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Asian martial arts, beach tiffs postponed

The Philippines can now focus on this year’s Tokyo Olympics and the Hanoi Southeast Asian Games with the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games and Asian Beach Games recently postponed......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarJan 13th, 2021

AIMAG, Asian Beach Games postponed

The Philippines can now focus fully on the Tokyo Olympics in July and the Hanoi Southeast Asian Games in November following the postponement of the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games and Asian Beach Games......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 14th, 2021

Asian Beach Games, Indoor Martial Arts called off

The Philippines will no longer be preparing for two international meets this year......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 12th, 2021

POC looking to host Asian indoor and beach games

Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino said the Philippines will bid to host the Asian Indoor Martial Arts Games (Aimag) and Asian Beach Games on local turf after missing the deadline to submit a bid for the 2030 Asian Games. “We will definitely make a bid in these Games. Sports is a unifying […] The post POC looking to host Asian indoor and beach games appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 12th, 2020

Lineker stops Belingon in 2nd-round TKO victory at ONE: INSIDE THE MATRIX III

Singapore---The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), returned to the Singapore Indoor Stadium with another thrilling evening of world-class martial arts action. ONE: INSIDE THE MATRIX III, a previously recorded event broadcast globally on Friday, November 13, featured compelling action from the world's top mixed martial arts stars......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 14th, 2020

Pongsiri defeats Clancy by unanimous decision

Bangkok---The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™, returned with another spectacular evening of world-class martial arts action. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 13th, 2020

Rodrigues shocks Fairtex, crowned new ONE Atomweight Muay Thai world champ

Bangkok—The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), returned to the bustling capital of Thailand with another showcase of world-class martial arts at its finest......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 30th, 2020

Pacio joins Team Lakay mountain biking craze

Team Lakay is hands down the most prolific martial arts team in the Philippines. With well-known and established stars such as former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang, and former ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin Belingon leading the pack, Team Lakay is the absolute elite in Asian martial arts......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 19th, 2020

Saemapetch advances to ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai Tournament Final

Bangkok---The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™, put together another spectacular evening of world-class martial arts action. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 15th, 2020

