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ONE Championship: Martin Nguyen reigns supreme at ONE: Dawn of Heroes in Manila

2 August 2019 – Manila, Philippines: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), returned to a packed Mall of Asia Arena in Manila for the biggest martial arts event in Philippine history with ONE: DAWN OF HEROES. Once again, the finest martial arts talent in the world came out to showcase their incredible skills. In the main event, Martin Nguyen retained his ONE Featherweight World Championship with a technical knockout victory over Koyomi Matsushima. In the co-main event, Rodtang Jitmuangnon captured the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship with a unanimous decision victory over Jonathan Haggerty. In the main event, Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Australia and Vietnam continued his reign over the featherweight division with a second-round technical knockout victory over Japanese challenger Koyomi “Moushigo” Matsushima to retain the ONE Featherweight World Championship. Matsushima put the pressure on Nguyen early in the opening round with his solid ground game. The champion was able to make the necessary adjustments in the second round, however, as he picked apart a tired Matsushima with a barrage of strikes to get the stoppage win and successfully defend his title for a third time.  In the co-main event, Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon of Thailand dethroned English striking sensation Jonathan “The General” Haggerty via unanimous decision to become the new ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion. Haggerty utilized his length in the early going, using front kicks to keep the challenger at bay. Rodtang picked up steam in the succeeding rounds and managed to drop Haggerty twice. After five rounds of explosive action, it was Rodtang who walked away with the victory and the prestigious ONE World Title.  In the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix Semi-finals, Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez of the United States recorded his first victory under the ONE banner with a rear naked choke of former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang of the Philippines. Folayang attacked Alvarez with a blitz of strikes to open the contest and a low kick brought “The Underground King” to the mat. Alvarez, however, was able to sweep Folayang to wind up in mount. From there, Alvarez took Folayang’s back, fished for the submission, and forced the tap. In the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Semi-finals, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson of the United States outlasted Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada of Japan to take home a three-round unanimous decision. After a brief exchange on the feet in the first round, Wada was able to take Johnson to the mat and secure his back. Johnson however defended very well. Action continued in the second round with Johnson dominating the grappling exchanges. In the third and final round, Johnson appeared to have Wada figured out and took control of the bout to cruise to a unanimous decision victory. Filipino flyweight star Danny “The King” Kingad secured his spot in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Finals with a split decision win over Australian Reece “Lightning” McLaren. Kingad survived a number of precarious situations in the first two rounds to rally back in the final round. In the last two minutes of the bout, Kingad dominated a fading McLaren as he was able to land a couple of takedowns and unload some ground-and-pound to swing the decision in his favor. Kingad is now one win away from becoming the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion. Muay Thai star Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym of Thailand opened the main card in spectacular fashion with a third round knockout victory over Andrew “Maddog Fairtex” Miller of Scotland. Rodlek overcame Miller’s significant height and reach advantage as he outstruck his foe in the first two rounds of action. In the opening minute of the final round, Rodlek dropped Miller with a short right elbow followed by a knee to score the stoppage win. Japanese flyweight Yuya “Little Piranha” Wakamatsu captured his first win under the ONE banner in highlight-reel fashion with a first round knockout of former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio of the Philippines. The heavy-handed Wakamatsu timed his shot, found the opening and unloaded a solid straight right hand that had Eustaquio out before hitting the canvas. Wakamatsu followed up with a few more shots before the referee stepped in to stop the bout. In a lightweight contest, South Korea’s “Crazy Dog” Dae Sung Park overwhelmed former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario of the Philippines over three rounds. Park came out firing powerful