The Hardest Working Champ: Eduard Folayang is ready to defend his belt around his sporting commitments

The card that hasn’t been named yet is beginning to take shape with the announcement of lighweight champion Eduard Folayang’s first title defense on April 21. Ben Askren will also defend his welterweight belt here in Manila.

Related article: ONE chairman Chatri Sityodtong promises fireworks in organization’s return to Manila

On the night of November 11, 2016 Eduard Folayang ended Shinya Aoki’s ONE lightweight championship reign. Aoki, who won the belt following his victory over Kotetsu Boku in 2013, lost in his third title defense in Singapore against our very own Eduard Folayang.

Related article: Eduard Folayang Brings the Belt Back to the Land and Put Team Lakay’s ONE Title Drought in an End

MMA has been a real journey for Eduard Folayang like no other. From competing and doing enough to earn a shot at the title to taking the championship belt. This just goes to show that working hard and pursuing what you love helps you reach your goals. I said it before and always will that no one deserves it more than this guy. Without God and support from Team Lakay and fans, none of these are possible.

Eduard Folayang does look like he is enjoying being the champion. He is taking the love and respect pretty much from his countrymen. He is still center stage not only lifting his gold belt but recognitions for sports contribution. The champion stays busy also on motivational speaking and studio appearances for TV and radio shows. The Igorot warrior keeps on inspiring the Filipinos by his humbleness, being down to earth, approachable and his warm treatment to all despite being a ONE lightweight king.

We will see a better version of “Landslide”. He has been training non-stop and in great shape at the same time. The ONE Championship Fighter of the Year is ready to fight!

Let’s write another page of history,

Folayang commented.

Photos were posted by Eduard Folayang 
on his Facebook page

With a first title defense for Folayang but the challenger still to be officially announced, expect to be waiting some time until we hear the fight card. Until then, who do you think “The Landslide” should face?

Here are the two challengers who we heard could take on the The Igorot warrior for April 21:

Kamal Shalorus, who has been inactive in the past two years, is targeting a rematch against the Champion. A submission loss to Shinya Aoki in 2014 was his last fight.

Shalorus and Folayang first fought in 2013. Shalorus earned a unanimous decision victory in that battle and Folayang rebounded by winning five of his last six fights- including the one over Shinya Aoki in November- to capture the lightweight crown.

Related article: Kamal Shalorus believes a win over Ev Ting will secure a rematch with Eduard Folayang

It has been a grind for Ev Ting. The tremendous amount of hard work he put into gets him so close to have a shot at the title. “E.T.” has won three straight by complete domination. He is ready to put up one of his best performances on Feb 10 to cement the number ONE contender spot. Ev Ting and Jamal Shalorus to headline ONE: Throne of Tigers in Kuala Lumpur.

Related article: Ev “E.T.” Ting Puts On A Fight Of The Night Performance As He Steps Back Into The Cage In His Hometown

ONE lightweight champion Eduard Folayang is ready to continue dominating in his division and bringing a world title fight to Manila. Stay tuned for further updates regarding the event. What fights would you like to see added to the ONE Championship Manila card?

URCC BETS Results: Baduria Stops Dela Pena, Romero Heads to 1M ROAD FC Tournament

Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) at Casino Filipino Battle Extreme Tournament of Stars (CF BETS) featured a bout between the most recognizable fighter in the promotion Caloy ‘Bad Boy’ Baduria and Jess Dan Dela Pena as the main event on January 28 at Waterfront Manila Pavillon Hotel and Casino.

Baduria absolutely dominated Jess Dan Dela Pena. One big straight punch slumped Dela Pena. His first-round knock out win made the crowd go wild and loud.

Askar Mozharov landed lots of punches in the co-main event. Mozharov pulled Arvin Chan against the cage and took him down. He was looking for a guillotine but Chan was still defending. They scrambled a bit but the Ukrainian eventually finished the Filipino with a triangle choke. He calls out Chris Hofmann “You’re next.”

Reydon Romero and Rahul Raju went head-to-head on a three round special bout. The former featherweight champion is heading to the 1 Million ROAD FC Tournament in Korea after qualifying with a win by unanimous decision.

The prelim fights were just as good as the main card.

Joevincent So started off the fight well and bagged a few extremely close rounds. Ariel Lampacan escaped all of So’s submission attempts, and then submitted him. Punches thrown and the punches landed ended up in a TKO victory for Lampacan.

Great fight for Rodian Menchavez. First round victory by rear naked choke. Menchavez with a very fast paced and very aggressive opening. Hard punches and dominant control on the ground after a hard takedown.

What a comeback and very impressive win from Louie Sevilla who was being pound on the ground by Kervin Lampacan. He was quick on the mat and his transition to armbar was very smooth which forced his opponent to tap.

These pairs battled solidly and these men deserve credits for the performances they put on.

Here’s the URCC BETS results:

Main Card:
Caloy Baduria def. Jess Dan Dela Pena via TKO at 1:20, Round 1
Askar Mozharov def. Arvin Chan via submission (triangle choke) at 1:30, Round 1
Ernesto Montilla def. Sem Bicaldo via TKO at 2:55, Round 1

Special Bout:
Reydon Romero def. Rahul Raju viat UD

Preliminary Card:
Reydon Romero def. Patrick Manicad via submission (RNC) at 1:31, Round 2
Rahul Raju def. Andrew Benibe via UD
Ariel Lampacan def. Joevincent via TKO, Round 3
John Gonzales def. Reinier Gervacio via TKO at 0:16, Round 1
Irie Hiromitsu def. Andy Ligao via submission (toe hold) at 1:30, Round 1
Rodian Menchavez def. Benedicto Almno via submission (RNC) at 0:53, Round 1
Louie Sevilla def. Kervin Lampacan via submission (armbar), Round 3

Ev "E.T." Ting Puts On A Fight Of The Night Performance As He Steps Back Into The Cage In His Hometown

Five days ago, the ONE middleweight world champion Vitaly Bigdash retained his belt in Jakarta, Indonesia. But the asia’s largest mixed martial arts promotion is coming back too soon. ONE Championship is already set and they return to Kuala Lumpur at Stadium Negara on February 10, 2017.

The ONE Championship 52: Throne of Tigers will headline a lightweight bout between hometown MMA superstar Ev Ting and former title challenger Kamal Shalorus of Iran.

Ev Ting won his lightweight debut on September 2016 at ONE Championship 47: Unbreakable Warriors also in front of his hometown crowd at Stadium Negara, Kula Lumpur. He scored a decision victory against Rob Lisita.

“E.T.” has fought every contenders in the featherweight including the current champion of the division Marat Gafurov. Four Filipinos were beaten by him, one of which is former champion of the same from Team Lakay Honorio Banario. This guy has a 12-3 career mixed martial arts record. Eight of his 12 wins have been finishes. Four submissions and four knockouts.

The Malaysian-Kiwi sensation gave his Pinoy fans quite a surprise when he come visit the Philippines as ONE: Age of Domination’s guest fighter last December. What a cool guy.

Ev “E.T.” Ting heads into his second fight in the ONE Championship’s lightweight division next month, but while it is his second, Ting should look at this one as more of a challenge than his last fight as his opponent who has been inactive in the past two years comes in absolutely hungry for a win.

What is the surging former featherweight going to have to bring it all for the win in front of his hometown crowd against the veteran grappler Shalorus? Watch to find out on February 10.

Also in action are Pinoy pride Burn Soriano and Roy Doliguez, Saiful American, Alex Silva, Agilan Thani, Jeff Huang, Ann Osman, Vy Srey Khouch, Herbert Burns, Movlid Khaibulaev, Keanu Subba, Ahmed Mujtaba, Tiffany Teo, Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol, Muhammad Aiman and Eduardo Novaes.

The official ONE: Throne of Tigers card

Friday is the night! Make your plans now to watch the fight!

ICYMI: UFC Fight Night 103: Rodriguez vs Penn Results

January 15, 2017, the UFC Fight Night 103 took place at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. The featherweight clash between former UFC two-division champ BJ Penn and Mexican phenom Yair Rodriguez was stopped by referee John McCarthy at :24 of the second round. A UFC Hall of Famer got beaten up like that is painful to watch.

Penn failed to fire back and counter after absorbing punches and kicks from Rodriguez. When Penn fell to the mat, Rodriguez swept and pounded him with a flurry of hammer. Yair Rodriguez remains undefeated in the UFC with a 6-0 record (10-1 overall).

Joe Lauzon won on two judges’ scorecards but Lauzon said after the fight that it was not his fight. That it was Held’s fight. Held scored five takedowns and controlled Lauzon. Lauzon had a nice armbar at one point but Held escaped.

Sergio Pettis’ unanimous decision win John Moraga extended his win streak to three and made him climbed the top 10 of the flyweight division. He called out the no.4-ranked Jussier Formiga as his next opponent.

Rodriguez and Oleynik each received the $50,000.00 Performance of the Night bonus. The Augusto Mendes vs. Frankie Saenz garnered Fight of the Night honor.

