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Techno Sport Hado hits Philippines

Developed by Japanese company Meleap, the game combines Augmented Reality and physical play......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsAug 16th, 2019Related News

All systems go for Macau Terrific 12

Tickets are now on sale and business is brisk at the booths as fans eagerly await the start of the Terrific 12 tournament featuring three PBA, four Japanese, three Chinese and two Korean pro teams at the Tap Seac Multi-Sports Pavilion in Macau on Sept. 17-22......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsAug 15th, 2019Related News

Osaka, Halep advance; Sharapova falls

CINCINNATI (AFP) – World No. 1 Naomi Osaka and Wimbledon champion Simona Halep battled to three-set triumphs Wednesday at the ATP and WTA Cincinnati Masters while top seed Ashleigh Barty ousted Maria Sharapova. Reigning US and Australian Open champion Osaka needed more than two hours to outlast Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 7-6 (7/3), 2-6, 6-2. The Japanese […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsAug 15th, 2019Related News

Serena powers past No. 1-bound Osaka in Toronto

  TORONTO, Canada – Serena Williams won the rematch, dominating Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-4 on Friday, August 9 (Saturday, August 10, Philippine time) to ensure the Japanese star won't leave Toronto with a title to go with her No. 1 world ranking. Williams fired 12 aces and didn't face a break point ........»»

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Monstrous night for boxing: Donaire vs Godzilla on Nov. 7

NONITO Donaire is taking on Japanese Naoya Inoue – popularly known as Godzilla back home – on Nov. 7. The Japanese KO artist has terrorized the bantamweight division with his terrifying display of power. The Donaire-Inoue battle set at the Saitama Super Arena will be the finals of the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) tournament that featured […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsAug 9th, 2019Related News

So. Leyte seeks JICA assistance for two road projects

MAASIN CITY, Aug. 8 (PIA) -- The provincial government of Southern Leyte is presently preparing details on program of works for two big-ticket bypass road projects to be submitted to the Japanese I.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsAug 9th, 2019Related News

ONE Championship: Despite his risk backfiring, Geje Eustaquio says he would do it all over again

  Geje "Gravity" Eustaquio entered the ring willing to risk it all against Japanese knockout artist Yuya "Little Piranha" Wakamatsu at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES.   The former ONE Flyweight World Champion from Baguio City quickly learned the dangers in taking on Wakamatsu, as he suffered the first KO loss of his career at the 1:59 mark of round one last Friday, August 2 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.    “I took the chance to go for the knockout but it wasn’t meant to be, he beat me to the punch,” Eustaquio said.    “I lost my position, I wasn’t expecting him to throw a straight right. In my registry, I was expecting him to throw either a hook or a cross, but he followed it up with a straight.”   After feeling each other out in the opening stanza, “Little Piranha” defied "Gravity" with a hard right hand that dropped the latter hard.    The visiting foe swarmed with a couple of more punches which prompted the referee to halt the contest in front of Eustaquio's hometown crowd.   Despite the loss, Eustaquio remains upbeat - knowing that it’s part of the game.    “That’s our gameplan, to gamble,” Eustaquio revealed.    “I’ve been facing wrestlers and grapplers for most of my career, and now it’s a blessing in disguise that I faced a dangerous striker in Wakamatsu”    If there’s one thing the 30-year old learned against Wakamatsu, it’s that one small mistake could be costly - especially against high-level opponents.   “I was really looking to add up to my knockout record or maybe finish him via submission but it is what it is,” Eustaquio said.    “In this level of competition, if you want results, you’re risking yourself of getting finished as well.”    At the end of the day, Eustaquio charged the knockout defeat to experience as he’ll use the heartbreak to become a better martial artist moving forward.   He knows that his dream of a fourth encounter with ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano "Mikinho" Moraes is unlikely now, so the plan at the moment is to simply get back to the gym and work on his weaknesses.   “I just have to work harder in the gym, maybe plant some more kamotes, so we’ll have better harvest,” Eustaquio said while laughing.   .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 7th, 2019Related News

