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

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

Category: sportsSource: thestandard thestandardJan 12th, 2017

Team Lakay stars headline stacked ONE Championship card in Manila

The Philippines' top mixed-martial arts stable will be represented well when ONE Championship returns to Manila for ONE: Legends of the World this November 10th.  Headlining the card will be a superfight for the ONE lightweight world championship, as Team Lakay superstar Eduard 'The Landslide' Folayang puts his title on the line against reigning ONE featherweight world champion Martin 'The Situ-Asian' Nguyen.  In the co-main event, unbeaten Team Lakay rising star Danny 'The King' Kingad will be getting his first shot at a world championship when he challenges reigning titleholder Adriano 'Mikinho' Moraes for the ONE flyweight world championship.  Also on the card, a couple of former world championship contenders from the Baguio-based stable step back into the ONE Championship cage, as bantamweight contender Kevin 'The Silencer' Belingon meets undefeated Kevin 'Oldboy' Chung of the United States, while strawweight contender Joshua 'The Passion' Pacio looks to bounce back against fellow Pinoy Roy Doliguez.   ONE: Legends of the World Fight Card Lightweight Championship: Eduard Folayang vs. Martin Nguyen Flyweight Championship: Adriano Moraes vs. Danny Kingad Kevin Belingon vs. Kevin Chung Alex Silva vs. Hayato Suzuki Gina Iniong vs. Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol Anatpong 'Mak' Bunrad vs. Reece McLaren Zhao Zhi Kang vs. Yohan Mulia Legowo Joshua Pacio vs. Roy Doliguez Xie Chao vs. Kelvin Ong Peng Xue vs. Phat Soda   ONE Championship: Legends of the World happens on Friday, November 10th at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Manila, Philippines.  Catch the action LIVE on S+A channel 23! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 17th, 2017

'Landslide' vs. 'The Situ-Asian': Folayang vs. Nguyen is a battle of unique MMA monickers

As much a part of an athlete's persona is the nickname given to him or her, if any.  'King' James. 'Air' Jordan. 'Pacman' Pacquiao.  These monickers have been synonymous with sports excellence. While nicknames aren't as prevalent in basketball or football, or other team sports, it's a staple in combat sports such as mixed martial arts and boxing.  Top stars, past and present, all have had catchy aliases, from 'Iron' Mike Tyson to Floyd 'Money' Mayweather, Georges 'Rush' St-Pierre to 'Funky' Ben Askren, and everyone in between.  On November 10th in Manila, two reigning world champions will collide, when ONE Championship lightweight king Eduard Folayang puts his belt on the line against ONE Championship featherweight titleholder Martin Nguyen in the promotion's first-ever champion-versus-champion superfight.  Beyond the magnitude of this historic showdown however, is that this will also be a battle of two of the most unconventional monickers in MMA history.  'The Landslide' versus 'The Situ-Asian'.  You can't get more unique and more specific than that.  Folayang explains that his monicker came from sheer dominance and geographic influence.  em>'Nanggaling yung nung nasa URCC pa ako, kasi nanalo ako by a landslide,' /em>Folayang explained em>. 'And siguro dahil din dun sa Baguio, pag tag-ulan, laging nag-lalandslide, so siguro hindi lang dahil sa landslide na panalo, pati na din sa place namin, sa environment.' /em> em>(That came from when I was fighting in the URCC, I won by a landslide, and maybe because in Baguio, there's always a landslide when it's raining, so maybe it's not just because of the landslide win, but also the place where I'm from, the environment.) /em> As for Nguyen, the Aussie's ultra-unique monicker was born from a tweaked pop-culture reference.  em>'It was a joke, I was a 77-kilo fighter back when I first started my MMA career. I won two tournaments, and my coaches decided that I had to cut weight down to 70 kilos. When I cut down to 70-kilos, I started showing a bit of abs, more flabs but a bit of abs.' /em> Nguyen explained. em>'At the time, there was this American TV show called Jersey Shore, and there was this guy on the show called ‘The Situation’, he was obsessed about his abs, so they called me ‘The Situation’, and then when I dropped down to featherweight, that’s when I actually had abs and they were calling me ‘The Situation’ /em> While Nguyen was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, his roots are very much Asian. He was born to Vietnamese parents.  em>'I was like no, I don’t want to be called ‘The Situation’, if you’re gonna call me ‘The Situation’, at least call me ‘The Situ-Asian’, and it just went on from there, and everyone stuck with it.' /em>Nguyen added.  A couple of one-of-a-kind nicknames for a pair of one-of-a-kind warriors.  Come fight night however, monickers and nicknames won't matter inside the cage.  The only title they'll be concerned with on November 10th will be 'ONE Lightweight World Champion'.    strong>Eduard Folayang defends his ONE Championship lightweight world title against reignign ONE Championship featherweight world champion Martin Nguyen in the main event of ONE: Legends of the World on Friday, November 10th at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.  /strong> strong>Catch the action LIVE on S+A channel 23!  /strong> .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 13th, 2017

