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

ONE Championship’s exponential growth reflected in increasing social media reach

In the 21st century, social media has become the game-changing marvel within communication. Today, people and organizations remain connected and updated through various forms of social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and blogs to mention only a few.


Aside from accessible communication, social media has also made an integral impact on many industries like entertainment, business and sports. It has turned into a catalyst for success by empowering people and fueling ideas.


Social media is transforming sports and sports businesses. Although businesses traditionally seek to benefit from hospitality, sponsorship and networking, social media offers greater reach and direct engagement.

By engaging fans via social media, sports rights holders can open new communication channels with their audience that can be measured and valued as a new commercial opportunity with sponsors.

The aforementioned platform has been likewise used by the constantly-growing world of mixed martial arts (MMA). Given how little exposure the sport received in its early stages, its rise in popularity over the last 25 years is nothing short of a phenomenon.

A large part of MMA’s success worldwide comes down to its aggressive social media strategy, with platforms such as Facebook and Twitter aiding its mainstream development.

Since its inception in 2011, ONE Championship has been utilizing the flexibility of social media to promote its unique brand and to tap a wider audience.

Along with the rise of MMA as a whole, ONE Championship has taken the sport in Asia to new heights. The biggest local and global brands in the world have been attracted to ONE and a number of key partnerships have formed over the years.

The list includes Disney, Marvel, LG, Kawasaki, Panasonic, Haier, Universal Music Group and Tune Talk, to name a few. The company’s ability to form deals that are mutually beneficial to all parties has been essential in its growth.

With innovative content and marketing initiatives, ONE Championship has been able to bring world-class MMA action much closer to diehard and loyal fans.
Asia’s largest sports media property has further extended its influence on Facebook, which has 1.79 billion monthly active users as of the third quarter of 2016.

In 2014, ONE Championship’s total reach on Facebook was 75 million. It grew to 926 million in 2016, having an exponential growth rate of 1,134%.

On the other hand, its total impressions raised the bar up high in 2016 with a 268% progress. From 352 million impressions in 2014, 2016 had an astonishing figures of 1.3 billion.

ONE Championship also released an array of informative and in-depth videos in 2016, which gained 130 million views in total. It grew significantly from 312,000 in 2014.

Meanwhile, ONE Championship had 454,000 shares on Facebook in 2016, flourishing from modest numbers of 16,000 in 2014.

At the time of publication of this article, ONE Championship’s official Facebook page has 3,078,730. It is expected to broaden its leverage on Facebook with its blockbuster 2017 schedule.

Being the biggest MMA promotion in Asia, ONE Championship’s ability in producing relevant and top-of-the-line content is undeniable. From short profile infographics, interesting interviews, to thrilling teaser videos, ONE Championship fans have followed the brand and conveniently made the organization’s social media one of the leaders of online sports content.

ONE Championship followers found touchpoints that enabled them to connect with their favorite MMA stars and even interact with their heroes behind the scenes through their posted stories.

Its relevance and talkability among the target market – fans and athletes alike – have furthered ONE Championship’s growth and led its way to becoming the greatest sports media property in Asia.

ONE Championship’s strategy of creating unique content has also helped them build successful partnerships with both mainstream and modern media platforms, which in return resulted to the expansion of its social media audience through captured audiences from one partner to another.

For years now, ONE Championship has been developing fruitful collaborations with leading media companies around the globe, including FOX Sports, Setanta, MNC, Astro, Thairath TV, ABS-CBN and OSN.

2017 promises to be even better in terms of viewership and popularity as ONE Championship lays out plans for new markets.

For its second event in 2017, ONE Championship returns to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 10 Februaryto hold ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS at the 12,000-capacity Stadium Negara.

The monumental event will feature the absolute best in local and international MMA talent, accentuating a tremendous headlining bout between hometown hero Ev “E.T.” Ting and lightweight veteran Kamal “Prince of Persia” Shalorus.

Meet Biondi Dayangadang – Thailand Fighting Championship’s Rising Pinoy Fighter

Biondi Dayangadang scored a big submission last January 18 at the inaugural Thailand Fighting Championship event in Khao Lak Thailand improving his professional MMA record to 2-0.

Dayangadang, 26-year-old, a Fight Corp MMA warrior from Baguio City added this another victory in his career. He choked his Thai opponent Wisawa King Kaveevaragorn out in the very first round of the co-main event.

Fight Photo credit by: SingaporeMaven

Staying busy and looking forward to putting on another great performance as the Filipino fighter will be fighting again on February 25 in Bangkok Thailand for Full Metal Dojo (FMD) 13.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight and Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC) lightweight champion Will “The Kill” Chope who is also his team mate brought him to Combat 360X in Thailand. Highland Boxing Stable’s Biondi is helping him train for his boxing and Will on the other hand helps him get fights in Thailand. Chope plays the role of a match maker for TFC.