Rodtang retains title in ONE Championship’s return to action

31 July 2020 – Bangkok, Thailand: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), made a successful return to its flagship event schedule, starting off with ONE: NO SURRENDER last Friday night, 31 July in Bangkok. The event was broadcast live around the world from a closed-door, audience-free venue. Once again, the absolute best in local and international martial arts talent showcased their skills in the ONE Championship ring. In the main event, reigning and defending ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon successfully defended his title against former ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Champion “The Baby Shark” Petchdam Petchyindee Academy after five action-packed rounds. Petchdam established his jab early in the first round, setting up his vaunted left kick. Rodtang was slow to start, as he instead opted to get reads on his opponent from a distance. Rodtang turned up the pressure towards the end of the second round, hunting Petchdam with his trademark boxing combinations and thunderous elbows. In the third round, Rodtang began walking Petchdam down with his punches. The champion caught Petchdam with a left hook, testing the challenger’s chin on wobbly legs, but the latter recovered well. In the fourth round, Rodtang resumed his onslaught, rolling forward like a tank as Petchdam fired away with kicks to the body. In the fifth round, Petchdam again found success with his left roundhouse kick, but it wasn’t enough to thwart Rodtang’s forward pressure. After five fiery rounds, two of three judges scored the bout in favor of Rodtang to win by majority decision, who retaind his title. Reigning ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Champion Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy turned in perhaps the most important victory of his career, outlasting legendary Thai striker “The Boxing Computer” Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex to retain his title in the co-main event. The first round saw the legendary Yodsanklai connect on his patented triple uppercut, while Petchmorakot tried to shake off the cobwebs. Petchmorakot upped the aggression in the second round, catching Yodsanklai’s kick as he uncorked a myriad of straight punches to the head. Yodsanklai answered back with slicing elbows, creating a cut on the defending champion’s eyelid. In the third round, Petchmorakot opened up the action with a left elbow, while Yodsanklai countered with a straight left hand down the middle. Petchmorakot increased his punch output in the fourth, tagging Yodsanklai with elbows and straights, but the legend would not surrender. In the fifth and final round, Yodsanklai ambushed Petchmorakot with combinations, while the champion danced away to keep himself safe from range. In the end, Petchmorakot did just enough to earn the victory by a close majority decision. In a ONE Super Series Kickboxing Super-Bout, Thai featherweight talents Superbon and Sitthichai “Killer Kid” Sitsongpeenong figured in a thrilling three-round war of attrition. The first round was close, as both Sitthichai and Superbon traded their best offense at the center of the ONE Championship ring. The second round saw much of the same action, with both men winding up on their kicks and doubling up on their punches, but it was Superbon who started to pull away with a higher output and more impactful strikes. In the third and final round, Sitthichai and Superbon turned on the aggression, attacking each other from multiple angles with neither man willing to take a step backward. In the end, Superbon recorded a hard-earned victory, getting the better of his trilogy with Sitthichai via unanimous decision on the judges’ scorecards. In the mixed martial arts women’s atomweight division, reigning ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Champion Stamp Fairtex continued her rise through the ranks with another exciting victory. Stamp put together another masterful striking performance, dominating fellow Thai warrior Sunisa “Thunderstorm” Srisen to earn win number five in her young career. At the sound of the first round bell, Stamp came out aggressively, looking for the Thai clinch. Once she had Srisen secured in close quarters, Stamp began unloading on a plethora of hard knees to the midsection. Srisen showed incredible toughness in enduring Stamp’s offensive barrage, but the end came shortly after. Stamp capitalized on a botched takedown from Srisen, winding up on her opponent’s back where she finished the bout with a series of punches. In a mixed martial arts catchweight contest, Brazilian newcomer Fabricio “Wonder Boy” Andrade made an impressive ONE Championship debut, dominating Mark “Tyson” Fairtex Abelardo of New Zealand and the Philippines en route to a spectacular finish within two rounds. Action started off on the feet in the first round, with each man landing significant power shots. Abelardo stalked and chased Andrade across the ring, but the Brazilian showed poise and was able to pick the Filipino-Kiwi apart from the outside. In the second round, Andrade continued his elusive movement, peppering Abelardo from range before swiftly taking his back when the opportunity presented itself. From there, Andrade latched onto in a deep rear-naked choke. Abelardo faded rapidly, and was effectively put to sleep as the referee called a halt to the contest. Kicking off the action at ONE: NO SURRENDER were Thai striking superstars “The Angel Warrior” Panpayak Jitmuangnon and "The Kicking Machine" Superlek Kiatmoo9, who squared off in a three-round ONE Super Series Muay Thai contest. This was the first time the two flyweights met inside the ONE Championship ring, after having faced each other multiple instances before in Thailand’s biggest arenas. Superlek was aggressive to start the bout, connecting on a series of combinations in the opening round. Panpayak scored with a handful of solid counter shots in the second frame, as Superlek continued his onslaught. In the third and final round, Superlek repeatedly found a home for his right kick on Panpayak’s body, as he ran away with a unanimous decision victory on the judges’ scorecards. Official results for ONE: NO SURRENDER ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship: Rodtang Jitmuangnon defeats Petchdam Petchyindee Academy by Majority Decision (MD) after 5 rounds ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Championship: Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy defeats Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex by Majority Decision (MD) after 5 rounds Kickboxing Featherweight bout: Superbon defeats Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds Mixed Martial Arts Atomweight bout: Stamp Fairtex defeats Sunisa Srisen by TKO (Strikes) at 3:59 minutes of round 1 Mixed Martial Arts Catch Weight (67.0 KG) bout: Fabricio Andrade defeats Mark Fairtex Abelardo by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:11 minutes of round 2 Muay Thai Flyweight bout: Superlek Kiatmoo9 defeats Panpayak Jitmuangnon by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 1st, 2020

