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Category: sportsSource: thestandard thestandardJan 12th, 2017

Ex-champion Eduard Folayang makes MMA return at stacked Singapore card

THE much-awaited return of Filipino mixed martial arts star and former ONE Championship lightweight champ Eduard “The Landslide” Folayang is set to happen next month at the stacked “ONE: Unstoppable Dreams” event in Singapore. Set to face off with Russian Kharun “Predator” Atlangeriev, Mr. Folayang gets back into action after losing his title in November […] The post Ex-champion Eduard Folayang makes MMA return at stacked Singapore card appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 12th, 2018

Up close with The Art of Eight Limbs : My first experience of watching Muay Thai live

I’ve been a combat sports fan for nearly a decade now. I began watching MMA back in 2009, around the time that stars like Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn were at their peak, and immediately got hooked, and it’s actually that fandom that got me to where I am now today…a sportswriter. It’s also that appreciation for the sport that got me to try and get into combat sports, and I’ve been practicing on a regular basis since then. The first time I ever set foot inside a boxing gym and put on a pair of 16-ounce gloves was for my first ever Muay Thai class. I saw these fighters on TV throwing these beautiful kicks, knocking the bejeezus out of their opponents. I wanted to be able to do that too, I decided to try it out. That first session was really fun, but real tiring…and painful. I was sore for days after that, but I enjoyed it and decided to make it a regular part of my life. It wasn’t necessarily to be a pro-level practicioner, rather a way to keep fit and stay healthy. My first session was around eight years ago, and I’ve been going as regularly as I can ever since. Of course, my appreciation for the widely popular martial art grew, I started doing some research and watched some Muay Thai fights online, and eventually being able to try and train Muay Thai in Thailand and getting to watch a legit fight became parts of my ‘Bucket List’ so to say. Fortunately, I got to tick one of those things off my list late last year.   The Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand. Home of some of the world's best Muay Thai fighters. pic.twitter.com/yKCRvLqtDf — Santino Honasan🎈 (@honasantino) December 8, 2017 When I was sent to Bangkok (to cover ONE Championship MMA, fittingly enough), I was able to catch a big Muay Thai card at the most popular Muay Thai arena in Thailand, the Lumpinee Boxing Stadium. A quick look at the Lumpinee Stadium schedule on their website shows that there’s usually a fight card thrice a week, every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, which gives you an idea of how popular it is to patrons, and how many competitors there are. It’s a 5,000 seater arena, no bigger than the San Juan Arena, but boy, the place was buzzing on that Friday night.   A look inside the Lumpinee Stadium. It's fight night Friday here in BKK. pic.twitter.com/Tagws4qZCC — Santino Honasan🎈 (@honasantino) December 8, 2017 Unlike here in the Philippines, where boxing or MMA shows don’t get filled up until about midway through the card, the Lumpinee Stadium had a decent number of people after the first fight of the night, and amazingly, the fans were already into it, a testament of just how big Muay Thai is in the country. It is, after all, their national sport.   But before I go on any further, here’s a quick backgrounder on what Muay Thai is. A striking-based form of self-defense and combat sport that rose to prominence in Thailand during the 1900s, Muay Thai makes use of one’s hands and elbows, knees, and feet to inflict damage. It’s commonly known as “The Art of Eight Limbs” because practicioners can punch, kick, knee, and elbow their opponents. Names like Samart Payakaroon, Buakaw Banchamek, and Saenchai have made names for themselves in Muay Thai. In MMA, former champions such as Anderson Silva, Jose Aldo, and Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke are known for their high-level Muay Thai.   