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All indicators point to an abbreviated ending in the WBA welterweight title fight between defending champion Lucas Matthysse of Argentina and Manny Pacquiao at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarJul 12th, 2018

ONE Championship: Honorio Banario gets new opponent for Conquest of Champions card

Former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio "The Rock" Banario will be facing a new opponent in his featured lightweight bout this Friday at ONE: Conquest of Champions at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila.  Originally scheduled to face Korean contender Dae Sung Park, Banario now meets India's Rahul Raju after Park was unable to secure medical clearance to compete.  BREAKING: Singapore's Rahul Raju replaces Dae Sung Park of South Korea in the bout against Team Lakay's Honorio Banario at ONE: Conquest of Champions. Park failed to secure a medical clearance to compete on Friday. — 'El Chapo' Nissi Icasiano (@Nissi_Icasiano) November 20, 2018 Raju, 5-3 in mixed martial arts, is looking to snap a two-fight losing skid. The Singapore-based fighter is no stranger to facing Filipino competition, after having shared the cage in the past with Filipino MMA stars Andrew Benibe and Red Romero back in 2017.  His last two bouts were losses to ONE lightweight contenders Garry Tonon and Shannon Wiratchai.  Banario is also looking to bounce back after coming off a submission loss to title contender Amir Khan back in September.    Catch ONE: CONQUEST OF CHAMPIONS this Friday, November 23rd LIVE starting 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News13 hr. 48 min. ago

Quite the contrast: Senator Manny vs Adrien Broner

By Barry Wilner, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Dressed in a sharp gray suit and tie, Manny Pacquiao looked every bit the senator he is. It was his other job, though, that he was working Monday when the eight-time champion announced a Jan. 19 defense of his WBA welterweight belt against Adrien Broner. "He's one of the top boxers out there," Pacquiao said of Broner, who attended the news conference in slightly different garb: torn jeans adorned with spangles, a T-shirt and black jacket. "Adrien Broner is a high-caliber fighter. "I have no problem to fight at 140 (pounds), it's my natural weight. I can't say I am avoiding (opponents), that is not my style. I am willing to find other fighters to fight, too, I am available to fight at 140, 147. It is 147 for this fight." Pacquiao will be 40 when he enters the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas to take on the 29-year-old Broner. It will be the Filipino's 70th fight in a career that began in 1995 and has included titles in weight classes from flyweight to welterweight. He hasn't fought in the United States in two years. Referred to by his followers as Senator Manny, Pacquiao won and then lost the WBO welterweight crown following his lopsided loss to Floyd Mayweather in a May 2015 megafight. In July, he knocked out Lucas Matthysse for the WBA title, Pacquiao's first KO victory since 2009 when he stopped Miguel Cotto in the final round. His government role will be placed aside, Pacquiao claims, while he prepares for Broner. "My opponent is fast, good, and I have to work hard and train hard so the people will be happy on Jan. 19 when we give them a good fight," said Pacquiao, who flashed a mischievous smile when asked if another encounter with the currently retired Mayweather might be in the future. "I am fighting Adrien Broner," Pacquiao said, adding he was with Mayweather in Japan and mentioned that he, not Mayweather, owned a belt, so "you come challenge me." Broner views this as his chance to "become a legend." As he strutted around the stage, his words at first were respectful toward Pacquiao, whom Broner "dreamed of fighting when I was a kid." Soon, though, Broner was back to being Broner, the boastful, say-anything-character who likes talking trash as much as throwing leather. "He ain't fighting Floyd, he's fighting me," Broner said. "He's gotta get past me first. "Of course, things he's done in the game are unbelievable. I know Jan. 19 I gotta be at the top of my game. I'm gonna (mess) him up." Broner, from Cincinnati, is 33-3-1 with 24 knockouts. But he didn't win either of his most recent fights, losing a unanimous decision to Mikey Garcia, who won his 36th straight, in July last year, and then drawing with Jessie Vargas. Which means recent results indicate neither he nor Pacquiao is in his prime or close to it. Still, they are big enough names for Showtime to put the fight on pay-per-view television. Both men were asked if they are elite boxers now. Neither flinched in answering. "Yes, of course," Pacquiao insisted. "I want to fight the greatest opponents in the world and one of them is Adrien Broner. I can fight anybody." Broner shook his head and smirked when queried on his skill level these days. "I'm gonna do me; he's gotta worry about what I do," Broner said. "I know what he can do. "I got three losses, he's got (seven). He's been knocked out; we know he can go to sleep. I got the stuff to do it. I'll hit the jackpot overnight.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 20th, 2018

