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Top-notch mixed martial arts action aired on S+A

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Category: sportsSource: thestandard thestandardJan 12th, 2017

ONE Championship partners with gaming powerhouse

A new partnership has been forged between Predator Philippines and ONE Championship to bring Philippine gaming to new heights. Set at High Grounds Café, an other-worldly gaming café decked out in Predator G1 and G3 gaming units, Predator Philippines and ONE Championship challenged Filipino gamers to prepare for modern combat. “Gaming is so much more than cool graphics and great sound effects – it’s about every gamer transforming into their characters and conquering new worlds in any galaxy and in any battle,” said Ray Gozon, Predator Philippines Senior Marketing Manager. “Serious gamers have intense skill, focus, and fury if they are to destroy their enemies. This is why ONE Championship is the perfect partner for us – ONE Championship fights and fighters embody the intensity that our gamers experience on Predator machines.” With an audience of Philippine media and gaming fanatics, Predator Philippines presented the Predator 21 X, a 21-inch gaming laptop with a curved screen that makes for fluid gaming. This powerful machine enables gamers to completely immerse themselves in the future of gaming with G-SYNC technology – it lets gamers see all their opponent’s movements without delay so they can respond swiftly and decisively to any threat. With custom-engineered five-fan cooling, top-of-line power for the fastest gaming in the world, HiFi quality sound, and Cherry MX keyboard for advanced controls with PredatorSense, the Predator 21 X is the ultimate weapon to annihilate any opponent. Two powerplugs-in for two 330-watt bricks allow anyone with this weapon to game hard for as long has he can survive. “Predator doesn’t only CONQUER NEW WORLDS of gaming, but it CONQUERS NEW WORLDS of gamers themselves,” said Gozon. “It’s all about making the experience as real as possible.” Bringing the experience of combat to life are ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera and ONE Championship VP & MMA Legend Rich “Ace” Franklin with a thrilling demonstration of the basics of MMA fighting. They then went head-to-head with a team of media and Predator fans for a round of Overwatch, putting their combat skills to the test in the world of PC gaming. 'Our objective is to create as much excitement and public exposure as possible for our partners as ONE Championship continues to extend the boundaries of mixed martial arts (MMA) in Asia by maximizing our reach to fans of the sport. The growth of MMA is one of the key elements in helping our partners gain endless opportunities,” said ONE Championship CEO, Victor Cui. “We are thrilled to be in partnership with Predator this year as ONE Championship brings its unique brand of MMA action to an MMA-adulating country like the Philippines for the tenth time. Predator is a world-class brand and just like ONE Championship, it aims to bring no less than the best to its fans and followers. Together with Predator, we will serve top-notch entertainment and an unforgettable night of action to our loyal fans on April 21st.' Predator is the official partner of ONE: KINGS OF DESTINY happening on April 21. Predator will be sponsoring one of the main card fights of the day, which is the fight right before the title fight of Folayang and Ting battle for the ONE Lightweight World Championship. The winner of this main card fight will receive the ultimate gaming laptop, the Predator 21 X, helping this fighter to conquer not only the ring but any world he chooses through Predator. Predator is also expected to create a whole spectacle during the match as they reveal the new brand ambassador for Predator Philippines. “On the outside, MMA is extremely physical, but it is as much a mental game as it is a physical sport,” said Gozon. “The level of professionalism that goes into fighting in the ring and gaming in a new world is often understated. A lot of strategy comes into play, and you see these fighters go into beast mode as soon as they step into the ring. This is how gamers are – they may be everyday Juans on the streets, but as soon as they sit behind that screen, they unleash their inner fighters and immerse themselves into these worlds they enter. “So what do we do? We give them the ultimate weapon, and that is the Predator,” Gozon concluded. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 19th, 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

