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ONE Championship: Danny Kingad will only get better after loss to Demetrious Johnson

Danny "The King" Kingad might have fell short against 12-time Flyweight World Champion Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson, but the experience of competing against the future hall of famer has boosted the Filipino’s confidence.  The explosive pair collided in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship Final at ONE: CENTURY PART I on Sunday, 13 October, and Johnson emerged victorious by unanimous decision. The result was not what the Baguio City native hoped for, but after going the distance with the all-time pound-for-pound great, "The King" knows he can compete against the best in the world. "DJ is my idol,” Kingad said. “Fighting DJ is a big achievement. When I heard that DJ signed for ONE, I wanted to face him because we’re in the same division." "Everyone starts from the bottom ,and now I’m here fighting DJ and I can say that somehow I am [on par] with DJ." The 24-year-old was mostly on the defensive as "Mighty Mouse" pressed the action from the opening stanza to the final bell. “The King” had his moments here and there, which came as a surprise to him. "I didn’t expect what happened. I didn’t expect that I could showcase those grappling skills and I could take down DJ and somehow corner him," he admitted. "I still need to review and watch the fight so I could learn what I could have done better. Of course I was disappointed because I lost, but DJ deserved it." And while the Team Lakay representative took a loss, there is no question to how far he has gone and will go. He knows he is on the top of the flyweight division, and he is willing to face all comers to keep his spot.  "There are many lessons I learned, and I need to review the fight first to evaluate and get back to the gym," he said. "I think I did a great job. I put everything, so I deserve a rematch. Even though I lost the match, but I put up everything. Anyone. I’ll be ready to face anyone.".....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnOct 17th, 2019

ONE Championship: Danny Kingad breaks down world title bout between Demetrious Johnson and Ad

Team Lakay star Danny "The King" Kingad has proven that he belongs in the upper echelon of the ONE Championship flyweight division, having faced some of the division's best and even going all the way to the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix finale last year, losing only to eventual tournament champion Demetrious Johnson.  Kingad is currently working his way back to the title picture, and he's also one of the best people to break down the upcoming ONE Flyweight World Championship bout between two men that he's shared the Circle with, Johnson and reigning titleholder Adriano Moraes.  Brazil's Moraes handed Kingad his first professional loss back in 2017.  The Moraes-Johnson title bout is one of the most highly-anticipated ONE Championship bouts this year, and it pits the division's two best flyweight stars.  Kingad believes that it could be a very competitive bout.  “DJ might be the smaller guy, but he always finds ways. He is really good. Moraes is a bit taller. Their strengths are entirely different,” Kingad told ONE Championship. “We should be looking out for DJ’s game plan against Moraes, particularly how he will close the distance. If Moraes keeps his distance, it could turn out well for him.” Kingad notes that the Brazilian might have the edge in the stand-up department due to his height and reach.  “Adriano will have a reach advantage on the feet. I think if there’s one important thing to note – Moraes is really tall,” "The King" believes however, that the former long-time UFC champion has the speed and strategic advantage.  “However, if DJ cuts the distance, then that advantage will shift, add to it the fact that DJ can take him down. I think DJ has the overall advantage mainly because he’s too quick and he can find angles he can exploit.” If the fight goes to the ground however, Kingad feels good about Moraes' chances. The young Pinoy star was able to experience Moraes' grappling first hand after getting submitted in their title bout back in 2017.  “I like Adriano’s chances on the ground, that’s his specialty. That’s where he is really dangerous. If DJ makes a mistake, I think Adriano has the tools to capitalize on it.” Overall, Kingad expects to see fireworks between the two top stars.  “This is a tough, tough fight. I wish them both well.”    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 16th, 2020

