself, compete with the best, and it all seemed impossible when I was out of shape. My uncle really pushed me starting with Muay Thai. I started competing a few months after that, but I suffered defeat after defeat in amateur competitions. I questioned myself why I still trained afterwards. But at the same time, that’s when I realized that this is really my passion, that even if I lost my last fight,” shared the ONE Championship Strawweight king, who has not looked back since then.   “The goal for me has ever been to prove to myself that I have improved in skills, and be the best fighter I can be,” Pacio added.   He made his ONE debut three years ago, finally fulfilling his lifelong dream of professional mixed martial arts, facing a more experienced Filipino fighter in Robin Catalan at the age of 20, one of the youngest to enter ONE’s cage.   “Before I got to represent Team Lakay in ONE Championship, the roster spot was actually up for grabs. Fighters of the team figured in a Team Lakay Championship, a grand-prix style tournament within the team, for the ONE Championship contract. I fought twice victoriously in one night to get it. Two weeks later, with a ONE Championship event in Manila, that’s when I found out I am making my professional debut,” said an astounded Pacio.   Everything about the man they call “The Passion” has been hard earned. He finally tasted gold last 2018 when he decisioned the famed Yoshitaka Naito, a Japanese ground and wrestling master that forced Pacio to tap via a rear-naked choke when they first met. Facing, and losing to Naito, according to Pacio, was a revelation that he has to improve his overall skills, especially his ground game in order to play with the big boys of the cage.   Striking will definitely get you somewhere, as is with Pacio’s base as a martial artist, but one has to have more tricks up his sleeve when they aspire for the pinnacle of the competition. Joshua came back with a vengeance in 2018 to show “Nobita” that “The Passion” is no longer the young kid who will be submitted easily.   However, 2019 did not start of great for Pacio and Team Lakay, after he lost the belt in January to Naito’s contemporary in Yosuke “Tobizaru” Saruta in a questionable split decision. But that did not deter the young man, who has made it his personal goal to continue improving and treat each loss as a lesson, in ONE Championship’s “Roots of Honor” fight card, where he faced Saruta once more.   This time, in front of a racous Filipino crowd inside the Mall of Asia Arena, Pacio did not let the judges’ cards decide as he detonated a right knee to the side of Saruta’s head late in the fourth round to reclaim his throne. The dreaded Team Lakay striking power knocked the lights out from the Japanese fighter as Baguio’s young lion let out a furious roar to celebrate his redemption.   TWO PATHS, ONE GOAL   One did it for education, the other for health. Nowadays, however, MMA means more to Iniong and Pacio than just a stepping stone to something else. It is their passion, their advocacy, their bread and butter.   They continue to grind each day, waiting for another opportunity to show what they got and get the win, not just for personal glory, but also for the country and their family.   Inspired by her ailing mother, the “Conviction” promises to keep her current winning streak up despite being up against a formidable foe in her next match. After tasting defeat from Brazilian Istela Nunes, Iniong bounced back with a split decision over Radzuan last February to get herself back on track. Right now, Gina has one thing in mind with their goal: chase that ONE Women’s Atomweight division title, currently held by Angela Lee, and become the Philippines’ very first female ONE world champion.   However, Iniong acknowledges that the path towards the gold may not be easy, as she is currently eyeing a rematch with Japanese tormentor Mei Yamaguchi, the number one-ranked Atomweight fighter whom she has fought with twice, in order to settle who the rightful challenger to Lee’s belt is.   “Everyone has gotten belts. My big brothers in the team have tasted championship. I felt jealous because I do not have a belt, and lost my fight that would have given me a title shot. This time, I will make sure that I will do my best to secure a title fight,” rued Iniong in a previous interview with ONE Championship prior to fighting Radzuan.   While Iniong wants hit paydirt, it’s all about keeping the belt on his waist for Pacio, the reigning ONE Strawweight champion. His most probable foe is his nemesis Yoshitaka Naito who he does not have a problem with facing for the third time.   “I really want to prove I am the champion, and if it’s by facing him (Naito), so be it. I also want to prove that I have greatly improved as well from the last time we fought,” he shared.   While Iniong and Pacio await their next fighting assignment, their teammates are in the thick of training for the upcoming “Dawn of Heroes” megafight card happening on August 2 at the Mall of Asia Arena. It features Team Lakay members, led by Edward “Landslide” Folayang, Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, and Danny “The King” Kingad, who will face the best of the world as represented by Eddie Alvarez, Reece McLaren, and Yuya Wakamatsu.   The entire country will be cheering on them as the whole world watches. And maybe somehow, somewhere there will be new blood encouraged and inspired by them to take on the challenge of continuing the legacy of the nation’s best fighting team alongside Iniong and Pacio.   After all, Sangiao did not establish Team Lakay just to be some Bagiuo-based fitness gym down Benguet road. He made Team Lakay to provide a home, a family, for young Filipinos who have the heart to fight for their dream, their family, and the country.     Watch “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” on August 2 at the Mall of Asia Arena, to be broadcast LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A and S+A HD with livestreaming on iWant for all the Pinoy fight fans to see. For more stories and news one ONE Championship, follow @ABSCBNSports on Twitter and Facebook or visit sports.abs-cbn.com. For updates, follow @ABSCBNPR on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram or visit www.abs-cbn.com/newsroom......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 18th, 2019

