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Denice Zamboanga favored to win ONE Atomweight Grand Prix

Zamboanga recently stepped up to the challenge of facing the division's top talents in the Grand Prix, en route to a possible title fight with atomweight queen Angela Lee......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarOct 24th, 2020

Zamboanga steps up to challenge in ONE Championship Atomweight Grand Prix

ONE Championship's top atomweight contender Denice Zamboanga is ready to step up to the challenge come the ONE Atomweight World Grand Prix next year......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 21st, 2020

Zamboanga asks Lee to step aside

ONE Championship’s top female atomweight contender Denice “The Menace” Zamboanga of the Philippines hit back at reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee following her comments that Zamboanga has not done enough to earn a shot at her title, despite the promotion naming her the next challenger to the throne......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 8th, 2020

Denice Zamboanga ready to clash with Angela Lee after emphatic win

Branded as a "tune-up" bout for her eventual clash with atomweight titlist Angela Lee, Zamboanga made easy work of Thai foe Watsapinya Kaewkhong just last week......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 5th, 2020

Zamboanga ready for Lee after Bangkok win

It was a quick and flawless victory for 23-year-old top Filipina atomweight Denice “The Menace” Zamboanga. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 4th, 2020

Zamboanga posts first submission win at ONE

Unbeaten ONE Atomweight contender Denice Zambaoanga tallied her first victory by submission when she beat Thai national judo champion Watsapinya “Dream Girl” Kaewkhong in the first round at ONE: A New Breed at the Impact Arena, Bangkok, Thailand last Friday, August 28, 2020......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 30th, 2020

Zamboanga siblings pull through

The Philippines’ Denice Zamboanga overwhelmed Thailand’s Watsapinya Kaewkhong in “ONE: A New Breed” in Bangkok, Thailand Friday night to earn a shot at reigning women’s atomweight champion Angela Lee......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 29th, 2020

Zamboanga siblings Drex and Denice look to impress at ONE: A NEW BREED

The Zamboanga siblings join ONE Championship’s long list of successful broods when The Home Of Martial Arts returns this Friday, 28 August, at ONE: A NEW BREED in Bangkok, Thailand.  Top-ranked Filipina atomweight Denice “The Menace” Zamboanga looks to keep a stronghold on her number one contender status when she faces Watsapinya “Dream Girl” Kaewkhong in a mixed martial arts bout.  Making this special for “The Menace” is the fact that she will be competing with her older brother in Filipino World Champion Drex “T-Rex” Zamboanga, who is slated to make his ONE debut against Detchadin Sornsirisuphathin. “I’m very happy to be competing once more, because it’s been awhile since I last fought, so I’m grateful to be a part of this card in Thailand,” she said.  “Aside from actively competing once more, what makes me really happy is I’ll be fighting alongside my brother on the same card.” The younger of the Zamboanga siblings has already made her presence felt in The Home Of Martial Arts.  The undefeated Filipina scored convincing wins over Jihin “Shadow Cat” Radzuan and former ONE Atomweight Women’s World Title challenger Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi, earning her the right to face longtime division ruler “Unstoppable” Angela Lee as announced by ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong.  A dominant performance here for the Filipina would only make her case stronger.  Also competing on the card is Filipina-American KC “Pinay Fight” Carlos, who will look to pull the upset-rug from underneath the rolling Wondergirl Fairtex in a strawweight Muay Thai battle.  In the card’s headliner, Stamp Fairtex defends her ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Title against Allycia Hellen Rodrigues while “Left Meteorite” Kulabdam Sor. Jor. Piek Uthai battles Rodlek PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym in the ONE Muay Thai Bantamweight Tournament Finals, where a shot at reigning World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao is at stake.  ONE: A NEW BREED will air Friday, 28 August, in a closed-door, audience-free setting in Bangkok, Thailand. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 25th, 2020