Joshua Pacio and Alex Silva face off at ONE: FIRE & FURY Open Workouts

ONE Championship returns to the Philippines for the first time in 2020 with ONE: FIRE & FURY this coming Friday, January 31st at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Before 'The Home of Martial Arts' puts on yet another exciting show for its loyal Pinoy fans however, some of the athletes seeing action on Friday's must-see card gave the media a taste of what to expect on fight night during the official ONE: FIRE & FURY Open Workouts, Tuesday afternoon at One Esplanade.  Headlining Friday's card will be an intriguing ONE Strawweight World Championship bout between the Philippines' very own reigning titlist Joshua "The Passion" Pacio and former champion Alex "Little Rock" Silva of Brazil.  The champ is here! ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua Pacio will be defending his title against Alex Silva this Friday. Pacio will look for his second successful title defense | #FireAndFury pic.twitter.com/9IPuy5IVlk — Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) January 28, 2020 The 24-year old Pacio, a member of the famed Team Lakay stable up in Benguet, will be looking to defend his ONE Strawweight World Championship for a second time, as he's coming off a successful title defense against compatriot Rene "D' Challenger" Catalan also in Manila last November.  Former ONE Strawweight World Champion Alex Silva of Brazil will try to regain his title against reigning champ Joshua Pacio this Friday | #FireAndFury pic.twitter.com/ZZ9AjY7hHk — Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) January 28, 2020 Standing opposite Pacio will be a dangerous test in former ONE Strawweight World Champion Silva, who captured the title back in 2017 with a decision win over Yoshitaka Naito. Silva's reign would not be a long one however, as Naito would reclaim the title the following year. Silva has managed to bounce back successfully and has racked off two straight wins over Stefer Rahardian and Peng Xuewen to earn another shot at gold.    Two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion @efolayang returns to action against Pietr Buist. He’s looking to kick off another run to the top of the division | #FireAndFury pic.twitter.com/3pT963fEbi — Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) January 28, 2020 In the co-main event, Filipino mixed martial arts icon and two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard "Landslide" Folayang of Team Lakay returns to action to face Dutch up-and-comer Pietr "The Archangel" Buist.  Coming off his technical decision win over Amarsanaa Tsogookhuu in Manila back in Noveber, Folayang looks to score back-to-back wins and work his way back to the top of the ONE Championship lightweight title picture. Buist on the other hand, is looking to make a big impact on short notice, as he meets a big name in the Pinoy star. The Dutchman is currently 2-0 under the ONE banner.    ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix finalist Danny Kingad of Team Lakay returns to action against Xie Wei. He’s coming off a great performance in a loss against Demetrious Johnson | #FireAndFury pic.twitter.com/qSVTtg2Igq — Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) January 28, 2020 Fresh off his ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix finals bout against Demetrious Johnson, Danny "The King" Kingad steps back into the circle to face China's "The Hunter" Xie Wei. In spite of falling to Johnson in the flyweight tournament finale, the young Kingad, also a member of Team Lakay, drew praise from the American MMA star, and now looks to use his experience as fuel to return to the upper echelon of the flyweight division. With a five-fight winning streak in tow, Xie will look to score the biggest win of his career against a proven contender in Kingad.    ONE Warrior Series contract winner Lito Adiwang of Team Lakay does some shadow boxing before hitting the mitts. He faces Pongsiri Mitsatit on Friday. | #FireAndFury pic.twitter.com/hPwePNnOAt — Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) January 28, 2020 Looking to build off his explosive debut, strawweight Lito "Thunder Kid" Adiwang makes his way back to the Circle to face Thai veteran Pongsiri "The Smiling Assassin" Mitsatit.  Team Lakay's Adiwang, a ONE Warrior Series contract winner, announced his arrival with quick submission win over Senzo Ikeda in Tokyo back in October. He hopes to keep the momentum going as he faces another tough test in the form of Mitsatit.  With four losses in his last five bouts, Mitsatit is definitely hungry for a victory, and he hopes to finally return to the winners column at the expense of Team Lakay's newest soldier in the ONE ranks.    Women’s Atomweight contender and #SEAGames2019 Kickboxing Gold Medalist Gina Iniong of Team Lakay out next. She faces Asha Roka on Friday | #FireAndFury pic.twitter.com/X5hVVAUOzt — Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) January 28, 2020 After dominating the field in kickboxing during the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, gold medalist Gina "Conviction" Iniong returns to MMA and the ONE Circle to face India's Asha "Knockout Queen" Roka.  Team Lakay's Iniong is coming off an impressive split decision win over Jihin Radzuan back in 2019, and look to keep her momentum going as she faces one of the division's newest faces.  Losing to Stamp Fairtex in her maiden ONE appearance, Roka finds herself against an even more experienced opponent in perennial contender Iniong.    Filipina Jomary Torres of Catalan Fighting System first out. She trains with former title contender Rene Catalan. She faces Jenny Huang on Friday | #ONEChampionship #FireAndFury pic.twitter.com/hJTCNemV1J — Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) January 28, 2020 Kicking things off on Friday will be Jomary "The Zamboanginian Fighter" Torres of Catalan Fighting System taking on former title contender Jenny "Lady GoGo" Huang of Chinese Taipei.  After a scorching start in ONE which saw her win her first three outings, Torres has cooled down drastically, losing her last four bouts. She hopes to finally arrest her losing skid against someone on the same boat in Huang.  Much like Torres, Huang was impressive to begin her ONE career, winning her first four assignments to earn a shot at Angela Lee and the ONE Women's Atomweight World Championship. Huang would lose to Lee and then drop her next four bouts to make it an excruciating five-fight losing streak.    Catch ONE: FIRE & FURY on Friday, January 31st at 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 28th, 2020

ONE Championship: Danny Kingad will only get better after loss to Demetrious Johnson

Danny "The King" Kingad might have fell short against 12-time Flyweight World Champion Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson, but the experience of competing against the future hall of famer has boosted the Filipino’s confidence.  The explosive pair collided in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship Final at ONE: CENTURY PART I on Sunday, 13 October, and Johnson emerged victorious by unanimous decision. The result was not what the Baguio City native hoped for, but after going the distance with the all-time pound-for-pound great, "The King" knows he can compete against the best in the world. "DJ is my idol,” Kingad said. “Fighting DJ is a big achievement. When I heard that DJ signed for ONE, I wanted to face him because we’re in the same division." "Everyone starts from the bottom ,and now I’m here fighting DJ and I can say that somehow I am [on par] with DJ." The 24-year-old was mostly on the defensive as "Mighty Mouse" pressed the action from the opening stanza to the final bell. “The King” had his moments here and there, which came as a surprise to him. "I didn’t expect what happened. I didn’t expect that I could showcase those grappling skills and I could take down DJ and somehow corner him," he admitted. "I still need to review and watch the fight so I could learn what I could have done better. Of course I was disappointed because I lost, but DJ deserved it." And while the Team Lakay representative took a loss, there is no question to how far he has gone and will go. He knows he is on the top of the flyweight division, and he is willing to face all comers to keep his spot.  "There are many lessons I learned, and I need to review the fight first to evaluate and get back to the gym," he said. "I think I did a great job. I put everything, so I deserve a rematch. Even though I lost the match, but I put up everything. Anyone. I’ll be ready to face anyone.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 17th, 2019

