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LOOK: This Team Lakay fighter is also an excellent artist

Baguio-based mixed martial arts stable Team Lakay is best known for producing some of the best MMA fighters in the Philippines, including the likes of former ONE Championship titleholders Eduard Folayang, Honorio Banario, and reigning interim titleholder Geje Eustaquio to name a few.  It appears however, that one of their fighters has also been flexing his muscle in a different field of art as well.  Meet 24-year old Harold "The Vitruvian Man" Banario.  The younger brother of former ONE Championship Featherweight World Champion Honorio, Harold is 4-1 in MMA, and has had stints with Guam-based promotion PXC.    Soon..#fighter #life #artist #painter #artlover #mma #mmafighter #igorot #teamlakay #art #lifestyle #fitness #fit #passion #work #student #architecture #designer #focused #power #left A post shared by harold banario (@hbanario) on Oct 5, 2017 at 12:01am PDT Also, he's a very talented artist.  Having last fought back in 2015, it looks like the La Trinidad native has shifted his focus to painting.  Some of his works have depicted the likes of former Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach...   Working on this... #painter #artist #art #artistsoninstagram #fashion #style #dress #gown #contemporaryart #artfun #passion #love #piawurtzbach #missuniverse #beauty #lifestyle #color #artsy #horse #horses #animals #painting A post shared by harold banario (@hbanario) on Apr 1, 2018 at 12:52am PDT  ...a couple of recreations of the dance scene from Beauty and the Beast, featuring Emma Watson...   My two version of Beauty and the Beast (artist😂)- oil on canvases. Done. #painting #draw#sketch #art #artistsoninstagram #artist #painter #charcoal #artlover #blackandwhite #loveart #fashion #design #contemporaryart #pencildrawing #fighter #mma #life #lifestyle #style #motivation #artwork #beautyandthebeast #emmawatson #paint #fitness #passion A post shared by harold banario (@hbanario) on Dec 10, 2017 at 9:29pm PST ...as well as  what appears to be an Igorot warrior sitting on the Iron Throne. (You have to admit this is pretty badass.)   Game of thrones artwork. Work in progress.😀 #art #art🎨 #gameofthrones #got7 #gotfans #hbo #ironthrone #jonsnow #emiliaclarke #kitharrington #peterdinklage #contemporaryart #painting #painter #mmafighter #mma #bjj #fitness #fit #artwork #modernart #canvas #drawing #draw A post shared by harold banario (@hbanario) on Aug 18, 2017 at 5:54am PDT His most recent works include amazing paintings of his teammates, including reigning ONE Interim Flyweight Champion Geje Eustaquio... ...and of course, his Manong Honorio.  Truly amazing work from a multi-talented fighter-slash-artist!  You can see more of his work on his Facebook Page as and on his Instagram account. .....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJun 4th, 2018

ONE Championship: Kevin Belingon vs. Martin Nguyen for interim bantamweight title set for Manila in July

ONE Championship’s July card in Manila will be getting a big-time main event, as Team Lakay knockout artist and top bantamweight contender Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon will be taking on reigning ONE Championship Featherweight and Flyweight World Champion Martin ‘The Situ-Asian’ Nguyen for the Interim ONE Championship Bantamweight World Champion. ONE Championship CEO and Chairman Chatri Sityodtong made the announcement on his Facebook page, Thursday afternoon.  Currently riding a five-fight winning streak, Baguio City’s Belingon (18-5) is considered by many as the number one contender to the ONE Championship Bantamweight World Title, currently held by Brazilian submission specialist Bibiano Fernandes. After losing to Fernandes back in 2016, Belingon clawed his way back into the title picture by going on an impressive winning run including dominant stoppage wins over Toni Tauru and former title contenders Reece McLaren and Andrew Leone. A win over Nguyen will finally give Belingon the ONE title that he’s longed for, as well as securing his spot once again as the next to challenge Fernandes, ONE Championship’s longest-reigning world champion. (READ ALSO: With title shot in mind, Kevin Belingon says Martin Nguyen can wait.) Following a successful defense of his featherweight crown against Christian Lee, the 11-2 Nguyen drops back down to bantamweight and will try to get another chance at becoming a three-division world champion. After capturing the featherweight and lightweight belts back in 2017, Nguyen kicked off 2018 with a title shot against Fernandes in Bangkok, Thailand. While Nguyen pushed the champion to the limit, at the end of five rounds, Fernandes once again reigned supreme as he defended his bantamweight title for a record seventh straight time. Roughly two months removed from his last bout, Nguyen jumps back straight into the title picture to challenge Belingon for the number one contender spot. The Belingon-Nguyen blockbuster bantamweight title bout will serve as the headliner for ONE Championship’s third of four trips to Manila in 2018. As announced by Sityodtong, the card will also feature MMA legends Renzo Gracie and Yuki Kondo in a retirement match, as well as former champion Shinya Aoki taking on Thai star Shannon Wiratchai.  Former ONE Championship Lightweight world champion and Filipino MMA star Eduard Folayang has also been announced for the card.  ONE Championship: Reign of Kings will Friday, July 27th at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Filipino Menchavez to make ONE debut in Macau