ONE Championship: Alvarez match the perfect gauge for Folayang s future

Eduard "Landslide" Folayang says he will see a glimpse of his future when he shares the Circle with former lightweight World Champion Eddie "The Underground King" Alvarez.   The former ONE Lightweight World Champion from Baguio City is slated to lock horns with the American mixed martial arts legend in a ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix semifinal bout at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES on 2 August at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.   Eager to become a World Champion yet again in The Home of Martial Arts, Folayang, will find out if he still has what it takes to reign over the talent-rich division.    After all, Folayang is not getting any younger and he believes that his battle with Alvarez will only show him where he stands right now.    “This is very important because this is where I’ll my see future and where I am right now,” said Folayang.    “It’s like a measurement fight. This is where I’ll see if I still have what it takes and the things I need to do in order to become a champion again.”    Folayang realizes that he is about to mix it up with the most decorated opponent he has faced to date. With pressure mounting to perform in front of his hometown crowd, "Landslide" is bent on getting the win in hopes for another World Title shot.   “The home crowd will certainly be a factor, especially since I’m facing a very good opponent. I think all of the fans know that,” said  Folayang.    “They know what’s at stake and that’s why we should be at our best. Sometimes all they care for is winning or losing, so we really have to be better.”    With less than a month left before the highly-anticipated showdown between the two best lightweights the East and West has to offer, Folayang is banking on his countrymen's cheers to uplift his warrior spirit at the Mall of Asia Arena.   “It’s a different feeling when they cheer. Your spirits are lifted and your adrenaline is through the roof.”   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 15th, 2019

Bodies found in retirement homes

Madrid---Spanish soldiers deployed to help fight the new coronavirus outbreak have found elderly patients abandoned, and sometimes dead, at retirement homes, as an ice rink inside a Madrid shopping mall was turned into a temporary morgue to cope with a surge in cases......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 24th, 2020

Folayang, Eustaquio, ONE Championship stars react to closed-door events

While most of the sporting world has stopped due the current COVID-19 outbreak, Singapore-based martial arts promotion ONE Championship is intent on keeping the show going, as they’ve already announced that they will be putting on closed-door, audience-free shows starting April. Looking to push a message of positivity, the upcoming closed-door events were entitled HOPE, STRENGTH, DREAMS, and INSPIRATION, all of them set to be held in Singapore. And while mixed martial artists often rely on the crowd for an extra boost when inside the circle, ONE Championship’s athletes have expressed their support and agreement to the closed-door setting given the worldwide enforcement of social distancing and staying at home. For former two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang putting on events in a closed-door setting will uphold the safety of the athletes, the fans, and the staff while still also giving the athletes a chance to make a living. “We’re under a pandemic now, so we have to look at the safety of the athletes, the staff, and the fans. It’s better [to hold closed-door events] than the fights being canceled altogether. I think it’s a good move because the fans can just wait for it on their TVs or social media accounts," Folayang said via ONE Championship.  “The sports events that people are waiting for, like the NBA, are canceled as well, so I think that will be the advantage for ONE. I know there are a lot of people who want to watch live, but I know that even they wouldn’t push through because of health concerns,” he added. Reigning ONE Middleweight and Heavyweight World Champion “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang said that he promises to put on a show for the fans no matter where the event is held. “Thank you to the ONE fans for keeping us in business. We promise to put on amazing shows, even with closed-door events. The staff is taking extra precautions and as an athlete, I am super thankful for them. And for me, it doesn’t matter if it’s a closed-door event, a stadium event, or [an event] in the parking lot, I plan on putting on great shows for the fans.” Former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio understands that while a closed-door setting will hurt a bit in terms of revenue, it’s better for the fighters to compete closed-door than to have their fights cancelled completeley. “It’s a very wise move. On the athletes’ part, that decision is very favorable because we all know the hardships athletes go through to prepare [for a bout]. It’s always a dream for them to compete, so it would not be good if their matches get canceled altogether.” “The good thing is ONE Championship understands that. That’s why I am in favor of the events to go through, albeit in closed doors. Of course, it will hurt the company a little bit, especially when it comes to gate revenue. But sometimes, you have to make sacrifices,” Eustaquio added. Reigning ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen hopes for the best as the pandemic continues to affect the whole world. “At the end of the day, this virus is just a phase that will pass hopefully sooner than later. We just have to be smart in these certain situations and take self-care, as well as be mindful of others.” ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix runner-up Danny “The King” Kingad knows the risks of putting on a live event during this time of a virus pandemic. “I think boss Chatri made a great decision. I think that’s okay for the rest of us. After all, we cannot take into account each and every person who enters the arena during events – and we can’t be too sure because one person could be the start of an outbreak.” “For me, that’s a great decision, putting everything in closed doors for the meantime,” he continued. Former ONE Strawweight World Championship challenger Rene “The Challenger” Catalan echoed Kingad’s sentiments, saying that a mass gathering - much like a normal, packed ONE Championship event - can be the start of disease transmission, especially one as highly contagious as the COVID-19 virus. “For me, sir Chatri’s decision to continue the event in closed-doors is the right move. If an event pushes through which is open to the public, there is a big possibility for disease transmission. It’s a good move, and the right move, to push for closed-doors, as long as the competition continues.”  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2020