ONE Championship: Confidence will be key for Danny Kingad, says Geje Eustaquio

A win from Danny "The King" Kingad over Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship Final will do wonders for the next generation of Team Lakay athletes according to Geje "Gravity" Eustaquio. Kingad takes on his toughest bout to date when he meets the former Flyweight World Champion – touted by many as the greatest of all time – at the historic ONE: CENTURY PART I on 13 October at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. Getting past "Mighty Mouse" is a tall order according to the former ONE Flyweight World Champion. But if he conquers this humongous challenge, it sends a message to all the up-and-comers that they can be world class too.  “It would be life-changing for Danny and life-changing for the team as well,” Eustaquio said. “It will be historic if he defeats DJ in Japan.” “Of course, it will be a huge motivation, not only for us, but for the next generation of athletes from Team Lakay.”  "The King" has shown tremendous growth throughout the years. He is currently on a six-bout winning streak against top-tier competition.   The 23-year-old’s last loss was against ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano "Mikinho" Moraes at ONE: LEGENDS OF THE WORLD in November 2017.  “Gravity,” a mainstay at the Team Lakay gym even between bouts, is a witness to how Kingad has blossomed into one of the best flyweights in the world.  “The nice thing about Danny is he absorbs the lessons in training and he translates it into his matches,” Eustaquio said.  The key according to the wushu specialist is the Team Lakay prodigy’s confidence entering the match.  "If he has the confidence, he will have the chance to knock DJ out," Eustaquio predicted. "It's confidence more than anything. Looking at Danny, he’s a complete mixed martial artist. On behalf of Team Lakay, we are looking forward to that knockout.”  Kingad’s road to immortality kicks off at ONE: CENTURY, the biggest World Championship martial arts event in history. No organization has ever promoted two full-scale World Championship events in one day. The Home Of Martial Arts breaks new ground as 28 World Champions compete in four World Title bouts, three World Grand Prix Championship Finals, and four World Champion versus World Champion matches at the famous Ryogoku Kokugikan on 13 October in Tokyo, Japan.   Catch ONE: CENTURY in it’s entirety on LIVESTREAMING on Sunday, October 13 starting at 8:00 AM (Part 1) and 4:00 PM (Part 2) via sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/one and on iWant Sports as well as on the ABS-CBN Sports Facebook Page and the ABS-CBN Sports YouTube Page! Catch ONE: CENTURY Part 2 LIVE at 6:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! ONE: CENTURY Part 2 will air on Friday, October 18 at 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!   Download the ONE Super App to watch it live and for free.   Read More From ONE Championship: Danny Kingad Admits ‘Bittersweet’ Feeling, But Ready For Demetrious Johnson Danny Kingad Defeats Reece McLaren To Reach ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Final First Bouts Announced For Momentous ONE: CENTURY in Tokyo  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2019

Team Lakay’s Honorio Banario, Lito Adiwang added to ONE: Century

The Philippines will be well-represented on ONE Championship’s upcoming 100th event, ONE: Century at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday, October 13th.  Headlining the Sunday evening card will be ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera of the Philippines moving down a weight class to challenge reigning and defending ONE Light Heavyweight World Champion “The Burmese” Python” Aung La N Sang of Myanmar. In the co-headliner of that same card will be Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of the Philippines challenging Brazilian legend Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes for the ONE Bantamweight World Championship.  In the co-main event of the Sunday morning card, Danny “The King” Kingad of the Philippines will face former long-time UFC Flyweight World Champion Demetrious” Mighty Mouse” Johnson of the United States in the Finals of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix.  Also added to the massive event in Tokyo are a pair of standouts from Team Lakay. Joining Belingon and Kingad are former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario and the latest ONE Warrior Series contract winner Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang.  Banario, who now competes at lightweight is looking to get back on track after back-to-back losses, but it won’t be an easy night for “The Rock” as he’s set to face former two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion and Japanese legend Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki on the Sunday evening card.  Aoki is coming off a stunning second-round TKO loss to Christian Lee back in May.  Making his official ONE Championship debut will be Adiwang, the newest Team Lakay member to make it to the ONE roster.  The strawweight standout made a name for himself on ONE Warrior Series, picking up three impressive wins before finally being offered a spot on the main roster.  Adiwang will meet Japanese veteran Senzo Ikeda on the Sunday morning card.    ONE: Century will be available on multiple ABS-CBN platforms on October 13th! Stay tuned for more news in the coming days. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 26th, 2019

ONE Championship: Edward Kelly takes blame for letdown against Xie Bin

Hard-hitting Filipino featherweight Edward "The Ferocious" Kelly admitted that he only has himself to blame for losing to "The Stalker" Xie Bin at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES. It was a back and forth affair between the Team Lakay stalwart and the Chinese athlete, but it was the latter who got the better of the exchanges as he nullified Kelly's striking with his takedowns. The bout came to a halt when Xie landed a series of unintentional elbows to the back of the head, prompting the referee to give Kelly time to recover. Moments later, after Kelly could not continue, the match went to the judges, who all awarded the Xie his eighth straight win in ONE Championship. “I was 100 percent confident that I was gonna win, but that happened. I went there knowing how ready I am but again, there are still a lot of holes in my game that I can’t quite fill,” Kelly admitted. “I know my weakness. In the gym, we always work on that and I know that I’ve improved. But come fight night, it still happens.” Kelly’s latest loss was his second in four bouts. More than sharpening his skillset, “The Ferocious” believes that it is his mind that needs to be stronger. “Maybe I need to work on my mentality and reactions,” Kelly said. “We have the same way of training, that’s why I’m confident with my conditioning, but I guess it’s still in my mentality cause after grappling for a bit, I lose wind.” Nonetheless, Kelly remained in high spirits. All he knows is that he needs to have a bulletproof mentality as he looks to work his way back up the rankings and maybe get a rematch with his latest conqueror. “It’s all mental now. If there are any problems, then I’ll adjust,” Kelly said. “Of course I want the rematch. I’m not satisfied with how I lost.” Tune in to watch ONE Championship’s next event, ONE: DREAMS OF GOLD, by downloading the ONE Super App. The action starts Friday, 16 August at 6:30pm local time.     More from ONE Championship: Xie Bin Picks Up Technical Decision Win In Kelly’s Backyard Top 5 Highlight From ONE Warrior Series 7 Danny Kingad Admits ‘Bittersweet’ Feeling, But Ready For Demetrious Johnson    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 8th, 2019

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.”   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2019

Eduard Folayang and Eddie Alvarez face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes presser