ONE Championship: Dynasty of Heroes to air on S+A

The youngest ever mixed martial arts (MMA) world champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee puts her Women’s Atomweight title and her perfect record on the line in ONE Championship’s “Dynasty of Heroes” fight card this Friday (May 26), airing LIVE from the Singapore Indoor Stadium at Kallang, Singapore on S+A at 8:30pm. The submission artist (7-0; 5 Submissions) will take on challenger Istela Nunes (5-0; 2 KOs) and will rely on her unparalleled ground combat skills and grappling techniques to subdue her seventh challenger. Nunes, meanwhile, hopes to goad the champion into a stand-up fight to snatch the belt. In the night’s other main event, it’s another battle of the undefeated as Ben Askren tries to bring the “Funky” to the “Alligator,” Agilan Thani, in a welterweight brawl everyone is waiting to see, with the ONE Welterweight world title on the line. Askren has been undefeated in 15 fights. Thani, on the other hand, considered one of the rising welterweight stars in ONE Championship, packs a perfect 7-0 record. Meanwhile, Filipino cage warrior and Team Lakay representative Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio (8-5) is on a comeback trail as he takes a second crack at fierce rival Anatpong “Mak” Bunrad (5-2) in the undercard. Eustaquio o hopes to avenge his earlier loss to Bunrad and keep Team Lakay’s winning streak inside the ONE Championship arena. Curiously, Eustaquio’s last loss came at the hands of submission specialist Toni Tauru, who was clobbered to oblivion by fellow Team Lakay fighter Kevin Belingon in “Kings of Destiny.” Don’t miss the explosive brawls headlined by ONE Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee and ONE Welterweight World champion Ben “Funky” Askren on “ONE: Dynasty of Heroes” LIVE on S+A this Friday (May 26), 8:30pm beaming straight from the Singapore Indoor Stadium.  For more information and stories, go online visit ABS-CBN’s sports hub sports.abs-cbn.com, and follow their official social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter (@ABSCBNSports). .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 25th, 2017

ONE Championship's Angela Lee chases MMA stardom outside UFC

GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer   Angela Lee is a citizen of the world. Born in Canada and raised in Hawaii by her South Korean mother and Singaporean father, the 20-year-old has lived her short adult life in constant movement around the Pacific Rim and to innumerable points beyond. When asked how she defines herself geographically, Lee can't pick just one identity. 'I feel like I'm comfortable in any of those areas, any of those countries,' Lee said. 'I think it's a blessing to have so much mixed culture.' Lee also doesn't fit into any particular box as one of the world's most intriguing up-and-coming mixed martial artists. The daughter of two martial arts instructors is a gifted wrestler, a strong striker and a prototype for the next generation of well-rounded MMA prospects. And she didn't need the UFC to reach the precipice of international stardom, either. Lee (7-0) fights for ONE Championship, a Singapore-based promotion that dominates the burgeoning Asian market for professional MMA. She defends her 115-pound title for the second time Friday in a headlining bout against Istela Nunes at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Lee's fame is already remarkable around Asia, where her combination of talent and charisma has inspired comparison to Ronda Rousey. In just two years as a professional, the former Hawaii state wrestling champion is building buzz while expanding non-Asian MMA fans' UFC-centric perception of the sport. 'I'm maturing as a fighter, but I still have so much to learn,' Lee said. 'That's the exciting part. I feel like I'm not even close to my peak or my potential yet.' Lee was the first woman to headline a ONE Championship show last year when she won the promotion's atomweight — called strawweight by the UFC — title. Her show this week is the second ONE event headlined by a woman, and she praises both her promotion and Asian fight fans for embracing the women's game so quickly. 'When I first started my fighting as an amateur, there were still a few critics saying women shouldn't be fighting, this and that,' Lee said. 'Just in these two years, it's really been amazing to see the mindset change for people, and how they're looking at these women who are stepping into the cage. We definitely get a lot more respect now. We've come a long way, and I'm excited for all the progress that is still to come.' The UFC has never found a solid foothold in the Asian market despite numerous attempts over the years. The promotion is trying again next month with a show at Singapore Indoor Stadium featuring several Asian contenders on a card headlined by former champion Holly Holm and ex-title contender Bethe Correia. Lee isn't sure whether she will attend the UFC show next month, since she might be home in Hawaii. 'I'm curious to see what the turnout is going to be like in June,' Lee said. 'I don't know too much about how dominant they (could be) on this side, but I know for sure that ONE Championship sells out stadiums every single time they host an event here. So definitely, I'd say ONE Championship has a lockdown on Asia and the Asian market.' To answer a question posed to her almost weekly for the past two years, Lee thinks she could handle herself against anybody on the UFC's 115-pound roster. That includes long-reigning champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, widely considered the top pound-for-pound fighter in the women's game. 'I would be so game to fight Joanna or any of the UFC girls,' Lee said. 'I'm very confident in my skill set against theirs. I have no problem stepping into the cage with any of them.' But ONE is building a stable of world-class talent to compete with Lee, and she intends to keep up her pursuit of stardom and sponsorships from her home base in Singapore. There is a major downside to pursuing a professional fighting career in Singapore, however: One of the world's greatest food cities isn't a great place to be in the final days of a weight cut. She believes she can fight off her current cravings for a huge burger until after her bout. 'It's definitely a struggle for me, especially when my family wants to go out to eat, and of course I'm not going to make them suffer with me,' Lee said with a laugh. 'I'm like, 'You guys go ahead.' It's very torturous for me to be eating my salad and then having them feasting in front of me, but it's just more motivation for me to get the job done on fight night.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 25th, 2017