DID YOU KNOW… Maddie Madayag started off as a wushu artist

Maddie Madayag is poetry in motion when it comes to her blocking. Her defense at the net is an art form. But before the Davaoena flexed her muscles into becoming one of this generation’s notable middle blockers, she excelled in a different art - martial arts that is. Madayag already donned the tricolors performing on the mat as a wushu artist long before the former Ateneo de Manila University hammered her way into winning two UAAP titles and landing a spot in the national women’s volleyball team. Before pounding the volleyball or putting up a great wall at the net to stop an opponent’s attack, Madayag wowed judges with her routines with weapons especially with the long spear or quiang. However, her love affair with the Chinese martial arts started with a little nudge from her mother, Donna. “I actually tried taekwondo and ballet but then it didn’t work for me. Nag-wushu ako noong elementary but then only because my mom forced me. Para lang matuto ako mag-self defense,” said Madayag during her appearance in Volleyball DNA.      “I don’t know. I was kind of lazy siguro back then. I wanted to watch TV, cartoons, I just wanted to chill. But then my mom wanted me to learn other things din naman. She didn’t want me to stay at home,” added Madayag. It didn’t take long for Madayag to appreciate the sport.   “After nu’ng summer I learned to love the sport so I told my mom I wanted to continue,” she said. Showing talent, athleticism and being naturally competitive, Madayag landed a spot in the junior team. She even competed in the 2009 Asian Junior Wushu Championship in Macau where she won a medal.   Her wushu stint, however, ended when she entered high school. Madayag cited conflict of schedule as the reason for leaving the sport. Then came her interest in volleyball.     “My friends (in Davao Christian High School) told me na, ‘Tara Madz tryout tayo sa volleyball’. After ng tryout na yun ako lang na-recruit because I was the tall one,” said Madayag, who added that she was around 5-foot-8 that time. It was volleyball that opened an opportunity for the Southern lass to fly to the Big City and eventually land on the Lady Eagles’ nest in Katipunan. Madayag accomplished great things after fully embracing the team sport. But what if Madayag pursued her first love? For sure with her talent she’ll get a spot in the national team alongside wushu star Agatha Wong.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 24th, 2020

Mixed Martial Arts bouts and more added to ONE: No Surrender

Singapore---The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™, today announced the addition of two mixed martial arts bouts and another ONE Super Series bout, completing the blockbuster ONE: No Surrender card scheduled to be broadcast and streamed July 31 live from Bangkok, Thailand......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 16th, 2020

ONE Championship reveals live event schedule until October

Asian martial arts promotion ONE Championship is set to make its return to action with ONE: No Surrender on July 31st in Bangkok, Thailand.  No Surrender will be their first major live show since February 28th, before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the company to postpone all of their succeeding events.  Now, it looks like it's all systems go for ONE moving forward, as chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong has shared their schedule of events up until October.  After No Surrender, there will be nine more events to look forward to, three events per month on August, September, and October. "ONE Championship is ready to set the world on fire again. Catch these upcoming closed-door, audience-free shows on our global TV broadcast in 150+ countries around the world!" Sityodtong wrote.  All these events will feature a closed-door, audience-free format, just like their King of The Jungle card back in February in Singapore. While the locations have not been divulged yet, it's highly-likely that these events take place in the countries that have managed to control the COVID-19 pandemic, like Thailand. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 14th, 2020

ONE Championship set to return to live events in July

After around four months of not being able to hold major live events, Asian martial arts promotion ONE Championship will once again be putting their brand of action on display. ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong announced Friday evening that ONE will be returning to Thailand for ONE: NO SURRENDER, scheduled for Friday, July 31st.  This comes off the heels of ONE's official return to action last weekend wherein they taped ONE Hero Series 13 and 14 in Shanghai, China.  "After a successful ONE Hero Series 13 and 14 in China last weekend, ONE Championship will now kick off our flagship event schedule with ONE: No Surrender on July 31 in Thailand!" Sityodtong wrote.  This will be ONE's first live major event since their KING OF THE JUNGLE card last February 28th in Singapore, which was their first event to feature a closed-door, audience-free format as a way to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  ONE initially planned on putting on shows in Singapore throughout March and April, but eventually had to cancel the events due to Singapore's 'Circuit Breaker' lockdown as well as other restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.  NO SURRENDER will feature the same closed-door, audience-free format, said Sityodtong. "ONE: No Surrender will be a closed-door, audience-free stadium event for live global broadcast." Apart from the event itself, Sityodtong added that there will be 12 extra bouts to signal the launch of the new ONE Dark Series, a taped card for global broadcast partners.  "We will also be holding 12 extra fights on that day for the newly-launched ONE Dark Series, a taped first-air product for our broadcast partners around the world," Sityodtong shared.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 26th, 2020