Thank you so much.

I really believe in him and know he will make ONE Championship later this year and doing my best to get him more exposure and fight opportunities,

Chope proudly said.

Dayangadang began a career in Mixed Martial Arts five years ago. He won three of his last 5 bouts:

⬆Win | Wisawa King Kaveevaragorn via submission (RNC) at R1, Thailand Fighting Championship (TFC) 1 January 18, 2017
⬇Loss | inaugural flyweight championship, Jomar “Rush” Manlangit via submission (triangle choke), at R1, Fight Sports Tournament (FIST) 4 November 5, 2016
⬆Win | James Bayucan via submission (RNC) at 3:41 of R1, Fight Sports Tournament (FIST) 2  April 30, 2016
⬆Win | Carlo Russell via submission (RNC) at 2:25 of R1, Fight Sports Tournament (FIST) 2  March 19, 2016
↔Cancelled bout | Franklin Donglay, PXC Laban: Baguio 2 July 11, 2015
⬇Loss | Lito Adiwang via TKO at 5:59 of R1
URCC Baguio 4 February 18, 2012

We have been seeing so many stories of hope and victories at these games. Stories to truly inspire the next generation of hopefuls. So we thank Will “The Kill” Chope for the love and the support to help our kababayan continue to chase the dream.

Even tho I don’t live in Philippines anymore, I still am doing my best to help the fighters I used to train with and also compete there often as well. Haha. Thanks again guys, 

Chope ends.

For the FMD13 Fight card info and more, just stay tuned for updates! Follow Will Chope and Thailand Fighting Championship on Facebook.

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


In case you missed the action log on to www.onefc.com/livestream for the full replay of the fights at only US $9.99.


For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit www.onefc.com, follow on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ONEChampionship.


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.

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)

Vitaly Bigdash Wants To Unleash His Finish Move In His First Title Defense

ONE Middleweight World Champion Vitaly Bigdash has a 100 percent finishing rate in his eight-fight professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career, owning four knockout victories and four submission wins.

In his most recent trip to the ONE Championship cage, Bigdash captured the intricately-crafted ONE Middleweight World Championship belt with a scintillating second-round knockout conquest of Igor Svirid.

The 32-year-old Russian combatant looks to accomplish another emphatic triumph as he defends his gold-plated strap for the first time against Burmese MMA superstar Aung La N Sang in the main event of ONE: QUEST FOR POWER, which takes place at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia on 14 January.

“I don’t want to leave any doubt every time that I step inside the cage. The judges are not always on your side. The outcome of the fight should be decided by the fighter. That’s why I always go for the finish,” he said.

“I won all of my fights by either knockout or submission. I would like to continue my way of winning fights in my first title defense,” Bigdash added.

However, it appears that fishing for the stoppage will be a tough task for Bigdash as Aung La has 95 percent success rate of thwarting his opponents.

Aung La holds 11 wins by way of submission as well as seven knockouts. Moreover, the 31-year-old Burmese fighter has stopped three of his last four foes in ONE Championship.

Bigdash has a tall order in front of him, but the champion remains optimistic that he will walk away with the ONE Middleweight World Championship title around his waist.

Although he does not see any week spot in Aung La, Bigdash believes that he has the upper hand in the stand-up department.

“He does not have weak spots, but his striking is weaker that his grappling for sure. Grappling is his stronghold. If he prefers to strike with me, I know that I will have the edge,” he stated,

Aung La might have an elite submission arsenal coming into the bout, but Bigdash issued a stern warning about his ground game.

“I am 100 percent ready for his ground game. I am fine to get on the ground with him. Grappling is my favorite area of MMA. I would love to try it with a high-level grappler like him,” he claimed.

With Aung La’s gutsy mentality of looking for the finish, Bigdash expects that his five-round championship clash against his Burmese counterpart will have no shortage of firepower.

“This will be an exciting fight. He always goes for the finish. I also want a knockout or submission. Fans can expect an awesome fight,” he ended.
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For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit http://www.onefc.com, follow on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ONEChampionship.

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.

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.

UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey Results, Hightlights and Bonuses

The return of Ronda Rousey only lasted 48 seconds after Amanda Nunes successfully defended her UFC women’s bantamweight crown at UFC 207 on Dec. 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada. Nunes was clearly the superior fighter. Rousey threw some punches but got countered everytime until she got pummeled in the face. Ref Herb Dean stopped the fight to save the former champ from more battering. I saw no Ronda Rousey during the whole fight. The utterly dominant Ronda who even claimed she could beat Mayweather. Really I hope she becomes strong both mentally and emotionally and comes back still.