Another Filipino fighter will strut his stuff in Macau for ONE Championship's Pinnacle of Power card on June 23. Rodian Menchavez (5-1) is set to make his debut in the promotion, making it to the card that features interim ONE flyweight champion Geje Eustaquio (10-6) taking on undisputed ONE World flyweight titlist Adriano Moraes (17-2) in a title unification bout in the co-main event. Eustaquio's Team Lakay stable mates Edward Kelly (10-4) and Danny Kingad (6-1) are also in the card and are scheduled to face against Narantungalag Jadambaa (12-5) and Ma Hao Bin (10-2), respectively. Menchavez will bring his four-fight winning streak on the line against China's Li Kai Wen (7-4)...Keep on reading: Filipino Menchavez to make ONE debut in Macau.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

Eduard Folayang and his familiar path to glory

Eduard Folayang has been here before. Back in 2014, after racking up back-to-back wins in in a span of half a year, the Team Lakay star was slowly building a name for himself as a top-tier contender in ONE Championship’s lightweight division. A third straight win would have possibly put him in the title picture. And then, he ran into Russian Timofey Nastyukhin. A sequence that will forever be burned in the minds of Filipino MMA fans, Nasytukhin dropped Folayang with a well-timed flying knee to the jaw, and then finished it off with a crushing soccer kick, back when soccer kicks were allowed. While it wasn’t Folayang’s first stoppage loss, it was arguably his most violent to date. The Filipino MMA star lay motionless in front of a Filipino crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena. It took Folayang over a year before he made his return, a decision win over Tetsuya Yamada. That win would set Folayang on his path to the ONE Lightweight Word Championship, one of the most celebrated stories in MMA in the past couple of years. Roughly three years removed since his knockout loss to Nastyukhin at the Mall of Asia Arena, it would seem like a cruel repetition of history, as Folayang would once again find himself staring up at the MoA Arena lights in late 2017. Folayang, a single day away from celebrating his one-year anniversary of being a ONE world champion, saw his spot at the top of the lightweight division taken away with one, well-timed overhand right, courtesy of Martin Nguyen. Nguyen made history that night at the expense of Folayang, becoming ONE Championship’s first ever two-division world champion. For the Pinoy MMA hero, it was another setback, not unlike the many he’s faced through the course of his career.   The Road to Redemption No matter what other people said, those who knew him knew he’d be back, and one of those whose believe never wavered was that of ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong, saying that this is just the start of Folayang's journey.  So finally, when it was announced that Folayang would indeed be coming back to the cage, it was a big deal. Immediately, it was clear that redemption was on the former champion’s mind. “Yun naman ang nagpapa-sarap sa isang life story, yung paano ka mag-rise after you fall, and it adds a lot of spices sa life if ganun ulit yung mangyayari, although syempre may different versions yung story ng bawat isa sa atin, and I’m still looking forward on my redemption in this upcoming fight.” Folayang said. Folayang’s return was set for May, in one of the most-stacked ONE cards of the year, and even with three world title bouts featuring the biggest ONE Championship stars also on the card, Filipino fight fans’ eyes were on Folayang’s highly-anticipated return.   Parallel Experiences With 25 professional bouts under his belt, Eduard Folayang isn’t new to the game, by any means. From fighting in front of small crowds to main eventing a packed Singapore Indoor Stadium for the world title, Folayang has seen it all and done it all, that’s why pre-fight jitters isn’t expected to be an issue for a fighter the caliber and experience of ‘The Landslide.’ And while it wasn’t so much as jitters, Folayang admits that he had a lot going through his head in the days leading up to his comeback fight. “Yung siguro sa akin lang, andaming pumapasok sa isipan ko, hindi mo maiiwasan yung mga ‘what ifs’ mga paano kung natalo ulit ako dito, ganun,” Folayang told ABS-CBN Sports. Having already been in this situation before, Folayang added that it was indeed a big help being able to look back at a parallel experience. “Oo naman, nakatulong, kasi looking back noong 2014, nung na-knockout din ako kay Timofey, tapos yung same feeling nung kakalabanin ko ulit nung 2016 si Tetsuya Yamada, andaming tumatakbo sa utak, mas lalo na since naging champion ako, syempre hindi mawawala yung expectations ng tao and andyan na yung mga bashers e, naka-ready na sila. So the best thing to do is dapat maging mentally strong and accurate sa pagpapatupad ng gameplan para manalo.” And implement a gameplan successfully, he did.   The Comeback Against an undefeated grappler in Russian Kharun Atlangeriev, Folayang was visibily patient and picked his shots while shrugging off takedown attempts to earn the unanimous decision win. “Yun yung isa sa mga nakita ko na parang naging cautious ako, siguro yung thinking na talagang parang masyadong worth yung game, as much as possible talaga, hindi mo na iniisip na maging fancy  yung fight, mas nananaig yung goal mo na manalo.” Folayang said of his performance against Atlangeriev. “Siguro yun yung isa sa mga pinaka-reason kung bakit medyo naging conservative yung approach ko sa fight, at saka napansin ko din, although gusto ko mag-all out, very passive yung kalaban eh, hindi mo alam kung ano yung iniisip niya, yun din yung isa sa mga naging reason.” Folayang went on record and gave himself a three out of five rating in his comeback fight. While ultimately he was happy with the result, the Baguio City native believes that he could have done way more, and that’s what he intends to do in the future. “Masaya, although sa akin I believe I can do much better, syempre ngayon comeback fight kasi kaya andyan palagi yung pressure, the more we learn a lot of lessons, the more na magiging maganda yung adjustment natin for the upcoming bouts na dadating.” Step one of the comeback was complete.   Second Shot at Glory And again, Eduard Folayang finds himself on the comeback trail. The 34-year old Team Lakay star has successfully bounced back from a loss, but arguably more important now is what lies ahead. With the win, Folayang is on his way, if not already back in the title picture, and if you ask him, he’ll be the first to tell you that he’s ready to get back what was once his. “Parang more na na-boost yung desire ulit para makabalik dun sa nawala sa atin, and hopefully this year, magkaroon ulit ng opportunity para maka-laban for the title.” Fueling the fire even more for Folayang is the fact that after seeing Nguyen’s last two bouts - a unanimous decision loss to ONE Bantamweight World champion Bibiano Fernandes and a split decision win over Christian Lee - he feels he can perform better if given a second go-around. “Especially after panoorin yung last two fights nung tumalo sa akin, parang nasasayangan ba. Feeling ko talaga, mas deserving na ako yung nakahawak, parang ganun yung pakiramdam ko.” Folayang shared. “Parang I could have done better kung hindi lang ako naging careless on one point, and kung na-oversee ko lang talaga na yung strength ko, dun ako papasukin.” While only time will tell whether or not Folayang does get a shot at the title again, whether a rematch or be it against someone else, the former champ is certain that he’s still in this, and he’s hungrier than ever for another taste of glory. “Malakas pa rin eh [yung hunger], it’s just a matter of paano natin alagaan yung career natin, yung health natin, iba kasi, yun din yung kagandahan ng mixed martial arts eh, the more na pumupunta yung age mo, the more na mas nagiging cautious ka, hindi na lang puro lakas yung ilalaban mo kundi parang nagiging wiser ka na din sa approach mo.” “I think yung hunger ko andun parin, I’m still hungry.” Folayang adds. When it’s all said and done, Folayang won’t be happy with just being at the top once and then crashing down after. For the Team Lakay star, there are still chapters to be written as he begins what is hopefully another run towards the pinnacle of the sport. “Yun naman yung gusto natin, hindi yung natapos na yung end ng chapter ng story natin, kundi may mga magaganda and exciting stories pa na maisusulat in that book.” After all, “multi-time world champion” Eduard Folayang has better ring to it, no? “Yun yung gusto natin, mas magandang pakinggan.” Eduard Folayang’s been here before, and if you’ve been paying attention, you know that this is just the start of great things to come......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