ONE Championship back in action with ONE Hero Series 13 and 14 in Shanghai

Asian martial arts giant ONE Championship successfully returned to action this past weekend, with the return of ONE Hero Series 13 and 14, both held in Shanghai, China.  The back-to-back closed-door, audience free events that were held on June 20 and 21st marked ONE's first event since their ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE event in Singapore back in February 28th, just before the COVID-19 scare became a full-blown pandemic.  “We at ONE Championship are delighted to once again host the world’s most exciting martial arts events. I would like to personally thank all the fans for their continued support for our organization and our athlete," said Hua Fung Teh, ONE Champmionship Group President said. "Shanghai served as the perfect backdrop for the prestigious ONE Hero Series, which aims to showcase the absolute best in rising young martial arts talent from China." "By enforcing strict safety and sanitary measures, we made sure to prioritize the health and well-being of everyone who made these back-to-back events a huge success. As a result, ONE Hero Series was able to share the very best of martial arts with the world, showcasing the power of the human spirit," he continued.  According to the official press release, ONE Championship made sure to adhere to necessary protocols to ensure the safety of everyone involved in the show, which was shot and aired on Chinese broadcast platforms.  "ONE Championship established necessary protocols and procedures to ensure all athletes, staff, and contractors operated in a safe and sanitary environment with extensive medical testing, travel history questionnaires, adherence to CDC Guidelines with sanitation practices, social distancing strategies, daily symptoms monitoring, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The organization continues to prioritize the health and safety of everyone involved in holding the world’s most exciting martial arts events through meticulous planning and stringent execution," the release read.    ONE Hero Series 13 Official Results - Strawweight Mixed Martial Arts bout: Ze Lang Zha Xi defeats Liang Hui by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds - Catch Weight Kickboxing bout (71.8kg): Luo Chao defeats Zhao Jun Chen by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds - Flyweight Kickboxing bout: Yang Hua defeats Wei Zi Qin by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds - Flyweight Mixed Martial Arts bout: Wang Zhen defeats Zou Jin Bo by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds - Lightweight Mixed Martial Arts bout: Fu Kang Kang defeats Wang Hu by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:29 minutes of round 2 ONE Hero Series 14 Official Results - Catch Weight Kickboxing bout (72.0kg): Xu Liu defeats Zhao Xiao Yu by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds - Featherweight Mixed Martial Arts bout: Zhu Kang Jie defeats Ayijiake Akenbieke by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds - Bantamweight Kickboxing bout: Fu Qing Nan defeats Yuan Peng Bin by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds - Lightweight Mixed Martial Arts bout: Zhang Ze Hao defeats Gao Bo by Knockout (KO) at 3:43 minutes of round 1 - Strawweight Mixed Martial Arts bout: Li Zhe defeats Mo Hao Xiong by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:16 minutes of round 1  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2020

ONE Championship: Mom-to-be Gina Iniong to take a longer break from competition

It might be quite a while until we see Team Lakay women’s atomweight contender Gina “Conviction” Iniong back inside the ONE circle, if we ever do see her back in action, that is.  From late 2019 to early 2020, Iniong had quite the eventful couple of months, competing and winning gold in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games’ kickboxing tournament, and then defeating Asha Roka in her return to ONE Championship in January.  After that busy stretch, the newly-married Iniong had already planned on taking a bit of time off to spend with her husband Richard Araos. Now, it looks like she’s going to take more time off to become a mom.  According to Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao, Iniong actually thought about calling it a career after learning about her pregnancy.  “She thought about retirement, but I told her, ‘Don’t think about it yet.’ I told her to focus on her pregnancy and then maybe she can make decisions after if she really wants to stop,” Sangiao told ONE Championship. “I told her that it is hard to decide right now. I’ve seen a lot of people retire, then come out of retirement. It’s best for her to just focus on her well-being and pregnancy, and then worry about the next steps in her career later,” Sangiao continued.  The 30-year old Iniong has been competing professionally since 2010 and boasts a 9-4 record. She has won three of her last four bouts inside the ONE circle and is certainly one of the division’s top contenders.  Motherhood however, can definitely change a person’s perspective on things.  “Even before the SEA Games, she was telling me that she wanted to focus on her family. She said they’re getting older and they already want to have a child,” Sangiao explained.  “This is such a huge blessing for her. She wanted this for a long time, and it was given,” he added.  Still, just looking at the landscape of mixed martial arts, a number of fighters have managed to keep competing at a high level, even after becoming a mother, so it definitely isn’t out of the question for Iniong.  Still, at the end of the day, the decision will fall on the shoulders of the Team Lakay standout.  “We cannot really tell if Gina Iniong will return. It’s her decision. We cannot really say,” Sangiao admitted.   “We told ONE already about it, and they sent their congratulations. They also told her not to think about retirement at this time. It’s her life and whatever she does, we’ll support her,” Sangiao concluded......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 8th, 2020