Ancajas defends crown versus Mexican fighter

Mexican Carlos Cuadras is being groomed by Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum to challenge International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight Jerwin Ancajas in October. Arum said that Cuadras, formerly the World Boxing Council champion, has been tapped to battle Ancajas, who is coming off a seventh-round stoppage of Japanese mandatory challenger Ryuichi Funai in Stockton, […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsAug 5th, 2019Related News

ONE Championship: After disappointing night in Manila, it’s back to the drawing board again for Team Lakay

ONE Championship’s third trip to Manila for 2019, ONE: Dawn of Heroes which was held last August 2nd at the Mall of Asia Arena, was tagged as the biggest martial arts event in Philippine history.    With fans packing the stadium, it was the perfect platform for La Trinidad-based mixed martial arts stable Team Lakay to showcase their talents in front of what could possibly be the biggest ONE crowd in Manila.    Unfortunately for Team Lakay, ONE: Dawn of Heroes would prove to be an unfavorable night for the most part.    “1 and 4,” said Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao during the post-event press conference. “One win and four losses, but again, it’s not the first time that we’ve experienced a case like this. We’ve gone 0-5, and again, we learned a lot of lessons from tonight, and we’ll be back to the drawing board. We’ll go back to the hotel and discuss what happened.”   The preliminary card was nothing short of a disaster for Team Lakay, as former champions Geje Eustaquio and Honorio Banario, and featherweight contender Edward Kelly all absorbed painful losses.    Kelly, who was the first on deck, fell victim to unintentional illegal blows to the back of the head at the hands of Chinese contender Xie Bin, rendering him unable to continue. With the bout already past the halfway point when the infraction occurred, a technical decision needed to be made, and it went in favor of Xie, who had been dominating Kelly all throughout the first one-and-a-half rounds.    Hoping to right the ship and get himself back on track as well was former ONE Featherweight World Champion Banario, who took on a short-notice replacement in South Korean Dae Sung Park. Banario was originally slated to face Russian Timofey Nastyukhin, but instead went to the prelims after Nastyukhin needed to pull out due to an injury.    Banario found himself in trouble early on after getting rocked with a left high kick and an elbow, but was able to survive and make things competitive for the rest of the bout. Banario had his moments, but it was Park who was in control for the better part of the three-round bout, leading to a unanimous decision win.    “Siguro the lesson I learned in this fight is I need to train more,” a dejected Banario said during the post-fight presser. “I gave everything in the fight, but it wasn’t my night, so I think the next time, I need to train more and improve my game.”    With the loss, Banario is now riding a two-fight losing streak, and while he admitted that the short-notice opponent change may have thrown him off his game for a bit, “The Rock” offered up no excuses for the defeat.    “Just a little bit, because my opponent changed to a southpaw, I tried to adapt for three weeks, but there’s no excuses. I lost the fight and [I need] to go back to the drawing board,” he said.    Hoping to be able to end the slump was former ONE Flyweight World Champion Eustaquio, who was coming off a bounce-back win back in Singapore. Against a heavy-handed Japanese striker in Yuya Wakamatsu, Eustaquio was hoping to get a win and throw himself back into title contention. Instead, Wakamatsu had other plans, as he landed a stiff right straight that knocked Eustaquio out in the first round.   It was Eustaquio’s first loss via knockout.    “Things happen, you know? In this level of competition, it’s either you get knocked out or you will knock him out. It’s just that tonight was not my night. I hope, and I believe that this is going to be a big stepping stone for me to become a better athlete,” he said.    In what was Team Lakay’s main event for the night, former two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang faced arguably his toughest challenge yet in former UFC and Bellator Lightweight World Champion Eddie Alvarez in a ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix semifinal bout.    Folayang appeared to be within moments of victory after chopping Alvarez down with a vicious leg kick and pouncing on the grounded American.    Over-aggression led to a bit of carelessness for Folayang as he found himself getting reversed as he was looking to finish Alvarez off.    With the American star now in dominant position, it was only a matter of moments before he managed to impose his superior grappling and submitted the Filipino hero with a Rear Naked Choke just a little over two minutes into the opening round.   “I think, for Eduard in this fight, the major lesson that we learned is that ‘Don’t rush. We’re winning.’ I thought we won already, but because of small details, we’re in the [world-class] calibre, so small details will finish everything and lose the fight, so next time, we’ll be cautious,” Sangiao said of Folayang’s loss.    The lone bright spot for the team was their youngest Lakay in Danny Kingad, who rallied back to defeat Reece McLaren in their ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix semifinal bout. With the win, Kingad advances to the Finals to face American MMA icon and former long-time UFC Flyweight king Demetrious Johnson, who was also victorious that night against Japanese contender Tatsumitsu Wada.    Kingad and Johnson are set to square off at ONE: Century in Tokyo, Japan this October.    As Coach Mark said, this isn’t the first time that Team Lakay has felt disappointment in Manila. In fact, they have gone worse.    Back in 2013, Team Lakay went 0-5, with Folayang, Eustaquio, and Banario and Kevin Belingon all suffering losses that night in Manila.    But following the downs are usually ups, and Team Lakay has had their share of ups as well since then. They have gotten quite a few clean sweeps and even ended 2018 with four world championships, which means that all is not lost for the Igorot warriors, and Sangiao is confident that his team will regain their glory in the future.    “As I’ve said, this isn’t the first time that we’ve experienced cases like this. Before, we experienced going 0-5, and now we will be back again, and I know that they will be back stronger and better.”   .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 3rd, 2019Related News