PHI's Hidilyn Diaz, Eric Cray settle for silver in AIMAG

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan – Rio Olympics silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz and Fil-American Eric Cray missed out on winning gold medals in their respective events as the two settled with silver medals in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) Tuesday night at the Ashgabat Olympic Complex here. Diaz had a total of 204 points to place second behind China’s Liao Qiuyun (208) from the combined snatch, and clean and jerk in the 53kg category. Turkmenistan’s Kristina Skermetova settled for bronze (196). “Kaya ko pa pala,” said the 26-year-old native of Zamboanga City. “Sabi ko nga ayoko na, gusto ko na mag-give up kasi nahirapan ako mag-disciplina,” said Diaz. “Pero hindi din ako nag-give up… kaya ko pala, napatunayan ko na kaya ko pa, wala sa age.” “Hindi dahil nanalo ka na hindi ka na pwedeng bumalik pa, pwede pa pala,” Diaz added. Cray likewise finished second in the 60m run as he clocked 6.63 seconds, behind the 6.55 seconds of reigning champion Hassan Taftian of Iran. Iran’s Reza Ghasemi got the bronze (6.64). Long jumper Janry Ubas missed out a podium finish as he placed fourth (7.40m) behind gold medalist Nguyen Tien Trong of Vietnam (7.48m), Amila Pedige of India (7.45m) and Chan Ming Tai of Hong Kong (7.44m). In taekwondo, Kristie Elaine Alora and Kristopher Robert Uy settled for bronze medals after losing in the semifinals. Alora lost to Uzbekistan’s Svetlana Osipova (16-8), while Uy to China’s Liu Jintao (27-10). Diaz was already down three points after her best score of 90 kilos out of three attempts in snatch to Liao’s 93. The two lifted similar weights of 110 kilos to start the clean and jerk. Diaz failed to lift 114 kilos in her first attempt in the clean and jerk but was able to eventually carry the same weight on her third and final attempt. Her rival from China lifted 115 kilos on her second attempt to win the gold. “Nakita ko na siya sa China Weightlifting Games nila, siya yung first,” said Diaz. “Pare-parehas lang silang malakas (China)… parehas lang kami na malakas, (but) sa buhat ko kanina konting adjustment lang.” In women’s tennis, Anna Patrimonio and Khim Iglupas are playing in the second round at press time. Patrimonio is up against Aldila Sutjiadi of Indonesia after beating Tuvalu’s Saintly Molotii, 6-1, 6-0, in the first round, while Iglupas is facing Thailand’s Chompoothip Jundakate after her 6-0, 6-1 win over Fiji’s Vienna Kumar also last Monday. In the men’s singles, Jason Patrombon lost in the first round against Uzbekistan’s Farrukh Dustov, 7-5, 6-2. Patrombon will still see action in the mixed event with Iglupas, who will likewise team up with Patrimonio with women’s doubles. All Filipinos got wiped out in belt wrestling at the Main Indoor Stadium. These include Joseph Angana (70kg freestyle), Michael Carter (55kg classic), Jonathan Maquilan (65kg classic), Grace Loberanes (50kg classic), Noemi Tener (60kg classic) and Chris Hofmann Jr. (90kg free). .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 20th, 2017

Pinoy mixed martial artist wins world championship in Bahrain

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 18th, 2017

Oscar De La Hoya says, I d take McGregor in two

LOS ANGELES, United States – Retired boxing world champion Oscar De La Hoya has said he would be ready to step back in the ring to face mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor. The 44-year-old fighter turned promoter, who has not fought since being battered to defeat by Manny Pacquiao in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 16th, 2017

Toquero eyes to end ONE slump, tests Chinese foe in Myanmar card

MANILA, Philippines — Eugene Toquero will be making his 14th trip to the cage as a professional mixed martial arts competitor.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2017

