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Buntan takes inspiration from world champion Todd

Filipina-American striker Jackie Buntan is all ready to make her much-anticipated ONE Championship debut. The 23-year-old is set to join her teammate, ONE Atomweight Kickboxing World Champion Janet “JT” Todd, among the world’s greatest striking talents in ONE Super Series......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2021

World Championship bouts set to headline ONE: NO SURRENDER in Bangkok

ONE Championship will be putting some of the best strikers in the world on display when they finally return to action for ONE: NO SURRENDER this coming July 31st in Bangkok, Thailand.  ONE Championship's first live event since February will feature an exciting ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship bout between two elite strikers in reigning champion Rodtang "The Iron Man" Jitmuangnon and challenger Petchdam "The Baby Shark" Petchyindee Academy.  Also on the card, the ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Championship will be up for grabs, as titleholder Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy meets the legendary "Boxing Computer" Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex.  Plus, two of ONE's newest stars will finally make their promotional debut, as Superbon Banchamek faces Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong in a ONE Super Series Kickboxing contest.  More fights are expected to be announced soon.  ONE: NO SURRENDER will be ONE's first live flagship event since ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE in Singapore back in February 28th, before the COVID-19 pandemic, and will once again feature a closed-door, audience-free format.  Last weekend, ONE returned to action in Shanghai, China with tapings of ONE HERO SERIES 13 and 14. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 29th, 2020

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

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2020

Zamboanga excited to watch friend Fairtex at UNBREAKABLE III

Former ONE Atomweight Kickboxing and Muay Thai World Champion Stamp Fairtex of Thailand is back in action this week, ready to resume her quest for a historic third world title, and her good friend, the Philippines’ Denice “The Menace” Zamboanga will be watching closely to cheer her on......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2021

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

ONE Championship: Team Lakay s Honorio Banario and Mark Sangiao share their closed-door event experience

ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong recently announced nine more events following ONE: NO SURRENDER, which is set for 31 July in Bangkok, Thailand.  Sityodtong marked the 14th, 21st, and 28th of August; the 11th, 18th, and 25th of September; and the 9th, 16th, and 30th of October as the event days.  Those shows will take place behind closed doors as a safety measure for the COVID-19 pandemic.  But what is it like competing in a closed-door environment when ONE athletes are used to sold-out arenas and interactive fans? Honorio “The Rock” Banario, who competed at ONE’s first closed door event, ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE, said that he had to make a few minor adjustments.  “I had a good experience about it actually,” Banario said. “It’s like we’re just sparring, the instructions are clear because you can hear your coach clearly. There isn't any pressure and I believe it turned out good for me.”  His head coach, Mark Sangiao, echoed Banario’s sentiments, though he admits that he found it odd at first, having coached in front of the liveliest crowds all over Asia.  “Because we’re all so used to having a crowd, it was weird at first. You can hear a pin drop there because it was so silent,” Sangiao said.  “But it turned out to be good. There’s less pressure on the athlete, and we were able to communicate well, but other than that nothing’s really changed.” ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon and his challenger Petchdam “The Baby Shark” Petchyindee Academy will get to experience headlining a closed-door event, though Rodtang promises to deliver a show for the fans watching from afar on the 31st.  The ONE Featherweight Muay Thai World Title will likewise be at stake as Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy defends his strap against “The Boxing Computer” Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 26th, 2020

Petchyindee dominates Ramazanov to capture ONE Bantamweight kickboxing world title at ONE: UNBREAKABLE

Singapore—The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), kicked off 2021 with a spectacular show at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. ONE: UNBREAKABLE featured a series of impressive performances in the Circle from the world’s top mixed martial artists and kickboxers......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 24th, 2021

Zamboanga, Fairtex get praise from Women& rsquo;s MMA pioneer Miesha Tate

Denice Zamboanga and Stamp Fairtex are two of the best atomweight fighters in ONE Championship. The young stars are part of a rising women’s contingent in MMA who are up-and-coming in Asia......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 18th, 2020