Japan readies ‘state of emergency’ coronavirus measures

Japan’s government Tuesday approved draft “state of emergency” measures that would allow authorities to keep people inside and commandeer buildings for hospitals, as Tokyo steps up its fight against coronavirus five months before the Olympics. If approved by parliament, the draft bill would give Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the power to declare a state of […] The post Japan readies ‘state of emergency’ coronavirus measures appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMar 10th, 2020

UAAP Season 82: There s more in us that is coming -- Okumu

University of the Philippines head coach Godfrey Okumu can point out a dozen things they did wrong in the Fighting Maroons’ disappointing opening day defeat in the UAAP Season 82 women’s volleyball tournament. However, the mentor remains defiant that the fight in UP is alive and well and that his wards just played a fraction of what they are really capable of.   “It is not how I wanted to start. I'll just say that it's a wake-up call,” said Okumu, who spent extra time inside their dugout to talk to his crew following the Fighting Maroons’ 13-25, 17-25, 23-25, black and blue beating at the hands of defending champion Ateneo de Manila University on Wednesday. The third-year coach felt that his team played too tight in the first two sets and drifted away from their game plan. It didn’t help they were committing strings of errors that added to their frustration. UP gave away 29 points to Ateneo off its miscues.   “We did not relax until the third set. We were in a hurry, we were not composed,” said Okumu. UP got buried early in the first two frames, trailing in double digits in some stretches.  The Fighting Maroons did show resistance in the third, giving the Lady Eagles quite a scare only to crumble in the end. “I hope that we will find composure in the next games. If we are, our game would come,” said Okumu. “I believe we only performed at ten-percent of what we are capable of. The scoreline, unforced errors,” he added. “I still believe we can do better. I believe that we just did a fraction of what we are.” After the match, the Fighting Maroons had a long talk inside their locker room.   “We were just telling them just what any coach would say -- what is coming next and how we can adjust,” said Okumu. “Because it's not about the skill, it's about the mental toughness. We only brought it back during the third set. If that was our ten-percent, I believe there's more in us that is coming.” UP’s character will be tested on Saturday when it faces University of the East.     Show your school spirit. Get official UAAP university licensed merchandise from www.uaapstore.com. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 5th, 2020