Successful ONE return as Folayang dominates Russian foe

Filipino MMA star Eduard Folayang had a triumphant return after he toppedKharun Atlangeriev of Russia in ONE: Unstoppable Dreams at Singapore Indoor Stadium Friday night. Folayang, who lost the ONE lightweight title after falling to Martin Nguyen in a second-round knockout in Manila, scored a unanimous decision win in his first fight in six months. With the victory, Folayang may have just set himself up for another shot at the title. The 33-year-old fighter out of the famed Team Lakay improved his record to 19 wins and six losses....Keep on reading: Successful ONE return as Folayang dominates Russian foe.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

ONE Championship: Honorio Banario slips past Adrian Pang in Manila

Team Lakay lightweight contender Honorio “The Rock” Banario eked out a split decision win over Australia’s Adrian ‘The Hunter’ Pang in their lightweight contest at ONE Championship: Heroes of Honor, Friday evening at the Mall of Asia Arena. Prior to the bout, Banario highlighted movement and footwork as his keys to victory, and the Baguio-native followed through, as he moved in and out of the slower Pang’s range in the first round while getting his shots in. Towards the end of the round, Banario unloaded a side kick to Pang’s head that stunned the Australian. Banario pounced, landing a flurry of punches and kicks to the head to end the first frame strong. More of the same for Banario in the second round, as he darted in and out of the way and picked picked Pang apart with quick shots. Pang connected on a couple of body shots in the round to get some of his offense going. In the final round, Pang picked up the aggressiveness, as he began to throw more and land more. Banario, still managed to slip in and out of Pang’s range, much to the annoyance of the Aussie. After three rounds, Banario earned the split decision nod to pick up his fifth consecutive win. “I would like to thank Adrian Pang for taking this fight, this man is the greatest fighter I’ve ever faced, he’s already 40 years old, and still strong.” Banario said during the post-fight interview, before thanking the fans in attendance. “Mabuhay tayong lahat!” With the win, Banario improves to 13-6 in his professional career......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 20th, 2018

I just love to compete - Team Lakay s Kevin Belingon isn t going to wait for a title shot