So, going back… The card I went to that night was apparently a big one, with three championships up for grabs. The ticket cost me 1000 Baht, which is around 1500 PHP. A small price to pay, I believe, to get to see some honest-to-goodness Muay Thai action in the country’s most popular stadium. (I did, however, get into an argument with the ticket lady because I tried haggling for a lower price, to the point that she let out an exasperated 'OH MY GOD!' in the thickest Thai accent I've ever heard.) There was no reserved seating, at least for the ticket I paid for, so I had to find a spot that gave me a good view. Being that the stadium itself was small, my spot wasn’t too far away from the ring. Think lower box seats. It was close enough for me to see the action.   Also known as 'The Art of Eight Limbs" Muay Thai utilizes punching and kicking techniques, as well as knee strikes, elbow strikes and clinching. pic.twitter.com/lN8z8LbPO5 — Santino Honasan🎈 (@honasantino) December 8, 2017 When I said that Thai fans were immediately in to the action, I meant it. When I got in, it was towards the end of the first fight of the night, but it felt like it was already the main event, as the fans were as rowdy as they could get.   While the 5000-seater stadium isn't particularly packed, the active crowd makes it feel as though it is. pic.twitter.com/kQ1NC5QpOU — Santino Honasan🎈 (@honasantino) December 8, 2017 With every kick and with every punch, the people would go “EYYYYYY!!!” whether or not it connected or it missed, and with every knee, they’d yell out “KNEEEEEE!!!” Every fight had that ‘big fight feel.” The fights lasted for up to five three-minute rounds, and while much shorter than boxing bouts, there was definitely no shortage of action. Again, with the small stadium, you could hear every time that flesh hit flesh, which was both entertaining and at the same time unnerving.   All the fights have this "big fight feel" because the crowd roars with every hit. pic.twitter.com/XYl72AUL4Z — Santino Honasan🎈 (@honasantino) December 8, 2017 One thing that you’ll notice in Muay Thai fights is that the competitors do a little dance before the fight commences.   Before each fight, the fighters perform a ceremonial dance known as the Wai Khru. This is to give honor and pay respects to their teachers. pic.twitter.com/ZJLCCUHRFZ — Santino Honasan🎈 (@honasantino) December 8, 2017 This ritual is called the “Wai Khru” and it’s done to pay their teachers respect and show their gratitude. Interesting note: the Wai Khru isn’t just limited to Muay Thai. Students in schools in Thailand participate in this ritual as well. I asked my trainer about this years ago, and he said that usually, the actions and gestures in the Wai Khru are thought of on the spot. The thing that struck me the most about this experience was that bets were being placed inside the arena as the fights were going on. After every round, a few people in the crowd, would yell out and call for bets, much like the ‘Cristo’ that you see in cockfighting arenas. I really hate the comparison, but it looked a lot like human cockfighting. Be that as it may, when you look past the gambling aspect of it, (which in reality, is prevalent anywhere anyway, just not as blatant), you’ll see that the martial art is very much a part of Thai culture. If you can fill up a 5,000 seater arena three times a week, I’d say that you’re doing something right. The experience was really something worth going through, especially if you enjoy combat sports in it’s purest form. I’ve gotten to watch boxing and mixed martial arts in bigger, sold out stadiums, but getting to watch Muay Thai in a tiny arena such as the Lumpinee Stadium was very different experience. The action and the atmosphere was unlike any I’ve ever seen before, and it’s something that I highly recommend to anyone who gets to visit Bangkok, whether or not you’re a fight fan. If you are a fight fan, it’s definitely something to experience. I’m really happy that I did. Now to check that other thing on the bucket list off........»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