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

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

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 30th, 2020

Eduard Folayang: When an underdog finally became a world champion

In the five years that I was with the ABS-CBN Sports website, I was fortunate enough to have covered quite a number of memorable sports moments, so when I was asked to write about which was the most memorable for me, it was tough to narrow it down to just one single coverage. I could have written about Letran’s momentous upset of a dynasty-seeking San Beda in the NCAA Season 91 Finals, or I could have written about the Philippine Azkals making history by clinching a spot in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.  Being an MMA fan, I could have written about getting to be Octagon-side for the UFC’s first and only trip to Manila, which was indeed a dream come true for me.  When I think about it however, the coverage that sticks with me to this day, even four years later, was being cage-side, just inches away from Eduard  “Landslide” Folayang as he pummeled Shinya Aoki to become the ONE Lightweight World Champion in Singapore back in 2016.  I tell people about that night all the time, and I believe I’ll continue to do so for the rest of my life.  A Fan First As I mentioned earlier, I’m an MMA fan. In fact, being a fan was actually how I eventually got into sports writing.  During my first year or so with ABS-CBN, I got wind of a show on Balls Channel entitled “The Takedown” which was, you guessed it, about the UFC. Immediately, I knew that I wanted to be a part of that show, in any capacity. I even offered to research or write for free, LOL.  While I never did get to work on the show (because unfortunately, it lasted only a few episodes), I did get to make some connections (shoutout to Sir Lori, Ms. Jo, and Ms. Anna!) which eventually landed me a gig as a UFC writer for the Balls Channel Website. During that time, I got to meet and interview stars like BJ Penn, Alexander Gustafsson, Urijah Faber, Cung Le, and even Arianny Celeste. For an MMA fan like me, it was like working a dream job. It was a pretty sweet gig.  Eventually, that job with the Balls Channel Website would lead me to a spot on the ABS-CBN Sports Website which was launched in 2015. By 2016, I had started covering Asia-based MMA promotion ONE Championship quite a bit because ABS-CBN had signed a broadcast deal with them, and because ONE had a ton of homegrown Pinoy fighters on their roster, most notably Folayang and the Team Lakay guys.  Folayang, whose contract with ONE expired in March of 2016, re-signed with the promotion and returned to action in August, defeating Adrian Pang by Unanimous Decision in Macau. That win over Pang earned Folayang the biggest bout of his career at that point: a title shot against reigning champion Aoki.  When I learned of that title fight, I was very excited for Folayang, but had little expectations for his chances, being that Aoki was a legend in the sport.  Best Seat in the House Eduard Folayang finally getting to fight for a world championship was a huge deal for Filipino MMA fans, especially those that had followed the Baguio-based star’s career since his days in the URCC. The Pinoy star was on ONE’s first ever event, but could never seem to gain enough momentum to compete for a world title, until that point.  That November night in Singapore, all the years of work sacrifice that Folayang had put in during his nine-year MMA career would finally pay off.  This was only my second time to cover a ONE event overseas, so apart from having to write stories, I also had to take pictures. Learning from my past mistakes, I asked if I could have a spot cage-side so that I could take some at least decent photos. Thankfully, the ONE people agreed and gave me a spot just beside one of the judges’ tables.  I had the best seat in the house.  Now, as I said, I had tapered my expectations for the fight. I had seen what Aoki could do in the cage. I’ve seen the guy break peoples’ bones before, so honestly, I was just hoping that he wouldn’t injure Folayang. Our guy was the underdog heading into this fight, no doubt about it.  Of course, as a Filipino and as a fan I was hoping for a massive upset. The beautiful thing about MMA is anything can happen.  Shock The World This was legitimately the first time that I felt nervous covering a fight. It’s like that feeling you have when your favorite basketball team is in a close game with just seconds left.  That first round was a frigging whirlwind of emotions if you’re a Pinoy MMA fan. It looked like Aoki was within moments of being able to submit Folayang on multiple occasions.  The second round was a little bit more relaxed for Folayang, especially since he had been able to survive Aoki’s opening round grappling blitz. It looked like he was a bit more confident and he started to throw some of his trademark spinning kicks and elbows.  A miscalculated flying knee attempt led to another Aoki takedown, but this time around, Folayang appeared a little more calm and relaxed under the pressure.  Late in the round, Folayang began to attack Aoki’s torso with punches and kicks, and it looked like it had the Japanese legend a bit winded. The tide had shifted.  Heading into the third round, there was a different feeling in the air. It felt like Aoki was done, and it felt like Folayang knew it.  In the opening seconds of that fateful third frame, Folayang knew exactly what Aoki was going to do and had an answer for it. Aoki shot in for a takedown, and Folayang countered it with a jumping knee to the jaw.  For a brief second, Folayang was on his behind, but managed to outmuscle Aoki and deliver another vicious knee.  “Oh sh*t!” I yelled internally while scrambling to take photos of the ensuing beatdown.  Folayang turned Aoki over and began to connect with punch after unanswered punch.  Without taking my eye away from my camera’s viewfinder, I started yelling for Folayang to finish it.  Folayang continued to punish Aoki with piston-like punches as the Singapore Indoor Stadium began to erupt.  For what felt like an eternity, referee Yuji Shimada watched as Folayang unloaded nine years worth of heartbreak and frustration into a ground-and-pound sequence.  And then, it was over.  There was a new lightweight king.  AND NEW! EDUARD FOLAYANG STOPS SHINYA AOKI IN ROUND 3! — Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) November 11, 2016     The Landslide Reigns As much as I would have wanted to keep it cool, I started to freak out. I looked to my right and saw my fellow Pinoy journalists doing the same, one was even standing on the table, cheering the new world champion on.  At that point, I had watched UAAP championships, NCAA championships, even some boxing world championships, but this one was different. I knew what Folayang had gone through. I knew that the odds were stacked against him.  As the confetti began to rain down and the celebration inside the ring continued, I recomposed myself and started to take pictures again. I wanted to be able to capture this moment.  After the official decision and the post-fight interview, I remember calling out to Folayang so that I could take a photo of him with his shiny new toy.  I’ve gotten to witness other members of Team Lakay become champions since then. I’ve been blessed enough to see Geje Eustaquio, Kevin Belingon and Joshua Pacio all become titleholders within a single year. While getting to see Team Lakay draped in gold to end 2018 was definitely a sight to behold, being there cage side as ‘Manong Ed’ realized a life-long dream was definitely an experience that I won’t soon forget.  Folayang's title win wasn't Team Lakay's first world champmionship, and it isn't the last. For me however, I think it's the most important, because it showed that no matter how many times you fall, you can still find your way to the top.  Everyone loves a good underdog story.  -- Santino Honasan has served as a sub-section editor for ABS-CBN Sports' website since 2015. He is among thousands of ABS-CBN employees who will be retrenched on August 31, 2020. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 29th, 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