combinations and actively pursuing the takedown in the first round. He dropped Banario with a head kick and followed him to the mat for some ground-and-pound nearly finishing the Filipino. Banario survived and came back with a flurry of his own, sending Park reeling towards the ropes. Park rocked Banario again in the third with a high kick, which “The Rock” again recovered well from. In the end, all three ringside judges scored the bout in favor of Park to  win by unanimous decision. Japan’s Daichi Takenaka and Brazil’s Leandro “Brodinho” Issa figured in an epic back-and-forth battle in a bantamweight contest. Takenaka and Issa began the bout testing each other’s grappling skills, with both men taking turns in dominant positions. As the bout wore on however, action shifted to the feet and Takenaka began to pull away with superior striking. After a right hand put Issa down in the third, Takenaka followed up with a plethora of punches on the ground to force the stoppage. American top welterweight contender James “Nako” Nakashima put together a well-rounded performance, defeating Japanese mixed martial arts legend Yushin “Thunder” Okami. Nakashima came out to a fast and aggressive start, taking the action right to Okami in the opening moments of the contest. For three full rounds, Nakashima got the better of Okami in the striking and grappling departments. In the end, all three judges scored the bout in favor of Nakashima to win by unanimous decision. In a featherweight contest, China’s “The Stalker” Xie Bin took on the Philippines’ Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly. However, after an unfortunate halt to the bout in round two, Xie was awarded a technical decision victory over the Filipino. China’s Miao Li Tao was impressive in his return to the ring, defeating Thailand’s Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit via unanimous decision. Miao was in control from the get-go as he took Mitsatit down and controlled him on the mat for the majority of the three-round contest. Mitsatit had no answer for Miao’s aggressive and powerful grappling as the Chinese warrior coasted to a convincing decision win. Japanese women’s strawweight contender Ayaka Miura continued to roll in her ONE Championship career, defeating former World Title challenger Samara “Marituba” Santos of Brazil with an Americana submission in the second round. Miura bucked a slow start in the opening round and displayed her superior grappling in the second round by taking Santos down and locking in the Americana in just 39 seconds. Malaysia’s Muhammad “Jungle Cat” Aiman kicked off the action at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES with a unanimous decision victory over Indonesian veteran “The Terminator” Sunoto. Aiman remained a step ahead throughout the three-round bout as he outstruck and outgrappled Sunoto to walk away with the curtain-raising win. Official results for ONE: DAWN OF HEROES ONE Featherweight World Championship bout: Martin Nguyen defeats Koyomi Matsushima by TKO (Strikes) at 4:40 minutes of round 2 ONE Super Series Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship bout: Rodtang Jitmuangnon defeats Jonathan Haggerty by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 5 rounds ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix Semi-final bout: Eddie Alvarez defeats Eduard Folayang by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:16 minutes of round 1 ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Semi-final bout: Demetrious Johnson defeats Tatsumitsu Wada by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Semi-final bout: Danny Kingad defeats Reece McLaren by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds ONE Super Series Muay Thai Bantamweight bout: Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym defeats Andrew Miller by Knockout (KO) at 0:49 minutes of round 3 Mixed Martial Arts Flyweight bout: Yuya Wakamatsu defeats Geje Eustaquio by Knockout (KO) at 1:59 minutes of round 1 Mixed Martial Arts Lightweight bout: Dae Sung Park defeats Honorio Banario by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds Mixed Martial Arts Bantamweight bout: Daichi Takenaka defeats Leandro Issa by TKO (Strikes) at 1:39 minutes of round 3 Mixed Martial Arts Welterweight bout: James Nakashima defeats Yushin Okami by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds Mixed Martial Arts Featherweight bout: Xie Bin defeats Edward Kelly by Technical Decision (TD) Mixed Martial Arts Catchweight bout (57.0kg): Miao Li Tao defeats Pongsiri Mitsatit by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds Mixed Martial Arts Women’s Strawweight bout: Ayaka Miura defeats Samara Santos by Submission (Americana) at 0:39  minutes of round 2 Mixed Martial Arts Bantamweight bout: Muhammad Aiman defeats Sunoto by Unanimous Decision at after 3 rounds.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2019