Pacquiao vs. Broner officially set for January 19th

It's official.  Eight-division boxing world champion and current reigning WBA (regular) Welterweight World Champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao will be making his way back into the squared-circle next January.  Pacquiao, who will be 40 years old by fight night, will be defending his title against former four-division world champion Adrien Broner on January 19th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.  The welterweight title bout will be Pacquiao's return to the US after a two-year absence.         View this post on Instagram                   PACQUIAO vs BRONER January 19 | Showtime PPV #PacquiaoBroner A post shared by Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) on Nov 19, 2018 at 11:14am PST "I just want to prove that I’m still in boxing, Manny Pacquiao is still in boxing, and my career is just continuing, my journey in boxing is continuing," Pacquiao said during the officiall press conference in New York, early Tuesday morning, Manila time. "I just want to entertain people and to give a good show on January 19." When asked why he chose Broner as his first challenger, Pacquiao said that he believes it would be a good fight for the fans.  "I chose Adrien Broner because I believe we can have a good fight and we can entertain fans. Adrien Broner is a calibre fighter, he is a good fighter and we cannot underestimate him. Everyone knows about Adrien Broner,"  Broner was significantly more animated on the microphone, as he addressed the fight and had some pretty interesting words for Pacquiao as well.  "I’m happy, there’s a lot of people who wanted this fight, and God blessed me to get it, I’m just the chosen one." "It’s gonna be a hell of a fight. All bullsh*t aside, I’m not just coming here to pick up a check. F*ck the money. I know when I win this fight, there’s more money to come, and y’all [gave me] a chance to make a hundred million. Y’all got me f*cked up if you think I’m going to lose to Manny Pacquiao," he added.  The Pacquiao-Broner welterweight clash will be the main event of a Showtime PPV card. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 20th, 2018

GALLERY: Brandon Vera, Mauro Cerilli face off ahead of ONE: Conquest of Champions

ONE Heavyweight champion Brandon Vera and his opponent Mauro Cerilli faced off a week before their clash in the ONE: Conquest of Champions on November 23 at Mall of Asia Arena. Vera, still sharp at 40, is returning to the cage after a year to defend his crown against the Italian challenger in front of the hometown crowd in Manila. Eduard Folayang, who was also present at the open workout held at Victory Sports Tower on Friday, meanwhile, is determined to bring back the ONE Lightweight crown to the Philippines against a seasoned fighter in Amir Khan. Here are photos from the event: ...Keep on reading: GALLERY: Brandon Vera, Mauro Cerilli face off ahead of ONE: Conquest of Champions.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 16th, 2018

ONE Championship: Former champ Bibiano Fernandes believes pro-Pinoy crowd helped sway judges in title bout against Belingon