Filipino mixed martial arts icon and two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang went face to face with former UFC and Bellator Lightweight World Champion Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez of the United States at the official pre-fight press conference for ONE: Dawn of Heroes, Tuesday at the City of Dreams Grand Ballroom in Pasay City.  Folayang and Alvarez are set to face off in a must-see ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix semi-final bout, with the winnner advancing into the finals to face Turkish knockout artist Saygid Guseyn “Dagi” Arslanaliev at ONE: Century in Tokyo, Japan this coming October.  Folayang is coming off a world title loss to Shina Aoki at ONE: A New Era back in March, while Alvarez came up short in his promotional debut against Timofey Nastyukhin on the same card.  “He’s one of those athletes that I spent a lot of time watching before,” Folayang said of Alvarez. “He says this isn’t the right time, but I believe it’s God’s time. It’s a huge honor for me to be able to test my skills against him.” “My preparations have gone well. I lost my belt last March. That chapter of my career has closed. It’s time to write another chapter of my journey,” he added.  “I respect Eduard. I respect everything he’s done not just as a fighter, but also as a human being for his community. This is what this sport is all about. It’s beyond what goes on in the Circle,” said Alvarez. “In the movies, heroes always prevail. The nemesis loses, he goes home and everybody’s happy. Unfortunately, that’s not the story here. You picked the wrong guy at the wrong time. I love you Manila. I respect you Eduard. Let’s have some fun.” In the main event, reigning and defending ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Australia puts his title on the line against Japan’s Koyomi “Moushigo” Matsushida.  In the co-main event, England’s Jonathan “The General” Haggerty puts his ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship on the line against Thailand’s Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon.  Both ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix semi-finals bouts will also take place, with long-time UFC Flyweight World Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson taking on Japan’s Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada and Danny “The King” Kingad of the Philippines facing Fil-Australian Reece “Lightning” McLaren.  Also on the card, former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio of the Philippines faces Yuya “The Little Piranha” Wakamatsu in a ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix alternate bout.  Plus, Former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario returns to the ring to face South Korea’s Dae Sung Park, and Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly meets China’s Xie “The Stalker” Bin.    Catch ONE: DAWN OF HEROES on Friday, August 2nd LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23. You can also catch it via LIVE STREAMING on the ABS-CBN S+A Facebook Page and on the iWant app.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2019

ONE Championship: Motivated Honorio Banario grateful for second chance in Grand Prix

Former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario will be getting a second chance at glory when he returns to the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix to face Russian striker Timofey Nastyukhin in the tournament semifinals at ONE: Dawn of Heroes this coming August 2nd in Manila.   It was announced earlier this week that Banario would be stepping in for Hawaiian wrestler Lowen Tynanes, who had to pull out because of a back injury suffered in training, as per ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong.     It was actually Banario who Tynanes defeated in the tournament’s quarterfinals earlier this year to advance.   Now, the Team Lakay star gets another chance in the Grand Prix, and he’s nothing but grateful for the opportunity.   “I would like to thank ONE Championship for giving me another chance,” Banario told ABS-CBN Sports. “To sir Chatri, sir Matt Hume, sir Victor Cui, and the rest of the ONE staff. I am happy and I think I am luck to be back in the Grand Prix.”   It’s not often that second chances come by in tournaments like this, and Banario is making sure that he won’t be wasting the opportunity that is in front of him.   “My last performance was not good,” Banario admitted. “I was lacking explosiveness, speed, and power, so I am trying to improve on those areas for this second chance.”   Banario will be facing a proven lightweight contender in Nastyukhin, who earned his spot in the semifinals after a stunning first-round TKO against the heavily-favored Eddie Alvarez at ONE: A New Era in Tokyo back in March.   The heavy-handed Russian’s resumé reads like a who’s who in the lightweight division and among those he has wins over is none other than Banario’s stablemate and former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang.   “Timofey is a warrior,” Banario stated. “He has power in both his hands and he is a legit striker.”   “He is powerful and explosive, but I am looking for a way to exploit those traits,” he added.   This will be Banario’s first time back since his loss to Tynanes back in January. Since then, a lot has changed for “The Rock”, including getting married and now, he has a baby on the way.   With a family to provide for, Banario is now motivated and more determined than ever to succeed.   “Ngayon, it’s a very big motivation for me that I have my own family and that a baby is coming,” said Banario. “It is a source of my strength, unlike when I was single na sometimes tinatamad ay pwedeng huminto, pero ngayon, hangga’t kaya pa, I’m going to go forward.”   A win against Nastyukhin will send Banario into the Finals against Turkish knockout artist Saygid Guseyn Aralanaliev.   The winner of the tournament will be crowned the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix champion and will get a shot at the ONE Lightweight World Championship.   ONE: Dawn of Heroes will also feature a number of massive matchups, including a big-time lightweight bout between former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang of the Philippines and multiple-time lightweight world champion Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez of the US, as well as Americian flyweight great Demetrious Johnson versus Japan’s Tatsumitsu Wada and Filipino up-and-comer Danny Kingad vs. former champion Kairat Akhmetov of Kazakhstan in the ONE Flyweight Grand Prix Semifinal matches.   The main event will be a ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship bout between champion Jonathan Haggerty of the United Kingdom and challenger Rodtang Jitmuangnon of Thailand.   ONE: Dawn of Heroes takes place on Friday, August 2 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 11th, 2019