Former URCC champion Drex Zamboanga set to make ONE Championship debut

The Philippines will have another representative in the ONE Championship ranks in the form of former URCC champion Drex "The T-Rex" Zamboanga.  The 31-year old Zamboanga (8-5) will be making his ONE debut on ONE: A NEW BREED this coming Friday, August 28th in Bangkok, Thailand.  The Thailand-based Zamboanga, older brother of ONE women's atomweight contender Denice, is a veteran in the Filipino MMA circuit.  Zamboanga began his pro career in 2013 steadily climbed up the URCC ranks. In 2017, Zamboanga knocked out Rex De Lara to capture the vacant URCC Bantamweight Championship.  After a quick stint in Japan and South Korea, Zamboanga returned to the URCC and successfully defended his title against Seung Hyun Cho via third-round Doctor's Stoppage.  Zamboanga will face Thailand's Detchadin "Detchpool" Sorsirisuphathin in a flyweight contest.  Also representing the Philipppines on the card will be top women's atomweight contender Denice Zamboanga, who faces Watsyapinya Kaewkhong, while newcomer KC Carlos takes on Wondergirl Fairtex. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 24th, 2020

Zamboanga to stay in Thailand, hoping to compete in Bangkok soon

Number-one ranked ONE Championship female atomweight Denice “The Menace” Zamboanga is keeping busy in Thailand, training and staying ready in case she gets the call to compete in an upcoming card in Bangkok......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 15th, 2020

Denice Zamboanga itching for MMA return

A top contender for the women's atomweight title, Zamboanga wants to return to action as soon as possible with the promotion announcing ONE: No Surrender in Bangkok, its first card to be held since the lockdown began......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 9th, 2020

ONE Championship: Angela Lee banking on grappling experience against Denice Zamboanga

Reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee has been nothing short of dominant at the top of the women’s atomweight division.    The Singaporean star has been able to dispatch every challenger put in front of her, and when she finally steps into the ONE circle once again, Lee will face another new challenger in Filipina newcomer Denice “The Menace Fairtex” Zamboanga.  Just two fights into the Asia-based promotion, Zamboanga has been impressive, posting wins over Jihin Radzuan and two-time title challenger Mei Yamaguchi. Those two outings were enough for Zamboanga to earn a shot at the queen of the atomweight division.  For her part, Lee believes that it will be an great matchup.  “I’m just excited to get back in the ONE Circle again. I’m feeling extremely motivated for my next matchup. I think it’ll be a great fight,” Lee told ONE Championship.  In her two wins, Zamboanga was able to utilize superb wrestling and grappling to grind out victories, which poses an interesting challenge to Lee, who has put her elite-level grappling to good use as well.  “I think Denice is very well-rounded,” Lee said. “She’s an up-and-coming fighter. I also think that her team did a great job in creating a smart game plan for her in the Yamaguchi fight, and she was able to execute that plan and get the decision win.” “She’s young, hungry, and well-rounded. She is the new breed of MMA fighter that can do it all. She can strike, wrestle, and grapple. But I think she may be inexperienced in certain areas of the game,” Lee added.  Lee’s grappling has been her number one weapon throughout her career, winning seven of her ten career fights via submission, including her latest victory over reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight titleholder Xiong Jing Nan.  Having a top-level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt for a husband and training partner surely helps Lee’s cause.  Lee is married to fellow ONE Championship athlete and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion Bruno Pucci.  “I love training with my husband. He always pushes me hard and brings out the best in me,” said Lee. “I’m very grateful to have him as my partner in life and in training. Bruno is a second degree BJJ black belt and a two-time No Gi world champion. He has a lot of knowledge and I really appreciate everything that he shares with me.” Zamboanga definitely provides a refreshing challenge for Lee, but the reigning champion is confident in her chances of holding on to the title.  “I just think it’ll be a great fight. The fans will love it. It will definitely be exciting. But when that final bell rings, you will hear the words, ‘and still,’” Lee concluded......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 30th, 2020