Filipino MMA fighters had it rough in Thailand

A SUCCESSFUL ONE Championship event was held in Thailand last Saturday which unfortunately proved to have been rough for Filipino mixed martial arts fighters that saw action in it. Strawweight Rabin Catalan, featherweight Jimmy Yabo, women’s strawweight fighter April Osenio and women’s atomweight Rome Trinidad all competed at “ONE: Warriors of the World” at the […] The post Filipino MMA fighters had it rough in Thailand appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 10th, 2017

ONE Championship: Ben Askren and Shinya Aoki battle for welterweight strap in Singapore

Two MMA superstars go head to head, while a Filipina warrior looks to take another step towards world championship gold when the ONE Championship cage returns to Singapore for ONE: IMMORTAL PURSUIT, Friday evening at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.  Headlining the card will be a legend versus legend superfight for the ONE welterweight world championship as reigning and defending champion Ben 'Funky' Askren steps into the cage one last time and puts his title on the line against former ONE lightweight world champion and global MMA legend Shinya Aoki.  In what will be his retirement bout, Askren goes back to where his reign of dominance in the ONE welterweight began, and hopes to leave the cage the same way he came in: as ONE welterweight world champion.  A decorated collegiate and amateur wrestler with a spotless 17-0 (1) MMA record, Askren believes that he's been the best welterweight in the world, and on Friday night, he looks to cement his legacy as one of the best to ever set foot in the ONE cage.  Standing across the cage from Askren on fight night will be another icon in former titleholder Aoki.  One of the most feared grapplers in the mixed-martial arts world, Aoki left his mark in Asian promotions such as Pride, Shooto, Dream, until eventually taking his dominance to ONE Championship, where he held the ONE lightweight title for over two years.  Now, Aoki finds himself on the verge of ONE history as he tries to become just the second man to hold two championships win two weight divisions. In a featured women's atomweight matchup, Team Lakay's Gina 'Conviction' Iniong steps up on two weeks' notice to take on top contender Mei 'VV' Yamaguchi in a match that has serious title implications.  When reigning ONE atomweight world champion Angela Lee withdrew from her title defense against Yamaguchi after getting concussed in a car accident, Iniong was offered to take her place on short notice.  Fresh off her demolition of Priscila Lumban Gaol in Manila, Iniong accepted, and now could be just a win away from challenging for the world championship.  A rematch of their 2014 bout that saw the Team Lakay standout victorious via split decision, Iniong will look to repeat history, while Yamaguchi will try to strengthen her claim as the number one contender. Also on the card, former waiter-turned-full time mixed martial artist Richard Corminal tries to get his first win under the ONE Championship banner as he welcomes French veteran Arnaud 'The Game' Lepont back from a two-year hiatus.    FIGHT CARD Ben Askren vs. Shinya Aoki (ONE welterweight world championship) Amir Khan vs. Adrian Pang Leandro Issa vs. Dae Hwan Kim May Ooi vs. Vy Srey Kouch Li Kai Wen vs. Ahmed Mujtaba Tiffany Teo vs. Puja Tomar Gina Iniong vs. Mei Yamaguchi Richard Corminal vs. Arnaud Lepont Yang Fei vs. Muhammad Aiman Miao Li Tao vs. Sim Bunsrun   ONE Championship: Immortal Pursuit comes to you live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday, November 24th.  Catch all the exciting MMA action on S+A channel 23 starting at 8:30 PM!  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2017

It took literally a minute to book Askren versus Aoki superfight

On Friday night, fans at the Singapore Indoor Stadium will have the fortune of witnessing two legends in the sport of mixed martial arts collide when Ben Askren meets Shinya Aoki for the ONE welterweight world championship.  At 17-0 in his professional career and with two lengthy world championship runs under his belt, Askren will be taking to the cage one last time.  Standing opposite him will be former long-time ONE lightweight world champion Aoki, who's already considered a legend in the sport because of his deadly submission skills.  This is a superfight in every sense of the world.  A fight of this magnitude, one would assume, would have taken weeks, probably even months to book, given that they both represent EVOLVE MMA, and that Aoki would have to move up in weight, right?  Not quite.  According to ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong, the Askren-Aoki superfight was booked in 'literally a minute'.  "You know how long it took me to get this fight together? It took me literally one minute." Sityodtong told the media present at the ONE: Immortal Pursuit pre-fight press conference at the Marina Bay Sands.  "I was messaging Ben, Ben said ‘Chatri, I want to have my retirement bout.’ I was like ‘Wow, really?’" Sityodtong continued, saying that Askren wanted 'the biggest name possible'. When offered to fight Aoki, Askren's response was quick and simple.  "Yeah, let’s do it." As for Aoki's side, accepting to fight Askren was easy as well, said Sityodtong.  For the ONE boss, this was a perfect example of the true spirit of martial arts. No need for trash talk, no need for drama. It was simply two warriors wanting to test themselves against each other.  "This is martial arts, right? It’s not about beating each other up, these guys wanted to prove to themselves that their life journey of being martial artists, they wanted to be the best versions of themselves, and they wanna test themselves against the best." Friday night, MMA fans in Singapore and all over the world will get to see two of the best ever, test themselves against each other.    Legends collide as Ben Askren defends his ONE welterweight championship against former ONE lightweight champion Shinya Aoki at ONE: Immortal Pursuit.  Catch the exciting MMA action LIVE on Friday, November 24th, 8:30 PM on S+A channel 23!   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2017