With four straight impressive victories under his belt, the popular belief is that Team Lakay’s Kevin Belingon is undoubtedly the number one contender in ONE Championship’s bantamweight division. Heck, even ONE Championship CEO and Chairman Chatri Sityodtong agrees. It just so happens that timing doesn’t seem to be on the Baguio-native’s side. “I agree, I agree a hundred percent. I talked to Kevin a couple of months ago, and I recommended that he wait it out,” Sityodtong said during the pre-fight press conference for ONE: Heroes of Honor. Rather than stay idle and wait for the title fight, Belingon decided that he wanted to fight, whether or not for the championship. “He wanted to fight so Matt Hume gave him a fight.” On Friday at the ONE: Heroes of Honor card at the Mall of Asia Arena, Belingon takes on former title contender Andrew Leone, and Sityodtong bared that the winner will be next in line to challenge ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes. If Belingon can pull out a win, he gets his shot at redemption against Fernandes. “For sure, Kevin Belingon is getting the next title shot, after Bibiano is rested and well” Sityodtong said. As it turns out, the longest-reigning ONE world champion is a bit banged up after successfully defending his title against two-division world champion Martin Nguyen just last March.  "Bibiano’s injured right now, I just talked to him last week, his leg is still [hurt], he hasn’t been able to train at all, so I don’t know when he’ll be back in action," revealed Sityodtong.  Belingon and Fernandes have crossed paths for the world title before, in early 2016, with Fernandes handily defeating the Pinoy in the first round. Since then, Belingon has won four straight, and Bibiano has defended his title thrice. A long overdue rematch between Belingon and Fernandes will no doubt show just how much both fighters have gotten better since their first meeting, but before any talk of rematches, the Team Lakay knockout artist will first need to take care of business against Leone, who’s also angling for a rematch against the champion of his own. For Belingon, accepting a fight against someone the caliber of Leone could definitely put his top contender status in jeopardy. A loss could easily send him to the back of the line, but the heavy-handed isn’t concerned about that. It’s simply all about improving. “For me, no worries. I just train hard and keep improving, learning the techniques on the ground and wrestling, and improving my weaknesses to be my strengths in the future, para magamit ko sa mga susunod na laban.” “Sa akin, I just love to compete.” Belingon added.   Kevin Belingon and Andrew Leone square off in the main event of ONE Championship: Heroes of Honor this Friday, April 20th at the Mall of Asia Arena. Catch the action LIVE starting 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

‘This is ours’ - New ONE interim champion Geje Eustaquio dedicates title to fellow Filipinos

  Friday night at the Mall of Asia Arena, Team Lakay flyweight Geje ‘Gravity’ Eustaquio brought another championship back to the Philippines, as he bested former ONE flyweight world champion Kairat ‘The Kazakh’ Akhmetov by Unanimous Decision to become the new ONE interim flyweight champion. It was a true test for the Pinoy, who showcased his elite striking and his ever-improving grappling game to earn the judges’ nod after five rounds of action. “The feeling is unexplainable,” Eustaquio said during the post-fight press conference and talked about his teammates Honorio Banario and Eduard Folayang both having runs as ONE world champions. “Honorio had this before, Kuya Eduard had it, he defended it one time. We’re proud and I’m happy, the feeling is unexplainable because one more time, we have this one in The Land of The Orient Pearl.” As far as the Baguio City native is concerned, the new piece of hardware that he’ll be bringing back home to the famed Team Lakay gym isn’t solely his, rather it’s an honor he shares with everyone, from his team, his family, and also his fellow Filipinos. “Every fighter who stands in that cage, dreams to have this one, and I’m proud, with the people on my back, we have this, and one more time, this is not mine, this is ours.” “To all the Filipinos out there, this is ours, to the people who are there on my back since day one, this is ours.” added Eustaquio. “This is a product of team work, it’s not just Gravity who came up to the cage and grabbed this belt. It’s not about me, it’s about the people who stand in my back, its about the people who cheered, who go to Mall of Asia Arena, who watch on their TV in order for this sport to grow.” Along with former featherweight king Banario and former lightweight king Folayang, Eustaquio becomes just the third member of Team Lakay to bring home ONE gold. Furthermore, he becomes just the fourth Filipino to become a ONE world champion, including reigning ONE heavyweight champion Brandon Vera. This isn’t Eustaquio’s first dance for gold however, as he challenged for the vacant flyweight world title back in 2014, losing via submission to current champion Adriano Moraes. With the interim title in his possession, Eustaquio will soon get another crack at Moraes to unify their flyweight champsionships. When asked about his inevitable matchup with the reigning champ, Eustaquio’s response was simple. “If he’s ready, I’m ready. Rock and roll, let’s go.” Eustaquio said with his usual calm confidence. “As I said, I got the best in the business on my back, they can prepare me anytime, anywhere.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 29th, 2018