Four champion martial artists who are also champion dads

Father’s Day comes but once a year, and is a time to celebrate the incredible patriarchs in our lives who have guided us through our toughest challenges. They are the foundation of every family, working tirelessly through day and night to make sure the people they love are happy and safe. This Father’s Day, let’s honor the men in our lives who embody strength, discipline, and loyalty. Great fathers provide their children with a feeling of security, both physically and emotionally, but aren’t afraid to let them stumble and fall in order for them to learn the lessons they need to make it through life.  These four men have given their children the gift of martial arts, but more importantly have also proven to be amazing dads. Ken Lee Brazilian jiu-jitsu and taekwondo black belt, Ken Lee, introduced martial arts to his children at a young age because he believes it can help develop them into great fighters, not just in competition, but also in life. Together with his wife Jewelz -- also a champion martial artist -- they’ve raised four incredible children, including reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee, and ONE Lightweight World Champion Christian Lee. Their two youngest children, Adrian and Victoria, are both on their way to following in their footsteps. Needless to say, martial arts is the family tradition. “Martial arts has always been a way of life for my family,” said Lee. But as much as he is the powerful voice in each of his children’s corners whenever they compete, Lee takes pride in being their father first and foremost. Guiding their careers, he says, is only his second priority. “I will always be their father first and coach second. As a father, the most important thing for me when it comes to my children is their safety and good health, that they are happy and able to live their dreams,” said Lee. Mark Sangiao Filipino martial arts icon Mark “The Machine” Sangiao is a well-known pioneer in the Philippines’ local martial arts community. He is a loving father to two boys, and a father-figure to his students in the famed Team Lakay. Many seek Sangiao out for his wisdom, not just in competing at the highest levels of martial arts, but also for his experience in traversing the hardships of life. The principles he imparts on his two sons, and many young Team Lakay athletes who could very well be considered his own children, have helped guide them down the right path. “As a father, what matters most for me when it comes to my children is providing them what they need,” said Sangiao.  “I’m not just referring to their material or financial needs, but most importantly giving enough attention to their emotional, psychological, and spiritual well-being. It is essential that I can provide these to my children, because these are the very core of their development and formation as good and responsible people.” Sangiao has cultivated and developed many world champions, including former titleholders Eduard Folayang, Honorio Banario, Geje Eustaquio, and Kevin Belingon, as well as ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua Pacio. While his eldest son Jhanlo has decided to take after his father in becoming a martial artist, Sangiao says he would support his children regardless of their chosen profession. “I may end up raising a martial artist, a gardener, a businessman, a lawyer -- it doesn’t matter. I will raise them the exact same way. I will support whatever they want to be in life, and what they want for their future. I just want to raise my children to be good, strong, and responsible people,” said Sangiao. Eduard Folayang For two-time former ONE Lightweight World Champion and Team Lakay veteran Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, being a father means imparting his wisdom to his children, and helping them become good members of society. Folayang is a proud father to two young girls, and hopes to instill in them the right values and principles. “I think we have to give our children the right principles to live by. They must be strong in both the body and the mind, but also kind and generous,” said Folayang. While he will support his children no matter what they decide to do when they get older, Folayang still plans on introducing them to martial arts, which is what helped turn his life around as a young man raised in hardship and poverty. “Being a father feels great. I do want my children to practice martial arts. It’s a great way of life and will teach them a lot of lessons. I just want them to find their own talents and help make the world a better place,” said Folayang. Danny Kingad Former ONE World Title challenger and ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship Finalist Danny “The King” Kingad is relatively new to fatherhood, with his son Gleurdan Adrian becoming his pride and joy after being born just two years ago.  Being a father, Kingad says, is his single greatest purpose, and he vows to do everything in his power to give his son a good life. “I want to spend every day with my son. It’s important to me to be there for him. I want to help prepare him for the challenges life will bring,” said Kingad. Kingad grew up a troubled youth who fell into bad company and many vices. It wasn’t until he discovered martial arts that his life gained meaning and direction. He hopes to one day introduce martial arts to Gleurdan, when his son is ready. “Martial arts was a saving grace for me, and I learned a lot from training and competing. I would love for my son to learn the core values that martial arts instilled in me when I was younger. I think it will teach him a lot about respect and honor. But of course, I’m here to support my son in whatever he wants to be in life,” said Kingad. “What’s important to me is that he learns to be humble and respectful, and most especially strong, to be able to handle tough times. Having a strong mind is the best asset of a martial artist.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 21st, 2020

