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ONE Championship: Danny Kingad will only get better after loss to Demetrious Johnson

Danny "The King" Kingad might have fell short against 12-time Flyweight World Champion Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson, but the experience of competing against the future hall of famer has boosted the Filipino’s confidence.  The explosive pair collided in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship Final at ONE: CENTURY PART I on Sunday, 13 October, and Johnson emerged victorious by unanimous decision. The result was not what the Baguio City native hoped for, but after going the distance with the all-time pound-for-pound great, "The King" knows he can compete against the best in the world. "DJ is my idol,” Kingad said. “Fighting DJ is a big achievement. When I heard that DJ signed for ONE, I wanted to face him because we’re in the same division." "Everyone starts from the bottom ,and now I’m here fighting DJ and I can say that somehow I am [on par] with DJ." The 24-year-old was mostly on the defensive as "Mighty Mouse" pressed the action from the opening stanza to the final bell. “The King” had his moments here and there, which came as a surprise to him. "I didn’t expect what happened. I didn’t expect that I could showcase those grappling skills and I could take down DJ and somehow corner him," he admitted. "I still need to review and watch the fight so I could learn what I could have done better. Of course I was disappointed because I lost, but DJ deserved it." And while the Team Lakay representative took a loss, there is no question to how far he has gone and will go. He knows he is on the top of the flyweight division, and he is willing to face all comers to keep his spot.  "There are many lessons I learned, and I need to review the fight first to evaluate and get back to the gym," he said. "I think I did a great job. I put everything, so I deserve a rematch. Even though I lost the match, but I put up everything. Anyone. I’ll be ready to face anyone.".....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnOct 17th, 2019

ONE Championship: Confidence will be key for Danny Kingad, says Geje Eustaquio

A win from Danny "The King" Kingad over Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship Final will do wonders for the next generation of Team Lakay athletes according to Geje "Gravity" Eustaquio. Kingad takes on his toughest bout to date when he meets the former Flyweight World Champion – touted by many as the greatest of all time – at the historic ONE: CENTURY PART I on 13 October at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. Getting past "Mighty Mouse" is a tall order according to the former ONE Flyweight World Champion. But if he conquers this humongous challenge, it sends a message to all the up-and-comers that they can be world class too.  “It would be life-changing for Danny and life-changing for the team as well,” Eustaquio said. “It will be historic if he defeats DJ in Japan.” “Of course, it will be a huge motivation, not only for us, but for the next generation of athletes from Team Lakay.”  "The King" has shown tremendous growth throughout the years. He is currently on a six-bout winning streak against top-tier competition.   The 23-year-old’s last loss was against ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano "Mikinho" Moraes at ONE: LEGENDS OF THE WORLD in November 2017.  “Gravity,” a mainstay at the Team Lakay gym even between bouts, is a witness to how Kingad has blossomed into one of the best flyweights in the world.  “The nice thing about Danny is he absorbs the lessons in training and he translates it into his matches,” Eustaquio said.  The key according to the wushu specialist is the Team Lakay prodigy’s confidence entering the match.  "If he has the confidence, he will have the chance to knock DJ out," Eustaquio predicted. "It's confidence more than anything. Looking at Danny, he’s a complete mixed martial artist. On behalf of Team Lakay, we are looking forward to that knockout.”  Kingad’s road to immortality kicks off at ONE: CENTURY, the biggest World Championship martial arts event in history. No organization has ever promoted two full-scale World Championship events in one day. The Home Of Martial Arts breaks new ground as 28 World Champions compete in four World Title bouts, three World Grand Prix Championship Finals, and four World Champion versus World Champion matches at the famous Ryogoku Kokugikan on 13 October in Tokyo, Japan.   Catch ONE: CENTURY in it’s entirety on LIVESTREAMING on Sunday, October 13 starting at 8:00 AM (Part 1) and 4:00 PM (Part 2) via sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/one and on iWant Sports as well as on the ABS-CBN Sports Facebook Page and the ABS-CBN Sports YouTube Page! Catch ONE: CENTURY Part 2 LIVE at 6:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! ONE: CENTURY Part 2 will air on Friday, October 18 at 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!   Download the ONE Super App to watch it live and for free.   Read More From ONE Championship: Danny Kingad Admits ‘Bittersweet’ Feeling, But Ready For Demetrious Johnson Danny Kingad Defeats Reece McLaren To Reach ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Final First Bouts Announced For Momentous ONE: CENTURY in Tokyo  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2019