Below are the results for the rest of the bouts:

Yair Rodriguez defeated B.J. Penn via TKO – Round 2, 0:24
Joe Lauzon defeated Marcin Held via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 27-30)
Ben Saunders defeated Court McGee via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Sergio Pettis defeated John Morago via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Drakkar Klose defeated Devin Powell via decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Augusto Mendes defeated Frankie Saenz via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Aleksei Oleinik defeated Viktor Pesta via submission (Ezekiel choke) – Round 1, 2:57
Tony Martin defeated Alex White via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Nina Ansaroff defeated Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 3:39
Walt Harris defeated Chase Sherman via KO – Round 2, 2:41
Joachim Christensen defeated Bojan Mihajlovic via TKO – Round 3, 2:05
Cyril Asker defeated Dmitrii Smoliakov via TKO – Round 1, 2:41

The returning BJ Penn vs. Yair Rodriguez at UFC Fight Night 103 in Phoenix

It’s Ultimate Fighting Championship’s first event of 2017!

January 15, 2017, the UFC Fight Night 103 will takes place at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. The bout is headlined by the featherweight clash between former UFC two-division champ BJ Penn and Mexican phenom Yair Rodriguez.

Yair Rodriguez remains undefeated in the UFC with a 5-0 record (10-1 overall). He made his debut in 2014 at UFC 180: Werdum vs Hunt and won The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America tournament. One of the most impressive fights for yours truly by this featherweight prospect was against Andre Fili at UFC 197: Jones vs Saint Preux. A high-flying left kick knocked out his opponent in the second round. His spun with kicks against Alex Caceres at UFC Fight Night 92 was very entertaining to watch as well. Their fight was an excellent exhibition of two skilled new talents.

After the the third set back BJ Penn has experienced on his return to competition in 2016 which even led to cancellation of UFC Manila 2.0, “The Prodigy” made the weight to 146 at the early official weigh-in on Sarurday and finally returns from retirement. It’s been almost three years BJ Penn hasn’t step into the octagon.

Will “Pantera” be able to extend his five win streak or BJ Penn emerge victorious on his comeback?

Injuries have forced a pair of changes to the card. In the flyweight division, former world title challenger John Moraga replaces the injured Jussier Formiga against Milwaukee’s Sergio Pettis. Plus, with Jordan Rinaldi forced to withdraw, unbeaten Drakkar Klose has stepped in to make his Octagon debut against his fellow UFC newcomer Devin Powell.

Jimmie Rivera vs. Bryan Caraway was expected to co-headline the event. However, Caraway pulled out of the bout on January 4 citing an undisclosed injury. He was replaced by Marlon Vera. Eventually, Rivera pulled from the fight as he felt going from a top-5 ranked fighter to an unranked one wouldn’t make sense at that moment. Jimmie Rivera wins the biggest one of his promising career which is against Urijah Faber at UFC 203. El Terror is the #6 ranked fighter in the UFC’s Bantamweight division.

Everybody needs to pay attention to the co-main event because Joe “ALWAYS exciting to watch” Lauzon squares off with Marcin Held. Whenever the warrior is in the card, I always hope his fight turns into a UFC 155-esque. Held is a black belt in jiu jitsu. Both are nasty in no gi. Looks like it’s going to be a ground war.

UFN: PHOENIX: FS1 MAIN CARD

Featherweight- Yair Rodriguez vs. B.J. Penn
Lightweigh- Joe Lauzon vs. Marcin Held
Welterweight- Court McGee vs. Ben Saunders
Flyweight- John Moraga vs. Sergio Pettis

FS1 PRELIMINARY CARD

Bantamweight- Frankie Saenz vs. Augusto Mendes
Heavyweight- Oleksiy Oliynyk vs. Viktor Pešta
Lightweight- Alex White vs. Tony Martin
Heavyweight- Walt Harris vs. Chase Sherman

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMINARY CARD

Women’s Strawweight- Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger vs. Nina Ansaroff
Lightweight- Devin Powell vs. Drakkar Klose
Light Heavyweight- Joachim Christensen vs. Bojan Mihajlović
Heavyweight- Dmitri Smoliakov vs. Cyril Asker

And Still ONE Middleweight World Champion Vitaly Bigdash

14 January 2017 – Jakarta, Indonesia: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), returned to the Jakarta Convention Center for another evening of world-class mixed martial arts (MMA) action. ONE: QUEST FOR POWER set the tone for what will be an amazing 2017 for ONE Championship with a series of compelling bouts featuring the absolute best in local and international MMA talent. In the main event, ONE Middleweight World Champion Vitaly Bigdash retained his title, defeating top contender “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang by unanimous decision after five rounds.

In the main event of the evening, ONE Middleweight World Champion Vitaly Bigdash of Rostov-on-Don, Russia impressed with a great show of strength in a dominant performance over “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang of Myanmar. Throughout the bout, Bigdash kept N Sang at bay with his sharp combinations, while on the mat he connected with multiple elbows. After five rounds of action, it was a clear win for Bigdash who met very little resistance in outlasting the durable N Sang to remain undefeated, retaining his ONE Middleweight World Championship.


In the co-main event of the evening, 27-year-old Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Sydney, Australia authored one of the most spectacular finishes of the evening, stopping Japanese MMA veteran Kazunori Yokota with strikes to win by technical knockout just past the midway point of the first round. Yokota stalked Nguyen, looking to throw combinations but Nguyen timed Yokota with an overhand right that dropped him to the canvas. From there, Nguyen jumped on his foe and rained down punches from the top to earn the stoppage victory.


Lightweight contenders Vincent “MagniVincent” Latoel and Vaughn “The Spawn” Donayre put on an exciting show for fans in attendance, tagging each other with intense combinations for the majority of the three-round lightweight contest. On the mat, Donayre showcased his grappling skills, threatening with various submissions off his back. Latoel however was more consistent throughout and scored points with his takedowns and cage control. All three judges saw the bout in favor of Latoel to win by unanimous decision.


The highly-anticipated lightweight showdown between Georgi Stoyanov of Bulgaria and Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev of Russia ended on an unfortunate note, as the bout resulted in a No Contest ruling. Although Arslanaliev swarmed Stoyanov from the beginning of the bout and completely outclassed the Bulgarian, an ill-advised technical ground kick landed for Arslanaliev and Stoyanov was unable to continue.


Dutch featherweight standout based in Jakarta, Anthony “The Archangel” Engelen, put on a masterful performance, stopping Malaysian fight veteran A.J. “Pyro” Lias Mansor in under two minutes in the first round of a scheduled three-round bout. Engelen pressed Mansor up against the cage fence with a combination before a beautiful right hand felled Mansor, earning Engelen one of the most spectacular knockouts of his career.


Fans were treated to an action-packed clash of colossal light heavyweights as Igor Subora of the Ukraine and Sherif Mohamed of Egypt pushed each other to the limit in a tremendous three-round show of determination from both fighters. Subora effectively used his reach advantage to keep the smaller, stockier Mohamed at bay with his boxing throughout the bout. In the third round, both fighters fought through sheer exhaustion to make it to the final bell as Subora did just enough to outlast Mohamed to earn the unanimous decision.


Local martial arts hero from Jakarta, “The Terminator” Sunoto, brought the crowd to its feet with a riveting performance to defeat Cambodia’s Chan Heng by technical knockout just a little under three minutes into the first round. Sunoto wasted no time in taking the fight directly to Heng, challenging the Khun Khmer practitioner to a striking showdown at the center of the ONE Championship cage. Sunoto however, proved too much for the Cambodian after he gained mount and unleashed the ground-and-pound.


Unbeaten Indonesian flyweight prospect Stefer Rahardian defeated Jakarta-based Liberian fighter Jerome S. Paye via unanimous decision in the second preliminary bout of the evening. Rahardian showcased tremendous cage-control for the majority of the fight, smothering Paye with a consistent attack that left the Liberian stifled throughout the contest. The 30-year-old Rahardian left very little openings for Paye who just couldn’t get his offense going. In the end, Rahardian had just enough in the tank to complete a comprehensive three-round performance, earning the nod on all three judges’ scorecards.


Strawweights Rene Catalan of the Philippines and Adrian Matheis of Indonesia kicked off ONE: QUEST FOR POWER with a spirited display of mixed martial arts action, on a bustling Saturday night in Jakarta. After a dominant first round from Catalan, one that saw the Filipino attempt various finishes, the end came swiftly in the second when Catalan was able to execute an armbar to earn the submission victory.


Official results for ONE: QUEST FOR POWER
ONE Middleweight World Championship bout: Vitaly Bigdash defeats Aung La N Sang by Unanimous Decision (UD) after five rounds
Featherweight bout: Martin Nguyen defeats Kazunori Yokota by TKO (Strikes) at 3:36 minutes of round 1
Lightweight bout: Vincent Latoel defeats Vaughn Donayre by Unanimous Decision (UD) after three rounds
Lightweight bout: Georgi Stoyanov, Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev (No Contest)
Featherweight bout: Anthony Engelen defeats AJ Lias Mansor by Knockout (KO) at 1:42 minutes of round 1
Light Heavyweight bout: Igor Subora defeats Sherif Mohamed by Unanimous Decision (UD) after three rounds
Bantamweight bout: Sunoto defeats Chan Heng by TKO (Strikes) at 2:30 minutes of round 1
Flyweight bout: Stefer Rahardian defeats Jerome S. Paye by Unanimous Decision (UD) after three rounds
Strawweight bout: Rene Catalan defeats Adrian Matheis by Submission (Armbar) at 2:08 minutes of round 2


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About ONE Championship™

ONE Championship is the largest sports media property in Asian history. Headquartered in Singapore, the world’s most exciting mixed martial arts organization hosts the largest sports entertainment events across Asia featuring the best Asian mixed martial artists and world champions, all signed to exclusive contracts, on the largest media broadcast in Asia. ONE Championship is broadcast to over 1 billion viewers across 118+ countries around the world with some of the largest global broadcasters, including FOX Sports, Setanta, MNC, Astro, Thairath TV, ABS-CBN, TV5, MYTV, HTV, Esporte Interativo and more.