Zamboanga& rsquo;s gets blockbuster showdown with Lee

Rising ONE Championship atomweight star Denice “The Menace Fairtex” Zamboanga has never been one to shy away from taking a risk or two in life. In fact, well-calculated risks have helped her discover who she is today, not only as an athlete, but as a human being......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 20th, 2020

Denice Zamboanga and ONE Championship s ladies kick butt in their version of the 'CUCchallenge

Last week, some of ONE Championship's biggest male stars took part in an action-packed rendition of the #CUCchallenge, which orignated from a group of French stunts students from CUC.  This time around, ONE Championship's hard-hitting ladies joined forces for their own version of the viral video, and it's just as, or even more explosive than that of the men!  (READ ALSO: Stamp Fairtex excited to see friend and teammate Denice Zamboanga challenge for a world championship) Kicking things off was none other than top women's atomweight contender Denice Zamboanga, and the video also includes the likes of Jihin Radzuan, Bi Nguyen, Colbey Northcutt, ONE Women's Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee, ONE Women's Strawweight World Champion Xiong Jing Nan, ONE Women's Atomweight Kickboxing World Champion Janet Todd, and ONE Women's Atomweight Muay Thai World Champion Stamp Fairtex among many others. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 7th, 2020

Pinoy ONE Championship athletes powering through pandemic away from home

With pretty much the entire world dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, quarantines, lockdowns, and travel restrictions have been felt all across the globe. And while most are fortunate enough to be quarantined at home with their families and loved ones, there are some who aren’t as fortunate. ONE Championship women’s atomweight contender Denice “The Menace Fairtex” Zamboanga is riding high after coming off an impressive unanimous decision win over Mei Yamaguchi in Singapore back in February, but right now, she’s in her home away from home at the Fairtex Gym in Pattaya, Thailand, where she trains. “I feel different emotions right now because I am away from them,” admitted Zamboanga, who hails from Quezon City, Philippines. “I feel sad and scared of course, because I am not with my family during this time of crisis. I just make sure to check on them every day and know that they are safe.” Zamboanga’s win over Yamaguchi earned her a shot at the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship, currently held by long-time champion Angela Lee. That bout will definitely be a must-see once things return to normal. For ONE welterweight athlete Trestle “Jun Minion” Tan, being away from his family is nothing new. The Cebuano was previously based in Vietnam before jetting over to Germany where he works as a fitness trainer. Tan’s parents remain in Cebu and he’s confident that they’ll be just fine. “My parents are in a small town of Cebu, which is a good thing because they are away from the main city. I am confident that they know how to act in these situations. Still, with uncertain times like these, there’s nothing like the security of being by your family’s side. “We all don't know when the situation is going to get back to normal,” said Tan. “As much as possible, I want to be on their side to protect and guide them away from this virus.” “Although I have constant communication with my family, I still prefer to be around them right now, because if one gets sick, that’s another story,” he added. ONE flyweight athlete Ramon “The Bicolano” Gonzales may be a little bit closer to home, as he’s currently in San Juan City, Metro Manila, The Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine however, has kept him from going back home to Bicol where his family is. “The biggest challenge for me is worrying about my family. They’re far away from me now, and I think about them all the time,” Gonzales said. Even though he’s far away, Gonzales makes it a point to remind his loved ones to keep themselves safe, especially at a time like this. “I just make sure to keep in touch every day, and I never get tired of reminding them of the things that they need to do to stay safe.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 1st, 2020