ONE Championship: Martin Nguyen reigns supreme at ONE: Dawn of Heroes in Manila

2 August 2019 – Manila, Philippines: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), returned to a packed Mall of Asia Arena in Manila for the biggest martial arts event in Philippine history with ONE: DAWN OF HEROES. Once again, the finest martial arts talent in the world came out to showcase their incredible skills. In the main event, Martin Nguyen retained his ONE Featherweight World Championship with a technical knockout victory over Koyomi Matsushima. In the co-main event, Rodtang Jitmuangnon captured the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship with a unanimous decision victory over Jonathan Haggerty. In the main event, Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Australia and Vietnam continued his reign over the featherweight division with a second-round technical knockout victory over Japanese challenger Koyomi “Moushigo” Matsushima to retain the ONE Featherweight World Championship. Matsushima put the pressure on Nguyen early in the opening round with his solid ground game. The champion was able to make the necessary adjustments in the second round, however, as he picked apart a tired Matsushima with a barrage of strikes to get the stoppage win and successfully defend his title for a third time.  In the co-main event, Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon of Thailand dethroned English striking sensation Jonathan “The General” Haggerty via unanimous decision to become the new ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion. Haggerty utilized his length in the early going, using front kicks to keep the challenger at bay. Rodtang picked up steam in the succeeding rounds and managed to drop Haggerty twice. After five rounds of explosive action, it was Rodtang who walked away with the victory and the prestigious ONE World Title.  In the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix Semi-finals, Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez of the United States recorded his first victory under the ONE banner with a rear naked choke of former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang of the Philippines. Folayang attacked Alvarez with a blitz of strikes to open the contest and a low kick brought “The Underground King” to the mat. Alvarez, however, was able to sweep Folayang to wind up in mount. From there, Alvarez took Folayang’s back, fished for the submission, and forced the tap. In the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Semi-finals, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson of the United States outlasted Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada of Japan to take home a three-round unanimous decision. After a brief exchange on the feet in the first round, Wada was able to take Johnson to the mat and secure his back. Johnson however defended very well. Action continued in the second round with Johnson dominating the grappling exchanges. In the third and final round, Johnson appeared to have Wada figured out and took control of the bout to cruise to a unanimous decision victory. Filipino flyweight star Danny “The King” Kingad secured his spot in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Finals with a split decision win over Australian Reece “Lightning” McLaren. Kingad survived a number of precarious situations in the first two rounds to rally back in the final round. In the last two minutes of the bout, Kingad dominated a fading McLaren as he was able to land a couple of takedowns and unload some ground-and-pound to swing the decision in his favor. Kingad is now one win away from becoming the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion. Muay Thai star Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym of Thailand opened the main card in spectacular fashion with a third round knockout victory over Andrew “Maddog Fairtex” Miller of Scotland. Rodlek overcame Miller’s significant height and reach advantage as he outstruck his foe in the first two rounds of action. In the opening minute of the final round, Rodlek dropped Miller with a short right elbow followed by a knee to score the stoppage win. Japanese flyweight Yuya “Little Piranha” Wakamatsu captured his first win under the ONE banner in highlight-reel fashion with a first round knockout of former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio of the Philippines. The heavy-handed Wakamatsu timed his shot, found the opening and unloaded a solid straight right hand that had Eustaquio out before hitting the canvas. Wakamatsu followed up with a few more shots before the referee stepped in to stop the bout. In a lightweight contest, South Korea’s “Crazy Dog” Dae Sung Park overwhelmed former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario of the Philippines over three rounds. Park came out firing powerful combinations and actively pursuing