Turkish MMA prospect seeks to be a world title contender in 2017

Undefeated Turkish lightweight contender Saygid Guseyn
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Arslanaliev is rapidly making a name for himself as an unstoppable force inside the ONE Championship cage.

The 22-year-old Dagestan, Russia-bred fighter has just four victories so far in his young mixed martial arts (MMA) career, but he attained three of the fastest finishes in ONE Championship.
Having an average cage time of just under a minute, Arslanaliev’s three wins have come by technical knockout and one by submission.
No opponent has even come close to surviving just one round with him. In his most recent bout, Arslanaliev forced China’s Haolan Jietebusibai to wave the white flag with a standing guillotine choke at the center of the cage.
After acing his three tests in ONE Championship with flying colors last year, Arslanaliev cemented his position as one of the bright MMA prospects in Asia.
Despite the recognition from many cageside pundits, Arslanaliev has set his sights on a heftier prize in 2017 as he looks to insert his name in the world title picture.
If it only took him one year to elevate himself as one of the must-watch young fighters in the region, Arslanaliev believes that he can work his way up the ladder in 2017 to secure a date with ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang.
“If you train right and stay focused, anything is possible. Of course, if ONE Championship thinks that I deserve a shot at the title, I will get it right away. I won’t think twice,” he said.
Arslanaliev stressed that he always gets a championship fight-type of preparation every time he is booked for a bout.
“I can tell you that I will be more than ready to take the responsibility if ONE Championship chooses to give me a chance,” he stated.
Lightweight is a very deep division as ONE Championship houses a plethora of veteran fighters who could use their experience to offset Arslanaliev’s physical advantages.
However, Arslanaliev is willing to face anyone in his weight bracket to prove that he is a worthy candidate to vie for the coveted ONE Lightweight World Championship belt.
“To be honest, I don’t mind fighting anyone. I would fight anyone in my division. I only have four fights, but it’s great to see that ONE Championship believes in my skills. They believe that I can take on these guys with much more experience than me,” he shared.
“I will fight anyone that they throw at me. I will keep doing what I do,” Arslanaliev added.
For his first assignment in 2017, Arslanaliev is set to lock horns with Georgi “Stanchev” Stoyanov on the undercard of ONE: QUEST FOR POWER in Jakarta, Indonesia on 14 January.
Arslanaliev sees his three-round lightweight encounter with Stoyanov as one small step in his path to achieving his big dream.
“My coach always tells me that we don’t train for the next man in this organization, but rather we train everyday for the best lightweight out there. For sure, we make adjustments for the opponent who is currently in front of me. However, our target is not him. It’s the guy who holds the belt,” he explained.
“I am slowly coming up the lightweight ladder to see my dreams come true,” Arslanaliev ended.

Aung La N Sang eyes to win intricately-crafted world title for Myanmar

Aung La N Sang might be an ordinary mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter in the eyes of many in the world, but he is extremely revered by over 53 million Burmese people as a hero in his motherland.
A national treasure like Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar, the whole country stands still each time that Aung La steps inside the ONE Championship cage.
Aung La’s superstar status has been published in every mainstream newspaper in Myanmar. He has been a regular staple on each household’s television screen.
On the day of his bout, all walks of like unite in support of Aung La, which he then compensates with a sweet victory.
Myanmar’s beloved son will have the biggest fight in his nearly 12-year professional MMA career as he is set to challenge Vitaly Bigdash for the ONE Middleweight World Championship title at ONE: QUEST FOR POWER in Jakarta, Indonesia on 14 January.
Capturing the ONE Middleweight World Championship belt will not only put Aung La in history books as the first Burmese MMA competitor to claim a world title, but he will also have an intricately-crafted hardware in his possession.
Beyond the prestige that marks the bearer as the best fighter in his weight class across the Asian region, the belt is designed as a symbolic ornament of honor and glory.
Weighing more than 7 kilograms, the jewel-encrusted silver and gold-plated belt is mounted by hand on a thick natural leather strap that is locked together securely with 10 steel studs.
The pair of warring lions that frame the centerpiece ONE Championship logo represents royalty and prestige, and it is complimented by a crown motif at the belt’s apex.
Two blood-red rubies are placed in the eyes of the lions, while two secondary plates added eminent value to the handmade masterpiece as it is studded with 52 crystals on each side.
“The ONE Championship belt is one of the most prestigious MMA titles in the sport today. Having that makes you the best in the game. That’s why I want to win it so bad,” Aung La said.
In gratitude to the nation’s steadfast support, Aung La is determined to bring home the ONE Middleweight World Championship to Myanmar.

“I would like to repay the unwavering support that they gave me all throughout the years by winning the ONE Middleweight World Championship belt. It’s my way of saying thank you to them,” Aung La stated.
Chinese zodiac refers to 2017 as “The Year of the Fire Rooster,” but Aung La believes that it will be the year of “The Burmese Python.”
“2016 is a set up for 2017. After every fight, I am back in the gym trying to improve and get better. 2017 is going to be my year,” he ended.

Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen at the Beautifully Renovated The Forum

SANTA MONICA, CALIF – It’s a fight that many mixed martial arts fans thought they’d never see, but on January 21, 2017, both Tito Ortiz (18-12-1) and Chael Sonnen (28-14-1) will return to action inside the beautifully renovated Forum in Inglewood, Calif., to headline “Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen.” In college, the two met on the wrestling mat, in a matchup that Sonnen won by pinning Ortiz on his birthday. Now, Ortiz will have the opportunity to avenge that loss when the compete in the Bellator MMA cage on SPIKE.

The co-main card features the Bellator MMA debut of Ralek Gracie who takes on dangerous striker Hisaki Kato in a middleweight bout.

A 54-fight veteran of MMA Daley will now prepare to take on surging superstar Brennan Ward. “Semtex” has recorded victories in nine of his last 11 bouts, and took current welterweight champion Douglas Lima to the limit in their last meeting. Ward enters the contest following a brutal knockout blow that he delivered just 1:26 into his bout with Saad Awad at “Bellator 163: McGeary vs. Davis.” The win was Ward’s ninth under the direction of Bellator MMA and fifth of his last six fights, dating back to 2015.

The stacked main card ohas added even more ammo to its arsenal with the news that Derek Campos (17-6) and Derek Anderson (14-2, 1 NC) will compete in a lightweight feature fight. Chinzo Machida (4-2), Henry Corrales (12-3), and Guilherme “Bomba” (8-3) are equally enticing preliminary offering.

Limited tickets for the mega-event start at $36 and are on sale at Bellator.com, as well as Ticketmaster.com. The event will be broadcast live and free on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. The “Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen” undercard, streams live on Bellator.com and the Bellator Mobile App beginning at 6:50 p.m. ET / 3:50 p.m. PT.

Complete “Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen” Main Card:
Light Heavyweight Main Event: Tito Ortiz (18-12-1) vs. Chael Sonnen (28-14-1)
Welterweight Co-Main Event: Paul Daley (38-14-2) vs. Brennan Ward (14-4)
Middleweight Main Card Bout: Ralek Gracie (3-0) vs. Hisaki Kato (7-2)
Featherweight Main Card Bout: Georgi Karakhanyan (26-6-1) vs. Emmanuel Sanchez (13-3)
Lightweight Main Card Bout: Derek Campos (17-6) vs. Derek Anderson (14-2, 1 NC)
Bellator.com-Streamed Preliminary Card:
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Chinzo Machida (4-2) vs. Jamar Ocampo (2-0)
Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Jack May (8-3) vs. Dave Cryer (11-2)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Henry Corrales (12-3) vs. Cody Bollinger (19-6)
Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Kevin Casey (9-5-1, 2 NC) vs. Keith Berry (15-13)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Guilherme “Bomba” Vasconcelos (8-3) vs. John Mercurio (8-7)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Gabriel Green (3-0) vs. Jalin Turner (2-2)
Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Christian Gonzalez (2-0) vs. Daniel Rodriguez (2-0)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Jacob Rosales (4-2) vs. Ian Butler (3-2)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Johnny Cisneros (9-5) vs. Curtis Millender (9-3)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Mike Segura (4-4) vs. Tommy Aaron (2-1)
Bantamweight Preliminary Bout: Rob Gooch (4-3) vs. James Barnes (6-2)
Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Rebecca Ruth (6-2) vs. Colleen Schneider (10-7)

Burn "The Hitman" Soriano Is Going To Hit The Cage Again In A Hard Hitting Bout On February 10

ONE Championship has some great fights added officially to its ONE CHAMPIONSHIP 52: THRONE OF TIGERS lineup, including the return of Pinoy pride bantamweight prospect Burn “The Hitman” Soriano.

The Filipino warrior from Ilocos Sur will look to keep his confidence high and win his second in a row at 135 when he faces ‘The Vampire” Saiful Merican to improve his 3-2 record. The two are set to clash at Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur on February 10.

It was all eyes on “Burn/Hitman” when he used the now his famous spinning back fist on Mario Satya Wirawan who holds the fastest KO record (6 seconds) to finish at the :15 mark of Round 1 and earned his first win in ONE Championship. The big knock out victory took place in Jakarta, Indonesia at ONE Championship 46: Titles and Titans on August 27, 2016. It was also the Second Top-rated insane Knockout of 2016 in the promotion.