With virus in mind, Korea s Sungjae Im wins Honda Classic

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Moments after getting his first career PGA Tour win, Sungjae Im took a moment to reflect on what it means. Not for himself — for his homeland, and for those dealing with a virus that has the world on edge. The 21-year-old South Korean started fast and finished stronger Sunday, winning The Honda Classic by one shot over Mackenzie Hughes and two over Tommy Fleetwood for his first victory in 50 tries on tour. But before he could be whisked back to the course to collect the trophy, Im made sure to speak out about the coronavirus and tell those in South Korea — where nearly 4,000 cases have been confirmed — that he was thinking of them. “Over in Korea right now, I know a lot of people are dealing with the coronavirus," Im said. “And it's kind of a huge deal with everybody. But I'm just glad as a Korean player that I can deliver some good news to the countrymen back home ... to do something for the country and make everybody proud." Im shot a 4-under 66 on Sunday, finishing at 6 under to match the second-highest winning score since the Honda moved to PGA National in 2007. He was the tour’s rookie of the year last season, plus has played more tournaments and more rounds than anyone since the 2018-19 season began nearly a year and a half ago. And now, he’s a winner, picking up $1.26 million this week and becoming the Honda’s 10th international champion in the last 16 seasons. Im birdied four of his first five holes, then birdied two of the final four — after sticking tee shots on the tough par-3 15 and 17th holes within 8 feet both times — to finish off the victory. Hughes, a Canadian who made the cut on the number Friday, shot his second consecutive 66. Playing alongside Im, he was part of some serious fireworks on the last two holes and missed a birdie putt at the par-5 finishing hole that would have gotten him into a tie for the top spot. “I love being in the mix," Hughes said. “I love having a chance to win, and yeah, it sucks to come up one short, to fight that hard all day. I just kind of thought I was going to do it. But still proud of the way I fought this week." Fleetwood (71) was alone in third and is still seeking his first PGA Tour win. He started the day one shot clear of the field and started birdie-birdie to get to 7 under at that point — matching what was the low score in relation to par of the week. Then PGA National did what it usually does, that being not let anyone run away from the pack. Fleetwood made bogey on the par-4 6th and couldn’t get up and down from a greenside bunker on the par-4 8th, giving back what was left of his lead at that point. Fleetwood birdied the par-3 17th to get within one, but his approach at the par-5 finishing hole found the water to all but seal his fate. “I was going well," Fleetwood said. “My swing wasn't there today. It wasn't like a comfortable day ... things weren't quite there, but I hung in well." Once Fleetwood’s attempt at a miracle hole-out after a drop from 120 yards on 18 didn’t fall, Im could finally exhale as the winner. He hugged his caddie in the locker room, where he watched the last 20 minutes or so on a monitor. “I've been in this spot many times. ... I just felt like the experience really helped," Im said through a translator. Some of Im’s best moments have come when no one has been looking. He was third at the Zozo Championship in Japan last October, a finish totally overshadowed by Tiger Woods tying the PGA Tour record of 82 career victories. And in November he went 3-1-1 to tie for the best showing by a player on the International team at the Presidents Cup, but the U.S. team captained by Woods rallied in singles on the final day to win the trophy at Royal Melbourne. But this time, he was on center stage and embraced the moment. Hughes and Im went to the par-3 17th green — the end of the “Bear Trap” three-hole stretch — in wildly different spots. Im stuck his tee ball to just inside of 8 feet, while Hughes had nearly 55 feet left from above the hole. Hughes rolled in his most improbable birdie to an enormous roar, pulling into a tie with Im at 5 under. If Im was worried, it didn’t show. Im took a couple looks at his downhill line, took his putter back just a couple of inches and watched the ball roll in for a birdie that allowed him to reclaim his lead at 6 under — which, he hoped, created a bit of relief at home. “Right now, all I can do is pray for the best and just hope moving forward that not many more people get affected," Im said. “Hopefully, this virus can calm down and sort itself out very soon." DIVOTS: Honda will remain the tournament’s namesake for a 40th consecutive year in 2021, extending the longest current run of title-sponsorship on tour. ... Grayson Murray, who was 4 under on the par-3 17th in his first three rounds with an ace on Saturday, put his tee ball there in the water Sunday and made double bogey. ... For the third consecutive year, no player had four rounds in the 60s on the par-70 track......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 2nd, 2020