Eduard Folayang, Danny Kingad lead Filipino charge at ONE: Dawn of Heroes

The big stars are out to shine as ONE Championship heads to the Mall of Asia Arena for the third time this year with their biggest offering yet.  ONE: Dawn of Heroes, which takes place on Friday, August 2nd, will feature the biggest and most-stacked martial arts event to ever grace Philippine soil.  Of course, the Philippines will be well-represented on fight night, as five of the country's best mixed martial artists from the famed Team Lakay gym in La Trinidad, Benguet will take center-ring, led by none other than two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard "Landslide" Folayang.  The 35-year old Pinoy MMA hero will be stepping up to his biggest challenge yet, as he faces former UFC and Bellator Lightweight World Champion Eddie "The Underground King" Alvarez in what is now a semi-final match in the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix.  The winner of the match will head into the finals to face Turkish knockout artist Saygid "Dagi" Guyseyn Arslanaliev at ONE: Century in Tokyo, Japan this October for the right to be crowned ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix Champion and earn a shot at the ONE Lightweight World Championship.  The Folayang-Alvarez matchup is, by all accounts, a dream matchup pitting one of Asia's best against one of North America's best. Both men have a fan-friendly style that will surely result in fireworks inside the ring.  Also competing in an important matchup will be Team Lakay young star Danny "The King" Kingad, who takes on Australia's Reece "Lightning" McLaren in a ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix semi-final bout.  Kingad is one of the Philippines' most promising young talents and is on track for what could be a second shot at the ONE Flyweight World Championship. Standing in his way however, is a dangerous veteran in McLaren, who is also looking to return to the world title picture.  Rounding out the Filipino contingent on this massive ONE: Dawn of Heroes card is former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje "Gravity" Eustaquio who meets Japanese up-and-comer Yuya "The Little Piranha" Wakamatsu, former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio "The Rock" Banario who takes on South Korea's Dae Sung Park, and featherweight contender Edward "The Ferocious" Kelly who faces China's "The Stalker" Xie Bin.  Also on the card will be former long-time UFC Flyweight World Champion and pound-for-pound great Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson, who faces Japan's Tatsumitsu "The Sweeper" Wada in the other ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix semi-final bout.  The winners of the Kingad-McLaren and Johnson-Wada bouts will meet in the flyweight tournament finale which is also set to take place at ONE: Century in Tokyo this October.  Headlining the stacked card will be reigning and defending ONE Featherweight World Champions and self-proclaimed 'adopted Filipino' Martin "The Situ-Asian" Nguyen taking on Japanese challenger Koyomi "Moushigo" Matsushima in the main event, and English Muay Thai star Jonathan "The General" Haggerty putting his ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship on the line against Thai icon Rodtang "The Ironman" Jitmuangnon.      Don't miss out on the exciting martial arts action! Catch ONE: Dawn of Heroes this Friday, August 2nd LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23 starting at 8:30 PM. Livestreaming will also be available on the ABS-CBN Sports Facebook Page starting at 5:00 PM as well as on the iWant app! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2019

PH-Mighty Sports Sweeps Jones Cup

Mighty Sports-Go For Gold Philippines completed its dominant show in the Jones Cup Sunday by downing Taiwan-B, 81-71, to duplicate its grand sweep of the championship three years ago at the Xinzhuang Gym in New Taipei City, Taiwan. The country’s representative to the annual club tournament played minus former PBA import Renaldo Balkman but Mighty-GFG […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2019

Mighty Sports completes Jones Cup sweep for 2nd club title

        MANILA, Philippines – For the second time in 3 years, Mighty Sports-Go for Gold has clinched the William Jones Cup in sweeping fashion after an 81-71 win against the scrappy Chinese Taipei White at the Xinzhuang Gym in New Taipei City on Sunday, July 21.  Although the club had virtually ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 21st, 2019

HIGHLIGHTS- Philippines vs Indonesia - Jones Cup 2019

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Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 20th, 2019