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu icon Tom DeBlass explains reasons for signing with ONE Championship

It’s been nearly seven years since New Jersey native Tom “T-Bone” DeBlass set foot inside a mixed martial arts arena.  Back in November of 2013, DeBlass competed in last MMA bout, knocking out Jason Lambert in just under two minutes at Bellator 108.  Since then, the 38 year old has continuously been active in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu circuit, competing in tournaments such as the ADCC, and the No Gi World Championships.  Last week however, DeBlass confirmed that he will be making a return to mixed martial arts after signing with Asian powerhouse ONE Championship.  For the third-degree BJJ Black Belt, the pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus was a factor in getting him to return to the cage.  “This pandemic has really changed my way of thinking and my thought process. It’s very hard for me to just sit in my home, and I started developing a fire, a drive, and a motivation that I didn’t have before, but I put all my faith in God,” DeBlass told ONE Championship.    DeBlass believes that ONE Championship reaching out to him was the Lord’s will.  “A few days after I had a long prayer, Chatri [Sityodtong] messaged me and asked me what I thought about fighting. If it wasn’t him who messaged me, I wouldn’t have even thought about it.” “I truly admire what he has done with ONE, and I admire him. I said this must be God’s plan,” DeBlass continued.  DeBlass is a former Ring of Combat Heavyweight World Champion, apart from being a Bellator and UFC veteran.  Now, the Ricardo Almeida black belt will be taking his talents to the world’s biggest martial arts stage, and it’s because he has been quite impressed with what he’s seen with ONE.  “If I did come back to competition, it’s with ONE and no one else. I love what ONE Championship stands for and I’ve been to the shows multiple times,” DeBlass stated.  “I love the Samurai spirit. I love the Asian culture. Whether ONE is fighting in Asia or the United States, the culture they have represents much more than mixed martial arts,” he added.  DeBlass sees his return to competition with ONE as a chance to once again display what he can do and have fun while doing it.  “I look at ONE as a way of life and not fighting. I don’t look at ONE as fighting at all. I look at ONE as a chance to showcase my skills once again, have fun and push myself, and hopefully inspire other people.” Coming into the promotion as a heavyweight, DeBlass will be able to test himself against the likes of Alain Ngalani, Mauro Cerrilli, Arjan Bhullar, Vitor Belfort, and reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera.  DeBlass won’t be making any bold predictions as to how far he’ll go in the division however.  “I don’t want to get ahead of myself. I don’t want to disrespect anyone that has been in ONE or any titleholders or anybody who has been putting their time in. I’m just going to say my goal is to inspire everyone, fight by fight.” “Every fight I have, I look to win. Every competition I have, I look to win. Whatever path God takes me on, whether that be a World Title or defeat, I accept my fate. Let’s see what happens. It’s going to be phenomenal,” he concluded. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 25th, 2020

TUMI, ONE Championship design ultimate luxury esports gaming bag on The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition

Singapore -- The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship, today announced that their existing commercial partnership with TUMI across ONE’s esports and martial arts properties will expand to include a special branded challenge during season one of The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition that will deliver the perfect companion for esports athletes - the ultimate luxury gaming bag......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 21st, 2020

Asian-American athletes rise in ONE Championship

Asia's largest martial arts organization, ONE Championship, without a doubt, has the largest collection of Asian martial arts World Champions who are currently employed on its elite roster of talent......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 13th, 2020

ONE Championship: Heavyweight champ Brandon Vera all praise for challenger Arjan Bhullar