Waiter-turned-MMA fighter Richard Corminal hopes to be an inspiration to Filipino youth

It's an all too familiar story, especially in the Philippines.  In search of greener pastures and a better life for one's self and family, many Filipinos have decided to take their chances far away from home. Richard Corminal is one such Pinoy who has been able to find better opportunities overseas. "Kasi yung buhay sa atin, medyo mahirap, kaya kailangan magtrabaho sa ibang bansa." Corminal shared with the media during the pre-fight press conference of ONE Championship: Immortal Pursuit in Singapore.  (Life back home is hard, that's why I needed to find work in a different country.) Corminal is one of two Filipinos fighting on the card, Friday night at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. And while he'll be flying the Tricolor come fight night, Malaysia has been home for Corminal for the last six years, where he works as a children's MMA and Muay Thai Instructor.  The Novaliches-native however, hasn't always been about the fight life. Before making a living out fighting and teaching kids, Corminal waited tables back home, and even when he moved to Malaysia.  "Nagtuturo na ako ng mga bata sa gym, pero dati waiter lang ako. Ngayon nagtuturo na ako ng mga bata ng Muay That at MMA." (I teach kids Muay Thai and MMA, but I used to be a waiter.) Corminal says watching Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao sparked his interest in combat sports, but when he got to watch mixed martial arts, he fell in love with the sport.  In Malaysia, Corminal found his way to Muay Thai, and it just grew from there. When the opportunity to make a living out of it came, he felt it was the right time to do so.  " p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; color: #454545} Siguro dahil nabigyan ako ng oras. Siguro ito na yung timing para sa akin, kaya sinungaban ko na." Corminal said. "Nagsimula ako sa Muay Thai, tapos paunti-unti sa boxing, jiu-jitsu, wrestling." (When the opportunity came, I felt that it was the right time for me, so I grabbed it. I began with Muay Thai, then eventually got in to boxing, jiu-jitsu, and wrestling) Now at 35 years old, Corminal is no longer an up-and-coming young prospect. While he does hope to someday reach the heights of Pinoy MMA stars like Eduard Folayang and Eric Kelly, at the end of the day, he hopes to be an inspiration, especially to the Filipino youth.  "Gusto ko lang maging inspirasyon sa kabataan, lalo na sa atin, iwas sa masamang bisyo, ganun." (I just want to be an inspiration for the kids, especially back at home, and draw them away from vices.) While a career in combat sports isn't always lucrative, Corminal says that his decision to move has paid off.  "Medyo nakaluwag-luwag na nag kaunti, nakakasuporta na sa pamilya. Guminhawa na ng onti yung buhay natin." (Things are better now, I can already support the family. Life has gotten a bit more comfortable.) Friday night, Corminal welcomes French standout Arnaud Lepont back to the ONE Championship cage. A win over an established name like Lepont will surely give the Pinoy some exposure, and as long as he keeps finding success, the more he'll be able to provide, and the more he'll become a source of inspiration.     Legends collide as Ben Askren defends his ONE welterweight championship against former ONE lightweight champion Shinya Aoki at ONE: Immortal Pursuit.  Catch the exciting MMA action LIVE on Friday, November 24th, 8:30 PM on S+A channel 23! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 22nd, 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

