4 Pinoy Heroes Battle for Glory at ONE: Hero’s Dream

Pinoy MMA warriors Burn Soriano, Eugene Toquero, Jeremy Miado and Jomary Torres look to make a statement in the cage as they head to Yangon, Myanmar for their journey to ONE: Hero’s Dream, Friday, November 3, 2017 at Thuwunna Indoor Stadium.

ONE Championship 63: Hero’s Dream pits Aung La N Sang vs Alain Ngalani battle in an open weight super bout. His middleweight strap will not be defended, the Burmese champion has agreed to take on Muay Thai heavyweight world champion Alain Ngalani. The main card will also feature Pinoy favorite Burn Soriano. In his last fight, Soriano suffered a tough loss against Malaysia’s Saiful Merican. Soriano completely dominated Merican in the early first round only to find himself outworked before the round ends. “Hitman” looks to get back to his winning ways.

Thanks Ms. Apple. February 10 was a day to learn. It has become my biggest motivator as well. No excuses.  

Soriano told Powcast nine months ago. His Alliance training camp with coach George Castro all completed now. Soriano is ready to fight.

Related link: Devastated Burn Soriano was Dealing with Stomach Flu Prior to the Fight

Related link: Burn Soriano To Show Off Results Of Training Under Brandon Vera

Eugene Toquero is another Pinoy fan-favorite. “Boy Hawi” will try to stop his three-fight losing streak as he takes on chinese Ma Hao Bin. Toquero fell three-straight to quality opponents such as ONE flyweight champion Adriano Moraes, compatriot and no. 1 flyweight Danny Kingad and Indonesian standout Stefer Rahardian. Toquero has a lot of hair rising work to do to get back in the win column.

I have made other adjustments. I train longer and harder now. I don’t want to be complacent because I am not getting any younger. This is a huge organization with a lot of very good martial artists from all over the world.

This time, l will make sure that my hand is raised as the winner. I am not going home with a loss on 3rd of November, he said.

Related link: Eugene Toquero Vows to Give it his all at ONE: HERO’S DREAM

The debut in April 2016 at ONE: Kings of Destiny didn’t go exactly as planned. Jeremy Miado loses split decision to Robin Catalan. These two are decent on the ground. Only the one with better strategy can defeat another. That was just the beginning! Eager to return to action, “The Jaguar” will be competing against Thailand’s Pongsiri Misatit with an undefeated record of 8-0. If he lose the first battle doesn’t mean he will lose the second time. Miado was a former strawweight champion at Blaze FC. The hunger is still there from Miado and if he can produce a great performance then he will have his first ONE victory.

On the contrary, Jomary Torres shocked the world on her debut about the upset victory over Thailand standout Rika Ishige at ONE: Kings and Conquerors. The Zamboanginian fighter forced Tiny Doll to tap out to end her undefeated run! That’s Jomary Torres’ rise to prominence in the atomweight division. Making a name for herself in her ONE Championship debut we can expect to see more of Jomary. We see Torres building on that success in her return to the cage against Nita Dea.

Related link: Jeremy Miado Dreams Of Becoming A Global Icon

Related link: Jomary Torres Came From Nothing To Become A Breakout Star

Can they turn expectations into reality? We will see. ONE Championship 63: Hero’s Dream is right around the corner. The four pinoy heroes will go to war November 3, 2017. This is a little bit of warm up for fight fans before the November 10 Manila Fight card. Let us support our local fighters.