Mighty-GFG returns Jones Cup crown to Philippines

Perfection is still the name of the game for Mighty Sports-Go for Gold Philippines as it blasted Chinese Taipei-Blue, 97-74, in the penultimate game day of the 2019 William Jones Cup, Saturday inside Changhua Gym in Taiwan. Renaldo Balkman showed the Filipino side the way to yet another win with 21 points while fellow reinforcement Eugene Phelps and Filipino-American Roosevelt Adams also added 17 and 13 markers, respectively. With their seventh win in as many games in the regional tournament, Team Philippines is now assured of the championship whatever happens in their last assignment tomorrow against Chinese Taipei-White. Mighty-GFG Philippines reclaims the crown it last wore back in 2016. This is also the country's sixth championship overall in the Jones Cup. BOX SCORES MIGHTY-GFG PHILIPPINES 97 – Balkman 21, Phelps 17, Adams 13, Moore 10, Gray 8, Williams 8, Yeo 6, Graham 4, Banal 3, Black 3, Brickman 2, N’Diaye 2. CHINESE TAIPEI-BLUE 74 – Chen 19, Lee C 13, Florveus 8, Chou 7, Hu 7, Chou 5, Liu 4, Kuo 3, Wen 2, Lee W 0, Su 0. QUARTER SCORES: 24-14, 50-32, 72-49, 97-74......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 20th, 2019

Virtual champ: Mighty bags Jones Cup title with Taipei rout

    MANILA, Philippines – For the first time in 3 years, Mighty Sports-Go for Gold is once again the William Jones Cup champion after handing hosts Chinese Taipei Blue a 97-74 beating at the Xinzhuang Gym in New Taipei City on Saturday, July 20. With their seventh straight win now in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 20th, 2019

Mighty-GFG Philippines closes in on 2019 Jones Cup championship

Mighty Sports-Go for Gold Philippines is now one win away from the title in the 2019 William Jones Cup after a 28-point destruction of Indonesia, 94-66, Friday inside Changhua Gym in Taiwan. As always, reinforcements Eugene Phelps and Renaldo Balkman showed the way with 19 and 17 points, respectively. They were backstopped by ex-pro Joseph Yeo who turned in his best game of the tournament with 14 points, all but two coming from triples. Filipino-Americans Aaron Black and Jeremiah Gray also added eight and seven points, respectively. With their sixth win in as many games in the regional tournament, the Filipinos need just one more win to reclaim the crown they last wore back in 2016. They will get two cracks at that - first against Chinese Taipei Blue on Saturday and then second against Chinese Taipei White on Sunday. BOX SCORES MIGHTY-GFG PHILIPPINES 94 - Phelps 19, Balkman 17, Yeo 14, Moore 8, Black 8, Gray 7, Williams 6, N’Diaye 6, Wongchuking 5, Banal 4, Adams 0, Brickman 0. INDONESIA 66 - Kokodiputra 21, Muhammad 11, Gemilang 7, Sanjaya 7, Joni 6, Hartanto 4, Noor 2, Priasmoro 2, Wijaya 2, Wicaksono 2, Teja 2, Hidayat 0. QUARTER SCORES: 27-13, 45-30, 71-43, 94-66......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 19th, 2019

Mighty blasts Indonesia, cruises to 6th straight Jones Cup win

    MANILA, Philippines – Mighty Sports-Go for Gold continued its blitz towards the 41st William Jones Cup with a 94-66 drubbing of Indonesia at the Xinzhuang Gym in New Taipei City on Friday, July 19.  The sixth straight victory put Mighty Sports just a win away from virtually sealing the championship in the win-based ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 19th, 2019

HIGHLIGHTS- Philippines vs South Korea - Jones Cup 2019

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Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 19th, 2019

With sweep in sight, aching Mighty Sports looks to recharge

    MANILA, Philippines – Mighty Sports-Go For Gold Philippines hopes to use its two-day break starting Wednesday, July 17, to recuperate before pressing its bid for a second title in 4 years in the Jones Cup in Changhua, Taiwan. The country’s representative to the annual cagefest played 5 straight ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 17th, 2019

LIVE UPDATES- Philippines vs South Korea - Jones Cup 2019

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Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 16th, 2019