Iranian heavyweight Amir Aliakbari calls out Filipino-American champ Brandon Vera

Reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon "The Truth" Vera need not look far for willing challengers. The Filipino-American heavyweight king is expected to defend his title against Indian-Canadian challenger Arjan Bhullar in the future, but already, challengers are lining up and calling the champ out.  One of them is newly-signed Iranian heavyweight Amir Aliakbari.  The 32-year old former World Champion Greco-Roman wrestler inked his deal with Asia-based martial arts promotion ONE Championship back in early August, and he wasted little time in making his objective in the company known.          View this post on Instagram                   @onechampionship give me your m* f* champion i cant wait anymore. im the best ?? ????? ???? ?????? ??? ?? ??? ??? ??????? ?? ???? ???? #fights#onefc#amiraliakbari##knockout #kickboxing #wrestling #MixedMartialArts#amiraliakbari#onechampionship #one #imthebest #WeAreONE‌ A post shared by Amirali Akbari (@amiraliakbari60) on Aug 5, 2020 at 11:41pm PDT The 10-1 heavyweight posted a photo of himself and Vera, accompanied by a pretty strong-sounding caption.  "ONE Championship, give me your m* f* champion, I can't wait anymore. I'm the best," Aliakbari wrote.  Aliakbari made a name for himself competing in Japan under the Rizin FF promotion, before a stint in Russia. He has notable wins over the likes of PRIDE FC veteran Heath Herring and Geronimo Dos Santos. His lone loss came against MMA legend Mirko Cro Cop......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 11th, 2020