Team Lakay’s Honorio Banario, Lito Adiwang added to ONE: Century

The Philippines will be well-represented on ONE Championship’s upcoming 100th event, ONE: Century at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday, October 13th.  Headlining the Sunday evening card will be ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera of the Philippines moving down a weight class to challenge reigning and defending ONE Light Heavyweight World Champion “The Burmese” Python” Aung La N Sang of Myanmar. In the co-headliner of that same card will be Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of the Philippines challenging Brazilian legend Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes for the ONE Bantamweight World Championship.  In the co-main event of the Sunday morning card, Danny “The King” Kingad of the Philippines will face former long-time UFC Flyweight World Champion Demetrious” Mighty Mouse” Johnson of the United States in the Finals of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix.  Also added to the massive event in Tokyo are a pair of standouts from Team Lakay. Joining Belingon and Kingad are former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario and the latest ONE Warrior Series contract winner Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang.  Banario, who now competes at lightweight is looking to get back on track after back-to-back losses, but it won’t be an easy night for “The Rock” as he’s set to face former two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion and Japanese legend Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki on the Sunday evening card.  Aoki is coming off a stunning second-round TKO loss to Christian Lee back in May.  Making his official ONE Championship debut will be Adiwang, the newest Team Lakay member to make it to the ONE roster.  The strawweight standout made a name for himself on ONE Warrior Series, picking up three impressive wins before finally being offered a spot on the main roster.  Adiwang will meet Japanese veteran Senzo Ikeda on the Sunday morning card.    ONE: Century will be available on multiple ABS-CBN platforms on October 13th! Stay tuned for more news in the coming days. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 26th, 2019

ONE Championship: Edward Kelly takes blame for letdown against Xie Bin

Hard-hitting Filipino featherweight Edward "The Ferocious" Kelly admitted that he only has himself to blame for losing to "The Stalker" Xie Bin at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES. It was a back and forth affair between the Team Lakay stalwart and the Chinese athlete, but it was the latter who got the better of the exchanges as he nullified Kelly's striking with his takedowns. The bout came to a halt when Xie landed a series of unintentional elbows to the back of the head, prompting the referee to give Kelly time to recover. Moments later, after Kelly could not continue, the match went to the judges, who all awarded the Xie his eighth straight win in ONE Championship. “I was 100 percent confident that I was gonna win, but that happened. I went there knowing how ready I am but again, there are still a lot of holes in my game that I can’t quite fill,” Kelly admitted. “I know my weakness. In the gym, we always work on that and I know that I’ve improved. But come fight night, it still happens.” Kelly’s latest loss was his second in four bouts. More than sharpening his skillset, “The Ferocious” believes that it is his mind that needs to be stronger. “Maybe I need to work on my mentality and reactions,” Kelly said. “We have the same way of training, that’s why I’m confident with my conditioning, but I guess it’s still in my mentality cause after grappling for a bit, I lose wind.” Nonetheless, Kelly remained in high spirits. All he knows is that he needs to have a bulletproof mentality as he looks to work his way back up the rankings and maybe get a rematch with his latest conqueror. “It’s all mental now. If there are any problems, then I’ll adjust,” Kelly said. “Of course I want the rematch. I’m not satisfied with how I lost.” Tune in to watch ONE Championship’s next event, ONE: DREAMS OF GOLD, by downloading the ONE Super App. The action starts Friday, 16 August at 6:30pm local time.     More from ONE Championship: Xie Bin Picks Up Technical Decision Win In Kelly’s Backyard Top 5 Highlight From ONE Warrior Series 7 Danny Kingad Admits ‘Bittersweet’ Feeling, But Ready For Demetrious Johnson    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 8th, 2019

ONE Championship: After disappointing night in Manila, it’s back to the drawing board again for Team Lakay