“The fight with Mario Wirawan was just a warm up fight for me since I lost to his countryman Sonoto who failed to make weight at the time of our fight. I told myself that I needed a solid redemption, and that became my motivation which led to my spectacular finish.”


Related article: Edward Kelly and Burn Soriano’s Big Knockout Victory at One Championship 46: Titles and Titans

His ONE Championship debut against another Indonesian fighter Sunoto Peringkat last April 2016 didn’t go as planned. That however didn’t stop Soriano from trying and working hard when he stepped back in the cage to win his next battle.

His coaches and team mates are pushing him
everyday and shaping him into a better fighter.

Bernard has been hitting the gym hard as he prepares for fight number 3 at ONE. The guy was posting photos and videos on Instagram: burn_hitman and Facebook: /bernard.soriano.980 showing some of the hard work he have been putting in.  He is such a driven athlete. We have seen more from Soriano in terms of ground game. But the man also proved that not only he has one trick. It’s deadly if he keeps using his range while striking. All 3 of Soriano’s pro MMA wins have been stoppages whether it submission or knockout.

Soriano is looking forward to represent Hitman MMA and fly the Philippine flag high again. He is ready for the challenge!

Before punches being thrown in the cage next month, he answered my questions thrown at him first.

What do you think your edge/s over more experienced fighter (@ONE) Saiful Merican?

“I’ve been in this sport for a long time. I’ve had five kickboxing fights, winning all of them by KO. I believe that I have a better mma team. We have a lot good strikers and grapplers, including a BJJ black belt, and we even have a partially blind fighter who became a local champion and is now on the way to becoming a One FC fighter. This is the team I’ve been training with.”

Your spectacular KO win against Mario Wirawan for sure gave you a lot of confidence, have you ever thought of one day you will also contend for the belt?

“Getting the belt has always been the goal of every fighter. I don’t think much about it right now as I’m working my way up, but let’s see if I can continue my dominance in this competition someday.” 

What can you say about Eduard Folayang’s taking home the lightweight belt? and potentially facing off with Team Lakay’s Kevin Belingon in the future?

“I’m proud of Edward not just because he’s our kababayan, but because he really worked hard for it. As we all know, these fighters from Baguio are very hard-working and very dedicated to their craft. Facing Kevin Belingon is one of my dream fights as well, so if we ever meet along the way, that would give me the opportunity to become a step closer to my the One Championship gold.”

Who among fighter/s both local and international you look up to and why?

“Brandon Vera, he’s been there a long time, a champion and a true legend. BJ Penn who’s my idol and one of the reasons I started MMA myself. My good friend Gab Dy, a PXC fighter, he’s an inspiration to me. He’s very hard-working and talented.”

Who was the toughest opponent for you?

“Honorio Banario. He’s bigger than me, and my cardio was not as good as it is today which led to my defeat.”

If you weren’t a fighter, what would you be today?

“I’m actually fighting purely for passion and fun, but I’m a full-time businessman.”

Who among local fighter/s do you see has a potential to belong at ONE Championship?

“I’m not being biased, but in our MMA team, Hitman MMA, there’s a lot of deserving fighters. Take Jiar Castillo, for example, who is the current AFC Champion.”

Aside from MMA, what other sports you’re into?

“Beerpong”

Your message to your fans, to MMA fans in the Philippines

“Continue to dream because that’s where it all starts, as Les Brown said, “You don’t have to be great to start something, but you have to start something to be great.”

Malaysian superstar Ev “E.T.” Ting takes on lightweight veteran Kamal Shalorus at the top of the card. Also in action are Roy Doliguez who is also a pride of the Philippines, Alex Silva, Agilan Thani, Jeff Huang, Ann Osman, Vy Srey Khouch, Herbert Burns, Movlid Khaibulaev, Keanu Subba, Ahmed Mujtaba, Tiffany Teo, Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol, Muhammad Aiman and Eduardo Novaes.

The official ONE: Throne of Tigers card

Chris Hofmann Stops David Douglas, Retains URCC Middleweight Belt

Chris Hofmann successfully defended one of his two titles which was the middleweight on Friday, January 7 in Kezar Pavillion, San Francisco, CA at URCC 29: Conquest against David Douglas. The Filipino-Swiss Universal Reality Combat Championship fighter simultaneously holds two titles in two different weight classes.

Hofmann survived barrage of punches in 40 seconds by Douglas who nearly finished our kababayan during the opening round. Douglas started to slow which led Hofmann getting back to his feet. As soon as Hofmann put Douglas on the ground, he began unloading series of ground and pound and dominated his opponent. At 3 minutes 55 seconds of the first round, he finished David and capture the middleweight belt again! Is it just me or the referee didn’t see enough to stop the bout earlier? The referee let it go on a little longer even if I see the fighter wasn’t fighting back anymore. Just my opinion. But oh well, that was an impressive way to win a championship especially that Chris just won the belt two months ago which I think this fight came early. The Champ asked URCC though to book San Francisco fight during the post fight interview.

On Nov 6 2016, Chris Hofmann claimed the vacant middleweight belt following a 2-round TKO win over John Adajar. The heavy hand striker has finished five of his last opponents by TKO or knockout.

Kenneth Rivera with the Champ

What’s next for Chris Hofmann? Most definitely a URCC light heavyweight title defense. The next challenge we all looking forward.

The guy has amazing confidence. He took fight on short notice and happily accepted the move to 185. He trained, got in the best shape and won the middleweight title battle. And that hasn’t stopped the fighter from wanting to be booked for the San Francsico fight to put on a show for his fans and fulfill his commitment to fight. Chris Hofmann’s great work ethic and attitude will take him places.

Special shoutout to Mr. Kenneth Rivera who was at the event watching live and updating yours truly. Yes from US to PH! Pictures and videos were provided to me from him as well. Thank you. He is a friend of mine who is also a huge pinoy MMA fan in the US. Please ask permission before you post his stuffs.

"Passion" Lives Passionately and Inspire People with his Passion

Joshua Pacio has been training hard for his return to the cage, looks ready to fight to his best and showed strong character in struggle. The passion of “Passion” is a standout amongst young warriors on the planet.

Pacio showed an incredible performance against the champion Yoshitaka Naito by surviving numerous submission attempts and doing what the Japanese don’t like to do and that’s striking, but in the third round his opponent locked in a deep rear naked choke to force the tap at Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar last October 7, 2016.

The set back pushed the true warrior forward. We all lose at something or fail in our journey of life, it’s how he handled the loss that defines his character. I respect him more as a person, not just as fighter. He immediately went back in the gym training extremely hard and sweat with his squad soon after the biggest fight of his career. He trains and works non stop with the ONE lightweight champion Eduard Folayang, former featherweight champion Honorio Banario, Geje Eustaquio, Danny Kingad, April Osenio, Kevin Belingon, Edward Kelly and coach Mark Sangiao. A fight team and coaching staff that performs amazingly and develops him for the bigger and better. The young strawweight stalwart will also inspire, motivate and entertain in giving you some insight to the future on MMA. Just come and  train with Joshua Pacio at Lakay Training Center, Km.4, La Trinidad, Benguet, everyday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please text or call 09101153741 to inquire. Joshua is looking in the best condition of his life and ready for his comeback to fight the best guys out there and get another shot at the title as quickly as possible.

There is a saying: “There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs”. It still holds true. You must endure the training and development, so that you will be able to sustain the growth.

” You cannot find Defeat in my vocabulary, only the word Lesson. Expect a Different ME next time”

Pacio told his fans and people who keeps on supporting him after his title fight.

When will the time for 20 year-old warrior from Baguio’s Team Lakay comes for him to step back into the cage once again? Let’s wait and watch.

Neil Magny Goes Distance, Defeats Former Champion

The no. 8-ranked welterweight Neil Magny got the win in UFC 207 action Friday at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, beating former champion after the three rounds.

Neil Magny returned to the win column with a unanimous decision victory but it didn’t come without controversy. Johny Hendricks was landing takedowns and in ground control. No doubting or hating on Bigg Rigg but how take downs can be scored heavily when Hendricks was just holding his opponent and Mangy did more battle from the bottom. UFC even showed that Magny had twice as many significant ground strikes on TV.

The submission Neil Magny attempted when he got the head of former champion caught in a tight triangle with elbows during the first and last round was difference for me. He did more work. It was a near tap experience too. I thought it was going to be a submission finish though.

Close one. Magny edged Hendricks on scores after the three rounds. He also gets 20% of Hendricks purse. Hendricks missed weight for the third time. Neil Magny clearly deserved the win.

Here’s the UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey Results, Hightlights and Bonuses.

Powcast Celebrated End of 2016 in High Style

Powcast celebrated year-end in high style, with the presence of some sponsors. Why high? Well the laughter level is too high!

The bash went down two nights before new year’s eve, December 29, at MegaPro Family KTV and Restaurant in Makati. Founder Pow Salud and Warleigh Lacson hosted the event, along with Managing Director Nerissa Pascual.

Pow Salud thanked everyone. Would not have done it without the team in taking care of business, he said. Salud also talked about the personal fan touch style of Sports that Powcast is going to bring in 2017 with all the breaking and latest things they have to offer. Pow acknowledged Apple Gaviola (MMA), Nathaniel Sangcap (PBA), Ian Mellodilar (Boxing), Aldrin Alejo (Photography), Yan yan Morrondoz and Paolo Gaudite’s contributions to Powcast.

