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Category: sportsSource: thestandard thestandardJan 12th, 2017

ONE Championship: Ev Ting decisions Kamal Shalorus, calls out champ Eduard Folayang

strong>10 February 2017 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia /strong>: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has once again electrified the capacity crowd at the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur with another exciting evening of world-class mixed martial arts. The absolute best in local and international mixed martial arts stars took the ONE Championship cage by storm, delighting fans in Malaysia with non-stop action. In the main event, Ev “E.T” Ting emerged victorious over Kamal “Prince of Persia” Shalorus to win by split decision in a high-octane catchweight encounter. In the main event of the evening, lightweight contenders Ev Ting of Malaysia and Kamal Shalorus of Iran put on an absolute show to delight fans in attendance. For three rounds, Ting flaunted his tremendous striking, hammering Shalorus with lashing strikes on numerous occasions. Shalorus tried his best to take Ting to the ground, where he had the upper hand. However, he was unable to do so. In the end, Ting continued his winning streak, doing just enough to earn a split decision victory over Shalorus, who was unable to overcome Ting's sharpness. After the bout, Ting took the chance to thank the fans at the jam-packed Stadium Negara and called for a title shot against reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang. “Eduard Folayang, I am coming to your home to take your belt. See you on April 21st,” he said in his post-fight interview. In the co-main event of the evening, Malaysia’s very own Agilan “Alligator” Thani authored one of the most spectacular finishes of ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS, submitting Jeff Huang of Chinese Taipei with an astonishing rear-naked choke. Thani put on a masterful performance, pacifying Huang’s striking advantage in the early proceedings as the hometown favorite utilized his impeccable ground game. The young Malaysian prospect executed a flawless transition into a rear-naked choke that left Huang no choice but to submit in the second round. Malaysian female MMA superstar Ann “Athena” Osman captured a satisfying victory in front of a jubilant hometown crowd by routing Cambodia’s Vy Srey Khouch. After a long feeling-out process between the two fighters from a toe-to-toe stance, Osman shifted gears and took Srey Khouch to the ground, where her opponent was at a stylistic disadvantage. Securing a full mount, Osman rained down heavy shots. Srey Khouch tried her best to survive the onslaught, laying back mostly on the defensive. However, Osman was simply too much for her Cambodian foe, claiming the stoppage with two seconds left in the first round. Russia’s Movlid “Killer” Khaibulaev accomplished a major victory in his maiden assignment as a ONE Championship athlete by marking the first defeat in the professional record of Brazilian featherweight standout Herbert “The Blaze” Burns. Khaibulaev showcased his pinpoint accurate striking early on, peppering Burns with stinging right hands and spinning back-kicks in the first two rounds of the featherweight showdown. Khaibulaev took matters on the mat in the third round, where he tagged Burns with telling blows and maneuvered his cage counterpart easily on the ground to get the unanimous nod from the three judges at cageside. Previously-unbeaten Pakistani featherweight prospect Ahmed “The Wolverine” Mujtaba experienced the first loss of his career as he went to battle against Malaysian mixed martial artist Keanu Subba. Both fighters started out aggressively, but it was Subba who showed a more capable set of grappling skills, locking in a deep guillotine choke in the first round to the roar of his hometown crowd. In a clash of high-caliber strawweights, Alex “Little Rock” Silva of Brazil extended his impressive winning streak to four bouts by mustering a scintillating submission conquest of Philippine boxing champion Roy Doliguez. Knowing the risk in the stand-up exchanges with Doliguez, Silva relied on his world-class Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu pedigree as he spun a web of crafty grappling to dominate his Filipino foe. In the third round, Silva was finally able to fasten an armbar to force the tap. Saiful “The Vampire” Merican of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia exhibited stellar form, proving himself a top bantamweight competitor with a stoppage victory over Filipino fighter Burn “Hitman” Soriano. Showcasing tremendous power with every strike and drawing cheers from the crowd after each landed blow, Merican’s thunderous kicks and punches proved too much for Soriano as the Filipino was unable to continue after the first round bell. Merican was awarded a technical knockout for his efforts. Singaporean prospect Tiffany “Soul Crusher” Teo notched her second-straight victory inside the ONE Championship cage by defeating Wushu Sanda gold-medalist Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol of Indonesia via unanimous decision. Muhammad Aiman of Malaysia kicked off a spectacular evening of world-class mixed martial arts action at ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS with a technical knockout victory over debuting Brazilian combatant Eduardo Novaes. Aiman finished the job with finesse in the first round, launching a perfectly-executed kick to the body before punctuating it with follow-up blows on the ground.   u> strong>Official results for ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS /strong> /u> Catchweight bout (79.8KG): Ev Ting defeats Kamal Shalorus by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds Welterweight bout: Agilan Thani defeats Jeff Huang by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 2:10 minutes of round 2 Catchweight bout (58.7kg): Ann Osman defeats Vy Srey Khouch by TKO (Strikes) at 4:58 minutes of round 1 Featherweight bout: Movlid Khaibulaev defeats Herbert Burns by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds Featherweight bout: Keanu Subba defeats Ahmed Mujtaba by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:56 minutes of round 1 Strawweight bout: Alex Silva  defeats Roy Doliguez by Submission (Armbar)  at 2:36 minutes of round 3 Bantamweight bout: Saiful Merican defeats Burn Soriano by TKO (Strikes) at 5:00 minutes of round 1 Strawweight bout: Tiffany Teo defeats Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds Bantamweight bout: Muhammad Aiman defeats Eduardo Novaes by TKO (Strikes) at 2:50 minutes of round 2 br />  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2017