the takedown in the first round. He dropped Banario with a head kick and followed him to the mat for some ground-and-pound nearly finishing the Filipino. Banario survived and came back with a flurry of his own, sending Park reeling towards the ropes. Park rocked Banario again in the third with a high kick, which “The Rock” again recovered well from. In the end, all three ringside judges scored the bout in favor of Park to  win by unanimous decision. Japan’s Daichi Takenaka and Brazil’s Leandro “Brodinho” Issa figured in an epic back-and-forth battle in a bantamweight contest. Takenaka and Issa began the bout testing each other’s grappling skills, with both men taking turns in dominant positions. As the bout wore on however, action shifted to the feet and Takenaka began to pull away with superior striking. After a right hand put Issa down in the third, Takenaka followed up with a plethora of punches on the ground to force the stoppage. American top welterweight contender James “Nako” Nakashima put together a well-rounded performance, defeating Japanese mixed martial arts legend Yushin “Thunder” Okami. Nakashima came out to a fast and aggressive start, taking the action right to Okami in the opening moments of the contest. For three full rounds, Nakashima got the better of Okami in the striking and grappling departments. In the end, all three judges scored the bout in favor of Nakashima to win by unanimous decision. In a featherweight contest, China’s “The Stalker” Xie Bin took on the Philippines’ Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly. However, after an unfortunate halt to the bout in round two, Xie was awarded a technical decision victory over the Filipino. China’s Miao Li Tao was impressive in his return to the ring, defeating Thailand’s Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit via unanimous decision. Miao was in control from the get-go as he took Mitsatit down and controlled him on the mat for the majority of the three-round contest. Mitsatit had no answer for Miao’s aggressive and powerful grappling as the Chinese warrior coasted to a convincing decision win. Japanese women’s strawweight contender Ayaka Miura continued to roll in her ONE Championship career, defeating former World Title challenger Samara “Marituba” Santos of Brazil with an Americana submission in the second round. Miura bucked a slow start in the opening round and displayed her superior grappling in the second round by taking Santos down and locking in the Americana in just 39 seconds. Malaysia’s Muhammad “Jungle Cat” Aiman kicked off the action at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES with a unanimous decision victory over Indonesian veteran “The Terminator” Sunoto. Aiman remained a step ahead throughout the three-round bout as he outstruck and outgrappled Sunoto to walk away with the curtain-raising win. Official results for ONE: DAWN OF HEROES ONE Featherweight World Championship bout: Martin Nguyen defeats Koyomi Matsushima by TKO (Strikes) at 4:40 minutes of round 2 ONE Super Series Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship bout: Rodtang Jitmuangnon defeats Jonathan Haggerty by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 5 rounds ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix Semi-final bout: Eddie Alvarez defeats Eduard Folayang by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:16 minutes of round 1 ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Semi-final bout: Demetrious Johnson defeats Tatsumitsu Wada by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Semi-final bout: Danny Kingad defeats Reece McLaren by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds ONE Super Series Muay Thai Bantamweight bout: Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym defeats Andrew Miller by Knockout (KO) at 0:49 minutes of round 3 Mixed Martial Arts Flyweight bout: Yuya Wakamatsu defeats Geje Eustaquio by Knockout (KO) at 1:59 minutes of round 1 Mixed Martial Arts Lightweight bout: Dae Sung Park defeats Honorio Banario by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds Mixed Martial Arts Bantamweight bout: Daichi Takenaka defeats Leandro Issa by TKO (Strikes) at 1:39 minutes of round 3 Mixed Martial Arts Welterweight bout: James Nakashima defeats Yushin Okami by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds Mixed Martial Arts Featherweight bout: Xie Bin defeats Edward Kelly by Technical Decision (TD) Mixed Martial Arts Catchweight bout (57.0kg): Miao Li Tao defeats Pongsiri Mitsatit by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds Mixed Martial Arts Women’s Strawweight bout: Ayaka Miura defeats Samara Santos by Submission (Americana) at 0:39  minutes of round 2 Mixed Martial Arts Bantamweight bout: Muhammad Aiman defeats Sunoto by Unanimous Decision at after 3 rounds.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 3rd, 2019Related News