Here’s the official Hero’s Dream fight card:

Main Card

ONE Middleweight World Champion Aung La N Sang vs. Alain Ngalani (Open Weight Super Bout)
Phoe “Bushido” Thaw vs. Saw Ba Oo (Featherweight)
“The Southern Eagle” Ma Hao Bin vs. Eugene Toquero (Flyweight)
Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit vs. Jeremy “The Jaguar” Miado (Strawweight)
Saw Min Min vs. Ye Thway Ne (Flyweight)
“Rock Man” Chen Lei vs. Burn “Hitman” Soriano (Bantamweight))

Prelim Card

“Supermom” Miao Jie vs. Amira “The Wandera” Hafizovic (Strawweight)
“The Ghost” Zhang Ze Hao vs. Bala “The Tulunad Warrior” Shetty (Lightweight)
Nita Dea vs. Jomary “The Zamboanginian Fighter” Torres (Atomweight)

​​Burn Soriano Feels More Motivated Under the Tutelage of New Trainer

It was a bitter pill to swallow for a dedicated cage competitor like Burn “The Hitman” Soriano when he yielded to Malaysian sensation Saiful “The Vampire” Merican nearly ten months ago.
Soriano suffered a first-round technical knockout loss to Merican at ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS in the Malaysian’s hometown of Kuala Lumpur this past February, failing to accomplish a follow-up victory to his scintillating 15-second knockout of Mario Satya Wirawan in August 2016.
Although the thrilling bantamweight bout against Merican put fans at the iconic Stadium Negara on the edge of their seats, Soriano was left disappointed with the outcome of the match.
“I believe that I could have done better in that match with Saiful Merican. I was prepared to go full three rounds, but I came up short. I just realized that there was something missing,” Soriano recalled.
The stoppage loss to Merican forced Soriano to reassess on how he handles his training camp when he prepares for an upcoming bout.
During his time of contemplation, Soriano found a much-needed help in George Castro, who is known as the man behind the renowned Alliance MMA’s strength and conditioning program.
George Castro recently moved all the way from Tucson, Arizona, hundreds of miles across the Pacific to the tropical city of Manila to help ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera set up the first Alliance MMA branch in the Philippines.
Aside from training Vera, Castro has also worked extensively with several veterans of the sport, including Dominick Cruz, Ross Pearson, Jeremy Stephens and Chris Leben.
“Right now, I have a tremendous support system in my training, especially with the help of my coach George Castro. He knows how to bring out the best in me. With him in my corner, it is always exciting to prepare for a bout,” Soriano said of Castro.
The partnership between Soriano and Castro will be tested for the very first time as the Filipino combatant returns to action on 3 November to meet unbeaten Chinese prospect “Rock Man” Chen Lei.
The two standouts are set to face each other on the undercard of ONE: HERO’S DREAM, which takes place at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.
Soriano sees his upcoming three-round bantamweight encounter with Chen as an opportunity to bring back the glimmer of his professional career.
“I want to win so bad. I have dreams and aspirations as a competitor. In order to turn those into a reality, I have to win first. This is the first step,” he stated.
Although his professional record stands at 3-3, Soriano has become one of the most exciting mixed martial artists in ONE Championship.
None of his matches, regardless of sweet victory or disappointing defeat, have ever gone to the three judges’ scorecards.
For Soriano, it is crucial to be an entertainer inside the cage and to put on a good show for fans all across the globe.
Quite simply, the 31-year-old native of Ilocos Sur, Philippines wants spectators to feel like they have gotten their money’s worth.
“It is very important for me to be entertaining. I take the risks. I want the crowd and fans to get what they want, which is an exciting fight,” he explained.
“I just enjoy what I am doing. I am passionate about it. Everyone should go out and prove something to themselves and not to anyone or anybody else,” Soriano added.
With the desire to reinsert his name into the winner’s column, Soriano is confident that his support system has geared him up splendidly for his marquee match-up with Chen at ONE: HERO’S DREAM.
“My team is outstanding. I have the best coach in my corner. I also train with the most talented athletes in the region. With that said, I’m motivated and oozing with confidence coming into this bout because I have them behind me,” he ended.

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Pro-am and Student MMA Combatants will be in Action at FORZA UNDERGROUND

Forza and founder Gonzalo A. Roque IV is bringing the most exciting, unique and foamy sporting event in the world of combat sports today, FORZA UNDERGROUND! Witness students from different schools clash head to head and participating Pro-am fighters to provide awesome spectacle. This explosive night of fights is sponsored by San Miguel Oktoberfest, Toby’s Sports and Vantage International which will take place at Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig on October 20, 7pm onwards.