Team Lakay stars shine as S+A brings back ONE Championship fights

Filipino warriors from Team Lakay will show us how to fight with all heart and might this April as ABS-CBN S+A gives us world-class mixed martial arts (MMA) action from ONE Championship all month. Witness Team Lakay’s rising star Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang notch another rousing victory as one of the featured fighters in “ONE Warrior Season 4.” The travel series and talent show hosted by MMA legend Rich Franklin will have its Philippine premiere on Sunday (April 5) from 6 pm to 12 mn, followed by 30-minute telecasts every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 9 pm. Adiwang’s first round knockout on Brazilian Alber Correia Da Silva was one of the best moments that season, which aired in February 2019 and was won by Japanese submission specialist Kimihiro Eto.  Thunder Kid’s Team Lakay teammate Joshua “The Passion” Pacio will also take the spotlight as S+A airs “ONE: Roots of Honor” on April 16 at 9 pm.  Pacio redeemed himself in the co-main event, defeating Yosuke Saruta via split decision to take back the ONE Strawweight World Championship. The fight also featured ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin Nguyen, who knocked out former titleholder Narantungalag Jadambaa to extend his reign. On April 17, it’s Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio’s turn to show Filipino courage through his domination of Korean Kim Kyu Sung in their Flyweight World Grand Prix bout in e “ONE: Enter the Dragon.” Fighting alongside the former champion from Team Lakay  in this card were superstars Shinya Aoki and Christian Lee, who figured in a Lightweight World title showdown.  On April 23, watch Danny “The King” Kingad make his presence felt in the MMA world with a split decision win over Australian Reece McLaren in “ONE: Dawn of Heroes,” which also featured legends Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez. The next day, April 24, see the gallant stand of Filipino fighters Brandon Vera, and Team Lakay’s Kevin Belingon and Kingad in the biggest event in martial arts history, the two-part “ONE: Century” event in Japan. S+A closes the month with “ONE: Masters of Fate” on April 30, which had Filipinos Pacio and Rene Catalan fighting each other in the main event. The Passion won the fight, while other Pinoy fighters like Eduard Folayang, Robin Catalan, and Eustaquio also entering the win column.  Apart from these world-class MMA events, fight fans will also enjoy looking back at other outstanding bouts in “ONE: Championship Classics” every Tuesday at 9:30 pm starting April 14 and never before seen footage and behind-the-scenes moments in “ONE: Official Film” every Saturdays at 9:30 pm beginning April 18.   S+A will also air “ONE: Greatest Rivalries” every Sunday at 9:30 pm starting April 19 and “ONE: Spirit of a Warrior” every Monday at 9 pm beginning April 20. For the latest news in sports, follow @ABSCBNSports on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit sports.abs-cbn.com. For updates, follow @ABSCBNPR on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit abs-cbn.com/newsroom......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 6th, 2020

ABS-CBN S+A to air ONE Championship s best events of 2019

Looking for a fix of your favorite martial arts action during the quarantine period? Not to worry, ABS-CBN S+A has got you covered!  Starting March 27th, ABS-CBN S+A will be re-airing some of the best ONE Championship events from 2019 every Thursday and Friday at 9:00 PM!  Here are some re-airings to watch out for:  ONE: ETERNAL GLORY - Friday, March 27, 9:00 PM On Friday, March 27, relive the exciting first encounter between Team Lakay's Joshua "The Passion" Pacio and Japan's Yosuke Saruta for the ONE Strawweight World Championship in the main event of ONE: ETERNAL GLORY at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia!  Also on the card, future world champion Christian Lee faced off against Team Lakay's Edward Kelly, while Pinoy strawweight Robin Catalan battled hometown hero Stefer Rahardian!    ONE: HERO'S ASCENT - Thursday, April 2, 9:00 PM  On Thursday, April 2nd, witness once again, the intense third-installment of the ONE Flyweight World Championship rivalry between Team Lakay's Geje "Gravity" Eustaquio and Brazil's Adriano "Mikinho" Moraes as they headlined ONE: HERO'S ASCENT at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines!  Also on the card, Team Lakay's Danny Kingad faced Japan's Tatsumitsu Wada in a flyweight bout, and former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio "The Rock" Banario faced Hawaiian Lowen Tynanes in a ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix Quarterfinal bout.    ONE: A NEW ERA - Friday, April 3, 9:00 PM On Friday, April 3rd, take a look back at ONE Championship's historic maiden trip to The Land of The Rising Sun, for ONE: A NEW ERA at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan! The super-stacked card featured a ONE Lightweight World Championship rematch between Team Lakay's Eduard "Landslide Folayang and Japanese MMA legend Shinya Aoki, as well as a ONE Bantamweight World Title rematch between Team Lakay's Kevin "The Silencer" Belingon and Brazilian star Bibiano "The Flash" Fernandes.  Plus, Angela Lee challenged Xiong Jing Nan for the ONE Women's Strawweight World Chamionship, Aung La N Sang defended his ONE Middleweight World Championship, and American stars Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez both made their ONE Championship debuts.  You can also binge-watch Rich Franklin's ONE Warrior Series on these dates! For more schedules and announcements, stay tuned to ABS-CBN S+A channel 17, or head over to sports.abs-cbn.com! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 26th, 2020

Team Lakay’s Danny Kingad grinds out decision win at ONE: FIRE & FURY

Filipino mixed martial artist Danny “The King” Kingad of Team Lakay earned a hard-fought Unanimous Decision win over China’s “The Hunter” Xie Wei at ONE: FIRE & FURY, Friday evening at the Mall of Asia Arena.  Kingad scored a takedown in the opening round and maintained aggression throughout the three-round contest. Kingad peppered Xie with leg kicks in the standup and was relentless in looking for the takedowns en route to a decision victory.  The Team Lakay flyweight star improves to 14-2 in his professional MMA career as he bounces back from his ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Finals loss to Demetrious Johnson at ONE: CENTURY back in October of 2019.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 31st, 2020

Danny Kingad raring for rematch with Demetrious Johnson

Three months after his loss to Johnson in ONE: Century, Kingad feels that the result will be different should he face the Flyweight King this time around......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 29th, 2020

ONE Championship: Demetrious Johnson vs. Adriano Moraes title bout set for April in China