ONE Championship’s third trip to Manila for 2019, ONE: Dawn of Heroes which was held last August 2nd at the Mall of Asia Arena, was tagged as the biggest martial arts event in Philippine history.    With fans packing the stadium, it was the perfect platform for La Trinidad-based mixed martial arts stable Team Lakay to showcase their talents in front of what could possibly be the biggest ONE crowd in Manila.    Unfortunately for Team Lakay, ONE: Dawn of Heroes would prove to be an unfavorable night for the most part.    “1 and 4,” said Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao during the post-event press conference. “One win and four losses, but again, it’s not the first time that we’ve experienced a case like this. We’ve gone 0-5, and again, we learned a lot of lessons from tonight, and we’ll be back to the drawing board. We’ll go back to the hotel and discuss what happened.”   The preliminary card was nothing short of a disaster for Team Lakay, as former champions Geje Eustaquio and Honorio Banario, and featherweight contender Edward Kelly all absorbed painful losses.    Kelly, who was the first on deck, fell victim to unintentional illegal blows to the back of the head at the hands of Chinese contender Xie Bin, rendering him unable to continue. With the bout already past the halfway point when the infraction occurred, a technical decision needed to be made, and it went in favor of Xie, who had been dominating Kelly all throughout the first one-and-a-half rounds.    Hoping to right the ship and get himself back on track as well was former ONE Featherweight World Champion Banario, who took on a short-notice replacement in South Korean Dae Sung Park. Banario was originally slated to face Russian Timofey Nastyukhin, but instead went to the prelims after Nastyukhin needed to pull out due to an injury.    Banario found himself in trouble early on after getting rocked with a left high kick and an elbow, but was able to survive and make things competitive for the rest of the bout. Banario had his moments, but it was Park who was in control for the better part of the three-round bout, leading to a unanimous decision win.    “Siguro the lesson I learned in this fight is I need to train more,” a dejected Banario said during the post-fight presser. “I gave everything in the fight, but it wasn’t my night, so I think the next time, I need to train more and improve my game.”    With the loss, Banario is now riding a two-fight losing streak, and while he admitted that the short-notice opponent change may have thrown him off his game for a bit, “The Rock” offered up no excuses for the defeat.    “Just a little bit, because my opponent changed to a southpaw, I tried to adapt for three weeks, but there’s no excuses. I lost the fight and [I need] to go back to the drawing board,” he said.    Hoping to be able to end the slump was former ONE Flyweight World Champion Eustaquio, who was coming off a bounce-back win back in Singapore. Against a heavy-handed Japanese striker in Yuya Wakamatsu, Eustaquio was hoping to get a win and throw himself back into title contention. Instead, Wakamatsu had other plans, as he landed a stiff right straight that knocked Eustaquio out in the first round.   It was Eustaquio’s first loss via knockout.    “Things happen, you know? In this level of competition, it’s either you get knocked out or you will knock him out. It’s just that tonight was not my night. I hope, and I believe that this is going to be a big stepping stone for me to become a better athlete,” he said.    In what was Team Lakay’s main event for the night, former two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang faced arguably his toughest challenge yet in former UFC and Bellator Lightweight World Champion Eddie Alvarez in a ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix semifinal bout.    Folayang appeared to be within moments of victory after chopping Alvarez down with a vicious leg kick and pouncing on the grounded American.    Over-aggression led to a bit of carelessness for Folayang as he found himself getting reversed as he was looking to finish Alvarez off.    With the American star now in dominant position, it was only a matter of moments before he managed to impose his superior grappling and submitted the Filipino hero with a Rear Naked Choke just a little over two minutes into the opening round.   “I think, for Eduard in this fight, the major lesson that we learned is that ‘Don’t rush. We’re winning.’ I thought we won already, but because of small details, we’re in the [world-class] calibre, so small details will finish everything and lose the fight, so next time, we’ll be cautious,” Sangiao said of Folayang’s loss.    The lone bright spot for the team was their youngest Lakay in Danny Kingad, who rallied back to defeat Reece McLaren in their ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix semifinal bout. With the win, Kingad advances to the Finals to face American MMA icon and former long-time UFC Flyweight king Demetrious Johnson, who was also victorious that night against Japanese contender Tatsumitsu Wada.    Kingad and Johnson are set to square off at ONE: Century in Tokyo, Japan this October.    As Coach Mark said, this isn’t the first time that Team Lakay has felt disappointment in Manila. In fact, they have gone worse.    Back in 2013, Team Lakay went 0-5, with Folayang, Eustaquio, and Banario and Kevin Belingon all suffering losses that night in Manila.    But following the downs are usually ups, and Team Lakay has had their share of ups as well since then. They have gotten quite a few clean sweeps and even ended 2018 with four world championships, which means that all is not lost for the Igorot warriors, and Sangiao is confident that his team will regain their glory in the future.    “As I’ve said, this isn’t the first time that we’ve experienced cases like this. Before, we experienced going 0-5, and now we will be back again, and I know that they will be back stronger and better.”   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2019

Eduard Folayang and Eddie Alvarez face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes presser