John Adajar and Burn Soriano at the Brawlers Cup last November 
On September 9, the first ever Open Workout in Philippine MMA history was conducted at Fitness Armory Timog, Quezon City. More than fifty fighters both student and Pro-am participated to showcase their striking, grappling, strength and speed inside the cage. For striking, mitts were used to test the athlete, and for their grappling and ground game the athlete’s were tasked to take down the trainer, and used a life size body punching bag to test their ground and pound. There were only twenty six fighters selected to throwdown at the October 20 fight night by judges Burn Soriano “the 15sec spinning backfist KO man” (ONE Championship bantamweight stalwart) and John Adajar (Universal Reality Combat Championship welterweight contender). Two Hitman MMA standouts.
The roster was announced yesterday on Forza Facebook page.

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Forza is instrumental in promoting and advocating Mixed Martial Arts. This is an actual working model to encourage young fighters to train and get an opportunity to showcase their talents.

Aside from the competition, two of the best rock acts in the country Kjwan and Mayonnaise will also take the center stage.

You can enjoy these and more with your VIP ticket (Php750.00 free beer plus a free FORZA UNDERGROUND t-shirt) and Patron ticket (Php350.00 free beer), and will be available in few days at the Official FORZA Facebook page, Vantage International and selected Toby’s Sports outlet. So stay tuned!

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Devastated Burn Soriano was Dealing with Stomach Flu Prior to the Fight

Burn Soriano’s fight didn’t go the way we wanted at ONE Championship 52: Throne of Tigers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on February 10. It was a great performance in the early round by “Hitman” against “The Vampire” Saiful Merican. The fight started with punches landing on both and led to Merican dropping after a takedown. Soriano kept an active guard throwing up his legs for possible submission. Soriano took Merican’s back attempted a rear-naked choke. Merican rolled out of it but Soriano also rolled in side control into a kimura attempt. Merican escaped again that allowed him to stand up and put the pressure on Soriano. The Malaysian took top control letting loose with ground and pound and a flurry of punches until the round ends.
Soriano didn’t stand up after the bell rang for the second round. Referee waved off and Merican was declared as the winner. Soriano had multiple chance to choke him out but couldn’t. The Filipino gassed from working on finishing Merican.
The bantamweight revealed, following his loss to Saiful Mercan, that prior to the fight he was dealing with stomachaches or the runs and vommitting he thinks he got from eating street food, which affected his cardio a lot.

Thank you for the support. Sorry I didn’t get the W. Gassed out talaga. The day itself I was puking and having a diarrhea because of the street food we ate. Anyways, bawi tayo next time.
Burn Soriano has spoken.

He can’t begin to tell the Filipinos and his fans how disappointed he was. February 10 was a day to learn. It has become his biggest motivator as well. No excuses. He promised to come back harder than ever and to the daily grind.
We are going to see Burn Soriano ONE day starting up his camp for his next fight training alongside ONE heavyweight champion Brandon Vera and coach George Castro.

Thanks Ms. Apple. Sobrang nanghinayang din ako eh. Lessoned learned talaga. I’ll be spending my next training camp with Brandon Vera na.

Burn Soriano incorporates into Brandon Vera’s promise to bring the world-famous Alliance MMA gym to Manila to actually make it work.

Photo grabbed from Burn Soriano’s IG

The Pinoy warrior wants to fight again ASAP. We all want a win, but winning feels much better when you do the things necessary to get better.
It’s how the old saying go, you will learn a lot from the battles that you lose than from those which you win.
Meanwhile, who else would like to see “Hitman” added to the ONE Championship Manila card on April 21?