For the first time in five years, ONE Championship has a new undisputed bantamweight world champion in Team Lakay star Kevin "The Silencer" Belingon.  Belingon did the near unthinkable at ONE: Heart of the Lion in Singapore last November 9th when he edged out former long-time champion Bibiano "The Flash" Fernandes via split decision.  It was Fernandes' first loss in 14 bouts and his first loss in ONE Championship.  The 38-year old Brazilian star believes that, while it was indeed a close battle, he deserved to still be the champion at the end of the five-round war.  “When I look at the ONE judging criteria, what they count more, it’s near knockout or submission first, and then damage, control," Fernandes told MMAFighting.com's Guilherme Cruz. "When I saw it, I knew I won this fight. I almost submitted him three times. That punch he landed, I threw a kick and only had one foot on the ground when it hit me, so I lost balance. I waited for him to come, grabbed his leg and came back up. I know I won this fight.” Aside from going against Belingon, Fernandes believes that he had to deal with the strong Filipino contingent in the crowd as well.  Belingon was the clear crowd favorite inside the Singapore Indoor Stadium that night, and Fernandes says it may have had a hand in swaying the judges' decision.  "Thousands of fans there, and I think half of them were Filipinos,” Fernandes explained. “I was alone there against Kevin, the judges and the fans. Anything he did would drive the crowd nuts. If I lose, I lose, I don’t cry about it, but I think the judges were affected by the fans. I’m a fighter and I do my best, but I can’t fight against the judges and the fans.” Now, Fernandes is looking at an immediate rematch, something that he says is in his ONE Championship contract. The new champ believes that this is the most likely scenario as well.  The Belingon-Fernandes rematch will likely take place in 2019, when Belingon has completely healed from his injuries.  “I can fight tomorrow, but Kevin can’t. I saw him afterwards and he couldn’t even walk, so I have to respect his recovery, his rest, let him enjoy the belt because he fought bravely, too.” said Fernandes. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 14th, 2018

15-year-old Maute fighter surrenders to military - INQUIRER.net

15-year-old Maute fighter surrenders to military - INQUIRER.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsNov 13th, 2018

U.S. pilots forced to eject after issues in navy warplane

TOKYO, Japan - In what became the second warplane crash involving the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in less than a month, a fighter jet suffered a crash on Monday.Revealing de.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

U.S. Navy aircraft crashes into Philippine Sea, pilots safe

TOKYO, Japan - In what became the second warplane crash involving the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan in less than a month, a fighter jet suffered a crash on Monday.Revealing de.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

U.S. Navy aircraft crashes in Philippine Sea, crew rescued

THE UNITED STATES Pacific Fleet announced Monday that a Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 F/A-18 jet fighter had crashed into the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

Fighter, coach grateful for URCC title

Fighter, coach grateful for URCC title.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018

Why is Floyd Mayweather wearing a Philippine flag-inspired cap?

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. got Filipino fans asking questions after he was seen wearing a cap whose color scheme appears to be inspired by the flag of the Philippines, the country that produced his old rival, Manny Pacquiao. The 41-year-old fighter with a 50-0 record was seen at a news conference for his fight with […] The post Why is Floyd Mayweather wearing a Philippine flag-inspired cap? appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 8th, 2018

Winning ONE Championship belt only thing in Eddie Alvarez mind right now

Eddie Alvarez is the only fighter to win a UFC and Bellator title and as if having that exclusive distinction isn't enough, the former lightweight world champion wants another hardware to add to his trophy room. "There's not a lot of things that I haven't experienced in martial arts. I've been doing this since I was 19 years old," Alvarez said. "With that said, I flew everywhere and fought some of the best guys in the world and number one, I've never won the ONE FC championship belt and I've won every belt from every major organization well, except for this belt so that's the only thing in my mind as of right now." Alvarez earned the Bellator lightweight title in 2009 then, stopped ...Keep on reading: Winning ONE Championship belt only thing in Eddie Alvarez mind right now.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 8th, 2018

2 Native American women break ground in election to U.S. Congress

CHICAGO, USA – Democrat candidates Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland broke new ground on Tuesday, November 6 , becoming the first Native American women elected to Congress, US networks projected. Davids, 38, of Kansas, is an attorney by training and a former mixed martial arts fighter. She is also openly lesbian, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018

Ilonggo MMA fighter bows to Indonesian

A HURTING LOSS! This is how Ilonggo martial arts coach Rene Catalan described the recent defeat of fellow Ilonggo fighter Ariane Fantilanan in the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) National Flyweight Championship in Britama Arena in Jakarta, Indonesia last Nov. 4, 2018. Fantilanan, a native of Passi City, Iloilo, suffered a first round submission loss to […] The post Ilonggo MMA fighter bows to Indonesian appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsNov 6th, 2018