ONE Championship s G.O.A.Ts: Bibiano Fernandes is Bantamweight Royalty

Nearly nine years since ONE Championship's first-ever event back in September of 2011, the Singapore-based promotion has grown into a powerhouse when it comes to martial arts and mixed martial arts in Asia, and a true force on the global stage.  As the company continues to grow, so do the stars, and so do their legacies.  ONE Championship crowned their first batch of champions in October of 2012, with Kotetsu Boku becoming the inaugural ONE Lightweight World Champion and Soo Chul Kim becoming the inaugural ONE Bantamweight World Champion on the same night.  Since then many champions have come and gone, and some have strengthened their places as the Greatest of All Time in their respective divisions, so far.  Today, we take a look at the bantamweight division's G.O.A.T. so far, Brazilian legend Bibiano "Flash" Fernandes. Name: Bibiano Fernandes Moniker: "Flash" Age: 40 Height: 5'7" Weight: 66-KG Professional Record: 24-4 (2 KO/TKO, 8 SUB)   FLASHback Prior to becoming ONE Championship's longest-tenured champion, Manaus-native Fernandes was already a household name in Japan, competing for the now-defunct DREAM promotion from 2009 to 2011. While it was a relatively short stint, during that short time, Fernandes won featherweight and bantamweight grand prix tournaments, and in the process, became the promotion's bantamweight and featherweight world champions.  In 2012, Fernandes made his ONE Championship debut (in the Philippines, no less), defeating Gustavo Falciroli via unanimous decision. Later that year, Fernandes finished up his stint in DREAM with a submission victory.  In 2013, Fernandes returned to the ONE Circle and defeated Kotetsu Okazaki to become the Interim ONE Bantamweight World Championship. Later that year, he unified the titles by defeating ONE's inaugural bantamweight king, Soo Chul Kim, which would mark the start of the longest championship reign in ONE history.    1848 Days of Dominance In his first reign as ONE's bantamweight champion, Fernandes toppled challenger after challenger, beating the best that the division had to offer.  Fernandes decisioned Masakatsu Ueda before submitting Dae Hwan Kim and Toni Tauru in his first three title defenses.  In his fourth title defense, Fernandes faced a challenger that would become all too familiar in the future: Team Lakay's Kevin "The Silencer" Belingon. Fernandes would handily defeat the Pinoy striker by submission in the first round, but that would not be the last time that the two would cross paths.  After dispatching of Belingon, Fernandes defended his title thrice more, edging out Reece McLaren in a five-round war and submitting Andrew Leone in just under two minutes.  In March of 2018, Fernandes was involved in a superfight between then-ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion Martin Nguyen, who was hunting for an unparalleled third simultaneous world championship in as many weight divisions.  Fernandes and Nguyen battled in an epic five-rounder, but in the end, it was Fernandes who prevailed, denying Ngyuen from making even more history.  As Fernandes continued to dispose of challengers, a former challenger in Belingon worked his way back up to the front of the line and earned another shot at Fernandes and the world championship.   The Rivalry Begins In 2018, two years after their first meeting, Fernandes and Belingon shared the cage once again and this time, the FIlipino star walked away with the victory and in the process ending the Brazilian's 14-fight undefeated streak and five-year reign as ONE Bantamweight World Champion.  With the rematch being close, a third installment of the Fernandes-Belingon rivalry was booked for ONE's historic first-ever show in Japan, and while it was meant to provide answers, it caused even more questions after a controversial ending wherein Belingon was disqualified for unintentional illegal strikes to the back of the head, leading to Fernandes regaining the title.  Due to the questionnable ending to their third encounter, a fourth bout was booked at ONE: CENTURY, and this time around, Fernandes left no doubt as he submitted Belingon in the second round to retain the ONE Bantameight World Championship.  Once again, "the Flash" sits atop the bantamweight kingdom as he looks forward to his next challenger.   WHY HE'S THE G.O.A.T. SO FAR: Fernandes, as mentioned earlier, was - and is - ONE's longest-tenured world champion. In his initial run as the bantamweight titleholder, Fernandes held the title for an unprecedented 1848 days, which included seven world title defenses against a veritable who's-who of challengers. Fernandes' first title reign remains longer than the reigns of heavyweight champion Brandon Vera (1592 days), former welterweight king Ben Askren (1517 days), former two-time lightweight champion Shinya Aoki (1316 + 47 days), three-time and reigning flyweight champion Adriano Moraes (435 + 323 + 451 days), and reigning women's atomweight champion Angela Lee (1445 days).    Considering his number of days as champion, number of title defenses, and the level of talent that he's faced and defeated, Fernandes isn't just the bantamweight division's Greatest of All-Time, but there's a strong arguement for him to be ONE Championship's pound-for-pound best of all time. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2020