Title challengers Nunes, Thani fighting for prestigious piece of history

Istela Nunes and Agilan “The Alligator Thani are considered promising prospects in the sport of mixed martial arts due to their talent and dedication to their craft. Both fighters are reaping the fruits of their labor as they slated to compete in separate world title contests on Friday, 26 May in Singapore. Nunes challenges Asian MMA sensation Angela “Unstoppable” Lee for the ONE Women’s Atomweight Championship in the main event of ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES, while Thani vies for the ONE Welterweight World Championship against the division’s best in Ben Askren on the same card. Aside from the chance to lodge themselves as MMA world champions, Nunes and Thani will have the opportunity to have their waists girded with prestigious belts. Beyond the prestige that marks the bearer as the best fighter in his weight class across the globe, the belt is designed as a symbolic ornament of honor and glory. Weighing more than seven kilograms, the jewel-encrusted silver and gold-plated belt is mounted by hand on a thick natural leather strap that is locked together securely with ten steel studs. The pair of warring lions that frame the centerpiece ONE Championship logo represents royalty and prestige, and it is complimented by a crown motif at the belt’s apex. Two blood-red rubies are placed in the eyes of the lions, while two secondary plates added eminent value to the handmade masterpiece as it is studded with 52 crystals on each side. “Our belt is definitely one of the richest prizes in the world of martial arts today. We make sure that the bearer of our championship title represents a prestigious piece that reflects the true value of martial arts,” ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong stated. Capturing the ONE Welterweight World Championship belt will not only put Thani in history books as the first Malaysian mixed martial arts (MMA) competitor to claim a world title, but he will also have an intricately-crafted hardware in his possession. “The ONE Championship belt is one of the most prestigious MMA titles in the sport today. Having that makes you the best in the game. That’s why I want to win it so bad,” Thani said. Meanwhile, Thani stressed that bringing home the ONE Welterweight World Championship title to Malaysia by defeating a high-profile opponent like Askren will seal his legacy as a world-class MMA athlete. “Ben Askren is a legend in mixed martial arts, and beating him will also make me a legend. That will be a great motivation for me. I want to get that belt. I believe this is my time. When that time comes, I will be the next legend,” he asserted. Meanwhile, Nunes is confident that she has what it takes to shock the world by defeating Lee for the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship. “I have worked very hard to earn this opportunity. Angela Lee is a great, young champion, but I’m coming for the belt. I know chances like this are very rare and I will do my best to take the title home for all my fans,” she said. Nunes is relishing not just her underdog status when she takes on the highly-popular Lee but also the pressure of the scheduled five-round championship clash. “I feel strong and ready. I was built for this moment. I have nothing but good words to say about Angela, she is a tremendous champion. I admire what she has done to inspire young women in Asia to take up MMA, but I vow to win this fight at any cost. I have one goal and that’s to become champion. Angela better be prepared to go to battle because I’m coming to the fight with my full arsenal,” she ended.   em> strong>Catch ONE Championship: Dynasty of Heroes on Friday, May 26th, LIVE at 8:30 PM on S+A channel 23! /strong> /em> br />   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2017