Soriano, Doliguez Target Clean Sweep at ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS

Two Filipino homegrown talents will don the Philippine colors on the undercard of ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS on Friday, 10 February at the 12,000-capacity Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Burn “The Hitman” Soriano locks horns with Malaysian stalwart Saiful “The Vampire” Merican in a three-round bantamweight contest, while former Philippine boxing champion Roy Doliguez faces strawweight ace Alex “Little Rock” Silva.
Both Soriano and Doliguez are seeking to hoist the Philippine flag aloft by winning their respective matches at ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS, which is headlined by a lightweight encounter between Malaysian-Kiwi standout Ev Ting and mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran Kamal Shalorus.
“It’s an honor to represent the country on a global stage like ONE Championship. I promise that I will do my best to give my beloved nation another spectacular win,” Soriano said.
“It’s also a privilege to compete alongside a fighting veteran like Roy Doliguez. For sure, he is also eager to win his fight for the Philippines. We are aiming to walk away as victors in our upcoming matches in Malaysia,” he added.
Soriano is coming off a highlight-reel victory over Indonesia’s Mario Sitya Wirawan this past August, scoring a lightning quick 15-second spinning backfist knockout.
With a professional MMA record of 3-2 that includes two wins by submission and one by knockout, Soriano looks to continue his winning ways inside the ONE Championship cage.
The man standing in his way is Merican, who aims to bounce back from his first-round knockout loss to Team Lakay’s Geje Eustaquio in January 2016.
Merican is an explosive striker who starts bouts fast, seeking to end matters early. Moreover, he has had incredible success inside the ONE Championship cage with his fan-friendly fighting style.
Soriano expects that his cage meeting with Merican will have no shortage of firepower as both of them are well versed in the stand-up exchanges.
“I like this match-up because both of us are strikers. If he wants to trade with me, I will oblige. This will be exciting for everyone who is going to watch,” he shared.
Meanwhile, a tough test awaits Doliguez as he squares off with a grappling expert like Silva in his comeback bout.
Silva is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist with a terrifying ground game and knack for securing highlight-reel submission finishes.
With steadily increasing confidence, Silva’s last three victories have ended in spectacular first-round submissions.
Doliguez is fully aware of his opponent’s exquisite grappling pedigree, but he stressed that he is not intimidated by it.
“MMA is not all about grappling. There are other aspects. That’s the beauty of this sport because there are other ways to win. If he wants to go to the ground, let’s go. If he wants to strike with me, I am welcoming it with open arms,” Doliguez confidently cautioned.
Reeling from two-straight setbacks, the 35-year-old native of Malungon, Sarangani eyes to place himself back on the winning track at the expense of Silva.
“This is an opportunity to redeem myself as one of the best strawweights in Asia. If I want to fight for the title again, I have to win this first,” Doliguez asserted.


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Saiful Merican on facing Filipino fighter again: ‘Not personal, just business’

Malaysian standout Saiful “The Vampire” Merican will face an exciting Filipino fighter in his much-awaited return to the ONE Championship on 10 February as he is set to lock horns with Burn “The Hitman” Soriano in a three-round bantamweight clash.
The bout will be one of the featured attractions at ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS, which takes place at the 12,000-seater Stadium Negara in Merican’s hometown of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Merican, who makes his bantamweight debut against Soriano, is coming off a first-round knockout loss to Team Lakay’s Geje Eustaquio in January 2016.
Although he has the chance to settle the score with a Filipino combatant in his comeback bout, to the 28-year-old Malaysian stalwart was quick to shot down the notion that he is out to avenge his setback to Eustaquio with a win over Soriano.
“It’s not personal. This is purely business against Burn Soriano. I hold no grudges win or lose. At the end of the day, it is a sport,” Merican said.
According to Merican, his top priority is reinserting his name into the winner’s column again. However, he knows that it will not be an easy task.
“I’ve been out for over a year. I’m so eager to bounce back and get this win. But I know this will not be easy because I have a tough foe in front of me,” he stated.
Soriano is coming off a highlight-reel victory over Indonesia’s Mario Sitya Wirawan, scoring a lightning quick 15-second spinning backfist knockout.
With a professional mixed martial arts record of 3-2 which includes two wins by submission and one by knockout, Soriano looks to continue his winning ways inside the ONE Championship cage.
“Soriano is well-rounded. He can fight standing up. He can also fight on the ground. That’s why I am doing some extra work in both aspects. I won’t let him have the leverage whether it’s in striking or grappling,” Merican said of his marquee match-up against Soriano.