The trading insults at one another between Dominick Cruz and Cody Garbrandt indeed erupted into a five round brawl! Cody’s excellent game plan and dance moves were on display. He was landing big punches and took Dominick down during the first round. The left eye of the former champ was cut from a headbutt causing him to bleed in the third round.  Cruz was outclassed, taunted and danced by “No Love” to deliver an upset win and become the unbeaten, new world bantamweight champion. Both fighters were awarded $50,000 for Fight of the Night bonuses.

TJ Dillashaw’s performace warrants a title shot at 135 lbs. He used his footwork to outclassed John Lineker. “I want my belt. That’s my belt. He’s (Dominick Cruz) running from me. He knows I won it. I want my belt back”, The former bantamweight champion said after his unanimous decision victory.

Luis Smolka took 30% of Ray Borg’s purse as a penalty from not making weight. Borg with some heavy grappling and ground and pound took the win by way of unanimous decision.

The prelim fights were just as good as the main events. Jonny Hendricks dropped Neil Magny in round one but Magny was fighting on the ground with landing more strikes and triangle, stood up in round two. The no. 8-ranked welterweight got the head of former champion caught in a tight triangle again which was a near tap experience with numerous elbows. 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.

Amanda Nunes and Alex Garcia were also awarded $50,000 for Performance of the Night bonuses.

The official UFC 207 results:

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

UFC Female Bantamweight Championship
Amanda Nunes def. Ronda Rousey at 46 secs of Round 1
UFC Bantamweight Championship
Cody Garbrandt def. Dominick Cruz via UD
Bantamweight: T.J. Dillashaw def. John Lineker via UD
Welterweight: Dong Hyun Kim def. Tarec Saffiedine via SD
Flyweight: Ray Borg def. Louis Smolka via UD

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

Welterweight:  Neil Magny def. Johny Hendricks via UD
Middleweight: Antonio Carlos Junior def. Marvin Vettori via UD
Welterweight: Alex Garcia def. Mike Pyle at 3:34 of Round 1
Welterweight:  Niko Price def. Brandon Thatch at 4:40 of Round 1

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

Welterweight: Tim Means vs. Alex Oliveira was declared as NC (illegal knees) at 3:33 of Round 1

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)

UFC Fight Night 102: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov

A heavyweight doubleheader will headline the UFC’s first visit to Albany, New York on Friday, December 9, with No. 10-ranked Derrick Lewis facing off against Shamil Abdurakhimov in the main event, while No. 13-ranked Francis Ngannou takes on Anthony Hamilton in the co-featured bout of the card, which will air on UFC FIGHT PASS.

Currently sporting a four-fight winning streak that includes three knockouts, Houston’s Lewis will look to follow up his July win over Roy Nelson with a fourth 2016 victory when he takes on Dagestan’s Abdurakhimov, who has scored back-to-back Octagon wins over Hamilton and Walt Harris. Derrick Lewis and Ryan Janes’ last scheduled fights at UFC Fight Night 97 in Manila, Philippines was cancelled and the two were rebooked to this card. Shamil Abdurakhimov replaced Marcin Tybura in a three round heavyweight bout and Keith Berish replaced Dongi Yang.

France’s Ngannou is one of the top rising stars in the heavyweight division, with three UFC victories over Luis Henrique, Curtis Blaydes and Bojan Mihajlovic propelling him into the top 15. Standing in the way of his further prospect is “The Freight Train” Hamilton, who is coming off a 14-second knockout of Damian Grabowski in July.

Gerald Meerschaert battles Joe Gigliotti in a middleweight matchup who were originally Josh Samman and Oluwale Bamgbose but Samman died on October 5 and Bomgbose pulled out of the fight in mid-November citing an injury. Randy Brown will be pitted against fellow newcomer Brian Camozzi in welterweight action who would have been Charlie Ward but was pulled from the event due to alleged visa issues.

The promotional newcomer JJ Aldrich is going to have a tough test in No. 15-ranked Juliana Lima.

TUF winner, Corey Anderson will take on always exciting Sean O’Connell in a light heavyweight showdown. Zubaira Tukhugov was replaced by Shane Burgos to face Tiago Trator in a featherweight bout. Tukhugov was pulled from the card after being notified by USADA of a potential anti-doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected earlier last November 14.