Hawks-Wizards, Bulls-Celtics headed to testy Game 5s

em>By Jon Krawczynski, Associated Press /em> Paul Millsap has accused the Washington Wizards of bringing mixed martial arts to the court. Jimmy Butler has had it up to here with Boston's Marcus Smart. As the series between the Hawks and Wizards and Celtics and Bulls each enter pivotal Game 5s on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time), the tension and pressure is surfacing all over the place. The latest dustup came after Boston won its second straight game in Chicago to even that series at 2-2, with Butler essentially accusing Smart, the rugged Celtics guard, of being a fake tough guy. 'We're not going to sit here and get in each other's faces,' Butler said after the game. 'He's not about that life.' Smart tried to keep the focus on the game when asked about Butler's comments on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time), but it was clear that he took exception to the characterization even if he didn't want to get into a war of words with the Bulls star. 'I can show you better than I can tell you. . Last time I checked if you gonna say somebody ain't about that life you should know, right?' Smart said. 'We're gonna keep this Chicago Bulls vs. Boston Celtics. Not Marcus vs. Jimmy.' The Hawks were in danger of getting bullied out of the first round quickly after the Wizards, adopting the Death Row D.C. moniker that embodied the notorious hip hop label, got physical to win games one and two. But the Hawks responded in Atlanta to even the series, with Millsap delivering 29 points, 14 rebounds and five assists in game three. 'We've got home court for a reason,' Wizards guard John Wall said after the game four loss. 'It's an opportunity for us to go home, take care of what we need to do and come back here on Friday (Saturday, PHL time).” Here is what to know heading into Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time): ___ strong>Hawks at Wizards, Series tied 2-2 /strong> em> strong>NEED TO KNOW: /strong> /em>After looking lethargic to fall behind 2-0 in the series, the Hawks came alive back home in Atlanta. Dwight Howard helped lead the way in game four with 16 points and 15 rebounds, looking more like the athletic paint prowler he was earlier in his career. Now the series shifts back to Washington, where the Wizards flexed their way through the first two games. The Wizards won 30 games at home during the regular season, the second-most in the Eastern Conference. em> strong>KEEP AN EYE ON: /strong> /em>The Hawks role players. They were the difference in Atlanta, and the Wizards couldn't match their depth. Jose Calderon had 10 points and five assists, Taurean Prince had 11 points and seven rebounds and Kent Bazemore had 16 points and seven assists, giving the Hawks a dizzying balance that had the Wizards scrambling on defense. Role players tend to play better at home, so their ability to sustain those efforts in Washington will be crucial. em> strong>INJURY UPDATE: /strong> /em> None. em> strong>PRESSURE IS ON: /strong> /em>Markieff Morris. The Wizards forward has been vocal in this series, calling Millsap a 'crybaby' at one point. But after scoring 21 points in the game one victory, he has scored just 21 points in the next three games combined. He went 7-for-24 from the field in Atlanta, and the Wizards need him to make some shots to take some of the attention away from Wall and Bradley Beal. ___ strong>Bulls at Celtics, Series tied 2-2 /strong> em> strong>NEED TO KNOW: /strong> /em> After being thoroughly outplayed in games one and two, the Celtics have started to resemble the team that outfought Cleveland down the stretch for the East's No. 1 seed. The two biggest reasons have been the broken right thumb of the Bulls' Rajon Rondo suffered in game two and the decision by Boston coach Brad Stevens to go smaller since then by sitting starter Amir Johnson in favor of energetic scorer Gerald Green. The move has worked out with Green scoring eight points in game three, and posting 18 points and seven rebounds in game four. The Bulls will now try to get a similar boost with Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg saying he will start Isaiah Canaan at point guard in place of Jerian Grant. em> strong>KEEP AN EYE ON: /strong> /em>Isaiah Thomas. The Celtics star has played with a heavy heart after the sudden death of his sister, but he was so effective in game four that Hoiberg accused him of carrying the ball. 'Out of everything I do on the court, he wants to bring that up,' Thomas said. 'I mean, it is what it is. I'm just gonna continue to dribble the ball the way I know how.' em> strong>INJURY UPDATE: /strong> /em> Rondo did some shooting before practice on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL tim) and did not have a cast on his right hand. He's out for game five, but Hoiberg at least left open the possibility of him returning before the end of the series. em> strong>PRESSURE IS ON: /strong> /em> The Bulls. While Rondo's loss was a big blow, Chicago must do a better job of sharing the ball than it has the last two games. The Bulls' assists have dropped from 22 and 28 in games one and two with Rondo to just 14 and 19 in games three and four without him. ___ em>AP Sports Writer Kyle Hightower in Boston contributed to this report /em> .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 26th, 2017