One of the most highly-anticipated title bouts of 2020 now has a date and time.  ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong announced through social media that the highly-anticipated ONE Flyweight World Championship bout between champion Adriano "Mikinho" Moraes of Brazil and challenger Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson of the United States is will be happening at ONE: REIGN OF DYNASTIES in Chongqing, China on April 11th.  BREAKING NEWS: Demetrious Johnson (30-3) will challenge ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano Moraes (18-3) for the world title on April 11 in China! — Chatri Sityodtong (@yodchatri) January 13, 2020 Moraes, the reigning titleholder, is on this third-reign as ONE Flyweight World Champion and has notable victories over Danny Kingad and former champions Geje Eustaquio and Kairat Akhmetov. The Brazilian holds a 9-3 record in his ONE career. He reclaimed the title with unanimous decision win over Eustaquio back in January of 2019.  Johnson, meanwhile, put together an impressive run in 2019, scoring wins over Yuya Wakamatsu, Tatsumitsu Wada, and Kingad en route to the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship. The dominant run in the flyweight tournament earned Johnson a shot at the ONE Flyweight World Championship. The American is considered as one of the best flyweight fighters in the world following his lengthy reign as the UFC Flyweight Champion, and is now looking to add the ONE title to his collection. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2020

Kingad believes defeat to Johnson will make him a better MMA fighter

For three rounds, Danny Kingad tested himself against the greatest flyweight in history, Demetrious Johnson. And while Kingad was unable to secure the victory over “Mighty Mouse” when they met in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship Finals, it did give him a sense of placement in the rankings. Kingad will try to rebound […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 9th, 2020

New Stars and New Eras: A look back at MMA in 2019

2019 was once again a pretty eventful year in terms of mixed martial arts, especially on the local front. In 2019, we saw Pinoy stars rise and fall, and some have managed to rise again before the decade’s end. Before we look forward to 2020, let’s take a look back at some of the biggest storylines in the world of Filipino, Asian and international mixed martial arts.   Team Lakay’s Troubles 2019 kicked off with not one, not two, but five world champions from the famed Filipino MMA stable Team Lakay. Pinoy MMA icon Eduard Folayang was on his second run as the ONE Lightweight World Champion, Kevin Belingon was enjoying his status as the ONE Bantamweight World Champion, Geje Eustaquio reigned over the flyweight division as the ONE Flyweight World Champion, and rising star Joshua Pacio, the ONE Strawweight World Champion, was the team’s youngest titleholder. Outside ONE, Stephen Loman continued on his reign as the BRAVE CF Bantamweight World Champion. And then, the dominoes began to fall. Pacio was the first to drop his title, losing a close split decision to Japan’s Yosuke Saruta. Eustaquio followed suit, dropping a controversial decision to rival Adriano Moraes, and then Folayang and Belingon would also lose their titles in heartbreaking fashion at ONE: A New Era in Japan. It was, to say the least, a rough start to the year for the Benguet-based team, but they would manage to bounce back before the year was done, with Folayang and Eustaquio both claiming wins to end the year.   The Rise of "The Passion" 23-year old prodigy Joshua “The Passion” Pacio was the youngest member of Team Lakay to hold a title heading into 2019, and heading into 2020, he remains the lone member of  Team Lakay to hold a ONE world title. After losing to Yosuke Saruta in January, Pacio was granted an immediate rematch and made good on the second opportunity by blasting Saruta with a head kick to score the KO and reclaim the ONE Strawweight World Championship. Pacio would then take on the clear-cut number one contender in fellow Pinoy Rene “D’ Challenger” Catalan, and make quick work of him as well, scoring a second-round submission win to retain the title. Even before the end of the year, Pacio already has his next assignment, as he’s set to face former champion Alex Silva at ONE: Fire and Fury in Manila on January 31st. A win for Pacio cements his status as one of, if not, the best ONE strawweight ever. While Team Lakay’s 2019 was, for the most part, a struggle, Pacio was no doubt the Team’s brightest spot.   A New Era 2019 proved to be another milestone year for Asia-based martial arts promotion ONE Championship, as they were able to penetrate new markets in terms of live shows as well as broadcast deals. ONE began the year with a new partnership with Turner Broadcasting, which gave North American fans access to ONE’s brand of martial arts through B/R Live and TNT. In terms of live events, ONE was able to finally plant their flag in one of the biggest markets for MMA in the world, Japan. In March, ONE put on their first ever show in Japan, ONE: A New Era in Tokyo, which featured some of the promotion’s biggest names including  Demetrious Johnson, Eddie Alvarez, Shinya Aoki, Angela Lee, Aung La N Sang, Eduard Folayang, and many more. To celebrate their historic 100th event, ONE returned to Tokyo for ONE: Century, their biggest card ever, featuring seven world title bouts and the promotion’s biggest stars, and then some.   In 2020, ONE plans to break through to even more new markets, possible including a show in the United States.   The ‘Return’ of Jon Jones While Jon Jones officially reclaimed his spot at the top of the UFC’s light heavyweight division in December of 2018, it was in 2019 that he returned to his dominant ways. After stopping Alexander Gustafsson in 2018 to reclaim the UFC Light Heavyweight crown, Jones handily defeated tough challengers in Anthony Smith and Thiago “Maretta” Santos to retain the titles. While the Smith and Santos bouts were lackluster in the eyes of many, it showed that even on his bad days, Jon Jones is better than most people on their best days.   “Rush” Retires Again While it was something that was expected, 37-year old Georges St-Pierre officially retired from MMA, again, in February. The former long-time welterweight king and pound-for-pound great made a triumphant return to the UFC in 2017, dethroning Michael Bisping to become the new UFC Middleweight Champion. GSP would never get to defend the title, as he would relinquish it not long after due to concerns with ulcerative colitis. While GSP has remained inactive since, the whispers of a super-fight with reigning UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov remain present, and 2020 could possibly see that coming to fruition.   Grand Prix Greatness In 2019, ONE Championship introduced a new and exciting attraction, the ONE Lightweight and Flyweight World Grand Prix tournaments.  Eight of the best fighters from each division would battle it out in a tournament-style competition, and the winner would become the ONE World Grand Prix Champion and earn a title shot against the division's respective titleholder.  Making their debuts in the lightweight and flyweight tournaments were former UFC champs Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson respectively, and as it played out the two would have very different outcomes.  Alvarez saw himself get upset in the quarterfinals by Russian knockout artist Timofey Nastyukhin. The former UFC lightweight king would get another chance in the tournament after defeating Eduard Folayang in a last-minute semifinal matchup, but another injury would keep him out of the finale at ONE: Century in Tokyo. Reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Christian Lee ended up stepping in on short notice to defeat tournament favorite Saygid Guseyn Arslanalieve and become a double-champion.  Johnson, meanwhile, breezed through his quarterfinals and semifinals bouts to set up a finale showdown with Filipino star Danny Kingad. In the Finale, Kingad fought valiantly but ultimately fell to Johnson via Unanimous Decision, setting up a must-see matchup between DJ and reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano Moraes in 2020.    Baddest Motherf**ker Jorge Masdival has long been a staple in the UFC’s lightweight ranks for years, but it wasn’t until 2019 that “Gamebred” made headlines. After a hiatus in 2018, Masvidal returned with a bang in 2019, knocking out former title challenger Darren Till, and then followed that up with a 5-second flying knee knockout over former ONE Welterweight king Ben Askren. The popularity and momentum that Masvidal had garnered was enough to bring a certain Stockton star out of retirement and that set up one of the most talked-about UFC title bouts in 2019: Masvidal vs. Nate Diaz for the title of Baddest Motherf**ker. Masvidal lived up to the name and pieced Diaz up with strikes in the early rounds, before eventually opening up a cut that was just too big for the fight to go on. Much to the dismay of Masvidal, Diaz, and the crowd in New York, the fight was stopped. Still, it was nothing short of a testament to just how dangerous the new and improved version of Jorge Masvidal is. Expect him to challenge for a title in 2020.   MMA stars shine in 2019 SEA Games A number of Pinoy mixed martial artists showcased their skills in different battlegrounds during the recently-concluded 2019 Southeast Asian Games, which was held in the Philippines. from November 30 to December 11. Reigning URCC champion Mark “Mugen” Striegl took home gold in Combat Sambo, while former ONE title challenger Rene Catalan settled for Silver after an injury dashed his dreams of getting gold. Another URCC veteran in Ariel Lee Lampacan also took home SEA Games gold, this time in the Muay Thai competition. ONE Super Series veteran Ryan Jakiri took home silver. The SEA Games kickboxing event saw three MMA stars from Team Lakay take home gold medals, as Gina Iniong, Jerry Olsim, and Jean Claude Saclag all reigned over their respective divisions. Iniong, of course, is a ONE Women’s Atomweight contender, while Olsim is a veteran of Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series. Saclag, meanwhile, is one of Team Lakay’s representatives in the Japan-based promotion Shooto.       .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 24th, 2019