Filipino mixed martial arts icon and two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang went face to face with former UFC and Bellator Lightweight World Champion Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez of the United States at the official pre-fight press conference for ONE: Dawn of Heroes, Tuesday at the City of Dreams Grand Ballroom in Pasay City.  Folayang and Alvarez are set to face off in a must-see ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix semi-final bout, with the winnner advancing into the finals to face Turkish knockout artist Saygid Guseyn “Dagi” Arslanaliev at ONE: Century in Tokyo, Japan this coming October.  Folayang is coming off a world title loss to Shina Aoki at ONE: A New Era back in March, while Alvarez came up short in his promotional debut against Timofey Nastyukhin on the same card.  “He’s one of those athletes that I spent a lot of time watching before,” Folayang said of Alvarez. “He says this isn’t the right time, but I believe it’s God’s time. It’s a huge honor for me to be able to test my skills against him.” “My preparations have gone well. I lost my belt last March. That chapter of my career has closed. It’s time to write another chapter of my journey,” he added.  “I respect Eduard. I respect everything he’s done not just as a fighter, but also as a human being for his community. This is what this sport is all about. It’s beyond what goes on in the Circle,” said Alvarez. “In the movies, heroes always prevail. The nemesis loses, he goes home and everybody’s happy. Unfortunately, that’s not the story here. You picked the wrong guy at the wrong time. I love you Manila. I respect you Eduard. Let’s have some fun.” In the main event, reigning and defending ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Australia puts his title on the line against Japan’s Koyomi “Moushigo” Matsushida.  In the co-main event, England’s Jonathan “The General” Haggerty puts his ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship on the line against Thailand’s Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon.  Both ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix semi-finals bouts will also take place, with long-time UFC Flyweight World Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson taking on Japan’s Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada and Danny “The King” Kingad of the Philippines facing Fil-Australian Reece “Lightning” McLaren.  Also on the card, former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio of the Philippines faces Yuya “The Little Piranha” Wakamatsu in a ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix alternate bout.  Plus, Former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario returns to the ring to face South Korea’s Dae Sung Park, and Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly meets China’s Xie “The Stalker” Bin.    Catch ONE: DAWN OF HEROES on Friday, August 2nd LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23. You can also catch it via LIVE STREAMING on the ABS-CBN S+A Facebook Page and on the iWant app.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2019

ONE Championship: Motivated Honorio Banario grateful for second chance in Grand Prix

Former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario will be getting a second chance at glory when he returns to the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix to face Russian striker Timofey Nastyukhin in the tournament semifinals at ONE: Dawn of Heroes this coming August 2nd in Manila.   It was announced earlier this week that Banario would be stepping in for Hawaiian wrestler Lowen Tynanes, who had to pull out because of a back injury suffered in training, as per ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong.     It was actually Banario who Tynanes defeated in the tournament’s quarterfinals earlier this year to advance.   Now, the Team Lakay star gets another chance in the Grand Prix, and he’s nothing but grateful for the opportunity.   “I would like to thank ONE Championship for giving me another chance,” Banario told ABS-CBN Sports. “To sir Chatri, sir Matt Hume, sir Victor Cui, and the rest of the ONE staff. I am happy and I think I am luck to be back in the Grand Prix.”   It’s not often that second chances come by in tournaments like this, and Banario is making sure that he won’t be wasting the opportunity that is in front of him.   “My last performance was not good,” Banario admitted. “I was lacking explosiveness, speed, and power, so I am trying to improve on those areas for this second chance.”   Banario will be facing a proven lightweight contender in Nastyukhin, who earned his spot in the semifinals after a stunning first-round TKO against the heavily-favored Eddie Alvarez at ONE: A New Era in Tokyo back in March.   The heavy-handed Russian’s resumé reads like a who’s who in the lightweight division and among those he has wins over is none other than Banario’s stablemate and former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang.   “Timofey is a warrior,” Banario stated. “He has power in both his hands and he is a legit striker.”   “He is powerful and explosive, but I am looking for a way to exploit those traits,” he added.   This will be Banario’s first time back since his loss to Tynanes back in January. Since then, a lot has changed for “The Rock”, including getting married and now, he has a baby on the way.   With a family to provide for, Banario is now motivated and more determined than ever to succeed.   “Ngayon, it’s a very big motivation for me that I have my own family and that a baby is coming,” said Banario. “It is a source of my strength, unlike when I was single na sometimes tinatamad ay pwedeng huminto, pero ngayon, hangga’t kaya pa, I’m going to go forward.”   A win against Nastyukhin will send Banario into the Finals against Turkish knockout artist Saygid Guseyn Aralanaliev.   The winner of the tournament will be crowned the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix champion and will get a shot at the ONE Lightweight World Championship.   ONE: Dawn of Heroes will also feature a number of massive matchups, including a big-time lightweight bout between former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang of the Philippines and multiple-time lightweight world champion Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez of the US, as well as Americian flyweight great Demetrious Johnson versus Japan’s Tatsumitsu Wada and Filipino up-and-comer Danny Kingad vs. former champion Kairat Akhmetov of Kazakhstan in the ONE Flyweight Grand Prix Semifinal matches.   The main event will be a ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship bout between champion Jonathan Haggerty of the United Kingdom and challenger Rodtang Jitmuangnon of Thailand.   ONE: Dawn of Heroes takes place on Friday, August 2 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 11th, 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

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

Chatri Sityodtong confirms Demetrious Johnson versus Adriano Moraes for ONE Flyweight Title