Fil-Am mixed martial artist Brandon Vera, engaged na

INANUNSYO mismo ni Mixed Martial Arts star Brandon Vera na ‘engaged’ na siya sa kaniyang kasintahan. Isinagawa ang proposal sa girlfriend na si Jessica Craven sa kanilang bakasyon noong nakaraang Biyernes sa Guam. Nag-post ito ng larawan sa kanyang Instagram account habang kasama ang kasintahan at ipinakita pa ang engagement ring. Nakatakda na itong mag-shooting [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsApr 19th, 2017

SAFC home of rising Mixed Martial Arts stars

SAFC home of rising Mixed Martial Arts stars.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 8th, 2017

Ben Askren defends ONE welterweight title in Singapore

The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced a blockbuster co-main event bout at ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES. ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben “Funky” Askren will return to the ONE Championship cage to defend his title against rising young Malaysian star Agilan “Alligator” Thani. ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES is set for 26 May at the Singapore Indoor Stadium and will also feature ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee taking on challenger Istela Nunes of Brazil in the main event. Victor Cui, CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “We are excited to announce that ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren is back and he’s ready to welcome the young Agilan Thani to the upper echelon of the division. It is going to be an awesome showdown of youth versus experience, on a night fans will not want to miss. Get ready for an evening of non-stop MMA action ready to hit you live in Singapore!” A former NCAA Division I All-American, Ben Askren is a collegiate wrestling legend and one of the finest mixed martial artists in the world today. In just a few fights in ONE, Askren was able to seize the ONE Welterweight World Championship with a resounding technical knockout victory over Nobutatsu Suzuki. The highly-skilled Askren is widely considered to be the absolute best in his division and one of the best fighters in the world pound-for-pound. Next for Askren is a title defense against Malaysian welterweight Agilan Thani. The undefeated Agilan “Alligator” Thani of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will be making his return to the ONE Championship cage, following a spectacular submission victory over veteran welterweight Jeff Huang. The 21-year old prospect is a perfect 7-0 as a professional, with five of his seven victories ending in the first round. All of Thani’s victories have come by exciting finish. The young Malaysian has shown steady improvement in each outing, and has earned a shot at ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 8th, 2017

Filipina MMA fighter Iniong to make ONE debut April 21

MANILA, Philippines — Considered as one of the best female Filipino fighters that the local Philippine mixed martial arts (MMA) scene has ever produced, Gina.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 25th, 2017