ONE Championship: Demetrious Johnson defeats Wada, sets up Grand Prix Finals match with Danny Kingad

American mixed martial arts legend and former UFC Flyweight World Champion Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson bucked a slow start to defeat Japanese contender Tatsumitsu "The Sweeper" Wada at ONE: Dawn of Heroes, Friday evening to advance to the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Finals.  Wada was aggressive early, as he was able to take Johnson down and control him on the mat.  It didn't take Johnson too long to adjust however, as he was able to neutralize the Japanese grappler and overpower him on the ground.  After three rounds of action, Johnson earned the Unanimous Decision victory, much to the delight of the Pinoy crowd in attendance.  With the win, Johnson sets up a must-see ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Finals bout against Filipino star Danny Kingad of Team Lakay, who was able to defeat Reece McLaren in their semi-final bout earlier in the evening.  The two flyweight stars will meet at ONE: Century in Tokyo, Japan this coming October. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 2nd, 2019Related News

David burns rubber in GP Super Karting

Racing prodigy Zach David demonstrated competition smarts well beyond his years to upend Asian junior champion Bianca Bustamante and a contingent of top Japanese entries in the rain-drenched second leg of the 2019 Petron Blaze 100 ROK GP Super Karting Series at Clark International Speedway kart track recently......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsAug 2nd, 2019Related News

Eustaquio loses to Japanese foe via 1st-round TKO

Two minutes into the opening round, Wakamatsu clipped Eustaquio's face with a solid punch that sent the Filipino fighter reeling......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsAug 2nd, 2019Related News