American mixed martial arts star Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson added another title to his already-long list of accolades, defeating Filipino rising star Danny “The King” Kingad in the finals of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix to secure the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship at ONE: Century Part 1, Sunday morning at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.  Johnson, the former long-time UFC Flyweight World Champion, outgrappled the talented Kingad for three rounds to win via Unanimous Decision and make it a perfect 3 for 3 since coming to ONE.  Now, Johnson moves just one more win away from achieving his goal of becoming a world champion in ONE after it was confirmed that he was next in line to challenge reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes.  “DJ for Adriano Moraes for the World Championship,” announced ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong.  First things first for Johnson however, is some time off after competing three times in 2019.  “DJ says he want to rest, he said it’s been a very exhausting year, so let him rest, let him enjoy, then we’ll get back to the drawing board but I would expect maybe March of next year, maybe earlier,” Sityodtong said.  Johnson himself expressed his desire to take some time off before making a return in early 2020.  “I’ma take some time off, and if I can pick and choose, I want to fight maybe February or March, just give my body a chance to relax, get my health to where it needs to be and the start training and get ready then.” Moraes is coming off a unanimous decision win over Geje Eustaquio to reclaim the ONE Flyweight World Championship, his third title run in ONE. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 15th, 2019

ONE: Century will be available on multiple ABS-CBN platforms for every Kapamilya!

The biggest martial arts event of the year will be available to Kapamilyas across multiple ABS-CBN platforms!      ONE: Century, ONE Championship’s 100th offering, which will emanate live from the historic Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan, will feature two full-length fight cards with eleven bouts each, and it will all be LIVE and available for Kapamilyas to enjoy!    Part 1 of the massive card will feature our very own Danny “The King” Kingad of Team Lakay facing his biggest test yet, American MMA legend and former UFC world champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson in the finals of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix. The winner will be crowned the Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion and will be next in line to challenge Brazilian star Adriano Moraes for the ONE Flyweight World Championship.    Also on the card, Kingad’s Team Lakay teammate Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang will make his ONE Championship debut against Japanese star Senzo Ikeda.    Headlining the morning portion will be reigning and defending ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee of Singapore defending her title against reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan of China This will be an emotionally-charged rematch of their March encounter that saw Xiong hand Lee the first defeat of her career.    Plus, Former UFC and Bellator Lightweight World Champion and American MMA star Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez meets Turkish knockout master Saygid “Dagi” Guseyn Arslanaliev in the ONE Lightweight Grand Prix Finals.    ONE: Century Part 1 will be on Sunday, October 13th starting at 8:00 AM. Catch it on LIVESTREAMING via sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/one and on iWant Sports, as well as on the ABS-CBN Sports Facebook and ABS-CBN Sports YouTube pages.    Catch it on free TV as well on Friday, October 18th at 8:30 PM.    In the second half of the star-studded event, three world championships will be up for grabs, as the Philippines’ own ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera will make his way down to one weight class to challenge two-division world champion “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang of Myanmar for the ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship in the main event.    Also looking to bring ONE gold back home to the Philippines will be lethal striker Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of Team Lakay as he looks to regain the ONE Bantamweight World Championship against Brazilian legend Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes in the fourth installment of their amazing rivalry.    In another featured co-main event, Belingon’s Team Lakay teammate and former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario faces a gigantic challenge in Japanese legend and former multiple-time world champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki.    Plus, Muay Thai star Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon of Thailand will put his ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship on the line against Brazilian newcomer Walter Goncalvez.    Part 2 of ONE Century will be on Sunday, October 13th starting at 4:00 PM. Catch it on LIVESTREAMING via sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/one and on iWant Sports, as well as on the ABS-CBN Sports Facebook and ABS-CBN Sports YouTube pages.    Catch it LIVE on free TV as well on Sunday, October 13th at 6:30 PM. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2019

ONE Championship: New gym helps Danny Kingad prepare for the match of a lifetime

The newly built Team Lakay headquarters is the boost Danny "The King" Kingad needed as he gears up for his ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship Final clash against 12-time World Champion Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson. Kingad’s date with destiny is set on Part 1 of ONE: CENTURY on 13 October at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. Team Lakay’s modern training facility located in the heart of Pico La Trinidad in Benguet, opened its doors on 21 August. It houses complete training equipment unlike the old gym, including a full-size Circle. Kingad feels his new toys will help him reach peak form. “This is very timely because we’re working with new equipment, unlike the old [equipment], which could be faulty,” Kingad shared. “Now we have a cage and it’s very spacious so we won’t be limited.” Kingad said that his training camp has mainly revolved around practicing the game plan, polishing his ground work, and reviewing Johnson’s previous bouts. With everything now within reach, Kingad has no excuses for him to come in underprepared. “Right now training is in full swing. I keep on watching tapes and executing my game plan during sessions,” Kingad shared. “Having new facilities makes me even more motivated now, whatever happens, I must come out on top.” Kingad’s best friend and current ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua "The Passion" Pacio also cannot stress enough the importance of their new training grounds, stating that they can now perform added training regimens given the new equipment. “Our area for CrossFit is now wider. We could also do more in our weight training program, things we couldn’t do back then,” Pacio stated. “Now Joshua can visualize his attacks inside the cage better. Now there’s no reason for us to come unprepared.” The victor between Kingad and Johnson will be crowned as the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion and will get a guaranteed shot at the ONE Flyweight World Title currently held by Adriano "Mikinho" Moraes. Catch ONE Championship’s event, ONE: IMMORTAL TRIUMPH, on 6 September in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It will be the organization’s first ever all-Super Series event. To watch all the action, download the ONE Super App. Read More From ONE Championship: Danny Kingad Admits ‘Bittersweet’ Feeling But Ready For Demetrious Johnson Danny Kingad Defeats Reece McLaren To Reach ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Final First Bouts Announced For Momentous ONE: CENTURY.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2019