ONE Championship: Bigdash retains title; Catalan, Subora victorious

ONE Championship returned to the Jakarta Convention Center for another evening of world-class mixed martial arts (MMA) action. ONE: QUEST FOR POWER set the tone for what will be an amazing 2017 for ONE Championship with a series of compelling bouts featuring the absolute best in local and international MMA talent. In the main event, ONE Middleweight World Champion Vitaly Bigdash retained his title, defeating top contender “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang by unanimous decision after five rounds. div>  /div> div>In the main event of the evening, ONE Middleweight World Champion Vitaly Bigdash of Rostov-on-Don, Russia impressed with a great show of strength in a dominant performance over “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang of Myanmar. Throughout the bout, Bigdash kept N Sang at bay with his sharp combinations, while on the mat he connected with multiple elbows. After five rounds of action, it was a clear win for Bigdash who met very little resistance in outlasting the durable N Sang to remain undefeated, retaining his ONE Middleweight World Championship. /div> div>  /div> div>In the co-main event of the evening, 27-year-old Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Sydney, Australia authored one of the most spectacular finishes of the evening, stopping Japanese MMA veteran Kazunori Yokota with strikes to win by technical knockout just past the midway point of the first round. Yokota stalked Nguyen, looking to throw combinations but Nguyen timed Yokota with an overhand right that dropped him to the canvas. From there, Nguyen jumped on his foe and rained down punches from the top to earn the stoppage victory. /div> div>  /div> div>Lightweight contenders Vincent “MagniVincent” Latoel and Vaughn “The Spawn” Donayre put on an exciting show for fans in attendance, tagging each other with intense combinations for the majority of the three-round lightweight contest. On the mat, Donayre showcased his grappling skills, threatening with various submissions off his back. Latoel however was more consistent throughout and scored points with his takedowns and cage control. All three judges saw the bout in favor of Latoel to win by unanimous decision. /div> div>  /div> div>The highly-anticipated lightweight showdown between Georgi Stoyanov of Bulgaria and Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev of Russia ended on an unfortunate note, as the bout resulted in a No Contest ruling. Although Arslanaliev swarmed Stoyanov from the beginning of the bout and completely outclassed the Bulgarian, an ill-advised technical ground kick landed for Arslanaliev and Stoyanov was unable to continue. /div> div>  /div> div>Dutch featherweight standout based in Jakarta, Anthony “The Archangel” Engelen, put on a masterful performance, stopping Malaysian fight veteran A.J. “Pyro” Lias Mansor in under two minutes in the first round of a scheduled three-round bout. Engelen pressed Mansor up against the cage fence with a combination before a beautiful right hand felled Mansor, earning Engelen one of the most spectacular knockouts of his career. /div> div>  /div> div>Fans were treated to an action-packed clash of colossal light heavyweights as Igor Subora of the Ukraine and Sherif Mohamed of Egypt pushed each other to