ONE: Continuous improvement is what Joshua Pacio aspires for

After successfully defending his ONE Strawweight World Championship against Rene Catalan at ONE: Masters of Fate back in November 8th, Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio is no doubt the top guy in ONE’s strawweight division.  At just 23 years old, Pacio is already a two-time titleholder and owns victories over Catalan, Yoshitaka Naito, Yosuke Saruta, and Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke just to name a few. To add to that, he’s also finished his opponent in five of his last six wins.  It can be argued that Pacio is at the peak of his powers, but the young star believes that he still has even more to show and aspires for constant and continuous improvement.  (READ ALSO: 'Tataas pa 'yan at gagaling pa 'yan'- Mark Sangiao on Joshua Pacio) While there isn’t anything on deck for the reigning strawweight king at the moment, he won’t be taking too much time off from training anytime soon, and that’s because he wants to present an even better version of himself when he does step inside the Circle again. Pacio hopes to be on ONE Championship’s first card in Manila for 2020.  “Sa akin, yung tinatawag niyong break is magte-training pa din ako, kasi sa January 31, kung sakali,” he said with a chuckle. “Kung sino man yung iharap nila, hindi ako namimili ng kalaban.” “Basta gusto ko lang na makita na every fight, nag-iimprove ako, yung hindi the same yung Joshua Pacio na lumaban ngayon, iba ulit sa next. Yun yung gusto kong makitang improvement,” he continued.  At this stage, Pacio is already arguably one of the most well-rounded members of Team Lakay, and that was on full display in the Catalan fight. So what kind of improvement does Pacio want to see in himself?  The young star aspires to be as skilled and as fluid inside the ring as Demetrious Johnson, the reigning ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion.   “Siyempre isa sa mga idolo natin si DJ, magaling mag-mix eh. Yung gusto ko talagang i-improve yung talgang comfortable ka sa lahat, may striking, may wrestling, tapos striking ulit, tapos wrestling, tapos control sa ground,” Pacio explained. “Yun yung gusto kong maabot na improvement na makita ko, yung kahit na five rounds na ganun, okay pa din.” A former long-time world champion in the UFC, Johnson was at one point regarded as the pound-for-pound best mixed martial artist in the world. Now with ONE Championship, Johnson continues to remain dominant, winning his first three ONE bouts - the third being against Pacio’s teammate and training partner Danny Kingad - en route to the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix title and a shot at the ONE Flyweight World Championship. Speaking of flyweights, is a move up to that division in the future for the reigning strawweight king? According to the Pacio himself, there isn’t any motivation for him to do so, especially with teammates Kingad and Geje Eustaquio residing in that weight class.  “Para sa akin, wala eh, kasi I am a champion, pero para sa akin, kung wala sana akong teammates sa ibang weight class.” “Siyempre, sa kanila na din yun, they deserve also to become a champion. Nagwowork-hard kaming lahat, so deserve din nilang lahat maging champion, so sa kanila na yun,” Pacio concluded. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2019