Former ONE champ Eduard Folayang is ready for a better 2018

While 2017 wasn't all bad for famed Baguio-based MMA stable Team Lakay, it's pretty safe to say that coming from their banner 2016 campaign, last year wasn't as stellar.  Especially the final stretch, which saw Team Lakay go on a four-fight skid.  Arguably the biggest of those losses was Eduard Folayang's shocking knockout loss to Martin Nguyen in Manila.  2017 is over and done with, and for the former ONE lightweight world champion, the previous year wasn't a complete loss.  "Tapos na yung 2017, and may good and bad, pero ang importante, I think I’ve learned a lot," Folayang shared with ABS-CBN Sports. "I did not lose because of the lessons that I’ve learned." At 33 years old and over a decade in the game, Folayang has had his fair share of ups and downs. At this point, the former SEA Games Wushu gold medalist knows that it's no longer just about winning, but also learning.  "I think that’s one of the most important things as a martial artist, hindi lang yung mananalo ka palagi, kundi yung paano ka ulit babangon sa areas na nagkamali ka." While Folayang's loss to Nguyen was indeed brutal to watch, the Baguio City native revealed that it didn't keep him out of the gym at all.  "Actually after ng fight, balik agad ng gym, training ulit, kasi yung pagpapahinga, andiyan lang yan. Pero kung paano iinvest or bibigyan ng investment ng time yung mo para gumaling, yun ang pinaka-importante." And while 'The Landslide' hasn't been booked for a fight yet this year, the former lightweight king is itching to get back inside the cage.  Furthermore, Folayang is itching to prove that 2018 will be a better for him and for his Team Lakay family.  "Of course, always excited. Mas maganda I think ang 2018, ikine-claim ko magiging maganda kasi pinag-hahandaan ko naman." After Friday's ONE: Global Superheroes card at the Mall of Asia Arena, ONE Championship will be holding three more cards in Manila on April 20th, July 27th, and November 16th. It's highly likely that the return of 'The Landslide' could be on one of those upcoming Manila shows. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 25th, 2018

Mei Yamaguchi gets her revenge, decisions Filipina Gina Iniong in Singapore

Filipina fighter Gina 'Conviction' Iniong could not repeat history, as she came up on the losing end of a unanimous decision to top contender Mei 'VV' Yamaguchi at ONE: Immortal Pursuit, Friday evening at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.  A rematch of their 2014 bout which saw Iniong take the split decision win, Yamaguchi made sure that the results were different this time around.  Yamaguchi utilized her strong ground game to shut down Iniong's superior striking, controlling the Pinay on the ground.  Iniong had her moments, stuffing a few of Yamaguchi's takedowns, but the former world title contender ultimately found a way to get into dominant position each time.  In the final round, Yamaguchi was the more active fighter, beating Iniong to the punch on the feet before eventually getting the Team Lakay standout to the ground.  Iniong managed to escape towards the end of the final round, but couldn't find the knockout or land any significant damage to sway the decision.  After three rounds, Yamaguchi avenged her loss to Iniong, coming away with a unanimous decision win and cementing her spot as the top contender in the ONE Championship atomweight division.  During the post-fight interview, Yamaguchi made it clear who she wanted to fight next.  "Angela Lee. I need to avenge that loss too." Yamaguchi said, referring to their title bout back in 2016.  Yamaguchi improves to 17-10-1 in her MMA career, while Iniong falls to 6-3 after suffering her first loss under the ONE banner. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 24th, 2017

ONE Championship: Yamaguchi facing a different kind of ‘Conviction’

Two weeks after her victory in Manila, Filipino mixed martial artist Gina “Conviction” Iniong of Team Lakay is slated to face Mei “V.V.” Yamaguchi of Japan at ONE Championship: Immortal Pursuit this Friday (Nov. 24) at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. #BeFullyInformed ONE Championship: Yamaguchi facing a different kind of ‘Conviction’ By Ernest Hernandez Singapore –… link: ONE Championship: Yamaguchi facing a different kind of ‘Conviction’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 24th, 2017

Team Lakay s Iniong driven by desire to challenge for a championship

When Gina Iniong steps into the ONE Championship cage on Friday, it will be her second time to do so in two weeks. Following her win over Priscila Lumban Gaol at ONE: Legends of the World in Manila, Iniong immediately found out that she'll be fighting again in 14 days in Singapore.  "Nung pagkatapos nung laban ko sa Manila, sinabi na ni Coach Mark [Sangiao] na lalaban daw ako ngayon, kaya nung pagbalik namin sa Baguio, kinabukasan, nagstart na kami ng training." (Right after my fight in Manila, Coach Mark Sangiao told me that I'll be fighting again in two weeks, so when we when back up to Baguio, we started training the very next day.) It's a quick turnaround for Iniong, who needed only two rounds to put away Gaol via TKO.  What's more is that she won't be stepping back into the cage against just any atomweight. She'll be going up against former world title challenger and current number one contener Mei 'VV' Yamaguchi. Driven by her desire to challenge those at the top of her division, Iniong, without hesitation, accepted the fight.  "Kung may injury siguro ako, mag-aalangan akong tanggapin, pero wala naman akong nakuhang injury nung last na laban ko, tapos gusto ko rin marating yung top." "Hindi naman sa pagmamayabang, pero ang gusto ko talaga makalaban ay yung champion." Iniong added.  (If I was injured, I would have thought twice about taking the fight, but I didn't get hurt during my last fight, and I'm here to reach to top of the division. I really want to fight the champion.) Yamaguchi was supposed to challenge Angela Lee for the title, but the champion suffered a concussion in a vehicular accident and had to withdraw from the fight.  Lee's withdrawal opens up a world of opportunities for Iniong, who's already beaten Yamaguchi once before, back in 2014.  When the two ladies meet again on Friday night, the stakes will be exponentially higher. A win for Iniong could mean the she leapfrogs Yamaguchi as the number one contender to Angela Lee's atomweight world championship.  That alone, is enough to keep Iniong hungry and motivated for this fight.  "Masaya ako, at least makakalaban ko na si Angela [kung sakali]. Hindi ko naman ina-underestimate yun kasi alam naman natin na talented and skilled fighter si Angela." Iniong shared. "Malaki yung respeto ko sa kanya, pero malaki din yung determination ko na mag-champion." (I'm happy that I could get the chance to fight Angela. I'm not underestimating her because all know how talented and skilled a fighter Angela is. I have a great deal of respect for her, but an even greater deal of determination to become champion) Before any talk of challenging Angela Lee commences however, the Team Lakay standout will first have to repeat history and take Yamaguchi out once again.    Atomweight contenders do battle, as Team Lakay's Gina Iniong meets Mei Yamaguchi at ONE: Immortal Pursuit.  Catch the exciting MMA action LIVE on Friday, November 24th, 8:30 PM on S+A channel 23! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2017