ONE Championship: Danny Kingad remembers daddy duties ahead of big match

Filipino flyweight Danny "The King" Kingad is deep in training for his much-awaited showdown against pound-for-pound great Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson, but even if his busy schedule he always stays on top of his daddy duties.   Before what is his most important bout to date against the twelve-time World Champion from America at ONE: CENTURY on 13 October at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan, Kingad dedicated an entire day to his firstborn Gleuordan Adriel Kingad.   Gleuordan Adriel, nicknamed "The Prince" by his loved ones, celebrated his first birthday and Christening this past Saturday at Supreme Hotel in Baguio City.   The gathering was attended by Kingad’s teammates, closest friends, and family, including his best pal and reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua "The Passion" Pacio, Eduard "Landslide" Folayang, Kevin "The Silencer" Belingon, Honorio "The Rock" Banario, and Edward "The Ferocious" Kelly.   It was the rightful feast before “The King” marches battle in October.   “This is another milestone for me as a father. This kid is my motivation, I’m happy to hold this for him and that this event is very successful,” Kingad said.   “We’ve prepared for this for a long time. We managed our time in handling the deliverables. My family helped me out in setting this up. We all worked for this.”   To say that "The King" is a busy man is truly an understatement. Besides training for his appearance in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship Final, he also has to juggle his time between school and preparation for Gleuordan Adriel’s first birthday.   Kingad is equally dedicated to his son as much as he is dedicated to his mixed martial arts career. He shared that time management is key in getting things done in life, and that he is blessed with a supportive partner, which makes things a lot easier.   “It’s all about managing our time. I train and then during my free time I work on things for the celebration,” Kingad said.   “My wife has been vital. She also juggles her time between school and our deliverables.”   At the end of the day, Kingad only has a simple wish for his firstborn as he welcomed him into the Christian world.   "I would never force him to be a mixed martial artist,” Kingad said.   “What’s important is he grows up God-fearing. Whatever he wants to be, I’ll be supporting.”   Watch ONE Championship’s next event, ONE: IMMORTAL TRIUMPH, on 6 September in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It will be the organization’s first ever all-Super Series event.    To catch all the action, download the ONE Super App.   More From ONE Championship: Danny Kingad Admits ‘Bittersweet’ Feeling But Ready For Demetrious Johnson Danny Kingad Defeats Reece McLaren To Reach ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Final First Bouts Announced For Momentous ONE: CENTURY  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 27th, 2019

Team Lakay Opens New Training Facility

Martial artists from the renowned Team Lakay now enjoy a modern training facility. They opened its new headquarters last Wednesday, 21 August in Pico, La Trinidad. The new facility houses better training equipment, a much bigger space for grappling, and a cage that they never before had. “It’s bigger and it’s much more complete. Our athletes are much more comfortable,” Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao said. “It has a cage now, and there’s much bigger space for us to spar. There’s no reason for us now to come in unprepared.”   The new gym will also serve as Team Lakay’s new headquarters for training. Sangiao said they planned the layout of the structure in January, but construction did not start until April. “We just planned it this year, and four months ago we started working on it. It opened on 21 August because it was a holiday,” Sangiao shared. “It will be the new headquarters of Team Lakay. We’re all excited but it got a bit delayed because of the bad weather.” Sangiao has been a busy man as of late.   Besides keeping a close eye on the training of Danny "The King" Kingad and former ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin "The Silencer" Belingon for their bouts at ONE: CENTURY on 13 October in Tokyo, he also made a trip to Bangkok, Thailand to shop for new training gear and seek sponsorship for his athletes. “I went to Bangkok to shop for new items. I bought gloves, pads, equipment for our athletes,” Sangiao said. “We also looked for possible sponsorship for the equipment of the boys.”   A new gym, quality training gear, and sponsorship - Sangiao wants everything they need to make the life of his athletes easier in the future. “We’re fixing this so our athletes won’t have to worry about this in the future.”   Catch ONE Championship’s next event, ONE: IMMORTAL TRIUMPH, on 6 September in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It will be the organization’s first ever all-Super Series event.     Watch live on the ONE Super App. More from ONE Championship: Latest ONE Warrior Series Contract Awarded To Team Lakay’s Lito Adiwang Danny Kingad Admits ‘Bittersweet’ Feeling But Ready For Demetrious Johnson Danny Kingad Defeats Reece McLaren To Reach ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Final.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 26th, 2019