ONE Championship: Lito Adiwang s dream fight would be against Demetrious Johnson

After an impressive run in ONE Warrior Series and an even more impressive debut on the main ONE Championship roster, the future is looking very bright for Team Lakay strawweight Lito "Thunder Kid" Adiwang.  The 26-year old debuted on the biggest stage of them all, ONE: Century in Tokyo, Japan last October 13th and came away with a first-round TKO victory over Pancrase champion Senzo Ikeda.  Adiwang's win proved to be the lone bright spot for the Filipino contingent in Tokyo, and it even caught the attention of ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong.  Now, expect the newest Lakay on the block to get a bit of a step up in competition in his next bout. Adiwang himself says that he's ready for anyone.  "We have a lot of tough and good opponents in the strawweight division, but for now I’ll just wait for ONE Championship to give me who’s next, but I will keep on improving and preparing myself," he said. "Anybody they’ll throw at me, I’ll prepare for it. I’m ready get a win again." Adiwang has campaigned on getting back to action as soon as possible, angling for a spot on the Masters of Fate card in Manila this coming November 8th.  While Adiwang maintains that he's just waiting on who ONE throws at him next, the up-and-comer already has a dream fight in mind. When asked who he'd like to face inside the ONE Circle more than anyone, it was none other than one of the sport's absolute best.  "Actually I’m looking at a higher [weight class], I think everyone wants to fight [Demetrious Johnson], and actually, that’s my dream," Adiwang revealed. "If you want to ask me about my dream match in ONE, that’s my dream match. I want to fight the pound for pound king, and I just saw him fight, and I’m visualizing myself competing with him, and I’ll work hard to make it happen one day." Johnson, of course, defeated Adiwang's teammate Danny Kingad on the same ONE: Century card to take the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship and now is the number one contender to ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano Moraes.  Obviously, Adiwang's focus remains on his division, the strawweight division, but he's just letting it be known that he would be ready to jump up to flyweight if DJ needs an opponent. "For now, I’ll try to focus on strawweight, but if opportunity comes, like if they’re going to give me DJ, then that’s a very big fight. I can go up," he said. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2019

Chatri Sityodtong confirms Demetrious Johnson versus Adriano Moraes for ONE Flyweight Title

American mixed martial arts star Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson added another title to his already-long list of accolades, defeating Filipino rising star Danny “The King” Kingad in the finals of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix to secure the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship at ONE: Century Part 1, Sunday morning at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.  Johnson, the former long-time UFC Flyweight World Champion, outgrappled the talented Kingad for three rounds to win via Unanimous Decision and make it a perfect 3 for 3 since coming to ONE.  Now, Johnson moves just one more win away from achieving his goal of becoming a world champion in ONE after it was confirmed that he was next in line to challenge reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes.  “DJ for Adriano Moraes for the World Championship,” announced ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong.  First things first for Johnson however, is some time off after competing three times in 2019.  “DJ says he want to rest, he said it’s been a very exhausting year, so let him rest, let him enjoy, then we’ll get back to the drawing board but I would expect maybe March of next year, maybe earlier,” Sityodtong said.  Johnson himself expressed his desire to take some time off before making a return in early 2020.  “I’ma take some time off, and if I can pick and choose, I want to fight maybe February or March, just give my body a chance to relax, get my health to where it needs to be and the start training and get ready then.” Moraes is coming off a unanimous decision win over Geje Eustaquio to reclaim the ONE Flyweight World Championship, his third title run in ONE. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 15th, 2019

ONE: Century will be available on multiple ABS-CBN platforms for every Kapamilya!

The biggest martial arts event of the year will be available to Kapamilyas across multiple ABS-CBN platforms!      ONE: Century, ONE Championship’s 100th offering, which will emanate live from the historic Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan, will feature two full-length fight cards with eleven bouts each, and it will all be LIVE and available for Kapamilyas to enjoy!    Part 1 of the massive card will feature our very own Danny “The King” Kingad of Team Lakay facing his biggest test yet, American MMA legend and former UFC world champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson in the finals of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix. The winner will be crowned the Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion and will be next in line to challenge Brazilian star Adriano Moraes for the ONE Flyweight World Championship.    Also on the card, Kingad’s Team Lakay teammate Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang will make his ONE Championship debut against Japanese star Senzo Ikeda.    Headlining the morning portion will be reigning and defending ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee of Singapore defending her title against reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan of China This will be an emotionally-charged rematch of their March encounter that saw Xiong hand Lee the first defeat of her career.    Plus, Former UFC and Bellator Lightweight World Champion and American MMA star Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez meets Turkish knockout master Saygid “Dagi” Guseyn Arslanaliev in the ONE Lightweight Grand Prix Finals.    ONE: Century Part 1 will be on Sunday, October 13th starting at 8:00 AM. Catch it on LIVESTREAMING via sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/one and on iWant Sports, as well as on the ABS-CBN Sports Facebook and ABS-CBN Sports YouTube pages.    Catch it on free TV as well on Friday, October 18th at 8:30 PM.    In the second half of the star-studded event, three world championships will be up for grabs, as the Philippines’ own ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera will make his way down to one weight class to challenge two-division world champion “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang of Myanmar for the ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship in the main event.    Also looking to bring ONE gold back home to the Philippines will be lethal striker Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of Team Lakay as he looks to regain the ONE Bantamweight World Championship against Brazilian legend Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes in the fourth installment of their amazing rivalry.    In another featured co-main event, Belingon’s Team Lakay teammate and former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario faces a gigantic challenge in Japanese legend and former multiple-time world champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki.    Plus, Muay Thai star Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon of Thailand will put his ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship on the line against Brazilian newcomer Walter Goncalvez.    Part 2 of ONE Century will be on Sunday, October 13th starting at 4:00 PM. Catch it on LIVESTREAMING via sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/one and on iWant Sports, as well as on the ABS-CBN Sports Facebook and ABS-CBN Sports YouTube pages.    Catch it LIVE on free TV as well on Sunday, October 13th at 6:30 PM. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2019