Bellator hits New York with big pay-per-view show June 24

div>GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer /div> div>  /div> div>Bellator is stepping up to Madison Square Garden and back onto pay-per-view. /div> div>  /div> div>The mixed martial arts promotion will stage a stacked card in New York City on June 24, The Associated Press has learned. /div> div>  /div> div>Bellator 180 will be headlined by Chael Sonnen's long-awaited rivalry bout with Wanderlei Silva. Additional fights will be announced soon for several of the promotion's top talents, including a handful of its newly-signed free agents. /div> div>  /div> div>Bellator will broadcast on pay-per-view for only the second time in promotional history, signaling another step in its growth as a rival for the industry-leading UFC. Bellator staged its only previous pay-per-view event in May 2014, shortly before CEO Scott Coker took over the promotion. /div> div>  /div> div>'We always said that when we come to New York, we'll bring the biggest and the best fight card we've ever had in the history of this company,' Coker told the AP. 'We're putting it together, and our roster is robust enough that we feel like it's time to get into the pay-per-view business, so here we go.' /div> div>  /div> div>After New York lifted its long-standing restrictions on the sport last year, the UFC debuted at Madison Square Garden in November with Conor McGregor headlining the star-stacked UFC 205. /div> div>  /div> div>Bellator 180 will feature the Viacom-owned promotion's formula of big-name veteran fighters topping a card to draw fans for a showcase of elite up-and-coming talent. Sonnen and Silva likely are in the final years of their careers, but they're still two of the best-known names in MMA. /div> div>  /div> div>Bellator also intends to debut a portion of its latest crop of free-agent signees in New York, although the bouts haven't been finalized. The promotion confirmed Monday that it has signed Ryan Bader, the longtime UFC light heavyweight title contender. /div> div>  /div> div>Coker has built Bellator around regular fight shows on Viacom's Spike TV, its flagship cable station. Even with this leap into the more lucrative world of pay-per-view fights, Coker doesn't intend to stage regular pay-per-view shows every few weeks, instead following the boxing model of using pay-per-view for only the biggest events. /div> div>  /div> div>'I've watched how hard Bellator has worked and how they've stuck through it, and I think they belong on pay-per-view,' Sonnen told the AP. 'After a I joined up, I was stunned that Bellator was packing houses from the East Coast to the West Coast. They've got a great product, and it just seemed like the next logical step was going into pay-per-view.' /div> div>  /div> div>Bellator is ramping up while the UFC is in an undeniable fallow patch, with its biggest mainstream stars — including McGregor, Ronda Rousey, Georges St. Pierre, Brock Lesnar and Jon Jones — all in various stages of inactivity, retirement or suspension. Among the UFC's surefire pay-per-view sellers, only St. Pierre has a fight booked, and it doesn't have a date. /div> div>  /div> div>The UFC has no show booked for the weekend of June 24, which is two weeks before the UFC's International Fight Week. /div> div>  /div> div>'I think (Bellator 180) will be the most exciting fight card in MMA this year so far,' Coker said. 'I mean, who knows what's going to happen before the end of the year, but I think this is going to be the biggest fight card put together by any company so far in the pay-per-view business, and we feel really good about it.' /div> div>  /div> div>Bellator has acquired the services of several former UFC fighters over the past 18 months, including Rory MacDonald, Phil Davis and Lorenz Larkin. /div> div>  /div> div>Bellator has a multi-fight deal with Russian heavyweight great Fedor Emelianenko, although his promotional debut last month was scrapped at the last minute when opponent Matt Mitrione fell ill. The promotion also recently signed star grappler Dillon Danis, McGregor's training partner. /div> div>  /div> div>Sonnen made his Bellator debut last November with an upset loss to Tito Ortiz, but the talkative wrestler remains one of MMA's best-known fighters and most effective promoters. /div> div>  /div> div>'New York is a big deal for a lot of people,' Sonnen said. 'I'm a big deal for New York.' /div> div>  /div> div>Sonnen has a long-simmering feud with the 40-year-old Silva, the Brazilian veteran who signed with Bellator last year. The fighters got into a real-life brawl when they coached against each other on a season of the UFC's long-running reality television show in 2013. /div> div>  /div> div>Silva hasn't fought since March 2013, but the former Pride champion nicknamed 'The Axe Murderer' remains one of the sport's big names. /div> div>  /div> div>'I'll fight Wanderlei Silva the next time I see him,' Sonnen said. 'I fought Wanderlei Silva the last time I saw him. I'm glad it's going to be an organized event. I'm glad it's not going to be something outside of the ring.' /div>.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 21st, 2017