Martin Nguyen couldn't pass up fighting 'friend' Eduard Folayang

It didn't take long for Martin Nguyen to get another assignment after dethroning long-time featherweight champion Marat Gafurov in Kuala Lumpur last August.  The newly-crowned ONE Championship featherweight king got the call for a champion-versus-champion superfight, the first in the history of the promotion.  On November 10 in Manila, Nguyen challenges Eduard Folayang for the ONE Championship lightweight belt.  'Opportunities like this don’t come too often, and I had to jump on it.' the Australian said during the media faceoff in Manila, Tuesday afternoon.  Apart from challenging the champ, Nguyen will be going up against someone who he says he has nothing but respect for.  'I like Eduard, he’s my friend. We spent some time together in LA.' Nguyen said. The 28-year old also shared that after getting the call, he reached out to Folayang on Facebook and made an agreement with the champ.  'I messaged him on Facebook and we both came to an agreement where we put our friendship aside and make it strictly business. We’re martial artists at the end of the day, and we’re here to entertain you guys as a crowd. Let’s put on an entertaining fight, that’s what we came to agree.' Pre-fight animosity is commonplace in the world of combat sports, being that it's easier to get in the cage and try to take the head off of someone you don't particulary like.  For Nguyen, there will be no such ill-will towards Folayang, who he says he has a lot of respect for.  'We respect each other as martial artists, there’s no trash talk, there’s no pushing or shoving, it’s a pure friendship, pure, real mixed martial arts adventure we’re experiencing together.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 11th, 2017

UFC to donate $1M to Las Vegas shooting victims

MANILA, Philippines — UFC head honcho Dana White said that the mixed martial arts organization will donate $1 million to the victims of the Las Vegas shootin.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2017

Pinoy combat athletes ready to deliver as AIMAG medal hunt starts

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan – The Philippines will officially kick off its medal hunt in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games today with Filipino fighters in ju-jitsu, wrestling and taekwondo expected to deliver. The national track and field team headed by reigning Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Eric Cray and former Asian long-jump queen Marestella Torres will also see action as the country aims to secure medals in 17 out of the 41 events that Filipino athletes have been entered on Monday. Grappler Alvin Lobreguito pocketed the first medal for the Philippines in the men’s freestyle -57kg traditional wrestling a day before last night’s lavish opening ceremony at the ultramodern Ashgabat Olympic Stadium here. Over 6,000 athletes from 62 countries will compete in 21 sports during the 12-day sportsfest considered as the biggest indoor Games in the continent with the inclusion of the Ocenia region led by Australia and New Zealand. Cray, the SEAG 400m hurdles record-holder, will try his luck in the 60m hurdles on Monday and 60m sprint on Tuesday. Also competing here is former Asian long jump queen Marestella Torres-Sunang. A gold medal winner during the 2009 Asian Athletics Championships in Guangdong, China, the 36-year-old Torres-Sunang hopes to get a podium finish, something she’d like to do as she nears retirement. She captured a bronze medal in the last KL SEA Games. Also seeing action at the Indoor Trand and Field Stadium are Mervin Guarte and Marco Vilog, participants in the 800m preliminary round, with Guarte also set to compete in the 1500m preliminaries. The finals of the 800m and 1500m are scheduled Wednesday. Janry Ubas, meanwhile, will aim for a podium finish in the long jump event set Tuesday. Taekwondo jins Jenar Torillos (54kg), Samuel Thomas Morrison (74kg), Karen Celis (46kg) and Levita Ronna Ilao (46kg) are set to see action, all targeting to get a medal in this event organized by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). In jiu-jitsu, the Philippines will have Asian champion Apryl Eppinger (62kg), Alexander Lim (69kg), Terrence Hansel Co (77kg), Gilbert Ombao (94kg) and Lou-Ann Jindani (70kg). The grapplers that will vie for medals in the traditional wrestling classic include Michael Vijay Cater (57kg), Jonathan Maquilan (62kg), Jhonny Morte (68kg), Jeff Manatad (75kg), Cristof Hoffman Jr. (90kg), Grace Loberanes (52kg) and Noemi Tener (58kg). .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2017