Although both men possess superb striking backgrounds, Merican believes that he still has the upper hand in the stand-up department.
“I know he will come to fight and strike with me, but I am confident that I will prevail if he wants to stand and bang. My Muay Thai background is tried and tested,” he asserted.
Merican prides himself in being an exhilarating competitor, who is willing to please the crowd by always seeking the highlight-reel finish.
“For sure, it’s going to be a good fight. It will not go into the three judges’ hands for a decision. It will have a decisive finish,” he claimed.

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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, OSN and more.

Burn "Hitman" Soriano is ​in no way intimidated with his opponent’s hometown advantage

Even if Burn “The Hitman” Soriano is entering enemy territory for his first bout under ONE Championship banner in 2017, the Filipino fighter assured that he
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in no way intimidated with his opponent’s hometown advantage.

Soriano is set to return inside the ONE Championship cage against Malaysian standout Saiful Merican in a three-round bantamweight contest on the undercard of ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS, which takes place at the 12,000-seater Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 10 February.
The 30-year-old native of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur had his first overseas match this past August, scoring a lightning quick 15-second spinning backfist knockout of Mario Sitya Wirawan in his opponent’s hometown of Jakarta, Indonesia.
Given that the three-round marquee match-up will be held in Malaysia, Soriano feels comfortable competing on foreign soil.

“I always want to fight abroad. I want the feeling of entering hostile territory because it brings out out the best of me,” he said.
“I am so motivated for this fight because I am facing a hometown hero in Saiful Merican. You all know what happened in my last fight,” Soriano added.
Against a fellow striker like Merican, Soriano revealed that he is taking a smarter approach in his training camp.
“We’re doing a lot of striking since my next opponent is a well-versed striker. I’m also having an intense strength and conditioning program, so on fight night, I will have the best cardio. We have to prepare smart for him because I know he also wants to win,” he stated.
Merican, who holds a professional mixed martial arts record of 4-3, is coming off a first-round knockout setback to Team Lakay’s Geje Eustaquio in January 2016.
Soriano expects that Saiful will squeeze himself through the eye of a needle just to get the win in his comeback bout.

“I know the feeling that you’re so eager to bounce back. I can sense that he is hungry to get that win. But I promise that it won’t be easy against me. I also want to win and establish myself as one of the best fighters in ONE Championship,” he declared.
Soriano promises that his upcoming meeting will be the most exciting fight on the card, but he issued a stern warning to Merican as he will get his whole country’s support on fight night.
“I am a fighter who always looks for a strong finish. We’re both strikers, so expect some fireworks. Even though Saiful has his whole country behind him, I am coming to Malaysia to win. I am ready wherever the fight goes,” he stressed.

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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, OSN and more.


Burn Soriano targets another big win in upcoming bout

After scoring a highlight-reel finish in his last bout, Filipino homegrown talent Burn “The Hitman” Soriano looks for another scintillating performance as he is set to have his first scheduled match under the ONE Championship banner in 2017.
Soriano will be squaring off with Malaysian standout Saiful “The Vampire” Merican on the undercard of ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS, which takes place at the 12,000-seater Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 10 February.
The 30-year-old native of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur eyes a follow-up to his 15-second knockout win over Mario Satya Wirawan last August.
Soriano delivered a well-executed spinning backfist that instantly turned the lights out on Wirawan. His knockout victory was ranked as one of the jaw-dropping wins in 2016 by ONE Championship.
“I am a fighter who always looks for the finish. As much as possible, I want to give the fans what they want to see. They didn’t buy a ticket to see a boring fight. They came for an action-packed fight with an amazing conclusion,” Soriano said.
“In my upcoming fight, my fans should expect that I will have the same mentality. I will look for that finish,” he added.
Holding a mixed martial arts record of 3-2, Soriano has not gone the distance yet in his nearly seven-year prizefighting career. He owns two submission triumphs and one knockout win.
According to Soriano, his three-round encounter with Merican will have no shortage of firepower as he expects his Malaysian foe to stand and bang with him.
Merican, 24, is an explosive striker who starts bouts fast, always looking to end matters early. Moreover, he has had incredible success inside the ONE Championship cage with his fan-friendly fighting style.
“I know he also likes to strike and have the fight in a stand-up exchange. This is a favorable match-up for me because I love to trade and bang,” Soriano stated.
Aiming to continue his winning ways inside the ONE Championship cage, Soriano believes that win over Merican will push him into the upper echelon of the bantamweight division.
“I’m training hard for this fight. If I get the W, I know I will be in a better position because I can get to fight the contenders at the top of the food chain,” he said.