ONE Championship: Coach Mark Sangiao Wary Of Burnout as Danny Kingad Starts Preparing For ‘DJ’

  Danny "The King" Kingad will employ a precautious yet stringent approach as he prepares for Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship Final.   The top flyweights in the world are set to collide in ONE Championship’s historic 100th event at ONE: CENTURY on 13 October at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.   Both athletes overcame stiff challenges in the semifinals at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES this past 2 August at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.   Kingad upended Reece “Lightning” McLaren and Johnson defeated Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada.   With just roughly two months to spare until the final match, that gives little time for both athletes to rest.   For Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao, it is all about balancing rest and preparation.   “We’ll be giving a week of light training before we go back to the rigid training sessions,” Sangiao shared.   “We haven’t really finished sitting down intently and discussing our lapses in the previous match.”   One factor that Sangiao is looking at is the possibility of Kingad burning out from going hard each and every training session.   Sangiao says he has everything covered if he sees signs that “The King” is burnout during training.   “You’ll see that during training sessions, that sometimes he’ll get burnt out, we have adjustments for that,” Sangiao shared.   “We have a lot of adjustments for everything. We have to have everything covered because we know that Johnson is a very difficult opponent. He has proven it worldwide.”   Fans and experts alike point out that Kingad is in a win-win situation in his bout against an athlete touted by many as the pound-for-pound greatest mixed martial artist in history.   After all, at 23 years old, Kingad will be getting something out of it - regardless of the result.   Sangiao agrees with that notion, but do not expect them to be happy just to be there.   “It’s a win-win situation for us, even more so if we win,” Sangiao said with a laugh.   “We cannot be content with where we are right now. We have to win. If Danny wins here, it will not only be for him but for the Philippines as well, knowing Demetrious and the legacy that he has worldwide.”   Whatever happens, Sangiao knows that Kingad would not be backing down from the 12-time flyweight World Champion.   “He’s up for a grind. He’s the pound-for-pound king worldwide, but let’s look at Danny - maybe he’s really ‘The King.’”   Catch ONE Championship’s event, ONE: IMMORTAL TRIUMPH, on 6 September in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It will be the organization’s first ever all-Super Series event.    Watch the action live on the ONE Super App.   More From ONE Championship   Danny Kingad Admits ‘Bittersweet’ Feeling But Ready For Demetrious Johnson Danny Kingad Defeats Reece McLaren To Reach ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Final Demetrious Johnson Ready For the King After Wada Win  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2019

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

ONE Championship: Demetrious Johnson defeats Wada, sets up Grand Prix Finals match with Danny Kingad

American mixed martial arts legend and former UFC Flyweight World Champion Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson bucked a slow start to defeat Japanese contender Tatsumitsu "The Sweeper" Wada at ONE: Dawn of Heroes, Friday evening to advance to the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Finals.  Wada was aggressive early, as he was able to take Johnson down and control him on the mat.  It didn't take Johnson too long to adjust however, as he was able to neutralize the Japanese grappler and overpower him on the ground.  After three rounds of action, Johnson earned the Unanimous Decision victory, much to the delight of the Pinoy crowd in attendance.  With the win, Johnson sets up a must-see ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Finals bout against Filipino star Danny Kingad of Team Lakay, who was able to defeat Reece McLaren in their semi-final bout earlier in the evening.  The two flyweight stars will meet at ONE: Century in Tokyo, Japan this coming October. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 2nd, 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

ONE Championship: Danny Kingad excited to share the stage with Team Lakay brothers