US carrier leads warships in biggest ever Japan defense war game

ABOARD USS RONALD REAGAN — U.S. fighter jets darted over the Western Pacific on Saturday as the nuclear powered USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier joined Japanese destroyers and a Canadian warship for the biggest combat readiness war game ever staged in and around Japan. Japan and the United States have mobilized 57,000 sailors, marines and airmen […] The post US carrier leads warships in biggest ever Japan defense war game appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 5th, 2018

Floyd Mayweather to fight Japanese MMA fighter

MANILA, Philippines – Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather is once again coming out of retirement, but this time, it could be as a mixed martial artist.  Mayweather will be facing Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in the RIZIN Fighting Federation, the Japanese MMA organization announced on Monday, November 5.  The fight, which will ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 5th, 2018

Cormier chokes out Lewis, defends 2nd title at UFC 230

NEW YORK --- The "DC" initials that flashed on the Madison Square Garden marquee have a deeper meaning for Daniel Cormier. Dual Champ. Cormier draped himself in two title belts, history-making bling that cemented the 39-year-old as one of the greats in the mixed martial arts game. "Two belts for each shoulder! I get to look at this again," Cormier said. "It's history and Daniel Cormier is one of the best of all-time." He backed up his boast with authority in New York. Cormier choked out Derrick Lewis in the middle of the second round to retain his heavyweight championship in the main event of UFC 230, becoming the first fighter to defend titles in two weight classes. ...Keep on reading: Cormier chokes out Lewis, defends 2nd title at UFC 230.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 4th, 2018

ONE Championship: Exchanging strikes with Kevin Belingon won’t be a problem for Bibiano Fernandes

Team Lakay’s Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon is one of the most feared strikers under the ONE Championship banner. ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes is completely aware of his tremendous knockout power ahead of their title unification contest at ONE: HEART OF THE LION. Belingon owns a number devastating stoppages inside the world's largest martial arts organization, including a one-punch knockout of Spain’s David Aranda in December 2013, and his famous spinning back kick finish of Andrew Leone this past April. Even though many believe that Belingon has the advantage in the striking department courtesy of his wushu background, Fernandes has no qualms in trading punches and kicks with the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Champion in their highly-anticipated rematch in Singapore on 9 November. “I’ve seen him develop as a fighter, and since the first time we met, I know how strong and explosive he is, but I just want him to know that my striking is not that bad,” he said. “I can turn the lights out when he gives me that opening.” They are set to face each other for the second time at the landmark event inside the state-of-the-art Singapore Indoor Stadium, which features two World Champion versus World Champion contests. The rematch with Belingon will be Fernandes’ ninth defense of his ONE Bantamweight World Title, an incredible run that started when he outpointed South Korea’s Soo Chul Kim in a title unification contest back in October 2013. Fernandes is known to be a world-class Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner, as eight of his 22 career wins have come by way of submission, but his ability to exchange strikes should not be underestimated. The bantamweight king has exhibited on numerous occasions that he packs power in both hands. In his July 2015 title defense, Fernandes got the job done in the third round by knocking out Finland’s Toni Tauru with one punch. He also had success in his latest battle with Martin Nguyen, wobbling the hard-hitting challenger in the final round. Fernandes, who has been training with top-notch athletes at AMC Pankration, admitted that he and his team are spending time sharpening his stand-up arsenal to compliment his exceptional Brazilian jiu-jitsu pedigree. “I always work on my strikes at the gym. As a competitor, I should be prepared in all aspects of the fight because this is mixed martial arts. This sport has a lot of elements. For big matches like this one, I always have a good striking coach in my corner,” he stated. “I don’t give a lot of power. It is all about the timing, but once it connects, it will definitely hurt. My team and I have been very dedicated to elevating my stand-up game, just like how we focus on my jiu-jitsu,” Fernandes explained further. "The Flash" stressed that he is willing to exchange strikes with Belingon, claiming that he has already figured out his Filipino rival’s style inside the cage. “He comes with the right kick on the outside and left kick inside, and he comes with the big overhand,” Fernandes mentioned. “If you want to fight standing up, I’ll fight standing up with you. I don’t fear the fight in the stand-up.” Although he has witnessed Belingon’s evolution from one-dimensional striker to well-rounded mixed martial artist first-hand, the 38-year-old grappling wizard pointed out that his ground game would still play an integral part of his offense in the rematch. “Whether it’s striking or grappling, it’s absolutely fine with me, especially against Kevin who showed tremendous growth as an athlete. “But going to the ground with me, it’s a different story. No one has solved my jiu-jitsu for the past eight years. It will always be the same for everybody.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 4th, 2018