ONE Championship: Ben Askren and Shinya Aoki battle for welterweight strap in Singapore

Two MMA superstars go head to head, while a Filipina warrior looks to take another step towards world championship gold when the ONE Championship cage returns to Singapore for ONE: IMMORTAL PURSUIT, Friday evening at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.  Headlining the card will be a legend versus legend superfight for the ONE welterweight world championship as reigning and defending champion Ben 'Funky' Askren steps into the cage one last time and puts his title on the line against former ONE lightweight world champion and global MMA legend Shinya Aoki.  In what will be his retirement bout, Askren goes back to where his reign of dominance in the ONE welterweight began, and hopes to leave the cage the same way he came in: as ONE welterweight world champion.  A decorated collegiate and amateur wrestler with a spotless 17-0 (1) MMA record, Askren believes that he's been the best welterweight in the world, and on Friday night, he looks to cement his legacy as one of the best to ever set foot in the ONE cage.  Standing across the cage from Askren on fight night will be another icon in former titleholder Aoki.  One of the most feared grapplers in the mixed-martial arts world, Aoki left his mark in Asian promotions such as Pride, Shooto, Dream, until eventually taking his dominance to ONE Championship, where he held the ONE lightweight title for over two years.  Now, Aoki finds himself on the verge of ONE history as he tries to become just the second man to hold two championships win two weight divisions. In a featured women's atomweight matchup, Team Lakay's Gina 'Conviction' Iniong steps up on two weeks' notice to take on top contender Mei 'VV' Yamaguchi in a match that has serious title implications.  When reigning ONE atomweight world champion Angela Lee withdrew from her title defense against Yamaguchi after getting concussed in a car accident, Iniong was offered to take her place on short notice.  Fresh off her demolition of Priscila Lumban Gaol in Manila, Iniong accepted, and now could be just a win away from challenging for the world championship.  A rematch of their 2014 bout that saw the Team Lakay standout victorious via split decision, Iniong will look to repeat history, while Yamaguchi will try to strengthen her claim as the number one contender. Also on the card, former waiter-turned-full time mixed martial artist Richard Corminal tries to get his first win under the ONE Championship banner as he welcomes French veteran Arnaud 'The Game' Lepont back from a two-year hiatus.    FIGHT CARD Ben Askren vs. Shinya Aoki (ONE welterweight world championship) Amir Khan vs. Adrian Pang Leandro Issa vs. Dae Hwan Kim May Ooi vs. Vy Srey Kouch Li Kai Wen vs. Ahmed Mujtaba Tiffany Teo vs. Puja Tomar Gina Iniong vs. Mei Yamaguchi Richard Corminal vs. Arnaud Lepont Yang Fei vs. Muhammad Aiman Miao Li Tao vs. Sim Bunsrun   ONE Championship: Immortal Pursuit comes to you live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday, November 24th.  Catch all the exciting MMA action on S+A channel 23 starting at 8:30 PM!  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2017

Pinoy mixed martial artist wins world championship in Bahrain

Another Filipino was named world champion over the weekend, as Team Lakay's Stephen 'The Sniper' Loman won the inaugural Brave Combat Federation bantamweight world title Friday evening in Bahrain.  Loman made a name for himself in the Guam-based PXC promotion, even earning a world title shot back in March, but the fight was scrapped because of his opponent's weight cut issues.  After a long layoff, Loman returned to action at Brave 9, Friday, and stopped Canadian Gary Mangat via TKO in the first round.  The 22-year old Loman joins the likes of former ONE Championship title holders Eduard Folayang and Honorio Banario as world champions to come out of the famed Team Lakay gym in Baguio City.  Things didn't go as well for another Team Lakay up-and-comer, Jeremy Pacatiw, who lost to Jalal Al Daaja via TKO earlier that night......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 18th, 2017