Jury ends day mulling MMA fighter-porn star case in Vegas

KEN RITTER, Associated Press br />   LAS VEGAS (AP) — A jury in Las Vegas spent a full day deliberating Friday whether the former mixed martial arts fighter named War Machine is guilty of charges that could get him life in prison in an attack on his porn star ex-girlfriend and her male friend in August 2014. Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver could face life in prison if he's found guilty of the top charges of attempted murder, kidnapping and sexual assault in the violence that jurors were told left Christy Mack and Corey Thomas bloodied and injured. But those are just some of the 34 charges the state court jury is considering. Koppenhaver's defense attorney took the unusual step Thursday of conceding Koppenhaver's guilt on eight domestic battery charges for punching and injuring Mack and using a knife. The Associated Press doesn't usually identify alleged victims of sexual assault, but Mack gave AP permission to use her name. Her legal name is Christine Mackinday. Attorney Jay Leiderman told the jury that Koppenhaver also is guilty of threatening Mack's boyfriend at the time, Corey Thomas, to dissuade him from going to police. Convictions on those nine felony counts alone could get Koppenhaver decades in state prison. Other charges include coercion and burglary. Koppenhaver, 35, legally changed his name to War Machine during his 19-fight MMA career that ended in 2013. He has gone by his birth name since his arrest a week after the alleged attack. He did not testify during his two-week trial. Mack, 24, spent eight hours on the witness stand, telling the jury she was beaten and raped by Koppenhaver in the months before his confrontation with her and Thomas. Thomas testified that he suffered a broken nose, dislocated shoulder, scrapes, bruises and bite marks in a bedroom brawl with Koppenhaver. The jury saw photos of Mack with a broken nose, missing teeth, fractured eye socket and leg injuries, and she testified that she also suffered a lacerated liver. Deliberations resume Monday. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 18th, 2017

Pinoy fighter Rabin Catalan not worried about unbeaten opponent

A tough test awaits Filipino fighter Rabin “The Rock” Catalan as he locks horns with undefeated Thai standout Pongsiri “Punhod” Mitsatit in his second outing as a ONE Championship competitor. Both men are booked to face each other on the undercard of ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM, which takes place at the 12,000-seater Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday, 11 March. An undefeated prospect from Chiang Mai, Thailand, Mitsatit holds a stellar win-loss standing of 7-0, with five knockout triumphs and one submission victory. Catalan might have his hands full against Mitsatit, but he remains unperturbed with the fact that the most challenging bout in his eight-year professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career is ahead of him. “I am not worried because he is undefeated. I know he has won most of his fights by finish. Plus, he will have the whole arena cheering for him on fight night. I don’t see it as a problem. To me, this is a challenge that can bring out the best in me,” he said. “This is MMA. The core of martial arts is to unleash a human’s true potential. I want to know my potential in this sport. That’s why I am happy to be in this fight against a talented fighter like him,' Catalan added. The 30-year-old native of Iloilo City shared that he had a solid preparation for his return to the ONE Championship cage as he trained with close friend and fellow ONE Championship athlete Rocky Batolbatol. Catalan also divulged that he worked on his ground game with the best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners at Mindanao Ultimate Mixed Martial Arts, an MMA training facility that is based in Cagayan De Oro City, Misamis Oriental and houses top fighters in the Philippine’s southernmost major island of Mindanao. “My preparation for this fight has been absolutely awesome. I got help from my friends and teammates. They helped me to level up my striking. For this fight, I did extra work on my grappling. This will probably be the best camp that I’ve ever had in my career,” he stated. Coming off a second-round stoppage setback at the hands of Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio in April 2016, Catalan stressed that his recent loss gives him an extra drive to get the win at ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM. “I really want this win because I lost my debut in ONE Championship. This is a chance to redeem myself. I know this fight will not be a walk in the park, but I am determined to shock the world on March 11th,” he ended. br />  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 10th, 2017