the limit in a tremendous three-round show of determination from both fighters. Subora effectively used his reach advantage to keep the smaller, stockier Mohamed at bay with his boxing throughout the bout. In the third round, both fighters fought through sheer exhaustion to make it to the final bell as Subora did just enough to outlast Mohamed to earn the unanimous decision. /div> div>  /div> div>Local martial arts hero from Jakarta, “The Terminator” Sunoto, brought the crowd to its feet with a riveting performance to defeat Cambodia’s Chan Heng by technical knockout just a little under three minutes into the first round. Sunoto wasted no time in taking the fight directly to Heng, challenging the Khun Khmer practitioner to a striking showdown at the center of the ONE Championship cage. Sunoto however, proved too much for the Cambodian after he gained mount and unleashed the ground-and-pound. /div> div>  /div> div>Unbeaten Indonesian flyweight prospect Stefer Rahardian defeated Jakarta-based Liberian fighter Jerome S. Paye via unanimous decision in the second preliminary bout of the evening. Rahardian showcased tremendous cage-control for the majority of the fight, smothering Paye with a consistent attack that left the Liberian stifled throughout the contest. The 30-year-old Rahardian left very little openings for Paye who just couldn’t get his offense going. In the end, Rahardian had just enough in the tank to complete a comprehensive three-round performance, earning the nod on all three judges’ scorecards. /div> div>  /div> div>Strawweights Rene Catalan of the Philippines and Adrian Matheis of Indonesia kicked off ONE: QUEST FOR POWER with a spirited display of mixed martial arts action, on a bustling Saturday night in Jakarta. After a dominant first round from Catalan, one that saw the Filipino attempt various finishes, the end came swiftly in the second when Catalan was able to execute an armbar to earn the submission victory. /div> div>  /div> div> strong>COMPLETE RESULTS /strong> /div> div>  /div> div>MW Title: Vitaly Bigdash defeats Aung La N Sang by Unanimous Decision /div> div>  /div> div>Featherweight bout: Martin Nguyen defeats Kazunori Yokota by TKO (Strikes) at 3:36 minutes of round 1 /div> div>  /div> div>Lightweight bout: Vincent Latoel defeats Vaughn Donayre by Unanimous Decision /div> div>  /div> div>Lightweight bout: Georgi Stoyanov, Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev (No Contest) /div> div>  /div> div>Featherweight bout: Anthony Engelen defeats AJ Lias Mansor by Knockout (KO) at 1:42 minutes of round 1 /div> div>  /div> div>Light Heavyweight bout: Igor Subora defeats Sherif Mohamed by Unanimous Decision /div> div>  /div> div>Bantamweight bout: Sunoto defeats Chan Heng by TKO (Strikes) at 2:30 minutes of round 1 /div> div>  /div> div>Flyweight bout: Stefer Rahardian defeats Jerome S. Paye by Unanimous Decision (UD) /div> div>  /div> div>Strawweight bout: Rene Catalan defeats Adrian Matheis by Submission (Armbar) at 2:08 minutes of round 2 /div>.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 15th, 2017

Brock Lesnar tells UFC he is retired from competition

LOS ANGELES — Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has informed the mixed martial arts promotion that he is retired from competition......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2017