Stuck in Thailand, Denice Zamboanga zeroes in on ONE Championship title fight

Unable to train and go back to the Philippines due to the health crisis, the 23-year-old young gun is doing whatever it takes to keep herself active with a shot at the ONE atomweight world belt looming in her near future......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 17th, 2020

ONE chairman Chatri Sityodtong would love to see ONE s best vs UFC s best

ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong would love to see the best martial artists from his promotion go against the best that the UFC has to offer. During a Facebook Live Q&A session, ONE’s head honcho admitted that he would indeed love to see the best of the East go head to head against the best of the West. “I would definitely love to see the best of the East versus the best of the West. UFC versus ONE Championship,” Chatri said. “I think, would be phenomenal, I think the whole entire world would watch it, and I’d love to see world champions versus world champions, so definitely, for sure, I’m open to it.” Imagine ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera taking on UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic, or how about ONE Middleweight World Champion Aung La N Sang testing himself against UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya? Who would win in a featherweight bout between ONE champion Martin Nguyen and UFC champion Alexander Volkanovski? A ONE vs. UFC card would definitely provide some very exciting moments. This isn’t the first time that Chatri spoke about ONE and the UFC crossing paths however. Back in 2017, Chatri said he would welcome a cross-promotion invitation from UFC President Dana White. “I would love Dana White to give me a call and say: 'Let's do a UFC World Champion vs a ONE World Champion – let's do a cross promotion.' That is something I am very interested in,” he said. Later on in the Facebook Live Q&A session, Chatri brought up the ONE vs. UFC angle once again when asked what match he would like to see in Women’s MMA. “For women’s mixed martial arts, I would love to see Xiong Jing Nan vs. Zhang Wei Li,” Chatri responded. China’s Xiong Jing Nan is the ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion, while compatriot Zhang Wei Li is the UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion. Chatri also expressed his confidence in former two-sport ONE world champion Stamp Fairtex. “I think Xiong is the one to beat Zhang, but I think also Stamp Fairtex could beat Zhang Wei Li as well.” “Stamp Fairtex against any female striker in the world or any female MMA fighter in the world, even though she’s only 4-0 in MMA, she’s a complete beast,” he added. Chatri also used this opportunity to highlight one of the promotion’s biggest stars and most dominant champions, ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee. “I think Angela Lee vs. any atomweight in the world, Angela Lee is incredible, I have seen her in training, I have seen her go into a bout with pneumonia, with doctors’ advice not to compete, I tried my best to stop the fight, Angela Lee is an absolute warrior and she’s a genius in the ground,” he expressed. Lee could have her hands full when she returns to the cage however, as she’s set to face Filipina top contender Denice Zamboanga, who has torn through the women’s atomweight division with wins over big names such as Jihin Radzuan and two-time title challenger Mei Yamaguchi. Chatri continued to give his female champions praise when asked who the baddest woman on the ONE Championship roster was. Who’s the baddest woman in ONE Championship? I would have to give it to either…three females come into mind: Xiong Jing Nan, Angela Lee, and Stamp Fairtex,” he stated. “It’s too hard for me to pick which one is the best, but all three are genuine world champions who could run through every female in the planet in their weight class, in any martial art, they’re just complete monsters, it’s incredible.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 14th, 2020