Eduard Folayang, Danny Kingad lead Filipino charge at ONE: Dawn of Heroes

The big stars are out to shine as ONE Championship heads to the Mall of Asia Arena for the third time this year with their biggest offering yet.  ONE: Dawn of Heroes, which takes place on Friday, August 2nd, will feature the biggest and most-stacked martial arts event to ever grace Philippine soil.  Of course, the Philippines will be well-represented on fight night, as five of the country's best mixed martial artists from the famed Team Lakay gym in La Trinidad, Benguet will take center-ring, led by none other than two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard "Landslide" Folayang.  The 35-year old Pinoy MMA hero will be stepping up to his biggest challenge yet, as he faces former UFC and Bellator Lightweight World Champion Eddie "The Underground King" Alvarez in what is now a semi-final match in the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix.  The winner of the match will head into the finals to face Turkish knockout artist Saygid "Dagi" Guyseyn Arslanaliev at ONE: Century in Tokyo, Japan this October for the right to be crowned ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix Champion and earn a shot at the ONE Lightweight World Championship.  The Folayang-Alvarez matchup is, by all accounts, a dream matchup pitting one of Asia's best against one of North America's best. Both men have a fan-friendly style that will surely result in fireworks inside the ring.  Also competing in an important matchup will be Team Lakay young star Danny "The King" Kingad, who takes on Australia's Reece "Lightning" McLaren in a ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix semi-final bout.  Kingad is one of the Philippines' most promising young talents and is on track for what could be a second shot at the ONE Flyweight World Championship. Standing in his way however, is a dangerous veteran in McLaren, who is also looking to return to the world title picture.  Rounding out the Filipino contingent on this massive ONE: Dawn of Heroes card is former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje "Gravity" Eustaquio who meets Japanese up-and-comer Yuya "The Little Piranha" Wakamatsu, former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio "The Rock" Banario who takes on South Korea's Dae Sung Park, and featherweight contender Edward "The Ferocious" Kelly who faces China's "The Stalker" Xie Bin.  Also on the card will be former long-time UFC Flyweight World Champion and pound-for-pound great Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson, who faces Japan's Tatsumitsu "The Sweeper" Wada in the other ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix semi-final bout.  The winners of the Kingad-McLaren and Johnson-Wada bouts will meet in the flyweight tournament finale which is also set to take place at ONE: Century in Tokyo this October.  Headlining the stacked card will be reigning and defending ONE Featherweight World Champions and self-proclaimed 'adopted Filipino' Martin "The Situ-Asian" Nguyen taking on Japanese challenger Koyomi "Moushigo" Matsushima in the main event, and English Muay Thai star Jonathan "The General" Haggerty putting his ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship on the line against Thai icon Rodtang "The Ironman" Jitmuangnon.      Don't miss out on the exciting martial arts action! Catch ONE: Dawn of Heroes this Friday, August 2nd LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23 starting at 8:30 PM. Livestreaming will also be available on the ABS-CBN Sports Facebook Page starting at 5:00 PM as well as on the iWant app! .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 2nd, 2019Related News

ONE Championship: Eddie Alvarez believes he has Eduard Folayang figured out

Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez says he has Eduard “Landslide” Folayang figured out ahead of their highly-anticipated showdown at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES. The pair of explosive strikers is scheduled to lock horns on Friday, 2 August at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines in a battle between two of the best strikers from both ends of the world. Easily the most decorated opponent that Folayang has to face, “The Underground King” sees the flaws in Folayang’s game, which he hopes to expose on Friday. “Eduard is very strong, very tricky, and explodes into his combinations. I am not a wushu fighter, if we made this a wushu fight, Eduard will probably win - but this is not a wushu fight. This is MMA,” Alvarez said. “We can go to the ground, we can go stand up, wrestle, box, this is everything. And I have been doing MMA longer than anybody on this whole card. I am the better fighter by far. I can go more places for a longer period of time.” The former UFC and Bellator Lightweight World Champion believes that Folayang is a fish out of water whenever a match goes to the ground. Folayang is coming off a first-round submission loss to Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki in the main event of ONE: A NEW ERAlast March where he dropped his ONE Lightweight World Title to the Japanese submission wizard. Notorious for his striking power in both hands, Alvarez says that he is willing to mix it up if that is what it will take to get the victory. “Eduard throws a lot of surprise attacks. Ideally you take him down, and none of that works, right? Take him to the ground and nothing he’s done for his whole life works,” the 35-year-old from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania said. “We’ve seen what happened with Aoki, he was lost on the ground. That’s an option. Also an option is to use my boxing, I feel like I have better boxing.” While he is thinking of ways to beat Folayang, Alvarez still has nothing but praise and respect for the man touted as the face of Philippine mixed martial arts. Pleasantries aside, Alvarez made it clear that he flew all the way to Manila to break the hearts of Filipino fans. “I’m a championship killer, man. Look at my resume. I can rattle off name upon name of champions that I’ve demolished,” Alvarez said. “This is another champion. Eduard doesn’t have the belt, but he’s a champion. Once a champion, always a champion. So to me this is another champion that I can put around my necklace. Knockout or submission, the fight will be finished.”   Want to catch ONE: DAWN OF HEROES? Get your tickets here and use the codeword ONEHERO for a 25 percent discount. A special limited-edition Eduard Folayang - Eddie Alvarez shirt will be sold on event night. Catch ONE: DAWN OF HEROES live on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23 starting at 8:30 PM. Livestream will be available on the ABS-CBN Facebook Page and on iWant  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 1st, 2019Related News