Former champion Brock Lesnar retires from MMA competition

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar has informed the mixed martial arts promotion that he is retired from competition. The UFC confirmed the 39-year-old Lesnar's decision Wednesday. Lesnar returned from a 4½-year MMA absence last July to beat Mark Hunt at UFC 200, but the result was overturned after Lesnar failed two doping tests. He was subsequently suspended from competition for a year by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which administers the UFC's doping policy. Lesnar's decision to retire means he has been removed from USADA's drug-testing pool, which monitors the fighters year-round. If he decides to return to competition, he would have to serve the remaining five months of his suspension. The decision doesn't affect Lesnar's professional wrestling career, where the multitalented athlete has spent most of the past five years. He is scheduled to perform for the WWE at WrestleMania in Orlando on April 2. Lesnar fought for the UFC just eight times, but he became one of the biggest pay-per-view stars in the sport's history during his brief run. The former NCAA wrestling champion and WWE star drew millions of new fans to the young sport with his hulking presence and violent skills. He made a guaranteed $2.5 million purse for his victory over Hunt last year, along with likely millions in undisclosed bonuses. But Lesnar failed a drug test taken before his fight and another on fight night. He tested positive for clomiphene, a banned substance under USADA rules. Lesnar won the UFC heavyweight title in just his third fight for the promotion, beating Randy Couture in November 2008. He defended the belt twice before losing it to Cain Velasquez in October 2010, and he lost to Alistair Overeem in December 2011 in his final fight before his 2016 comeback. He also endured serious health problems that curtailed his MMA fighting prime, including a bout of diverticulitis. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2017

ONE champ Eduard Folayang recognized by Philippine Sportswriters Association

Reigning ONE Championship lightweight champion and Team Lakay star Eduard 'The Landslide' Folayang was recognized at the 2016 Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Awards Night, Monday evening, for his landmark ONE world title win last November.  The 32-year old Folayang was given a Major Award for Mixed Martial Arts.  Folayang shocked the MMA world after knocking out Japanese MMA legend Shinya Aoki in round three of their lightweight title fight in Singapore, marking the realization of a five-year long dream for the Baguio native.  em>'Napaka-laking bagay para sa akin na mabigyan ng ng PSA ng ganitong award, of course I am so much thankful, because they recognize it [MMA] as one of the growing sport, the fastest growing sport.' /em> Folayang told ABS-CBN Sports during the night of the ceremonies.  (It's a big honor for me to be given such an award from the PSA. Of course, I am thankful because they recognize it [MMA] as one of the growing sports, the fastest growing sport.) This isn't the first time that Folayang has been recognized by the PSA, as he was given a citation for his exemplary performance in Wushu and Sanshou back in 2002.  This is the first time, however, that the PSA has recognized a mixed martial artist, and Folayang believes that the honor is a result of his the passion and love for his chosen sport.  'Iba talaga yung pakiramdam na from Wushu, now naman professionally in mixed martial arts, so I always believe na we can bear fruit sa kung saang area na ilagay tayo, basta may passion talaga tayo at gusto natin yung ginagawa natin.' (It's a different feeling, coming from Wushu, now mixed martial arts, so I always believe that we can bear fruit wherever we go, just as long as we have passion and love for what we do.) This caps off a stellar 2016 for the former teacher-turned-MMA champion, as he was also honored as ONE Championship's fighter of the year for 2016.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2017

ONE Championship results: Ev Ting leads way with big win over Kamal Shalorus; Soriano falls

The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has once again electrified the capacity crowd at the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur with another exciting evening of world-class mixed martial arts......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2017