Danny “The King” Kingad is gearing up to face Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Reece “Lightning” McLaren at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES in front of his compatriots on August 2 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.   Kingad will be one of five athletes from Team Lakay who will see action on the card.    When he was young, Kingad was a troubled teen treading on the wrong path. Eventually, he was course-corrected after joining the Baguio-based Team Lakay during his senior year of high school. There, he was groomed to become an excellent athlete and a role model.   Being a member of Team Lakay is something Kingad is extremely proud of.     “Being a member of Team Lakay has played a huge factor in my improvement, not only as an athlete but as a human being as well,” Kingad said.    “Prior to joining the team, I knew very little about martial arts apart from the basic kicks and punches. Under the guidance of my coach, I learned proper execution as well as other skills such as grappling, submission wrestling, fluid striking, and others.    “When I was young, I was in a very bad crowd and it had a negative impact on my life. Team Lakay helped me out of that dark place and taught me values like respect and honor, and I generally became a better person.”   Kingad will compete on the same stage with four of his Team Lakay brothers, including Eduard Folayang, Honorio Banario, Geje Eustaquio, and Edward Kelly.    Training five athletes simultaneously may seem like an overwhelming task for Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao, but the team’s discipline and teamwork makes his job easier and more efficient. Kingad also does his best to maximize training and finds some advantages in training in a group setting.     “Personally, I think having five of us Team Lakay members competing on the same card is advantageous,” Kingad concluded.    “Everyone’s always at the gym training and we’re all focused and determined to be in the best condition possible. We know we are all individually responsible for the outcome of our bouts, so we help each other get to where we want to be.    “At the event, it serves a huge boost to our morale knowing that we have family cheering us on from our corners, no matter the result. I can say our bond at Team Lakay is unbreakable.”   Kingad is on the rise and continues to rack up wins. We can only expect he shines brighter in Manila when he performs alongside his Team Lakay brothers in front of his countrymen. If he’s able to defeat McLaren, Kingad will move on to the final round of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix, where he will face the winner between Demetrious Johnson and Tatsumitsu Wada......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 29th, 2019

Doncic triple-double powers Mavericks over Cavaliers 131-111

By Brian Dulik, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Luka Doncic posted his second straight triple-double — and third of the season — with 29 points, 14 rebounds and a career-high tying 15 assists, powering the Dallas Mavericks to a 131-111 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). Kristaps Porzingis added 18 points and nine rebounds and Boban Marjanovic had 12 points and eight boards off the bench for the Mavericks, who are 3-0 on the road for the first time since their championship season of 2010-2011. The reigning Rookie of the Year completed his triple-double with 3:44 left in the third quarter on an assist to Marjanovic. The 6-foot-7 Slovenian had 11 points, four boards and five assists during the period as Dallas built an 86-76 advantage. Two nights earlier, Doncic collected 31 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists in a 119-110 overtime loss to the Lakers. His 11 career triple-doubles before the age of 21 are an NBA record, four more than Magic Johnson’s previous mark. Kevin Love had a season-high 29 points and eight rebounds and Jordan Clarkson scored 17 points for the Cavaliers, who lost for the first time in three home games under coach John Beilein. Cleveland seized a 23-15 lead as Love scored 13 points in the first seven minutes. Doncic sank his first five shots, including three 3-pointers, and delivered a highlight-worthy, behind-the-back pass while driving down the lane to Porzingis for a trey. He had 16 points, eight boards and seven assists as Dallas carried a 58-53 lead into halftime. Neither team attempted a free throw in the first half until Cleveland center Tristan Thompson went to the line with 38 seconds left in the second quarter. Seth Curry subsequently shot a pair on the Mavericks’ final possession. Thompson had 11 points and 12 rebounds, reaching double figures in the latter for the sixth game in a row to start the season. Jalen Brunson scored 14 points and Curry had 13 as Dallas had seven players score 10 or more points. STILL SALTY Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle wasn’t placated by the NBA’s official report stating that Lakers C Dwight Howard should have been called for an offensive foul against Mavericks G Seth Curry before Danny Green buried a 3-pointer to force OT Friday (Saturday, PHL time). “Hopefully (next time), the officials call an obvious foul on the other team at the end,” he said sternly. “We were one whistle away from a huge win.” FAN CLUB At 66, Beilein of the Cavaliers is the oldest, non-interim, first-time coach in NBA history. Carlisle is delighted to have him in the league after 41 seasons at the college level. “He’s a brilliant coach and I’ve been a fan of his for over a decade,” Carlisle said. “He doesn’t need any advice from me. He’s a very experienced coach and is highly, highly qualified to be in this league.” TIP-INS Mavericks: C Maxi Kleber (right knee bruise) was inactive, but Carlisle said his injury was “not serious” and expects the third-year pro to return to practice Tuesday. . Curry played in one game with Cleveland as a rookie on March 22, 2014. . Assistant coach Jenny Boucek was a member of the Cleveland Rockers of the WNBA. Cavaliers: G Matthew Dellavedova (personal reasons) was unavailable for the second straight game. G Brandon Knight, who did not appear in Cleveland’s first four contests, had 10 points while filling in for him as the backup point guard. .. Love had a streak of five straight double-doubles to open the season snapped. UP NEXT Mavericks: Host Orlando on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Dallas has won seven straight over the Magic at American Airlines Center. Cavaliers: Host Boston on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). The Celtics swept their four-game season series with Cleveland in 2018-2019......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 4th, 2019

Danny Kingad falls to mighty Demetrious Johnson

Billed as the co-main event of Part I of ONE: Century, Kingad just couldn't catch a break against the decorated American and lost the bout via unanimous decision......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 13th, 2019