There were awesome games which got the whole team moving until hungry tummies filled with delicious Filipino food and Efes beers. Team A members Theresa Salud, Paolo Manuel File, Ian Lemuel Genada, Lorenz Huang, Nathaniel Sangcap, Robert Lim and Cynthia Pedrosa dominated with an overall win over Team B’s Apple Gaviola, Eugene Tabucol, Butch Rillera and Rick Mupas.

And here are the lucky winners of major raffle prizes from sponsors:

Ian Genada: Adidas Street Jam II AQ8555
Warleigh Lacson: Base London Fish ‘N’ Chips Spring Summer 16 footwear
Cynthia Pedrosa: Adidas Red Infill Backpack
Butch Rillera: City League’s Molten GG7X Basketball

There were t-shirts and 8-in-1 coffees everyone got from Global HoopsSkippy’s and Nutrislim.

The Powcast Team really knows how to throw down as they party and gets everyone to sing for a night of enjoyment.

UFC 207 Ends The 2016 With A BANG!

This is the ‘comeback’ UFC fans watching around the world have been waiting for! Ronda Rousey is back after more than a year of losing her title to Holly Holm at UFC 193. She will start her new Octagon journey and attempt to regain the UFC women’s bantamweight crown from Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 on Dec. 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada.

The co-headliner of the event is a UFC men’s bantamweight championship bout between current champion Dominick Cruz and undefeated Cody Garbrandt. Before their fight was announced, the pair were already trading insults at one another. Their trash talks which will be erupted into a brawl is unimaginable! The card also includes Dominick Cruz’ rival TJ Dillashaw who will face John Lineker.

The rematch between Fabrício Werdum and Cain Velasquez was scheduled to take place on this card but Velasquez was pulled from UFC 207 and ruled medically ineligible to compete by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. This is the second time an injury to Velasquez scrapped the bout. No word on who the UFC will get to fill in.

The prelim fights are going to be just as good as the main card. Former champion Jonny Hendricks returns to face the No. 8-ranked Neil Magny who is always willing to fight the best in the world at anytime. Hendricks having the mindset of retiring if he loses before a fight is not motivational for him. Can he get on track or will Magny end the road for the former UFC champion? Other welterweights, Dong Hyun Kim, Tarec Saffiedine, Alex Garcia, Mike Pyle, Tim Means, Alex Oliveira, Brandon Thatch and Niko Price lined up for UFC 207.

A flyweight bout between Luis Smolka and Ray Borg replaced the Maryna Moroz vs Jessica Andrade fight. On December 7 Moroz was replaced by Invicta FC strawweight champion Angela Hill who was then ruled out of fighting due to USADA rule. Hill is required to spend four months in the USADA drug-testing pool before competing. Hill was in the pool last year before she was released in October 2015. Subsequently, Andrade was removed from the card and will be rescheduled for a future event.

Lastly, Sabah Homasi was expected to fight Brandon Thatch at a welterweight bout. Homasi however pulled out due to injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Niko Price.

Here’s the complete UFC 207 line up is now set:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Female Bantamweight Championship
Amanda Nunes (c) vs. Ronda Rousey
UFC Bantamweight Championship
Dominick Cruz (c) vs. Cody Garbrandt
Bantamweight: T.J. Dillashaw vs. John Lineker
Flyweight: Ray Borg vs. Louis Smolka

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Johny Hendricks vs. Neil Magny
Welterweight: Dong Hyun Kim vs. Tarec Saffiedine
Welterweight: Alex Garcia vs. Mike Pyle
Middleweight: Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Marvin Vettori

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:30 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Tim Means vs. Alex Oliveira
Welterweight: Brandon Thatch vs. Niko Price

UFC 206: Holloway vs. Pettis

The five round fight between Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis still on at a catchweight, but ‘Showtime’ will no longer competing for the interim title and 20-percent of his pay check goes to ‘Blessed’. If Holloway wins he will be the interim featherweight champion. Pettis is the first fighter to missed weight for a UFC championship bout since Travis Lutter at UFC 67 in February 2007. UFC 206 will be held on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Both Holloway and Pettis were elevated to the main event when light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier pulled out due to injury and the bout was scrapped with Anthony Johnson two weeks before UFC 206.

Rustam Khabilov and Valérie Létourneau also missed the required weight for their respective fights. They fined 20-percent of the purse, which goes to Jason Saggo and Viviane Pereira .

Before this night, on Friday, December 9, New York state will get its second UFC event as UFC Fight Night 102 will land at the Times Union Center in Albany.

Also on the card, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone looks for his third win at welterweight when he takes on the always tough Matt “The Immortal” Brown, who will attempt to bounce back from the first TKO loss of his career when he last stepped into the Octagon against Jake Ellenberger at UFC 201.

Another ultra exciting featherweight fight is headed to Canada as well, as Cub Swanson takes on “The Korean Superboy,” Dooho Choi in what should be a fast-paced, crowd-pleasing affair.

Here’s  UFC 206 official fight card:

Main Card (10 p.m. ET on pay-per-view-)
MAIN EVENT: Max Holloway (145) vs. Anthony Pettis (148)*
Matt Brown (171) vs. Donald Cerrone (170.5)
Dooho Choi (145.5) vs. Cub Swanson (146)
Kelvin Gastelum (185) vs. Tim Kennedy (186)
Emil Meek (170.5) vs. Jordan Mein (170)

UFC 206 Prelims (8 p.m. ET on FS1)
Misha Cirkunov (205) vs. Nikita Krylov (206)
Olivier Aubin-Mercier (156) vs. Drew Dober (156)
Valerie Letourneau (117.5) vs. Viviane Pereira (114)
Mitch Gagnon (135.5) vs. Matthew Lopez (136)

UFC 206 Early Prelims (6:30 p.m. on UFC Fight Pass)
John Makdessi (155) vs. Lando Vannata (156)
Rustam Khabilov (158.5) vs. Jason Saggo (155)
Zach Makovsky (125) vs. Dustin Ortiz (125)

The Ultimate Fighter 24: Demetrious Johnson vs. Tim Elliott

The Ultimate Fighter Finale: A Tournament of Champions, which is headlined by the five-round flyweight title fight between Demetrious Johnson and Tim Elliott who wins the tournament and earns the title shot at Mighty Mouse, airs live on FS1 from the Pearl Theatre at the Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Tim Elliott as the TUF winner will also receive a Harley-Davidson motorcycle of their choosing and a six-figure UFC contract.

A flyweight bout between season coaches and former title challengers Joseph Benavidez and Henry Cejudo will serve as the co-main event.

Gray Maynard finally breaks his losing streak and get a new start at 145 pounds. Things don’t get easier for him though, as TUF 22 winner Ryan Hall has the kind of ground game that makes a fighter rethink whether he wants to ever go to the ground again.

Brandon Moreno, returns to the Octagon for the first time since his short notice submission win over Louis Smolka, and he’s drawn another tough assignment in Texas’ Ryan Benoit, whose most notable win to date saw him stop another top flyweight prospect, Sergio Pettis.

Four prelim bouts will air live on FS1 starting at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Two fights will kick off the night of action on UFC FIGHT PASS starting at 7pm ET/4 pm PT

Here’s the official fight card and results of the weigh in:

Main Event – Flyweight Title Fight (Five rounds) Demetrious Johnson (124.5) vs Tim Elliott (125)

FS1 Main Card – 10 pm ET/7 pm PT Joseph Benavidez (125.5) vs Henry Cejudo (125.5) Jake Ellenberger (170.25) vs Jorge Masvidal (171) Ion Cutelaba (205.5) vs Jared Cannonier (204) Sara McMann (135.5) vs Alexis Davis (134.75) Brandon Moreno (126) vs Ryan Benoit (125.5)

FS1 Prelims – 8 pm ET/5 pm PT Ryan Hall (145) vs Gray Maynard (145.5) Rob Font (135.5) vs Matt Schnell (135.5) Dong Hyun Kim (155.5) vs Brendan O’Reilly (155) Kailin Curran (116) vs Jamie Moyle (115)

UFC FIGHT PASS Prelims – 7 pm ET/4 pm PT Elvis Mutapcic (185) vs Anthony Smith (185.5) Josh Stansbury (204.5) vs Devin Clark (205.5)

Brandon Vera and Bibiano Fernandes Remain Champions at ONE: Age of Domination

Two title fights on one night! ONE Championship returned to the fighting capital of Manila with the world’s most exciting MMA action at ONE: AGE OF DOMINATION December 2 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Brandon Vera made Hideki Sekine’s pro record unbeaten no more as he successfully defended his heavyweight title in just one round. The Japanese never stood a chance. As soon as the round started, Vera was punishing his face that broke his nose and a headkick was threw at the Japanese fighter as well.

Brandon Vera at the post fight presscon:

Di ko po ma explain yung feeling. I won three straight dahil po sa babaeng yan oh (pointing to the love of his life, Nenja).

I want to keep fighting before I retire at 40. I’m already 39. But that doesn’t mean na kapag 40 na ako, mag retire na ako. Titignan ko siyempre kung kaya pa ng katawan ko.

If he quits MMA, he can concentrate on showbiz and politics like Manny Pacquiao. He can also be a farmer “The Truth” said.

Bibiano Fernandes defeated the half Pinoy Reece McLaren and retained his bantamweight belt via split decision in a hell of a fight! Both gave the us the most entertaining and brutal five rounds of fight! “The Flash” landed blows and took his opponent down several times in the early rounds. McLaren’s footwork and head movement brought the counter. “Lightning” escaped bleeding Fernandes’ submission attempts at the same time.