Team Lakay s Kevin Belingon decisions Kevin Chung for fourth straight win

Team Lakay knockout artist Kevin Belingon cemented his spot as the top bantamweight contender after defeating South Korean Kevin Chung via unanimous decision at ONE Championship: Legends of the World, Friday evening at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.  Belingon was the aggressor in the first round unloading an array of punches and kicks and had Chung in danger late, getting a knockdown and nearly getting the finish.  Chung took advantage of a slowed down Belingon in the second round, getting a takedown and keeping the Pinoy down for a bit.  Belingon eventually escaped and got back to his feet.  In the final round, Chung managed to get an early takedown and threatened the Baguio City native with a deep straight armbar attempt.  Showing off his improved submission defense, Belingon escaped and again managed to get the fight back to the feet.  Towards the closing moments of the bout, Belingon scored another knockdown and again looked to end the fight, but Chung was able to survive.  After three rounds, Belingon did enough to earn the judges' nod.  Belingon improves to 17-5 while picking up four straight wins, and could likely be the next challenger for Bibiano Fernandes' bantamweight belt......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 10th, 2017

Team Lakay s Danny Kingad gets ONE world title shot in Manila

After having back-to-back fight cancellations, up-and-coming Team Lakay flyweight Danny "The King" Kingad gets a shot of a lifetime.  Serving as the co-main event in ONE Championship's return to Manila this November will be the unbeaten Kingad challenging for the ONE flyweight world championship against newly-crowned undisputed titleholder Adriano 'Mikinho' Moraes of Brazil.  The 21-year old Kingad (6-0-0) was originally set to take on China's Hexigetu back in July 29th in Surabaya, Indonesia, but the event was ultimately scrapped, and their bout was rescheduled to August 18th. Less than ten days before the fight, it was revealed that Hexigetu's camp had pulled out of the fight, leaving Kingad ready to go but not getting to fight on back-to-back occasions.  Considered as one of the most promising young fighter on the ONE Championship roster today, Kingad is 3-0 under the Singapore-based promotion, with two of those wins coming via first round stoppage.  On November 10th, Kingad steps up to the biggest challenge of his life when he meets flyweight king Moraes. The Brazilian is riding high with a three-fight winning streak, capped off by a decision win over former champion Kairat Akhmetov in Macau last August to become ONE Championship's undisputed flyweight king. Moraes (16-2) has been a fixture with ONE Championship since 2013, compiling a 7-2 record with two runs as the flyweight champion.  His first defense comes against a talented young Pinoy in Kingad.  Main eventing ONE Championship's Manila card will be a world lightweight championship superfight between reigning titleholder Eduard 'The Landslide' Folayang and current ONE featherweight champion Martin 'The Situ-Asian' Nguyen.    ONE Championship: Legends of the World happens on Friday, November 10th at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Manila, Philippines.  Catch the action LIVE on S+A channel 23! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 17th, 2017

PH’s Kelly collides against veteran Latoel in ONE Jakarta

Team Lakay mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly will battle Dutch-Indonesian veteran Vincent Latoel in ONE: Titles and Titans today at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia. Fighting out of Baguio City, K.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 26th, 2016

ONE: Danny Kingad happy to play gatekeeper if Geje Eustaquio wins ONE title

Macau, China - ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER in Macau, China on June 23 is one of the deepest cards from top to bottom offered by ONE Championship for its 24-event calendar this 2018. From the preliminary portion to the main card of ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER, there are plenty of bouts with championship and ranking implications, including the three-round flyweight encounter between former title contender Danny Kingad and Chinese prospect Ma Hao Bin. The winner of the aforementioned 61.2-kilogram tussle could earn a shot at the ONE Flyweight World Championship, which will be on the line in the main event of ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER as Adriano Moraes is slated to duke it out with Geje Eustaquio in a much-awaited rematch and title unification contest. Kingad is now trying to build some momentum towards a second crack at the ONE Flyweight World Championship, while Ma has aced six of his assignments since joining the promotion in 2016. However, the 22-year-old Baguio City native finds himself in a peculiar position if he and his teammate Eustaquio will walk out of the Studio City Event Center with respective victories. Kingad knows that he has to be relegated to a gatekeeping role if Eustaquio will be successful in unifying both titles against Moraes at ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER. “I will be super happy for coach Geje if he wins the match in Macau. It’s an honor to be competing alongside him on June 23. I’ve learned a lot of things from him. For this training camp, I’ve spent more time with him. I want him to win the title,” he said. Although he could be knocking on the door for a world title shot again with a decisive win over Ma, Kingad stressed that he will gladly play gatekeeper to Eustaquio. “I don’t mind filling that role if ever he wins against Adriano Moraes. He is my senior, and we are teammates. He is like a brother to me,” he stated. “I am still young. I believe that my time will come.” Kingad is not fond of the idea of squaring off with Eustaquio for the flyweight crown, pointing out that he would not trade his treasured friendship with his Team Lakay comrade for a shot at the world title. “That's not going to happen. We always go at it in practice anyway. I'm happy that I get to spar with him all the time because he pushes me to the limit. We push each other, and we push each other to the next level,” he shared. “I will support coach Geje all the way. For now, I'll just keep getting better as a competitor. I'll wait for my time,” Kingad added. Following an unsuccessful challenge for the ONE Flyweight World Championship this past November against Moraes, which ended in his first professional defeat, Kingad rebounded with an impressive triumph over a battle-tested veteran in Sotir Kichukov four months later. Kingad seeks to sustain his winning groove in ONE Championship as he is set to take on Ma, a Chinese national freestyle wrestling champion with a mixed martial arts record of 11-2. Diligently preparing under the tutelage of head coach Mark Sangiao at Team Lakay in Baguio City, Kingad is fully aware of his opponent’s capabilities. “Training is, as usual, very tough. We are drilling very hard each and every day. I am still working on all areas, be it my striking or my grappling,” he mentioned. “Knowing my opponent is a good wrestler, however, I am particularly working on my takedown defense for this match. I want to keep this fight standing, so I have worked very hard on my takedown defense,” Kingad explained further. Despite the threat that Ma poses in the grappling department, Kingad assured that he is comfortable wherever the bout goes on June 23. “I want to test his stand-up game. I believe I am stronger, faster, and more explosive than he is,” he disclosed. “I am definitely going for a knockout in this match. However, if he does take me to the ground, I will be ready for anything.” Kingad believes that his in-ring meeting with Ma at ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER is a must-win clash as he embarks on a hazy road towards the organization’s flyweight championship. “I must win this bout because honestly, I don’t know what the future holds. What if we don’t get the result that we want for coach Geje? I am ready to step up. I cannot wait to get right back in there and make another run at the title. I know things will be very different next time,” he ended......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