Pocari Sweat leads 40 other recipients of PSA citations

Two-time V-League champion Pocari Sweat leads the long list of citations that will be handed out by the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PBA) during its traditional Awards Night presented by San Miguel and MILO next Monday at the LE PAVILLON in Pasay City. A total of 41 personalities and entities will be cited by the country’s oldest organization in the Feb. 13event also co-presented by CIGNAL/HYPE HD. On top of the list are the Lady Warriors which dominated the 13th season of the V-League, topping both the Open and Reinforced conferences in their debut season. Other winners are newly-crowned world boxing champions Jerwin Ancajas and Marlon Tapales, Mixed Martial Arts’ star Michael Brandon Vera, the Philippine Dragon Boat team, wushu bets Divine Wally and Arnel Mandal, and lady boxer Gretchen Abaniel. Asian Beach Games gold medalists Annie Ramirez and Margarita Ochoa, taekwondo jin Pauline Lopez, and the pair of Olympic boxers Rogen Ladon and Charly Suarez are also recipients of citations in the two-hour program which counts on Smart, Rain or Shine, Phoenix Petroleum, Mighty Sports, Gold Toe, Globalport, Foton, and ICTSI as major sponsors. Others to be cited are Ernest John Obiena, Chezka Centeno, Criztian Pitt Laurente, Ariana Thea Patrice Dormitorio,  Sofia Chabon, Bernice Olivarez-Ilas, Joseph Myers, Orencio James delos Santos, Jacob Ang, Kenneth San Andres, Juvenile Faye Crisostomo, Patrick John Tierro, Monica Torres, August Benedicto, Ramon ‘Tats’ Suzara, Johnny Tan, National University Lady Bulldogs, National University Pep Squad, RC Cola-Army, and Philippine fencing team. Completing the list of citations are the Philippine sailing team, Philippine sepak takraw team, Philippine Canoe Kayak Federation, United Football League, Women’s Volleyball League, Pru Life, TV 5, and UNTV. Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz leads the top sports achievers of 2016 and is the unanimous choice as PSA Athlete of the Year by virtue of her silver medal feat in the Rio De Janeiro Olympics. Meanwhile to be recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award in the gala night also backed by the PBA, SM Prime Holdings Inc., Philippine Sports Commission, ACCEL, MVP Sports Foundation, PCSO, Meralco, NLEX, and Federal Land is Asia’s first Grandmaster Eugene Torre. Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association president Philip Ella Juico will received the Executive of the Year award, while 16 others led by Rio De Janeiro Paralympics bronze medalist Josephine Medina are going to be honored with a major award. June Mar Fajardo is Mr. Basketball, Mika Reyes is Ms. Volleyball, Miguel Tabuena is Mr. Golf, while Misagh Bahadoran and Jeordan Dominguez are Mr. Football and Mr. Taekwondo, respectively. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2017

Rousey probably done – UFC chief

Ronda Rousey, a former Olympic judo medalist who became a top mixed martial arts star, will likely not fight again in the octagon, UFC president Dana White said Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2017

Folayang 'honored' to fight in front of kababayans, wants to test himself against a former foe