The clash at catchweight between Mark Striegl and Sotir Kuchikov was great. What impressed yours truly was Kuchikov’s chin and submission defense. “Mugen” was the aggressor mixing up strikes and kicks and he relentlessly pursued his opponent until the bell rang in the third and last round.” A win is a win. I’ll take it,” Striegl said.

Coming off a huge first round submission win against a very tough opponent Eugene Toquero, Danny Kingad maintained his perfect wins record. Team Lakay had five fights went 3-2 last night:

I didn’t expect na makakalaban ko po siya. Dati napapanood ko lang siya. Striker siya kaya sa baba ko siya kinuha.

Edward Kelly looks to keep his winning ways and train more when asked if he’s ready for a title fight after impressively submitting Sunoto:

Marami po magagaling sa Featherweight. Mag train pa po muna ako ng mag train.

Coach Mark Sanguiao and the lightweight champion Eduard Folayang also graced the post fight presscon. The Champ was hoping to defend his title in Manila. Coach Mark sees the Malaysian-Kiwi sensation as potential challenger for “Landslide”:

Gusto ko susunod makalaban niya si Ev Ting kasi diba tatlong Filipino na natatalo niya.

Meanwhile, Eduard Folayang enjoys his victory and being a Champion. He also brings inspirations to his teammates and future MMA fighters.

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Below is the ONE: Age of Domination full card results:

Champion Brandon Vera def. Hideki Sekine via TKO (strikes), Round 1
Champion Bibiano Fernandes def. Reece McLaren via unanimous decision
Mark Striegl def. Sotir Kichukov via unanimous decision
Toni Tauru def. Geje Eustaquio via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:55
Honorio Banario def. Rajinder Singh Meena via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 4:04
Leandro Ataides def. Mohamed Ali via knockout (flying knee) – Round 2, 4:54
Edward Kelly def. Sunoto Peringkat via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 2:14
Danny Kingad def. Eugene Toquero via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 4:26
Jenny Huang def. April Osenio via submission (gogoplata) – Round 2, 4:28
Sim Bunsrun def. Liu Peng Shuai via unanimous decision
Xie Bin def. Mario Satya via unanimous decision

Pinoy Jenel Lausa and other Fighters Score Victories at UFC Melbourne: Whittaker vs. Derek Brunson

UFC Fight Night 101: Whittaker vs. Brunson was held on November 27, 2016 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.

Aussie Robert Whittaker put on a show. His counter offensive was very good and effective that led to first round TKO against Derek Brunson in front of his home crowd in Melbourne. They earned the Fight of the Night bonus and the Performance of the Night bonus was also awarded to Robert Whittaker.

Tyson Pedro gave an awesome performance as well. He kept his composure after being knocked down and recovers. The Aussie gets his first UFC win in round one by choking Khalil Rountree out and awarded $50,000 for Performance of the Night.

Our very own Jenel Lausa’s UFC debut fight at flyweight was victorious, too. He edges Yao Zhikui bags unanimous decision win. His headkick followed by punches on the ground in the second round was the most exciting part of the fight. Great that another Filipino is making waves in the world’s number one mixed martial arts promotion company.

Here’s the result of UFC Melbourne fight card:

Main Event
Robert Whittaker def. Derek Brunson via TKO at 4:07,of rd 1

FS1 Main Card
Andrew Holbrook def. Jake Matthews  via SD
Omari Akhmedov def. Kyle Noke via UD
Alex Volkanovski def. Yusuke Kasuya via TKO at 2:06 of rd 1
Tyson Pedro def. Khalil Rountree via submission at 4:07 of rd 1
Danielle Taylor def. Seohee Ham via SD

FS1 Prelims
Daniel Kelly def. Chris Camozzi via UD
Damien Brown def. Jon Tuck via SD
Jonathan Meunier def. Rich Walsh via UD
Ben Nguyen def Geane Herrera via UD

UFC FIGHT PASS Prelims
Jason Knight def. Dan Hooker via UD
Marlon Vera def.  Ning Guangyou via UD
Jenel Lausa def. Yao Zhikui via UD


Bellator 165: Chandler vs. Henderson in LW Championship

SANTA MONICA, CALIF – It’s a fight that both men have had their sights set on for quite some time, and now it serves as the main event of Bellator MMA’s return to the at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. on Nov. 19, when Michael Chandler (15-3) defends his Bellator MMA Lightweight Championship against Benson Henderson (24-6).

The tilt anchors a card that also features a welterweight feature bout pitting undefeated British striker Michael “Venom” Page (11-0) against Menifee, Calif., native Fernando Gonzalez (25-13), after the two had originally been scheduled to fight at “Bellator 151” and “Bellator 158.”

“Iron” Michael Chandler will look to defend his belt for the first time since having it wrapped around his waist following a devastating first-round knockout over Patricky “Pitbull” at “Bellator 157: Dynamite 2.” A 15-fight veteran of Bellator MMA, Chandler has consistently proven that he belongs among the world’s elite; collecting memorable wins over who’s who at 155-pounds including UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. The 30-year-old Missouri native now looks to capture his third career title defense, after successfully defending the belt at both “Bellator 85” and “Bellator 97” during his 2013 reign. The veteran enters his fight with “Smooth” riding a hot streak of three straight victories and now sets his sights on handing Henderson his first Bellator MMA loss at lightweight.

The highly anticipated professional mixed martial arts debut of Kevin “Baby Slice” Ferguson Jr. will come against Aaron Hamilton in a welterweight bout during the preliminary portion of the card.

Complete “Bellator 165: Chandler vs. Henderson” Main Card:
Lightweight World Title Main Event: Michael Chandler (15-3) vs. Benson Henderson (24-6)
Welterweight Co-Main Event: Michael “Venom” Page (11-0) vs. Fernando Gonzalez (25-13)
Light Heavyweight Feature Bout: Linton Vassell (16-5) vs. Francis Carmont (25-11)
Lightweight Feature Bout: Adam Piccolotti (8-0) vs. Brandon Girtz (14-4)
Preliminary Card:
Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Diego Herzog (3-2) vs. Nick Pica (5-0)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: James Terry (17-9) vs. Justin Baesman (19-10-1)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Jose Perez (2-1) vs. J.T. Donaldson (2-1)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: J.J. Okanovich (2-1) vs. Luis Vargas (Debut)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Hugo Lujan (0-1) vs. Cesar Gonzalez (Debut)
Welterweight “VOW” Preliminary Bout: Dominic Sumer (Debut) vs. Justin Roswell (1-0)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Danasabe Mohammed (5-0) vs. Dwight Grant (6-1)
Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Sarah D’Alelio (10-6) vs. Jaimelene Nievera (4-1)

About Bellator MMA:
Bellator MMA is a leading Mixed Martial Arts organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator is available to nearly 500 million homes worldwide in over 140 countries. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike, the MMA television leader.  Bellator MMA is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.  Bellator is based in Santa Monica, California and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world’s premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.

About Spike:
Spike is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike’s Internet address is http://www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

About SAP Center at San Jose:
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, SAP Center at San Jose is the premier sports and entertainment venue in Northern California. Each year, SAP Center hosts approximately 175 events featuring professional and amateur athletes, Olympic athletes, Grammy award-winners, international recording artists, and a variety of performers who appeal to children and families alike. SAP Center at San Jose is home to the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League. For more information about SAP Center at San Jose and for a list of upcoming events, visit the SAP Center home page at http://www.sapcenter.com.

UFC Fight Night 100: Ryan Bader vs. Rogerio Nogueira in Sao Paulo

UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. Nogueira 2 will be held on November 19, 2016 at Ginásio do Ibirapuera in São Paulo, Brazil.

Six years ago when the Ryan Bader and Rogerio Nogueira first bout happened, and while the first bout wasn’t a barnburner by any means, things might be a little different this time around. Back then, Bader was strictly a wrestler and he used his wrestling to win that fight. He’s developed his striking since then, and while he’s no Nogueira on the feet, he may be willing to stand and see what “Little Nog” has left in his fists and his chin. If that’s the case, it could get interesting real quick in Sao Paulo.

Albert Morales’ willingness to face Thomas Almeida in Almeida’s hometown two months after his UFC debut can mean one of two things. A) Morales is living up to his “Warrior” nickname, or B) Morales believes that Almeida’s KO loss to Cody Garbrandt in May showed the kind of holes he can capitalize on this weekend. Either way, this is an important bout for Almeida, and one that would be costly to lose.

Zak Ottow replaced Michael Graves who was removed from the fight on October 3 after he was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge.

The Matheus Nicolau vs. Ulka Sasaki was expected to face each other at the event. Nicolau however was pulled from the bout on November 3 after USADA revealed a potential anti-doping violation from a sample taken October 13. Unfortunately, Sasaki was pulled from the event entirely and will be rescheduled for a future event.