ONE Championship: Eduard Folayang believes his style matches up well against Eddie Alvarez

Lightweight stars and former world champions Eduard “Landslide” Folayang of the Philippines and Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez of the United States are set to lock horns in a must-see ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix semi-final matchup at ONE: Dawn of Heroes this coming Friday, August 2nd at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila.    Facing a former UFC and Bellator world champion in Alvarez, Folayang knows that he is up against what could be the biggest challenge of his career, but also believes that his style matches up well with the ultra-aggressive American.    “Yeah, for sure, [my style] matches up well [with his], and kailangan ko pang pinu-in yung mga areas na magiging precise, na magagamit ko against sa kanya,” Folayang told ABS-CBN Sports.    Alvarez is known for his charge-forward brawling style that made him a fan favorite among fans during his runs with North American promotions.    Folayang is a gifted striker who has shown stopping power in the past, most notably his third-round TKO win over Japanese legend Shinya Aoki back in 2016, the win that netted the Pinoy star his first ONE world championship.    One clean shot from either man could spell disaster for the other.    Hard-hitting Russian Timofey Nastyukhin spoiled Alvarez's ONE with a TKO win back in March, and Folayang is looking to do the same.   “I think one of the things that I saw is, halos karamihan ng mga talo ni Eddie Alvarez is more on sa mga high-level strikers, so tine-take into consideration ko yun talaga, and siyempre, depende rin talaga sa kung ano yung magiging gameplan niya eh, kasi gusto niyang manalo eh, ako ganoon dun, so I need to read kung ano yung magiging approach sa laban, kasi alam ng bawat isa sa amin na we are strikers eh, so paano yung adjustment ng bawat isa? I think yun yung isa sa mga titignan ng bawat kampo namin,” Folayang explained.    One area that could prove to be a problem for the Pinoy is the ground game. While Folayang and Team Lakay’s grappling and wrestling have improved dramatically throughout the years, top-notch grapplers have remained to be a problem for the Baguio-based team.    Alvarez, while usually prefers to stand and trade, is also a high-level wrestler and could look to bring the bout to the mat.    “Sa ground game niya, magaling din siya eh, he has proved himself time and time again na talagang may submission and knockout wins din siya, so all-around din well-rounded din siya,” Folayang said.     The 35-year old Baguio City-native is coming off a world title loss to Aoki in their rematch in Japan back in March and is eager to get back on track and begin his hunt for a third world title reign.    With the bout against Alvarez on Friday being a lightweight tournament semi-final, a win for Folayang moves him to the Grand Prix finals and a step closer to challenging for the title again.    “Sa akin, siguro, it motivates me to do well, kasi siyempre, I wasn’t able to defend my belt the last time, I think this is a good opportunity for me to bounce back,” said the two-time champ.    Catch ONE: DAWN OF HEROES on Friday, August 2 LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23 starting at 8:30 PM. Livestream will be available on the ABS-CBN Facebook Page and on iWant  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 1st, 2019Related News

Donaire the ‘real’ monster

Ringstar Sports CEO Richard Schaefer downplayed Japanese superstar Naoya Inoue’s reputation as a “monster” and instead, called super WBA bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire, Jr. the “real” monster as he confirmed yesterday talks leading to their showdown in the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) final in Tokyo on Nov. 9......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsAug 1st, 2019Related News

Salvatore Cuomo brings the art of the ‘Pizzaiolo’ to his café

Italian-Japanese chef Salvatore Cuomo, whose new eponymous café just opened at the ground floor of The Podium, has some pretty clear ideas about what links the cuisine of his two nationalities — the same hands-on perfectionism that exists in both a sushi chef and a Neapolitan pizzaiolo (pizza master)......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJul 31st, 2019Related News

ONE: Dawn of Heroes out to make MMA history in PH

Japanese mixed martial artists, led by Koyomi Matsushima, hope to make an impression on Friday as they headline the staging of ONE: Dawn of Heroes at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Matsushima challenges ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin Nguyen with hopes of captivating the hearts of Filipino fans in the star-studded fightcard. […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsJul 31st, 2019Related News