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. ONE: DEFENDING HONOR Results:

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


SINGAPORE – Get ready for not one, but two title fights when the ONE Championship returns to the Singapore Indoor Stadium in November for the ONE: Defending Honour event.

In the main event for the Nov 11 mixed-martial arts extravaganza, ONE lightweight world champion Shinya Aoki will defend his title against Eduard Folayang of the Philippines. In the co-main event, ONE featherweight world Champion Marat Gafurov will do battle with former titleholder Narantungalag Jadambaa of Mongolia in a highly-anticipated rematch.
“We are proud to announce a spectacular fight card set for the Singapore Indoor Stadium this November,” said ONE chief executive Victor Cui. “We are going in with two world title fights that will set the ONE Championship cage ablaze with world-class MMA action and excitement, along with a series of really solid supporting bouts.”
Lightweight veteran Aoki is one of the world’s most decorated mixed martial artists. The 33-year-old is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo black belt and has won multiple grappling tournaments across the globe. An experienced fighter of over 40 professional bouts which includes an impressive 25 victories by submission, Aoki’s reputation as a grappling specialist is unrivaled. Aoki is currently riding a nine-fight win streak, and is set to step back inside the ONE Championship cage to defend his lightweight title against Folayang.

In the co-main event, Russian Gafurov is an undefeated mixed martial artist with 14 wins and no losses. Rarely challenged and always dominant, Gafurov captured the featherweight title with a gutsy victory over former champion Jadambaa in an epic battle. Now the two are set to lock horns once again in a much-awaited rematch.
Other bouts on the undercard include a match between Singapore’s very own Amir Khan, who will be taking on the undefeated Belgian Samir Mrabet in a lightweight contest. The 21-year-old is currently riding a two-fight win streak with both victories coming by way of knockout.

Joshua Pacio Has Put In The Sweat And Developed Now He’s Ready For The ONE Strawweight’s Biggest Mat

ONE Championship holds an open workout for fans and media at the SM Mall of Asia on September 27 in Manila, Philippines

To make the local fans more amped for the upcoming fights of the Filipino warriors, the promotion set this event in addition to the interviews. One of the featured fighters was Joshua Felix Pacio. He workout, meet fans in Manila and face the media before headlining the ONE: State of Warriors on October 7.

This 20 year-old warrior from Baguio’s Team Lakay have won all eight of his pro bouts and have been undefeated throughout these competitions. And to nobody’s surprise, Joshua Pacio Gets The Title Shot He Rightfully Deserved.

Pacio’s story of his pre fight with Kritsada Kongsrichai at ONE Championship 45: Heroes of the World truly inspired me. It made me more proud being a Filipino.

“Nung nasa Macau ako may mga nakasalubong akong mga Pinoy, sabi ko kinakabahan ako sa laban ko. Pero sabi nila, kaya mo yan! Pinoy ka eh.” (I met these  Filipinos in Macau and told them I’m nervous about my fight. You can you’re Filipino! they answered.)

“Hindi lang sa MMA mag excel ang Pinoy kundi sa lahat ng aspects. Globally competitive ang Pinoy.” (Not only in MMA Filipinos can excel but in all aspects. Filipinos are globally competitive.)

Who would’ve thought that this young man having won so much still feels nervous. Joshua can competitively answers the question thrown at him as well.

We had the honor to one-on-one interview Joshua Pacio. These are the questions I asked him:

What did you ever feel when the title fight was announced?
“When it was announced of course I was shocked and felt a little bit nervous but as days gone by I came to realized that this is a once in a life time opportunity and a blessing for me, not only for me but for the whole team and my country Philippines.”

With a quite impressive defeat less record, this is already the fruit of your hardwork, passion and determination, your thoughts.
“In my 10 years of training martial arts, to fight in a title bout is an unexplainable feeling, and if i bring that belt here in my country that i always pray for is the fruit of my hardwork and the hardwork of the team.”

Toughest opponent outside ONE FC?
“It’s when I fought Jonel Borbon in PXC Laban MMA Baguio 2. Cause even If I was pounding him hard he didn’t give up and I felt his power.”

Toughest opponent in ONE cage?
“I think my toughest fight in ONE is both Rabin Catalan and Kritsada. Robin is also a Pinoy. And as you can see in our previous fight he brings it on and Kritsada is an Olympian wrestler so he is very strong and he takes me down a lot.”

Fighter you look up to?
“I look up to my seniors like Coach Eduard, Honorio, Edward Kelly, Geje, Kevin and of course coach Mark because they are the ones who motivated and trained me to be one of them who is fighting internationally and representing our country in big stage like OneFC.”

Any rituals you do before the fight?
“Everyday I pray to God to and before the fight I pray for my srrength and protection and also the protection of my opponent.”

How were you able to manage your study and career?
“I manage my studies and training by getting a minimum of 12 units. And I make sure that my training doesn’t affect my schedule in school .”

If you didn’t become an MMA fighter, what would you be today?
“I think I’m a one big fat guy eating burger in front of the TV watching and dreaming about becoming a fighter. Haha.”

Message to all the fans who believes in you.
“To all my kababayan and the fans who believe in me and in Team Lakay, I thank you for your never ending support and prayers, para sa atin po lahat ito. Godbless us all”

What nickname would you like to put in between the Joshua Pacio?
My monicker? It depends on the crowd or the name people will give me. Ayos yung binigay mo na ‘The Passion’ sakin ma’am.”

A dream doesn’t become reality through magic. It takes sweat, hard work and passion. Joshua Pacio getting where he is now is the real sense of fulfillment that comes from those.

Let us support Joshua Felix Pacio and pray for his journey and victory at ONE: State of Warriors on October 7 as well as Eduard Folayang at ONE: Defending Honor on November 13 and Brandon Vera who will defend his heavyweight title first week of December this year.

Brandon Vera knocks Cheng in 26 seconds

Brandon Vera – a 38-year-old Filipino-American fighter is now a ONE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION after knocking down Paul Cheng in the main event of “Spirit of Champions” on Friday night at SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. 

It’s a matter of 26 seconds in the 1st round, a combination of left hook and left kick to the head by Vera and the game is over! 

“Itong title na ito hindi lang para sa akin, para sa inyong lahat. Maraming Salamat sa inyong lahat. I love you guys, you have a Heavyweight World Champion,” Brandon Vera said.