Tyron Woodley chooses smarts over slugfest, keeps championship

GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer   LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tyron Woodley understood the booing that thoroughly drowned out his words when he spoke to the fans following his tactical victory over Stephen Thompson at UFC 209. 'I know this is a sport where you guys love to see knockouts,' Woodley said. 'You guys love to see the gore. You love to see the blood, guys getting beat up, and then they find a way to come back. I love watching it as well. 'But guess what? I love being the world champion, and sometimes it's not the sexiest fight on Earth.' The 34-year-old UFC welterweight champ simply felt he couldn't risk his belt or his livelihood in another emotional brawl with Thompson, the unpredictable karate fighter who nearly finished him four months ago in their wild first bout in New York. Thompson exercised the same caution in their Vegas rematch, and Woodley eked out a cerebral, largely action-free victory that left both fighters thinking they had won. It also left many fans wishing they hadn't paid to watch a chess match in a cage. 'I would say a stalemate is probably the proper term,' Woodley said. Woodley (17-3-1) and Thompson (13-2-1) had the same solution to a common dilemma for high-profile mixed martial artists and boxers in big bouts: They can either fight intelligently, or they can entertain the fans who come to see blood. Georges St. Pierre and Floyd Mayweather Jr. became stars without becoming brawlers, but most fighters don't have the athleticism or the personality to reach big paydays and worldwide recognition without going a bit wild. By the time the T-Mobile Arena crowd chanted 'Fight! Fight! Fight!' out of desperation in the fifth round, Woodley and Thompson had made their preferences clear — for this difficult matchup, at least. The first two rounds had zero significant action as two talented counterpunchers circled and waited to capitalize when the other threw a lazy, obvious strike. It never happened. 'I didn't realize he was going to be as hesitant in this one,' Thompson said. 'He was backing up a lot. I knew he was waiting for me to come in. You want to go out there and get a spectacular knockout, but when you get in there, it's a different feel. I think only fighters can understand that.' Indeed, Woodley didn't make UFC 209 boring by himself: Thompson fought the same tactical fight, showing little of his usual creativity in attack. They landed only a combined 136 total strikes over five rounds. By contrast, co-main event fighters David Teymur and Lando Vannata landed 174 strikes in their three-round slugfest, earning $50,000 Fight of the Night bonuses. The final 35 seconds of the fifth round contained essentially all of the main event's thrills: Woodley dropped Thompson with a straight right hand and pummeled him on the ground. Thompson escaped, but that single flurry might have swayed the majority decision to Woodley, who won the last round on all three judges' cards and took two cards at 48-47. Woodley is a loquacious fighter with the personality and talent to become one of the UFC's biggest stars, and he has shown ferocious knockout power in previous fights. But the former University of Missouri wrestler would have endangered years of work with a rematch loss to an unorthodox opponent. 'This is a big fight, man,' Woodley said. 'I can go out there and give you guys what you want — spinning back-fists, side kick, flying knee — and get knocked out. Now I've got to go home without my belt, making way less money, and getting back on the drawing board.' UFC President Dana White also lamented the lack of action in the main event, but still defended Woodley and Thompson. 'It's easy to sit in your seats, drink some beers, eat your popcorn and boo people,' White said. 'You're not out there fighting Tyron Woodley or Wonderboy. A lot was at stake, and these guys fought the way they felt they needed to.' Still, White — who has an occasionally combative relationship with Woodley — admitted he thought Thompson won the fight. 'I didn't take offense to it,' Woodley said. 'If you know Dana, his fight style is (infamous brawler) Diego Sanchez, these dudes that are beating each other up. That's his stuff. That's his style. It's not always the most attractive fight to see the guys who are playing a chess match. 'Getting hit should never be cool. The art should be hitting and not getting hit.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 6th, 2017

Arts & Leisure: Netflix reinvents reality TV by making same show 6 times

ON AN elaborate set in Southern California, just hours from Netflix, Inc.'s headquarters, mixed martial artist Anderson Silva and comedian Rafinha Bastos cheer as two fellow Brazilians race into a cavernous structure to take on a series of obstacles......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 27th, 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

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