Messi misses penalty, Iceland holds Argentina to 1-1 draw

By GRAHAM DUNBAR,  AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Lionel Messi missed yet another penalty kick and Iceland held on for a 1-1 draw against Argentina in an impressive World Cup debut on Saturday. Messi failed to give his team the lead when his 64th-minute penalty was stopped by Hannes Halldorsson. The Iceland goalkeeper dived to his right and got two hands behind the ball. It was Messi's fourth missed penalty in his last seven attempts for Argentina and Barcelona. The Argentines took the lead in the 19th minute when Sergio Aguero scored with a rising left-footed shot. Alfred Finnbogason equalized for Iceland four minutes later after Argentina goalkeeper Willy Caballero pushed a low cross into the forward's path. The penalty was awarded after Aguero was pushed in the back by Hordur Magnusson as both chased Messi's floated cross in the 63rd. The small Nordic island nation's team created several first-half chances despite having only 22 percent possession, and pushed back Argentina's waves of second-half attacks. Messi had a final chance to redeem his team with the final kick of the game, but his free kick from 25 yards failed to clear a solid Iceland defensive wall. At the end, Messi retreated alone into the center circle with his head bowed and hands on his knees. Iceland played its debut on soccer's biggest stage like it belonged alongside the 2014 runners-up. Before trailing, Iceland could have taken the lead but Birkir Bjarnason side-footed a shot wide of goal when Caballero was exposed. That chance came in a nervous ninth minute for Argentina's defense, which seemed unsettled by Iceland's strength and their own unease with loose balls in the penalty area. No Iceland defender was at fault for failing to stop Aguero's goal. The forward executed a classy spin move to create his chance when a miscued shot by Marcos Rojo arrived at his feet near the penalty spot. It was a finish worthy of Argentina great Diego Maradona, who was watching in the VIP section at Spartak Stadium. The FIFA ambassador was puffing a large cigar despite smoking being banned in all World Cup venues. KEY TO SUCCESS Argentina fans booed and whistled when the giant stadium screen showed that Halldorsson was man of the match. But his faultless handling and excellent shot-stopping was deserving of the accolade. In contrast, Caballero caused uneasy moments for his defense in the first half. Iceland also protected Halldorsson well with swarming running and tackling to shut down Messi and Argentina's attacking lanes. Messi has missed more than 20 penalty kicks in his career, showing there is perhaps one flaw in his genius. GROUP DYNAMICS This was the first game in Group D, which looks even more evenly balanced now than it did at kickoff. Croatia and Nigeria are also in the group. Argentina will next play Croatia on Thursday in Nizhny Novgorod, while Iceland plays Nigeria on Friday in Volgograd......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Belingon wants shot at Bibiano s ONE title

Team Lakay's Kevin Belingon (L) and Geje Eustaquio talk to the media during their press lunch Wednesday at Dad's in Ortigas. Photo by Bong Lozada. Kevin Belingon is one of the hotter figh.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Belingon wants shot at Bibiano’s ONE title

Kevin Belingon is one of the hotter fighters in the bantamweight division of ONE Championship, winning five of his last fights, three of which ending even before the start of the third round. For almost two years, the Team Lakay member tore through the 135-lb division like a storm but amidst Belingon's fury there lied one typhoon stronger than him and that's ONE World bantamweight champion Bibiano Fernandes. If Belingon's winning streak has stretched to five fights, Fernandes' run is at 14 and includes seven stoppages. That huge discrepancy, however, doesn't stop Belingon from seeking retribution from the man who last beat him. "All of us at Team Lakay continue to improve...Keep on reading: Belingon wants shot at Bibiano’s ONE title.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018