When the world finally gets back on its feet and sporting events become allowed once more, Asia-based mixed martial arts promotion ONE Championship will have a ton of must-see matchups on tap, and one of them is the ONE Heavyweight World Championship bout between reigning titleholder Brandon “The Truth” Vera and top contender Arjan “Singh” Bhullar.  (READ ALSO - Brandon Vera preparing for new kind of challenge: fatherhood) The Vera-Bhullar encounter was initially scheduled for ONE’s return to Manila on May 29th, but the COVID-19 pandemic has forced ONE Championship to postpone their shows for May as well.  When the fight does finally happen, it will likely be worth the wait, especially since Bhullar could be Vera’s toughest test yet, and ‘The Truth’ himself knows it.  “I’m very excited to be fighting Arjan Bhullar and to defend our ONE Heavyweight World Title. I think he is probably the best candidate to come face me,” Vera told John Wolcott of ONE Championship.  “This guy is the real deal. I respect this guy tremendously. His wrestling is ridiculous. He comes from a school just like where I came from – huge pedigree,” he added.  The Indian-Canadian Bhullar, like Vera, made his name in the UFC, compiling an impressive 3-1 record before jumping to ONE. In his promotional debut with the Asian martial arts giant, Bhullar dominated former title contender Mauro Cerilli en route to a unanimous decision victory. Prior to becoming a 10-1 professional mixed martial artist however, Bhullar was a standout on the wrestling mats, representing Canada in the World Championships on multiple occassions, as well as on the Commonwealth Games, the Pan American Games, and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.  While Bhullar’s wrestling has been well documented, Vera says that the 33-year old also has some dangerous hands.  “This guy has amazing boxing that nobody’s talking about,” Vera noted. “This guy’s boxing is ridiculous. His head movement is crisp. He’s fast, and he likes to stay in the pocket.” The biggest weapon that Bhullar may have against the Filipino-American champion however, is the ability to go to deep rounds without fading. Good cardio is often one of the best qualities of a top-level wrestler.  “Arjan has more gas than most heavyweights, and that’s something really different about him,” Vera added. The reigning heavyweight king has yet to go the distance in his ONE career, with all four of his wins coming in the first round. “He knows how to pace himself. Most heavyweights don’t know how to pace themselves. “I’m going to have to push and test and poke in different places that he is not used to,” he continued.  With arguably his toughest test ahead of him, Vera believes that this fight could, and should end in exciting fashion.  “We’re [going to be] in a championship fight. It needs to be decided between us, not the three people watching,” he concluded......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 13th, 2020

MMA legend Vitor Belfort reveals opponent for ONE Championship debut

When the world finally goes back to normal (or the new normal that is) wherein sporting events will be allowed to commence once again, it looks like we could finally see the long-awaited ONE Championship debut of mixed martial legend Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort.  The Brazilian MMA pioneer and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion officially signed with ONE Championship back in March of 2019, but has yet to make his debut in the ONE Circle.  In an interview with Asian MMA, Belfort explains the decision to make the jump to the Singapore-based martial arts promotion.  "When my contract was over, first I took off. I just wanted to re-evaluate and see what was there, because I was very unhappy in my last…I was not motivated enough, I didn’t have the fire to compete in the UFC anymore, and I had a couple of injuries, and I was not joyful," the 43-year old said. "I’m the type of athlete that, I only function, I’m the type of guy that, I function with two things: I gotta have joy, and I gotta have peace. I believe that these two elements, whatever background you’re in, I’m the type of guy that functions with these two. It’s like a Ferrari without the gas, it’s like a man without oxygen, you cannot survive. I’m very driven by these two elements." The Rio de Janeiro-native boasts a 26-14 professional record with 18 wins via KO. He holds the UFC record for most KO wins with 12. Belfort also has notable wins over the likes of Wanderlei Silva, Randy Couture, Rich Franklin, Anthony Johnson, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold, Dan Henderson (twice) and Nate Marquardt.  Having already cemented his legacy in the mixed martial arts world as one of the sport's pioneers and earliest stars, Belfort says he looked to where he could once again be an innovator.  That led him to Asia's biggest martial arts organization.  "I saw that ONE Championship was really doing something different than other organizations were doing…let me go to a place that really, Vitor Belfort can disrupt the industry the sense, not just with him fighting, but how he’s gonna fight, what he’s gonna bring, what we’re gonna do."  Prior to Belfort's signing, ONE had already acquired a number of big-name talent and UFC fighters including Demetrious Johnson, Eddie Alvarez, Sage Northcutt, Akiyama, and Yushin Okami.  "I was watching this organization create amazing things…I can’t wait to fight in that ring," he added.  Shoulder surgery has kept Belfort sidelined for the last year or so however, but he says that he's all set for his highly-anticipated ONE debut.  "I had a shoulder surgery, and it was a tough, tough recovery, it was not easy, but now it’s ready to go."  Reportedly welcoming Belfort to the ONE Circle will heavyweight striker Alain "The Panther" Ngalani, a hard-hitting heavyweight who has split his time in ONE competing in MMA and in Kickboxing.  "I like it, he’s a very tough competitor, he’s very skilled and very strong. A big man. That’s what I’m looking for, for a good challenge," Belfort said.  Check out the complete video below: .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 29th, 2020