It's only been a little over two months since Filipino mixed martial artist and Team Lakay superstar Eduard Folayang shocked the world and captured the ONE Championship lightweight title against Shinya Aoki in Singapore.  Since then, Folayang has had his fair share of media obligations, and his hometown of Baguio even threw a celebratory parade in his honor.  Winning the title however, is just the beginning, and as all champions would say, defending the title is the hard part, and not even a month into 2017, the Benguet-based champ already has his marching orders for this year.  In an interview with ABS-CBN Sports, ONE Championship founder and chairman Chatri Sityodtong revealed that Folayang would be defending his title for the first time in front of a home-country crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena.  For Folayang, the announcement of the his first title defense was pretty much the last push that made everything - him being the ONE lightweight world champion - sink in.  'Lalo na ngayon na pumutok yung balita na mag-title defense ako sa April, so nag-sink in na talaga. Ito na ako, so kailangan na talagang maging prepared sa mga susunod kong mga laban.' Folayang told ABS-CBN Sports.  (Even more now, with the news coming out that I'm defending my title in April, so it's already sunk in. This is who I am, so I really need to be prepared for my upcoming fights.) The dream of becoming a world champion started five years ago for Folayang, when he first fought under the ONE Championship banner, and now, he'll be defending that very world title in front of his fellow Pinoys.  What makes it all the more special for Folayang is the fact that he knows people have seen all that he's been through before he became a world champion.  'Syempre it’s an honor na i-dedefend ko yung title sa harap ng mga kababayan mo, parang despite yung mga nakikita nila na pinag-daanan mo doon sa mga past fights mo, finally may belt ka nang ipapakita at kailangang i-defend sa harap nila mismo,'  (Of course it's an honor to be able to defend the title in front of your countrymen. Despite everything that they've seen me go through in my past fights, finallly, I have a belt to show for it, and I need to be able to defend it in front of them.) And while Folayang says it's an honor to put the title up for grabs on home soil, there's also the pressure of doing better than his previous performance, the performance that got him the gold in the first place, an of course, the pressure of holding on to that gold.  'Yun lang yung pressure, kung saan kailangan talaga mong gawin talaga, ibigay yung best na pinakita mo from the previous fight para makuha yung title, and now yung pressure is how to maintain it.'  (That's the pressure, that's what you really need to do, to show your best, even better compared to your previous fight, the where you won the title. Now, the pressure is in how to maintain it.) While no name has been singled out yet as to who Folayang's first challenger will be, the champion believes that it could come from the winner of the February showdown between lightweight contenders Ev Ting and Kamal Shalorus.  The Kiwi-Malaysian Ting has won six of his last seven bouts, including a three-fight winning streak against the likes of Robert Lisita, Filipino fighter Eric Kelly, and Folayang's teammate and former featherweight champion Honorio Banario.  Shalorus, a perennial contender in the ONE lightweight ranks, is a former WEC and UFC veteran, and is coming off a title-bout loss to then-champion Aoki. Shalorus has recorded two wins under the one banner, the first being against none other than the reigning champ, that's why if you ask Folayang, he'd like to face 'the Prince of Persia' once again.  'Siyempre, para sa akin, gusto ko si Kamal, para ma-test ko kung ano yung difference or ano yung improvement na nangyari sa akin from three years ago. It’s a good test kung saan na yung level na napuntahan ko.' (Of course, I'd like to fight Kamal again so I can test myself and see the difference and what I've improved on from three years ago. It's a good test of what level I've reached already.) It was a little over three years ago when Shalorus, coming off a stint with the UFC, made his ONE debut and defeated Folayang via unanimous decision. Folayang credits that loss to a bad weight-cut, as well as excellent planning on Shalorus' part.  'I felt nung time na ‘yun, masyadong mabigat yung katawan ko, nagkamali ako sa weight-cut dati, and looking into the skill naman of Kamal, malakas siya sa area ng wrestling, doon naman niya ko na-utilize, so makikita naman natin talaga na maganda yung gameplan niya, naging effective yung pag-execute ng gameplan niya.'  (I felt that I was heavy that time. I had a bad weight-cut, and looking into the skill of Kamal, he had good wrestling and that's that he utilized on me. We can see that he had a really good gameplan, and he was effective in executing that gameplan.)  Having knocked out the man that choked Shalorus out in under three minutes, Folayang believes that he's vastly improved since their first meeting back in 2013.  Whatever happens though, the champion says that he's willing to take on whoever's put in front of him.  'Kung sino man ang mananalo sa kanila, willing naman akong kalabanin kung ano yung magiging result.' (Whoever wins between them, whatever the result, I'm willing to fight any one of them.) With over four months to go before fight night, Folayang has more than enough time to prepare for what could be another big night in his mixed martial arts career.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 27th, 2017