US carrier leads warships in biggest ever Japan defense war game | News

US fighter jets darted over the Western Pacific on Saturday as the nuclear powered USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier joined Japanese destroyers and a Canadian warship for the biggest combat readiness.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2018

ONE Champinoship: Banario backs teammate Folayang in title clash with Khan

Former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio "The Rock" Banario is confident his teammate Eduard "Landslide" Folayang will emerge victorious when he collides with Singaporean sensation Amir Khan for the vacant ONE Lightweight World Title. The pair will square off in the co-main event of ONE: CONQUEST OF CHAMPIONS, which emanates from the state-of-the-art Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines on Friday, 23 November. Banario's five-bout winning streak came to a heartbreaking conclusion when he locked horns with Khan this past September in Shanghai, earning the Evolve athlete his shot at the gold. After exchanging strikes in the opening minutes of the match, Banario was caught in a rear-naked choke that forced him to wave the white flag at the 4:34 mark of the first round. "The Rock" admitted becoming very careless in his bout against the young martial artist from Singapore, but he doesn't see his experienced Team Lakay stablemate falling into the same trap. "I became careless and overconfident in our fight, but I don't see Eduard making the same mistake," Banario said. "We all know that he is a complete fighter. He has a style that Khan will have a hard time dealing with." "When it comes to strength, striking, and wrestling, Amir Khan will have a hard time overcoming Eduard in those areas. I'm not underestimating Amir Khan, but Eduard is simply on another level. Both are complete fighters, but Folayang is a much more experienced veteran." Banario also revealed that Folayang is extremely driven in training for the scheduled five-round championship clash with Khan. "I see a highly-motivated Eduard Folayang in training because he didn't expect to be blessed with another shot at the world title. He's just so motivated for this bout. Eduard is ready to reclaim the world title that he lost nearly a year ago," he disclosed. Since making his triumphant return to the ONE Championship cage this year, the beloved Filipino martial arts superstar is on an upward trajectory. With the intention of climbing back towards the top of his weight class, "Landslide" impressively defeated two unbeaten Russian opponents. First, he dominated Kharun Atlangeriev in three rounds in May, before edging out Aziz Pahrudinov in a lightweight thriller two months later. After returning from defeat and posting consecutive victories over elite opposition, the former ONE Lightweight World Champion refused to sit back and relax, accepting an invitation from a close friend to train in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The 34-year-old Baguio City native flew out to the United States in August for a month-long training trip at the famous Jackson-Wink MMA training facility, which is home to a number of world-class athletes such as Jon Jones, Alistair Overeem, Andrei Arlovski, Donald Cerrone and Diego Sanchez, to name a few. Witnessing his Team Lakay comrade's grind at the gym to be in top physical shape, Banario made a bold prediction on the highly-anticipated ONE Lightweight World Title showdown. "This is the right chance and timing for him to get back to his throne," he declared. "He is ecstatic each and every time he's training. I think Folayang can get an early finish. It won't go the full five rounds. The fans in Manila are in for a treat.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2018