Mighty-GFG Philippines hands South Korea its first loss in 2019 Jones Cup

For the first time in the 2019 William Jones Cup, Mighty Sports-Go for Gold Philippines was put to the test. Thanks to their reinforcements, the passed with flying colors, toppling the South Korean national team, 89-81, Tuesday inside Changhua Gym in Taiwan. The Philippines was trailing, 62-70, early in the final frame until Renaldo Balkman, Hamady N’Diaye, and Mackenzie Moore all got together to turn the tides. Balkman and N’Diaye’s back-to-back dunks snatched away the lead for their team before they were joined by Moore in an 18-2 run in the last five minutes. In the end, Balkman had 19 points, eight rebounds, two assists, a steal, and a block while N’Diaye had six markers, all coming in the fourth. Mighty-GFG Philippines will have two days to prepare for its next assignment - a faceoff with Indonesia on Friday. BOX SCORES MIGHTY-GFG PHILIPPINES89 - Balkman 19, Moore 17, Graham 16, Phelps 14, Gray 7, N'Diaye 6, Williams 5, Adams 3, Brickman 2. SOUTH KOREA 82 - Ratliffe 24, Choi 14, Lee J. 11, Lee D. 11, Heo 9, Lee S. 5, Kim S. 4, Kim J. 4, Song 0. QUARTER SCORES: 23-21, 51-38, 60-66, 89-82......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 16th, 2019

Mighty Sports survives gutsy Korea to take Jones Cup pole position

MANILA, Philippines – Mighty Sports-Go for Gold took all they can handle from the South Korean national team and eventually won, 83-76, in the 41st William Jones Cup at the Changhua Country Gym in Taiwan on Tuesday, July 16. Renaldo Balkman led the charge for the 5-0 Mighty squad with 19 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 16th, 2019

Fil-Am Gray erupts as Mighty Sports schools Canada in Jones Cup

MANILA, Philippines – Mighty Sports-Go for Gold took Canada-University of British Columbia back to school with a 116-87 drubbing in the 41st William Jones Cup at the Changhua County Gym in Taiwan on Monday, July 15. After another huge win, the Charles Tiu-coached squad now heads to a blockbuster ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 15th, 2019

Gray comes to play as Mighty-GFG Philippines stays spotless in 2019 Jones Cup

Jeremiah Gray has been spreading his wings in the 2019 Jones Cup and on Monday inside Changhua Gym in Taiwan, he was in full-fledged flight mode, leading the Mighty Sports-Go for Gold Philippines to a 116-87 whipping of Canada's University of British Columbia. The Filipino-American swingman waxed hot with 25 points built on a 6-of-8 mark from threes to go along with six rebounds and four assists. It was also him who had a third of the Philippines 33-point third quarter that turned a close contest into a blowout win. This more than made up for the fact that a day ago, Gray went scoreless against Japan-B. Renaldo Balkman was right there with him with 22 points, nine rebounds, six assists, and four blocks while Eugene Phelps contributed 22 markers, nine boards, and six dimes of his own as the Filipino side registered yet another rout, their fourth in as many games in the tournament. Up next for them is South Korea on Tuesday. BOX SCORES MIGHTY-GFG PHILIPPINES 116 - Gray 25, Balkman 22, Phelps 20, N'Diaye 15, Williams 9, Yeo 7, Banal 7, Adams 4, Graham 3, Black 2, Wongchuking 2, Brickman 0. UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA 87 - Browne 25, Simon 25, Shepard 14, Cruz-Dumont 8, Rosebush 5, Audu 5, Bourcier 3, Wallack 2, Morrison 0, Familia 0, Clair 0. QUARTER SCORES: 26-27, 65-36, 98-58, 116-87......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 15th, 2019

Mighty Sports annihilates Japan, remains unbeaten in Jones Cup

    MANILA, Philippines – Mighty Sports-Go for Gold Philippines stayed on the warpath in the 41st William Jones Cup, blowing out Japan, 94-59, at the Changhua County Gym in Taiwan on Sunday, July 14.  Birthday boy Renaldo Balkman schooled the Japanese Dev Team with 27 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocks while ........»»

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Jones Cup- PH-Mighty Sports dumps Jordan for 2nd win Manila Bulletin Sports

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Jones Cup: Iran B Beaten by Mighty Sports of Philippines

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Jones Cup: Iran B Beaten by Mighty Sports of Philippines

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