Women's fights a strong part of ONE's expansion plans

CHRIS LINES, AP Sports Writer   BANGKOK (AP) — The head of ONE Championship, Asia's leading mixed martial arts promoter, is aiming to almost triple the current number of events per year as it chases an ambitious expansion agenda. Chatri Sityodtong said an event every week in Asia was the ultimate goal, representing a significant increase on the 2017 schedule of 18 events, with new markets such as Japan and South Korea expected to soon become part of the calendar. 'Over the years you will see us expand,' Chatri told The Associated Press. 'My ultimate vision is 52 events, one every week, and a different venue each time, in the biggest cities, including Tokyo and Seoul. 'I would rather go carefully and steadily but it's always good to have a vision to aim for.' Such an increase in events would require a matching boost in the number of fighters, and part of that plan was to broaden the presence of women's events. The upcoming promotion in Bangkok on March 11 will be headlined by the women's atom weight title fight between Angela Lee and Jenny Huang. Lee's fight was also top of the card when she won the title in Singapore last year, but she trains in that country, so there was a connection for local fans. Chatri said that having a women's fight, with two foreign contestants, as the headline act despite Thailand having a number of fighters on the card, was part of ONE's ethos. 'Having local headliners makes a lot of sense and drives TV ratings of course,' Chatri said. 'But we want to mix that with having the global superstars.' The 20-year-old Lee has not fought since winning the title in May last year, but believes the 10-month break between fights will be beneficial. 'I wouldn't say it took so much out of me physically but more mentally and emotionally that fight there was a lot of pressure going into that fight and the training for that fight was very rigorous,' Lee said. 'So, I really appreciated the time off but I am really excited, I am hungry to get back in that cage now.' The Bangkok event will also have another intriguing women's fight as Rika Ishige — of Thai and Japanese heritage — will make her professional debut. Ishige splits her time between fighting and modelling and is the partner of Thai fighter Shannon Wiratchai, who will also be on the card. 'We share the same passion in MMA,' Ishige said of her relationship. 'The sport has brought us together and allowed two human beings to meet and fall in love with each other.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 24th, 2017

Think like a warrior, train like a warrior

FIL-AMERICAN Mark Striegl is one of the most admired mixed martial arts fighters in Asia today, not just for his well-chiseled body, built around a layer of rock-hard abs and the looks of a Greek god, but because of his Spartan-like attitude......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 14th, 2017

Pinoy warriors face acid test in Jakarta bash

MANILA, Philippines - Filipino mixed martial arts fighters take center stage this weekend as they show off their combat skills in the ONE Championship to be.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

ONE champ Angela Lee to defend title against Huang in Thailand

CHRIS LINES, AP Sports Writer   BANGKOK (AP) — Hawaiian Angela Lee will defend her women's atomweight title against Taiwan's Jenny Huang when ONE Championship hosts its second mixed martial arts promotion in Thailand on March 11. The 20-year-old Canadian-born Lee improved her perfect career record to six wins when she won the title in a unanimous decision against Mei Yamaguchi in May last year. The fight in Bangkok will be her first defense. 'I had back to back fights leading up to the title fight, and after I won the belt I took some time off,' Lee said. 'The goal for 2017 is to be an active champion and to stay busy. 'Since my last fight, I've been training extremely hard, improving my skill set and I can't wait to show everyone.' Huang also has a perfect record, winning her fifth fight against April Osenio by submission last month. Five years older than Lee, Huang was later to start her MMA career than her upcoming opponent. 'I have been working so hard to come to this point in my career, and now that I'm finally here it all feels very surreal to me,' Huang said. 'Inside the cage I only have one goal and that's to win this bout at any cost. She better be prepared for what I bring to the table because I will go to battle with my full arsenal.' The event in Bangkok will be ONE's second promotion in Thailand after the inaugural event in May last year. ONE has an expanded schedule this year, including five fight nights in China and a first in Vietnam. The first event of the year will be in Jakarta this month. Marcin Prachnio has withdrawn from the middleweight title fight against Vitaly Bigdash due to injury and will be replaced by Aung La N Sang of Myanmar. Russia's Bigdash will be making the first defense of the title he won back in 2015. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 4th, 2017