PHI begins 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games campaign

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan – The Philippine begins its campaign as Filipino wrestlers and jiu-jitsu grapplers start their quest for gold medals in the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) at the Ashgabat Olympic Stadium here. Three-time International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation World Championship champion Margarita “Meggie” Ochoa leads the campaign of the Filipinos in this 5th edition of AIMAG. “Halos kilala ko lahat ng mga makaka-laban ko, mga nakalaban ko na din before,” said the 5-foot-1 Ochoa, who also won a gold medal in the Asian Beach Games a year back in Danang, Vietnam. “Ready naman tayo kasi last time I competed was in the Asian Jiu-Jitsu Championship, that was in August,” added Ochoa, 27, who will fight in her regular category of 45kg division. Also expected to deliver a medal for the Philippines is Annie Ramirez, a two–time gold medal winner in the Asian Beach Games. She recently won two gold medals in the Asian Jiu-Jitsu Championship in Hanoi, Vietnam. “I think maganda naman, may laban tayo and kaya nating makakuha ng gold. Sana maging ok ang lahat, walang injuries, and makapag-isip ng tama pag-dating sa araw ng laban,” Ramirez said. “During my last fight in Hanoi, I won two gold medals there, open category and sa 55kg division ko. At least may konting advantage na ako sa mga makakalaban kung sila pa din yung mga sasali dito,” added Ramirez. Eight other jiu-jitsu fighters will participate in the tournament. They are Hansel Terence Co (77kg), Gian Taylor Dee (56kg), Mark Alexander Lim (69kg), Golbert Ambao (94kg), Apryl Eppinger (62kg), Lou-Ann Jindani (55kg) and Carolina Pajaron (49kg). The drawing lots will be held Friday evening. The traditional wrestling will likewise start today, as five fighters will try to make a podium finish. These are Alvin Lobregito (freestyle 57kg), Jefferson Manato (classic style 57kg), Johnny Morte (freestyle 68kg), Grace Loberanes (freestyle 52kg) and Noemi Tenner (freestyle 58kg). In the flag raising ceremony at the Village Flag Plaza, national team Chef de Mission Monsour del Rosario said there is a strong chance for the team to capture medals in jujitsu and wrestling. “Everything is on track. Looks like the athletes are in good spirits last night I checked them,” said the former Olympian turned actor who is now a congressman representing the 1st district of Makati City. “ “Excited sila… ang pinagdadasal ko na lang ang draw lots ng mga fighters (I hope) hindi agad matapat sa mga World Champions at Asian Champions na malalakas na teams. Sana matapat muna medyo kaya nila tapos habang papunta ng quarterfinals, semifinals at finals doon na nila makakatapat yung mga World and Asian champions para may chance tayo mag-medalya,” he added. The national team will see action in 17 sports, including Electronic Sports. A total of 116 athletes will attend the opening ceremony scheduled Sunday at the 35,000-seater Ashgabat Olympic Stadium. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 15th, 2017

McGregor feels Mayweather stoppage was premature

p id="ext-gen11320"> LAS VEGAS, USA – Conor McGregor saluted Floyd Mayweather's clinical boxing masterclass here Saturday, August 26 (Sunday Manila time) but insisted he felt he could have fought on beyond a 10th round stoppage. The 29-year-old Irish mixed martial arts star began bravely and won the first 3 rounds but was ultimately ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 27th, 2017

McGregor vows Mayweather knockout as moment of truth nears

p id="ext-gen25895"> LAS VEGAS, USA – Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor vowed to knock out boxer Floyd Mayweather on Friday, August 25 (Saturday Manila time) as a horde of Irish fans descended on Las Vegas for the trash-talking rivals' cross-combat super-fight. McGregor, 29, will carry a substantial weight advantage into Saturday's 12-round ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 26th, 2017

Million-dollar bets on Mayweather win

p id="ext-gen28462"> LAS VEGAS, USA – An eye-popping $1.2 million bet is among a flurry of big-money wagers on Floyd Mayweather as the welterweight champion prepares to take on mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor, bookmakers reported on Friday, August 25 (Saturday, August 26, Manila time). As Mayweather and McGregor readied to face ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 26th, 2017

Floyd-Conor: World awaits richest fight

LAS VEGAS – Hype will collide with reality here Saturday as boxing legend Floyd Mayweather takes on mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor in a battle o.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 25th, 2017

UFC champ fails drug test anew

LAS VEGAS – Jon Jones could face a lengthy suspension from mixed martial arts after the UFC light heavyweight champion was notified Tuesday of his second pot.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 24th, 2017

McGregor has boxing skill, but enough to beat Mayweather?

LAS VEGAS — Before Conor McGregor had even heard of mixed martial arts, he wanted to be a boxer......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 24th, 2017

Jon Jones flagged for another failed doping test, says UFC

LAS VEGAS — Jon Jones could face a lengthy suspension from mixed martial arts after the UFC light heavyweight champion was notified Tuesday (Wednesday Manila.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2017

Like rallying vs F1

Let me make an analogy on the difference between boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA) by comparing rallying and Formula One racing. A lot has been said in social media, ranging from fight sites, blogs to news organizations, on why Floyd Mayweather Jr. will beat Conor McGregor on August 26, and vice versa. Those believing [...].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2017

That Filipino-style 'Y' kick in Mixed Martial Arts

That Filipino-style 'Y' kick in Mixed Martial Arts.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 31st, 2017

Jones, Cormier renew UFC 214 feud

ANAHEIM, California – Jon Jones insists Daniel Cormier isn’t his rival, not even when their rematch at UFC 214 is the most anticipated mixed martial arts fig.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 29th, 2017