Li at his best and builds early lead at PGA Championship

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Still young, often inconsistent, forever fearless, Li Haotong is capable of just about anything on a big stage in golf. He was at his best Friday in the PGA Championship. Three years after his 63 in the final round of the British Open, Li hit only four fairways at Harding Park and still managed a 5-under 65 that gave him the early lead and set the target for Jason Day, Brooks Koepka and Tiger Woods to chase. The 25-year-old from China capped a bogey-free round with his eighth straight par and was at 8-under 132, two shots ahead of Tommy Fleetwood of England among the early starters. Surprised? Depends on the day. “The last couple days, I've been pretty much all hit in the right spot,” Li said. Getting as much attention was the logo on his hat — WeChat, the Chinese social media company and one of his biggest sponsors. Li was in the spotlight at Harding Park one day after President Donald Trump signed executive orders on a vague ban of WeChat and TikTok in 45 days. Just as unclear was whether Li was aware of the development. “I don't know,” he said. “Who knows?” Li is a two-time winner on the European Tour, most recently in 2018 at the Dubai Desert Classic when he rallied down the stretch to beat Rory McIlroy by one shot. He was sensational at Royal Birkdale in 2017 — only five other players have 63 in the final round of a major. But he had a terrible week in his Presidents Cup debut at Royal Melbourne in December. When he first came to America, he made fast friends on the developmental tours with his constant laughter, engaging personality and aggressive play. “He's got the arsenal to take it low,” said Adam Scott, his teammate at Royal Melbourne. “But we don’t see that kind of consistency out of him, and that probably matches his personality a little bit. He’s young, though, and that’s the kind of golf he plays. He plays pretty much all guns blazing, and when it comes off, it’s really good.” And when it doesn't? He beat Koepka in the Match Play last year and reached the round of 16. But that was his last top 10 in America. And then there was the Presidents Cup. Li brought his trainer to be his caddie, and the caddie got lost on the course during a practice round, gave up and headed for the clubhouse. Instead of finding him, Li played the rest of the round out of another player's bag. International captain Ernie Els wound up benching him for two days, playing Li only when he had to. Li lost both matches he played. “It's been very tough on me, the Presidents Cup, because I didn't play until Saturday,” Li said. “So not quite in the Presidents that way, actually. But anyways, good experience.” Fleetwood had one of those final-round 63s in the majors two years ago at Shinnecock Hills in the U.S. Open. He had a 64 on Friday and was two shots behind at 134. Much like Li — maybe the only thing they have in common — it's been a slow start back. Fleetwood stayed in England during the pandemic, not returning to competition until Minnesota two weeks ago (he missed the cut). He also played a World Golf Championship last week with middling results, but he found his form in San Francisco. “It’s funny really, like when you’ve played poorly, you feel a long way off, and then you have a day like today and you obviously feel a lot better about it,” Fleetwood said. “I feel like I’ve prepared well last week and this week and felt way more in the groove of tournament golf.” Cameron Champ, who grew up in Sacramento, had a 64. He was three shots behind Li, along with Paul Casey (67). Brendon Todd, who shared the 18-hole lead with Day, settled for a 70 and joined them at 135. Li, who primarily plays the European Tour, went back to China in March when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down golf. He returned at the Memorial and missed the cut, and then tied for 75th in a 78-man field last week in Tennessee. “I didn't even (think) I could play like this ... got no confidence,” Li said. “Probably it helped me clear my mind a little bit.” He's wise enough to realize the tournament is not even at the halfway point. If the lead holds, Li would be the first player from China to hold the lead after any round of a major......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 8th, 2020

ONE Championship announces two more cards for August

ONE Championship has announced the cards for ONE: NO SURRENDER II and ONE: NO SURRENDER III, which will both be held behind closed doors in Bangkok, Thailand, on 14 and 21 August, respectively.  In the main event for ONE: NO SURRENDER II, Saemapetch Fairtex and Rodlek PK. Saenchaimuaythaigym in the semi-finals of the recently announced ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai tournament, which will conclude with the finalist battling ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao. After months of seeing no action, both warriors are excited to finally get back in the Circle.  “It’s such a huge honor and moment for me to return to ONE Championship after having no events in the past few months,” Saemapetch said.  “There hasn’t been an opportunity to compete for a while, so I am really grateful. I’m also very happy that we will fight in Bangkok. I trained very hard for this fight and I want to give it my all inside the ring.” Rodlek shared similar sentiments.  “It is a privilege to be able to compete right here at home in Bangkok. Saemapetch is a young, hungry fighter and we’re going to put together an exciting main event,” Rodlek said. “I know he’s a tough fighter. I’ve seen the way he fights and he’s very good, but I’m ready to put forth the best performance of my career. It’s going to be a lot of fun," he added.  Also on the card for ONE: NO SURRENDER II is the kickboxing clash between Victor “Leo” Pinto and Mehdi “Diamond Heart” Zatout in the co-main event. In mixed martial arts, Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit takes on Akihiro “Superjap” Fujisawa. On the other hand, ONE: NO SURRENDER III will see the other ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai Tournament semi-final bout between “The Million Dollar Baby” Sangmanee Klong SuanPluResort and “Left Meteorite” Kulabdam Sor. Jor. Piek Uthai in the main event.  Additionally, fan favorite Shannon “OneShin” Wiratchai welcomes ONE Super Series veteran Fabio Pinca to mixed martial arts. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

ONE Championship reveals live event schedule until October

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 14th, 2020

ONE Championship: 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

ONE Championship set to return to live events in July

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 26th, 2020

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

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

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 8th, 2020

All-female ONE Championship event postponed due to COVID-19 situation

The inaugural ONE Women's Atomweight World Grand Prix was supposed to kick off in ONE: Empower, with the Philippines' Denice Zamboanga taking part......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 21st, 2021