The official card:

Main Event – Five rounds
Ryan Bader  vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

FS1 Main Card – 9 pm ET/6 pm PT
Thomas Almeida  vs. Albert Morales
Claudia Gadelha  vs. Cortney Casey
Thales Leites  vs. Krzysztof Jotko
Warlley Alves  vs. Kamaru Usman
Sergio Moraes  vs. Zak Ottow

FS1 Prelims – 7 pm ET/4 pm PT
Cezar Ferreira  vs. Jack Hermansson
Marcos Rogerio de Lima  vs. Gadzhimurad Antigulov
Johnny Eduardo  vs. Manny Gamburyan
Luis Henrique  vs. Christian Colombo

UFC FIGHT PASS Prelims – 6 pm ET/3 pm PT
Pedro Munhoz  vs. Justin Scoggins
Francimar Barroso  vs. Darren Stewart

UFC Fight Night 99: Mousasi vs. Hall 2 in Belfast

Despite winning five of his last six bouts and soaring to the top five in the middleweight division, Gegard Mousasi wants to avenge that one loss in that stretch, and he’ll get that chance on November 19 when he faces No. 10-ranked Uriah Hall in the new main event of UFC Fight Night at The SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The new main event came together when Gunnar Nelson was forced from his bout against Dong Hyun Kim due to injury. Kim will be rescheduled for a future card.

The event will air live on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 12:30pm ET / 9:30am PT.

Currently sporting a three-fight winning streak, the Netherlands’ Mousasi is coming off his biggest UFC win to date, a second round knockout of Vitor Belfort at UFC 204 earlier this month. Now making a quick turnaround, he will attempt to even the score with New York’s Hall, a dynamic striker who delivered the most notable win of his career when he used a series of strikes to score a highlight reel finish of Mousasi in September of 2015. Now “Prime Time” will seek a repeat in his European debut.

A flyweight bout between Kyoji Horiguchi and Ali Bagautinov was rescheduled for this event which was originally from the cancelled UFC Fight Night: Lamas vs. Penn in Manila.

Zak Cummings weighed 172.8 lbs over the welterweight limit of 171 lbs when the fighters stepped on the scale today. As a result, he was fined and it went to his opponent Alexander Yakovlev and the bout will proceed as scheduled at a catchweight.

Here’s the official fight card:

8 Filipino Fighting Talents to Dominate ONE: Age of Domination

Eight Filipinos who significantly made waves in the international MMA scene will be fighting on December 2 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila. ONE Championship is returning to the fighting capital of Manila with the world’s most exciting MMA action at ONE: AGE OF DOMINATION. Set to once again electrify a packed SM Mall of Asia Arena, the blockbuster event will see the return of Filipino MMA superstar and ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera after claiming his title last December 11, 2015 following a knockout verdict in just 26 seconds over Paul Cheng. He will defend the crown against the unbeaten Japanese challenger Hideki Sekine in a clash between two of Asia’s top heavyweights.

“My opponent is an undefeated Japanese martial arts veteran who is really strong and has a very capable ground game. I think is a good test for me to see where I am at in my career. Japanese fighters are very, very tough. I will need to come into the fight in my best condition. I don’t want to take any opponent lightly,”

– Brandon Vera about Hideki Sekine.

Filipino-American Brandon “The Truth” Vera is a 39-year-old mixed martial arts veteran with a 14-7-0, 1 NC professional record. He joined ONE Championship in 2014 after competing for over a decade as one of the world’s best fighters. A devastating striker with well-rounded submission grappling skills.

Japanese heavyweight contender Hideki Sekine is set to make his ONE Championship debut after making a name for himself in Japanese MMA promotion DEEP. Known for his brute strength and technical grappling ability, Sekine owns three victories by submission and another three by knockout. He now figures in the toughest battle of his career against ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera.

That’s not the only world championship on the line in Manila. The ONE Bantamweight World Championship pits the reigning titleholder Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes against rising challenger Reece “Lightning” McLaren at the co-main event.

To deliver more action-packed, exciting fights that Filipino ONE FC fans have come to expect, the biggest stars in Asian MMA will be pitted against the Philippines’ best fighting talents, with the list who will showcase their wares on the international MMA stage including former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio Banario and top contenders Mark Striegl, Geje Eustaquio, Edward Kelly, Danny Kingad, Eugene Toquero and April Osenio.

28-year-old Filipino mixed martial arts sensation Mark “Mugen” Striegl is one of the top fighters at bantamweight and featherweight. He began his professional career on a 12-fight win streak and made a successful ONE Championship debut in 2014 against American Casey Suire. Striegl then joined the prestigious Evolve Fight Team in 2015 and now trains with Asia’s best world champions in Singapore. He is set to make his highly-anticipated return to the ONE cage against Rafael Nunes.

Rafael Nunes is a professional mixed martial artist with a 10-1 record and is one of the top lightweights to emerge from Brazil. He has steamrolled through the competition in his home country with a knack for winning by exciting finish. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt, Nunes is equally comfortable finishing his opponents by submission or strikes. He looks to showcase his multi-faceted skillset in his next bout, and will face a tough challenge when he takes on Mark Striegl.

Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio is one of the most proficient wushu practitioners in the Philippines. His solid striking and grappling skills have led him to big wins over the course of his career in ONE Championship. Training in the high altitudes of Baguio City, Eustaquio hones his craft with his world-class teammates at the famed Team Lakay. Known for his ability to keep his composure while facing adversity, Eustaquio is set to do battle against Toni Tauru.

31-year-old Toni “Dynamite” Tauru of Utti, Finland, is a professional mixed martial artist competing in ONE Championship’s flyweight division. He owns a record of 10-4-1, with seven of his wins coming impressively by submission. A feared grappling specialist, Tauru is looking for his first victory inside the ONE Championship cage, but he will have to contend against Geje Eustaquio in order to get it.

Team Lakay’s Honorio “The Rock” Banario has long been one of the Philippines’ most respected mixed martial arts veterans. His vast cage experience has brought him all over Asia, with many memorable battles against top divisional talent. Among his many skills, Banario possesses high-level striking and steadily improved grappling. The former ONE Featherweight World Champion, Banario is an expert in wushu, and is ready to showcase his lightning-quick strikes against Rajinder Singh Meena.

Rajinder Singh “Knockout” Meena of India is a professional mixed martial artist competing in the ONE Championship lightweight division. He owns a record of eight wins and two losses, with all eight of his victories coming by finish. Possessing a robust grappling skill set, Meena owns five impressive wins by submission. In his next bout however, he will have to find a way to deal with world-class striker Honorio Banario.

Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly is a 32-year-old Filipino MMA talent and one of the brightest featherweight prospects to emerge from the Philippines. A mixed martial artist with a complete striking and grappling skill set, Kelly brings Team Lakay’s world-renowned wushu to centerstage as he looks to showcase his expertise inside the ONE Championship cage. In his last bout, Kelly scored a one-punch knockout of veteran fighter Vincent Latoel. He seeks to replicate the feat this time against Sunoto.

31-year-old Sunoto “The Terminator” of Jakarta, Indonesia, is a professional mixed martial artist competing in the ONE Championship featherweight division. He owns an MMA record of five wins and two losses, including three highly-impressive submission victories. In his last two bouts, Sunoto finished two high-caliber opponents in Burn Soriano and countryman Yohan Mulia Legowo. In his next bout, Sunoto takes on Filipino rising star Edward Kelly.

Atomweight standout April Osenio of the Philippines is known as Team Lakay’s fierce female warrior. The 22-year-old prospect trains out of the high-altitudes of Baguio City along with her more experienced Lakay brothers. In her last bout, Osenio upset Malaysian fighting belle Ann “Athena” Osman impressively by guillotine choke submission, highlighting her growing skills beyond the striking art of wushu. She now aims to advance her standing in ONE by taking on a new challenge in Jenny Huang.

25-year-old Jenny Huang is female mixed martial artist who hails from Taiwan. Unbeaten with a professional MMA record of four wins and no losses, Huang also owns two impressive submission victories. In her most recent bout, Huang needed less than one round to finish off Indian fighter Jeet Toshi, winning by arm-triangle choke. Now, Huang steps up in competition to face the Philippines’ April Osenio.

An unbeaten flyweight contender from Team Lakay, Danny Kingad is a professional mixed martial artist with a perfect three win, no loss record. One of the top prospects to come out of the high altitudes of Baguio City, Philippines, Kingad is a tremendous striker, operating out of his world-class wushu base. In his most recent bout, Kingad needed just one round to impressively stop Malaysia’s Muhammad Haidar. He will take on Eugene Toquero next.

Flyweight standout Eugene Toquero is a former celebrity mixed martial arts and fitness coach in his native Manila, Philippines. The Filipino stalwart has a knack for highlight-reel striking techniques and operates at a pace which opponents find hard to keep up with. In his last bout, Toquero nearly defeated former ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano Moraes, losing by submission in a tough contest. Now he faces fellow Filipino Danny Kingad next.

Kicking off ONE: AGE OF DOMINATION are flyweight fighters Liu Peng Shuai and Sim Bunsrun, who are set to do battle in a three-round bout. Liu is the Hefei Flyweight Tournament Champion, while the Cambodian Bunsrun is a winner of his last two fights including an impressive first-round submission in his promotional debut.

In the first bout of the evening, 18-year-old Chinese fighter Xie Bin takes on Indonesia’s Mario Satya Wirawan. Xie last appeared in a tremendous contest against Casey Suire, while Wirawan went to battle with another future of Philippine MMA Burn Soriano, the 15-sec spinning backfist KO man. Both fighters are looking to get back on track with a victory.

Be at the SM Mall of Asia Arena to support Brandon Vera and the seven more Filipinos excelling in MMA as they take on their opponents in front of their predominantly home crowd.

“The Philippines is just as much my home as the United States is, and I am truly blessed to be able to compete here in front of all the Filipino fans. It’s an amazing country and we discover something new everyday. It’s an honor to be able to headline massive ONE Championship fight cards.”

– Brandon Vera to defend on home turf.