Ateneo takes fight out of UST to stay spotless in PCCL

SJ Belangel brought the big guns for the second straight game in the 2020 Philippine Collegiate Champions League NCAA-UAAP Challenge while Ange Kouame brought the finishing kick as Ateneo de Manila University triumphed over University of Sto. Tomas, 82-71, in a tight tiff in the middle of the Filoil Flying V Centre on Sunday. Belangel dropped 26 points built on six triples, all while showing the Blue Eagles the way to yet another convincing victory versus the Growling Tigers whom they downed int eh Finals of last year's UAAP Men's Basketball Tournament. The third-year guard was on-point from the get-go and already had seven points in their 12-3 start that eventually became a 27-10 edge. When UST threatened in the final frame, however, it was Kouame who imposed his will and had four points in Ateneo's 11-0 run that re-increased a three-point lead into an 82-68 advantage inside the last two minutes. "Tough game. Rough game. I think it's two pretty good teams out there who are not in midseason form," Coach Tab Baldwin said as the game became more intense as it went along and in the end, saw a total of 64 fouls called. In the end, the Ivorian tower tallied 15 points, 13 rebounds, and five blocks to help lift his team to the first slot in the PCCL Final Four. The Blue Eagles also got much-welcome contributions from Troy Mallillin and Geo Chiu with the former finishing with seven points and six rebounds in just 14 minutes and the latter ending with five markers and seven boards in 11 minutes. On the other hand, the Growling Tigers were fronted by Deo Cuajao and Rhenz Abando who scored 14 points apiece. With UAAP MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo limited to only five points and six rebounds, however, they suffer their first setback in two tries. BOX SCORES ATENEO 82 - Belangel 26, Kouame 15, D. Ramos 8, Daves 7, Mallillin 6, Chiu 5, Tio 4, Navarro 4, E. Ramos 4, Mamuyac 1, P. Maagdenberg 1, E. Maagdenberg 1, Credo 0. UST 71 - Cuajao 14, Abando 14, Cansino 10, Nonoy 9, Concepcion 8, Chabi Yo 5, Manalang 3, Ando 2, Manaytay 2, Paraiso 2, Bataller 2, Garing 0. QUARTER SCORES: 29-15, 48-38, 66-65, 82-71. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2020

Jones to defend title against Reyes at UFC 247

By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Jon Jones believes he’s a superior fighter to Dominick Reyes. But the UFC light heavyweight champion knows that he can’t underestimate Reyes on Saturday night when they meet in the main event of UFC 247. “For him to be so inexperienced there’s something inside me that lets me know, Jon you cannot take this guy lightly,” Jones said. “In a way he could be more dangerous than the guys that are more experienced because he just doesn’t know any better.” Jones (25-1-1) and the fourth-ranked Reyes (12-0) highlight a 12-bout event at the Toyota Center in Houston. The champion looks to improve to 14-0 in title fights when he meets Reyes, a rising star in the sport who worked as an IT support specialist. “I’m knocking on the door,” Reyes said. “I’m just days away from reaching what I believe is my destiny and that’s to be the greatest light heavyweight in the world. It’s life-changing.” Jones said he’s worked to get stronger to prepare for this fight and that’s he’s studied Reyes extensively leading up to the event. He’s knows he’s going to get the best shot from Reyes because he’s wanted this opportunity to dethrone Jones for so long. “When you’re fighting someone like that you’ve got to take a step back,” Jones said. “You’re dealing with a wild dog here. You can’t just reach in there and get bit. You got to come at him with a really strategic approach.” While Jones is one of the undisputed stars of the sport, Reyes is much more of a unknown commodity despite his undefeated record. “Everybody knows how great Jon Jones is but not a lot of people know how tough Dominick Reyes is,” UFC President Dana White said. “This guy is young, fast, has got knockout power in both hands. He’s hungry and he truly believes he can beat Jon Jones. So, this is a really good fight.” Before beginning his UFC career, Reyes was a wrestler and a football player. He was a defensive back at Stony Brook University and dreamed of playing in the NFL. But when he wasn't drafted, he embarked on his UFC career. It’s this background that led to a comment Reyes made recently that irked Jones. Reyes said Jones had never faced an “athlete” before. “I think he’s reaching, and my job is just to call him out on his silly comments,” Jones said. “The guy is hanging onto these wild ideas to pump himself up. And my job is to take his ideas away and send him into the fight with nothing.” Despite ruffling the champ’s feathers with that quote, Reyes hasn’t backed down from it. “That comment was based on, I’m faster than him, I’m more agile and I have all these skills that I’ve acquired through other sports,” Reyes said. “My whole lifetime of athletic achievements has prepared me for this moment.” Reyes has watched and admired Jones for years and admitted to having an eye on him even before getting into the sport. “I wasn’t really studying him back then, I was more of a fan,” Reyes said. “But I was aware of everything he was doing, and I was impressed. It was cool to watch him win those titles and do those things but as soon as I got in the sport I was like, ‘This is the mark. This is who we’ve got to beat.'" Before Jones and Reyes meet Saturday night another belt will be on the line when Valentina Shevchenko defends her women's flyweight title against Katlyn Chookagian. Shevchenko (18-3) has won four bouts in a row and Chookagian (13-2) is the top contender for the belt......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2020