Banario willing to fight anywhere after ONE ditches cage for ring 

MANILA, Philippines – When something keeps making you happy, you crave for it more and more. For Honorio “The Rock” Banario, that “something” is winning in ONE Championship, and boy, is he on a binge right now. It’s almost like he was never  on the verge of retiring from mixed martial arts altogether.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News8 hr. 13 min. ago

Striking-based ONE Super Series a treat for Pinoy fans, says ONE CEO

Aside from a sure-to-be entertaining main event between top bantamweight contenders Kevin Belingon and Andrew Leone, ONE Championship's return to Manila on Friday, April 20th will mark the debut of the ONE Super Series.  “It’s an open invitation to the greatest strikers in the world,” explained ONE Championship CEO and Chairman Chatri Sityodtong. “Fans will witness the absolute elite in striking martial arts, as they go head-to-head on the biggest and most prestigious global stage of competition.” And for starters, Manila's Heroes of Honor card will feature four ONE Super Series bouts headlined by kickboxing legend Giorgio Petrosyan taking on Jo Nattawut.  "ONE Championship is now the world’s largest martial arts organization, in that if you think about the umbrella of martial arts and all the verticals of Muay Thai, Kickboxing, submission grappling, boxing, mixed martial arts, these are all the verticals, and I decided we really wanna do all and celebrate all of Asia’s greatest martial arts, full stop. Asia is the home of martial arts, but we’ve never been able to see all, witness all of them. I think it’s also an amazing opportunity for our athletes to win world titles in both." What's more, in line with the debut of the ONE Super Series, ONE Championship will be exchanging their circular cage with a five-rope ring. The squared circle is the traditional battleground for striking-based martial arts such as boxing, kickboxing, and Muay Thai.  "ONE Super Series is dedicated in a ring, where you will see all the beautiful striking arts of the world, but you’ll also see mixed martial arts in there as well. The cage is going to be dedicated for primarily MMA, so that’s how it’s gonna work out."  "The beauty of this is, as a martial artist, you wanna test yourself in the cage, you can, you can test yourself in the ring, in any environment, and if you’re truly the best in the world, it doesn’t matter where the fight’s gonna be, you should be able to win, right, as a real world champion. That’s kind of the idea of experimenting with a ring. Definitely, this is a start, and we’ll have a bunch more ring shows this year." Sityodtong added.  Over the course of the past year, Sityodtong and ONE Championship have heavily promoted Asian martial arts in their fight cards, with Lethwei and Silat exhibitions, as well as a caged Muay Thai bout between Lumpinee legend Sam-A Gaiyanghadao and Joseph Lasiri in Manila back in January.  With the ONE Super Series, Sityodtong aims to put these martial arts on full display.  "We’ve been toying with the idea for about two or three years, internally, about when is the right time. Now, ONE Championship has really arrived and just exploded all over the world and all over Asia, we said what else can we do to bring martial arts fans all over the world? ONE Championship being the home of martial arts, Asia being the home of martial arts, it’s a way for us to celebrate across the entire continent. We wanna showcase Lethwei, which we have, showcase Silat, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Wushu, Sanda, Kung Fu, all the beautiful arts of Asia, this is what I wanna showcase." So why choose to launch the sport in the Philippines?  Sityodtong explains that it's somewhat a way to give back to the Filipino fans for their continued support and unparralleled appreciation since ONE's inception in 2011.  "We also debated, where would we get the biggest bang for the buck, it’s no secret that the Filipino, it’s in the warrior blood of every Filipino, you guys are fighters at heart, probably the biggest fight fans in the world, and so I wanted to give a special treat and said let’s do it in the Philippines." "I wanted to do something special, for me, Manila holds a very special place in my heart, so many great moments of ONE Championship here. I said if we’re gonna do the ONE Super Series, let’s launch it out in Manila." Sityodtong added.    Catch the debut of the ONE Super Series at ONE: Heroes of Honor on Friday, April 20th, at the Mall of Asia Arena.  You can watch it LIVE starting at 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