Lee: Zamboanga a worthy challenger

“Unstoppable” Angela Lee sees Denice “The Menace Fairtex” Zamboanga as a worthy adversary as she defends her ONE Women’s Atomweight World Title against the Filipina sometime this year. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 6th, 2020

ONE Championship: Denice Zamboanga hopes to realize World Championship dreams in Manila

FIlipina atomweight Denice “The Menace Fairtex” Zamboanga has made quite the impression since joining Singapore-based martial arts promotion ONE Championship. The 23-year old Quezon City native exploded onto the ONE Championship scene with a dominant three-round unanimous decision victory over Malaysian veteran Jihin “Shadow Cat” Radzuan back in December. For a relative unknown and a promotional newcomer, taking out a proven contender in the division like Radzuan was already a notable feat in itself. The win earned her a massive step up in competition and an equally massive opportunity at proving that her debut was no one-time performance. In just her second bout in the promotion, Zamboanga was matched up against two-time world title challenger and Japanese women’s MMA veteran Mei “V.V.” Yamaguchi in a match that some people saw as a win for the latter. Zamboanga proved the doubters wrong by dominating Yamaguchi en route to another unanimous decision victory. “Sobrang masaya ko sa mga naging resulta ng mga fights ko sa ONE kasi puro malalakas at top contender mga nakalaban ko,” Zamboanga told ABS-CBN Sports. Those two impressive victories have in fact earned Zamboanga a shot at the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship, currently held by Singaporean star Angela “Unstoppable” Lee. While Zamboanga admits that the title shot came as a bit of a surprise, the possibility of her challenging for ONE gold if she was able to defeat Yamaguchi was indeed within the realm of possibility, which is why she accepted the fight, even on short notice. “Bago ko pa i-accept yung laban kay Mei, nagsabi na yung coach ko na kapg nanalo ko dun may possibility na maglaro ako ng title fight,” Zamboanga explained. “Kaya kahit short notice, tinanggap ko.” Now, Zamboanga has the distinction of being the first Filipina to challenge the first and only champion in the atomweight division so far. “Masaya at proud ako na ako ang unang Filipina na lalaban kay Angela Lee para sa title,” Zamboanga stated. “Representing my country is one of the best feelings when I’m fighting,” she added. Making things even more exciting for Zamboanga is the fact that the must-see title bout could take place in her home country. “If ever na sa Pilipinas ganapin ang title fight, sobrang malaking bagay sa akin yun at sa mga taong sumusuporta sa akin,” Zamboanga said. If Zamboanga can do what hasn’t been done before and dethrone Lee, in Manila no less, she joins the likes of Brandon Vera, Joshua Pacio, Edward Folayang, Geje Eustaquio, and Kevin Belingon as Pinoys who have captured ONE world championships in Manila. “Iba rin kasi sa feeling kung sa sariling bansa ka naging champion,” Zamboanga continued. With the current COVID-19 pandemic that has put the whole world on pause, there hasn’t been many matchmaking announcements as of late, but that isn’t stopping Zamboanga from hyping her title fight up if indeed it does get pencilled in for ONE’s return to Manila this coming May. “Expect that this title fight would be one of the greatest fights ever in ONE, so hindi nila pwedeng hindi mapanood,” Zamboanga exclaimed.      ONE Championship is expected to return with closed-door events in Singapore starting April 17th. You can still catch the best events of ONE Championship from 2019 on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 30th, 2020