Here’s the image of the full fight card:

Get your tickets now, because this is one sports entertainment experience not to be missed!

TICKETS: http://bit.ly/onedomination

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The Time UFC Fans Around The World Have Been Waiting For!!!

The time UFC fans around the world have been waiting for! Less than 48 hours until UFC 205.

The Octagon travels to New York City for the first time at Madison Square Garden hosts the already historic event on November 12!

Does anyone think Eddie Alvarez can be the latest underdog in a year full of upsets to retain his lightweight belt against Conor McGregor?

Alvarez will be badly badly hurt and it will be over for him. He will not fight again and not look the same after the fight according to Conor McGregor. He has been through hell a lot of wars. He’s been dropped continuously.

He’s right.  I do think it’s a game, and I know it’s a game.  I think he’s right in his assessment. The guys he’s picked to fight, these are subpar guys.  Even Nate is a .500 lightweight and everybody in the lightweight division has beat Nate and he had trouble doing that.  So the guys he’s faced are nothing, nothing of a caliber fighter I am.  And he will see the night of the fight that, ‘S***, I’ve been going up against s****y opponents that were good style matchups and this one’s not and I’m f****d.  Because he’s stronger, way stronger, just as fast and he’s got skill sets that can dominate me any day of the week.’  That’s what the reality he’s going to deal with.  He’s trying to convince himself that he can do something he knows he can’t.  And the night of the fight, we’ll see.  And I would love –

– Eddie Alvarez answered.

Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley will defend his belt against Stephen Thompson in the co-main event. Woodley is looking to knock his opponent out to put on the performance of the night. Woodley is known to come out aggressively during his fights. He has proved against Robbie Lawler that he has the one-punch knockout power.

Well, he does.  He’s definitely got some one-hitter quitter power, as you saw when he fought Robbie Lawler.  I mean, it took one shot.  Obviously I want to stay away from that right hand. But, he’s not only a good striker, he’s always a good wrestler, so when I go out there I definitely have to be on my P’s and Q’s, because not only could he hit you with the right hand, but he’ll take you down as well.  Keeping my footwork, always moving, making it difficult for him to beat on my legs, and just trying to hit and move. That’s the only thing I can do, try and Muhammad Ali him. He is the champion for a reason, so I’m taking that into perspective and always being aware when I’m out there.

-,Stephen Thompson on how he plan to approach their fight.

The toughest woman at straweight Joanna Jedrzejczyk returns to the octagon this weekend to defend her title and have a rematch with Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

Definitely she is going to be different fighter than she was four years ago.  It’s a big deal for her.  It’s a big fight for both of us.  For me, because I want to defend my title for fourth time already, but she’s a challenger. She has nothing to lose. I must put on great fight.  I put on a great performance this camp, but I must put on good fight and everything is going to be fine.

– Joanna Jedrzejczyk about the changes or if Karolina evolved in the years, since then coming into this fight.

Everybody wants to know about Chris Weidman and New York, and rightfully so, as the Long Islander played a pivotal role in getting MMA sanctioned in his home state earlier this year. But what about Yoel Romero, the guy Weidman is fighting on November 12? The Olympic Silver medalist from Cuba has been nearly forgotten in the lead-up to the fight, but he has the power to spoil this homecoming with one swing, and luckily, “The All-American” knows it. So despite all the media obligations, Weidman has been putting in the hours in the gym and he expects to be more than ready for the real reason he’s heading into Midtown on Saturday night.

Donald Cerrone has been a revelation at welterweight, with three wins, three finishes and three bonuses since moving from the lightweight division in February. And while “Cowboy” still talks of going back to 155, if he beats Kelvin Gastelum this weekend, you have to put him in the title picture. Of course, that’s easier said than done, and with Gastelum coming off the best win of his career over Johny Hendricks in July, and him being the bigger and stronger welterweight, it just might be the former Ultimate Fighter winner walking away with the win, the bonus, and a spot in the title race. On November 11 however Kelvin Gastelum announced that he didn’t make the weight limit. He apologized to Cowboy Cerrone that their match was pulled from the card.

Before Raquel Pennington and Miesha Tate even step into the Octagon on Saturday, you have to tip your cap to these two ladies, who have probably fought the highest level of competition of anyone in WMMA. That means this one is likely going to be a grueling three-round war, because neither fighter knows how to give ground to an opponent. Sure, they’ve had their losses, but they’ve only come against the best in the business, making this a solid opener to the Pay-Per-View main card.

Frankie Edgar and Jeremy Stephens could wind up being a Gatti-Ward type fight for MMA. Think about it – two old school, hard-nosed fighters who always show to do just that – fight. It may not be pretty in a conventional sense, but I think after 15 minutes of action, we’ll call it a beautiful masterpiece.

Despite his background on the mat, Michael Johnson told me he’s not getting into a wrestling match with Khabib Nurmagomedov. Good call, and a smart one, because if “The Menace” can keep his unbeaten foe at bay and stick and move his way out of trouble, it will be another statement-making victory for a young man who will have gone from back-to-back losses to Beniel Dariush and Nate Diaz to the doorstep of a world title shot.

Chicago’s Belal Muhammad has quickly become a must-see in the Octagon, and the fact that this is his third fight in the UFC since July (and fourth overall for 2016) just adds to his appeal. And then there’s Vicente Luque, who has also emerged as one of the welterweight division’s top prospects as well thanks to three consecutive wins – and finishes. This will be an exciting fight, but more importantly, a star will likely emerge from the bout.

In July, Jim Miller was contemplating retirement. Now he’s got a two-fight winning streak and could crash the lightweight top 15 again if he can defeat Thiago Alves. Brazil’s “Pitbull” never thought about walking away after a series of injuries, but now he’s entering a new division against one of that division’s most aggressive competitors. Miller will find out quick is Alves is ready for 155 pounds.

With his back against the wall earlier this year, Tim Boetsch delivered, snapping a three-fight losing skid with a stoppage of Josh Samman. In that fight, “The Barbarian” realized that living up to his nickname in the Octagon may be the best course of action from here on out. And he can repeat that kind of performance against Rafael Natal, but he’ll also have to look out for the kind of slick jiu-jitsu “Sapo” can deliver after the slightest of mistakes from an opponent.

New Jersey’s Katlyn Chookagian impressed in her UFC debut, decisioning Lauren Murphy with a striking attack that had all the hallmarks of her coach Mark Henry in it. If she can maintain that attack against former world title challenger Liz Carmouche, she may just end up in the top 10 next week. But Carmouche is no easy out for anyone, and her swarming style will be a tough one for the local favorite to deal with for 15 minutes.

Below is the full fight card, bout order and broadcast details:

MAIN CARD: (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez vs. featherweight champ Conor McGregor – for lightweight title
Champ Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson – for welterweight title
Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz – for strawweight title
Yoel Romero vs. Chris Weidman
Donald Cerrone vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Raquel Pennington vs. Miesha Tate

PRELIMINARY CARD: (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)
Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens
Michael Johnson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Rashad Evans vs. Tim Kennedy
Vicente Luque vs. Belal Muhammad

PRELIMINARY CARD: (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)
Thiago Alves vs. Jim Miller
Tim Boetsch vs. Rafael Natal
Liz Carmouche vs. Katlyn Chookagian

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Eduard Folayang Brings the Belt Back to the Land and Put Team Lakay’s ONE Title Drought in an End

12 November 2016. The day the Philippines and Filipino fight fans were treated to a night of unforgettable fight as EDUARD LANDSLIDE FOLAYANG defeated MMA legend Shinya Aoki via TKO in a 5-round battle to claim the ONE Championship LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD TITLE in Singapore with ONE: DEFENDING HONOR at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Eduard Folayang put Baguio City’s Team Lakay three years title drought in an end and brought the belt back to the land. The Landslide gave Philippines the third world champion in ONE Championship honor and prestige. Folayang have once again made us Filipinos proud.

The Filipino and Japanese warriors went back and forth in the ground and stand up duel. The finish came in the third round as Aoki’s face planted on the canvas taking unanswered relentless punches from the face of Philippine MMA. The referee had to stopped the fight.

In the co-main event of the night, ONE featherweight champion Marat Gafurov outlasted Narantungalag Jadambaa via submission for the second time. Gafurov won the interim title from Jadambaa in their first match up at 2015 ONE: Dynasty of Champions. Last night, Gafurov unified the featherweight title and stay undefeated by choking Jadambaa out in the fourth round.

Amir Khan defeated Vaugh Donaire from Philippines via submission. The kimura was a crazy and scary moment in their fight. Amir survived and then escaped it. Khan pulled off a rear naked choke in the clinch and pulled guard to finish the fight. Donaire is a former URCC champion, who holds a purple belt in BJJ and is a veteran of 13 fights.

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Eduard Folayang def. Shinya Aoki by TKO (strikes). Round 3, 0:41 – for lightweight title
Marat Gafurov def. Narantungalag Jadambaa by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 4:50 – for featherweight title
Amir Khan def. Vaugh Donaire by submission (rear-naked-choke). Round 3, 2:22
Michelle Nicolini def. Mona Samir by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 2:16
Roger Huerta def. Adrian Pang by split decision
Kotetsu Boku def. Timofey Nastyukhin by TKO (injury). Round 1, 5:00
Tiffany Teo def. Walaa Abbas by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 4:15
Ahmed Mujtaba def. Benedict Ang by unanimous decision
Nico Soe def. Muhamad Haidar by submission (armbar). Round 1, 1:17