Retire or fight back? MMA stars offer advice to Ronda Rousey

div>GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer /div> div>  /div> div>LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ronda Rousey is taking time off to ponder her future after her 48-second loss in her comeback fight at UFC 207. /div> div>  /div> div>Amanda Nunes thinks Rousey must retire. /div> div>Jon Jones believes Rousey should fight again. /div> div>  /div> div>The UFC's biggest names offered strong opinions about Rousey's future Saturday, a day after Nunes punched Rousey into submission in less than a minute. Rousey (12-2), once the most dominant fighter in the sport, has now lost two straight boutss 13 months apart, looking unprepared and overmatched against both Holly Holm and Nunes. /div> div>  /div> div>After Nunes easily defended the bantamweight belt once held by Rousey, the champion encouraged Rousey to move on. /div> div>  /div> div>'That's it for her,' Nunes said Friday night. 'For sure, she's going to retire. She can't take it anymore. If she wants the rematch, I'm going to do the same thing, because she can't take my punches.' /div> div>  /div> div>Other major figures in mixed martial arts disagree. /div> div>Jones was arguably the most feared fighter in the sport before failing a drug test last summer. The suspended former light heavyweight champion took to Twitter on Saturday to encourage Rousey. /div> div>  /div> div>'My advice to Ronda would be to pick yourself up and try again,' Jones wrote. 'I think it's important for Ronda to show her fans how great she truly is by displaying her courage and giving it another try.' /div> div>  /div> div>Rousey declined to promote her comeback bout, and she refused to discuss her loss with fans or reporters after making a guaranteed $3 million along with undisclosed millions in bonuses and pay-per-view revenue from the UFC's year-end show. She issued a statement to ESPN on Saturday. /div> div>  /div> div>'Returning to not just fighting, but winning, was my entire focus this past year,' Rousey wrote. /div> div>  /div> div>'However, sometimes — even when you prepare and give everything you have and want something so badly — it doesn't work how you planned. I take pride in seeing how far the women's division has come in the UFC and commend all the other women who have been part of making this possible, including Amanda. /div> div>  /div> div>'I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding.' /div> div>  /div> div>Nunes acknowledged feeling sorry for Rousey after landing 27 punches on the former champion in just 48 seconds. Nunes believes the cumulative stress of Rousey's first loss, her acting career and numerous outside-the-cage responsibilities combined to 'pressure her too much.' /div> div>  /div> div>Nunes spoke directly to a bloodied Rousey in the cage after the loss. /div> div>  /div> div>'I told her, 'You did a lot for this sport,'' Nunes said. ''Thank you so much. Now, take some time to rest and maybe do something else.' Why should she keep doing this? She's a millionaire already. Why would she want to keep doing this? She'll hurt herself.' /div> div>  /div> div>But Jones sees a ferocious competitor in Rousey behind the acting jobs and modeling gigs. /div> div>  /div> div>'What she does next will truly determine her legacy,' Jones wrote. 'I really hope she chooses to be ... unbroken. Her story doesn't have to be over here. I also still believe she beats 90 (percent) of the division. Lots of ass kicking still to be done, lots of money to be made. /div> div>  /div> div>Jones also joined Nunes and innumerable MMA figures in questioning the effectiveness of Rousey's coaching. /div> div>  /div> div>Edmond Tarverdyan, Rousey's coach, was widely criticized for his uneven, unusual coaching methods even before Rousey's career faltered. /div> div>  /div> div>Even Rousey's mother, AnnMaria De Mars, has ripped Tarverdyan, but Rousey has remained fiercely loyal to her longtime guru. /div> div>  /div> div>Jones is based at the Albuquerque gym of respected trainer Greg Jackson, the mastermind behind several UFC champions. Rousey's striking has long been a weak spot for the Olympic judo medalist, and she was utterly unable to cope with Nunes' punching ability, showing little growth in the past year from the weaknesses exposed by Holm. /div> div>  /div> div>'Maybe she just needs to complement her coach with an MMA family,' Jones wrote. 'Maybe she should join one of the bigger MMA teams. ... Being around other bad asses and constantly sharing your spotlight could be good for you (in) so many ways. They can improve on your humility.' /div> div>  /div> div>Rousey turns 30 years old in February, with several years of her ostensible athletic prime before her. While she has circled several major acting jobs after playing three supporting roles in recent years, she doesn't appear to have any major film commitments. /div> div>  /div> div>But Rousey took several months off after her first defeat, and she seems likely to be deliberate again. De Mars, who cradled Rousey as the fighter left the T-Mobile Arena cage, took to her blog Saturday to offer support. /div> div>  /div> div>'She cares DEEPLY about winning to an extent that I don't believe the average person can wrap his/her head around,' De Mars wrote. 'I am very proud of my daughter.' /div>.....»»

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