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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, OSN and more.

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

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

Photo credit: yahoo sports

Burn ‘Hitman’ Soriano started the One Championship 46 preliminary with a BOOM! on August 27 at the Jakarta Convention Center. In 15 seconds Mario Satya Wirawan of Indonesia who holds the fastest KO record (6 seconds) was knocked out by the Filipino warrior with a vicious spinning backfist in the first round. Soriano bounced back from his One Championship debut loss to Sunoto last April and this is the first knockout of his career.

Fight night made when another pride of the Philippines Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly of Team Lakay knocked Vincent Latoel out with a powerful punch after countering him in round two. Kelly’s sidekicks were hurtful to watch. Latoel responds with the same and gave the Filipino some knees. But Edward was real ferocious and put him to sleep. Kelly has now won two straight over strong and experienced opponents in the featherweight.

And yes Luis “Sapo” Santos will again face Ben “Funky” Askren for a welterweight championship bout after his unanimous decision win over former middleweight champion Igor Svirid. Santos’ ground and pound with elbows broke Svirid’s nose until the buzzer sounds. In round three, Igor came back furiously as he put Luis on the mat and pummeled him. He was not able to finish the welterweight contender though.

Below are the results of One Championship 46: Titans and Titles:

Welterweight: Luis Santos def. Igor Svirid by UD

Middleweight: Marcin Prachnio def Jake Butler by TKO in round 2

Featherweight Edward Kelly def Vincent Latoel in round 2 by KO

Lightweight: Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev def Jietebusibai Haolan in round 1 by D’Arce choke

Featherweight: Anthony Engelen def Sami Amin in the second round by submission (RNC)

Featherweight: Su Yohan Mulia Legowo def Noto in the first round by submission (RNC)

Bantamweight: Casey Suire def Xie Bin via SD

Bantamweight: Bernard Soriano def Mario Wirawan by KO in round 1

One Championship 46: Titles and Titans

One Championship return to Jakarta, Indonesia on August 27 at the Jakarta Convention Center. Indonesian Warriors will compete alongside international superstars in MMA cage.

Top welterweight contender Luis “Sapo” Santos and former World Middleweight Champion Igor Svirid headlining the main event. The winner will get a shot at Ben “Funky” Askren One for his Welterweight World Champion title. The bout is going to be thrilling as the two fighters have tremendous knockout power.

Fresh from his submission victory over Aussie Luke Jordan last March, our very own Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly of Team Lakay is back to take on Dutch-Indonesian MMA veteran Vincent “MagniVincent” Latoel in a featherweight bout.

Another Filipino fighter, Burn Soriano is set to battles Mario Satya Wirawan of Indonesia who holds the fastest KO record (6 seconds) in One Championship.

The One 46 Championship fight card incluudes:

Heavyweight: Luis Santos vs. igor Svirid

Middleweight: Jake Butler vs. Marcin Prachnio

Featherweight Edward Kelly Vs. Vincent Latoel

Lightweight: Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev Vs. Jietebusibai Haolan

Featherweight: Us vs. Sami Anthony Engelen

Featherweight: Yohan Mulia Legowo Vs. su Noto

Bantamweight: Xie Bin vs. Casey Suire

Heavyweight: Islam vs. Sayed Djatmiko Waluyo

Bantamweight: Bernard Soriano Mario Wirawan