Kickboxing great Petrosyan looks to kick off ONE Super Series in style

Filipino fight fans will get the first look at some of the world's best strikers strut their stuff as ONE Championship launches its Super Series on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. This new offering from ONE will feature top-flight martial artists whether it's from boxing, Muay Thai, kickboxing, karate and other forms of striking arts. "I love all striking arts. ONE Championship has been so big now. So I said, what can we do to make the fans happier all over the world?" ONE chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong said during the kick-off press conference for ONE: Heroes of Honor Tuesday at City of Dreams Manila. "For me, how can we get the best mixed martial artists in the world? It...Keep on reading: Kickboxing great Petrosyan looks to kick off ONE Super Series in style.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

Mitra bats for unified MMA rating system

THE first step towards a unified rating system in the fast-growing sports of mixed martial arts was finally taken with no less than Games and Amusement Board (GAB) Chairman Abraham “Baham” Mitra leading the way. Mitra underscored the importance of a unified rating system similar to boxing to maintain the….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 13th, 2018

UFC on Fox 29: Lightweights Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje collide in Arizona

EXCITING lightweight mixed martial action is expected when American fighters Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier faces off with Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje in the main event for “UFC on Fox 29” in Arizona on Sunday (Manila time). Happening at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Messrs. Poirier and Gaethje, the number five and six contender, respectively, […] The post UFC on Fox 29: Lightweights Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje collide in Arizona appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 12th, 2018

UFC: Is this the end for McGregor?

Before deciding to cause a chaotic scene at media day for UFC 223, Conor McGregor was a non-entity in the world of mixed martial arts. UFC: Is this the end for McGregor? By Rafael Bandayrel Before deciding to cause a chaotic scene at media day for UFC 223, Conor McGregor was a non-entity in the… link: UFC: Is this the end for McGregor?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsApr 8th, 2018

MMA star McGregor released on $50K bail after New York assault

NEW YORK: Irish Mixed Martial Arts superstar Conor McGregor was released on $50,000 bail Friday (Saturday in Manila) after being hauled before a US judge on assault and criminal charges over a frenzied attack on a bus of rival fighters that injured two athletes. The 29-year-old, nicknamed “The Notorious,” was filmed lobbing a dolly through… link: MMA star McGregor released on $50K bail after New York assault.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsApr 7th, 2018

MMA’s Conor McGregor in custody after van-smashing rampage

Mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor was in custody in New York on Friday, charged with assault and criminal mischief after a van-smashing rampage at a UFC press event in Brooklyn that was caught on video, the New York Police Department said......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsApr 7th, 2018

UFC star Conor McGregor surrenders to New York police, report

NEW YORK, USA – Conor McGregor has turned himself into US police Thursday night, April 5, following an incident where he allegedly attacked a shuttle bus loaded with fellow mixed martial arts fighters who were attending a New York media event. The 29-year-old McGregor surrendered to the 78th Precinct station ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 6th, 2018

Former world champ Ana Julaton retires from combat sports

Former boxing world champion Ana Julaton has decided to step away from the sweet science and mixed martial arts after a professional career that spanned more than 10 years. Julaton announced her retirementThursday through a lengthy message her Instagram account, saying that it was time for her to leave the world of combat sports while thanking those who helped her along the way. She extended her gratitude to long time promoter Allan Tremblay, Bellator President Scott Coker and promoter Lou DiBella as well asHeather Hardy, her last opponent in Bellator. "As a competitor inside the ring and cage, I'm confident in leaving combat sports fully knowing there are so many wonderful,...Keep on reading: Former world champ Ana Julaton retires from combat sports.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2018

Danny ‘The King’ Kingad out not to let efforts go futile in ONE return

NOT even a sudden change in opponent in his upcoming fight can deter the drive of Filipino mixed martial arts fighter Danny “The King” Kingad to bounce back and redeem himself following a defeat in his previous outing in ONE Championship. Part of the card for “ONE: Visions of Victory” happening tomorrow in Kuala Lumpur, […] The post Danny ‘The King’ Kingad out not to let efforts go futile in ONE return appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 7th, 2018