Here’s the official fight card:

Main Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Heavyweight Derrick Lewis vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov
Heavyweight Francis Ngannou vs. Anthony Hamilton
Light Heavyweight Corey Anderson vs. Sean O’Connell
Light Heavyweight Gian Villante vs. Saparbek Safarov

Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Women’s Strawweight Justine Kish vs. Ashley Yoder
Welterweight Randy Brown vs. Brian Camozzi
Middleweight Joe Gigliotti vs. Gerald Meerschaert
Middleweight Andrew Sanchez vs. Trevor Smith
Featherweight Tiago Trator vs. Shane Burgos
Lightweight Frankie Perez vs.  Marc Diakiese
Middleweight Keith Berish vs. Ryan Janes
Women’s Strawweight Juliana Lima vs. JJ Aldrich

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)

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:

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

Credit to Apple Gaviola

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

Explosive Night of MMA at PXC Laban MMA Tomorrow!

Ten pairs of local mixed martial artists have stepped on the scale and faced for the weigh in and a press conference today, November 10, 2016, for their scheduled cage match at the Metro Tent, Metrowalk in Pasig City tomorrow November 11, 2016. PXC Laban MMA, the provincial MMA development league of Pacific X-treme Combat (PXC), the top professional MMA league in the Philippines.

At first not all of the feature fighters on the upcoming card were in attendance. Two pairs made it to the given thirty minutes before the match be scrapped out of the card. The media Q&A quickly followed. Press con includes TV5’s head of sports Patricia Hizon, match maker Rob San Diego, main event fighters Raymond Doliguez (Submission Sports Philippines), Camilo Seneres (Mindanao Ultimate Mixed Martial Arts/Fight Factory), 
co-main event fighters Jimboy Panlita (Submission Sports Philippines) and Jonjer Torbiso (Team Insider).

The undercard features six more local fighters who could climb up the ladder to professional ranks, be a champion and even go international one day.


Flyweight: Eddie Amora vs. Arnel Olivero’s

Flyweight: Dhon Dhon Gonzales vs. Adonis Sevellino
Bantamweight: Jayson Margallo vs Crisz Aplicador
Bantamweight: Michael Mondragon vs. Rainer Biron
Bantamweight: Rommel Lugo vs. Renee Gervacio
Flyweight: Danny Dilag vs. Joemy Miado
Flyweight: Wallen Del Rosario vs. Mark Fabriga
Women’s straw weight: Krishna Lumbaga vs. Krystelle Sadablab

Tickets are still available at any SM Ticket outlets. 


Ticket Prices: 

Cage Side – P 500
Patron – P 200
General Admission – P 100

PXC Laban MMA Manila sponsors are Hayabusa, Beer Below Zero and Premiere Condoms. Official media partners are Powcast.net, V81 Radio, Aktivmall and Aktivshow.


URCC 28: Vindication Was Arguably One Of The Best Fight Cards

URCC 28: Vindication was as BIGGEST BADDEST as I expected to be. The preliminary card bouts had action-packed and multiple finishes. Ref had to stop the fight as Mechavez pounded out Macaria via TKO (doctor stoppage) in round  two. Solomon Dultra also finished MJ Abrillo in the second round by way of submission. Drex Zamboanga climbed to the top of the cage celebrating for choking out Sem Bicaldo.
Do Gyeom Lee successfully defended his featherweight title vs. Ryan Dela Cruz. An elbow opened up a cut above Lee’s forehead and leg kicks rendered the Filipino’s left leg swollen. After the five rounds of back and forth, Lee was the winner by unanimous decision. Two warriors with plenty of motivations to get the win co-headlined the night. Both have all the makings for a great fight. CJ De Tomas with series of slams to the ground outwrestled Alvin Ramirez. Blood splattered on Ramirez from the knee to the head he gave to De Tomas. Kastigo had some great three rounds but slowed down. The flyweight championship still went to De Tomas by judges decision. A first round TKO win gave Geli Bulaong the first URCC female championship crown ever. She utilized some great ground and pound to put away Yan QiHui. Bulaong was confident and controlling that she landed some big shots and finished her Chinese opponent. Chris Hofmann’s knee dropped John Adajar before crunching his head with punches on the canvas. Holfmann claimed the middleweight strap with his second round TKO. He is now the URCC’s two-division champion. Both fighters stepped in on short notice to face each other.
The 3-on-3 match stole the show big time. It was one hell of an out war between Iyos Espinosa, John Rey Larena and team captain Arvin “Asintado” Chan vs. Mark Palomar, Patrick Dos Santos and team captain Panchito “Sugar Ray” Estroso. Team Estroso won the first ever 3 on 3 match in Asian MMA and URCC history. All six of the competitors nearly set off a brawl inside the cage.
Former flyweight champion Red Romero and Jiar Castillo were also victorious in this event. They went toe to toe for three rounds before they took the win by unanimous decision.
The Official URCC 28: Vindication Results:
3 on 3 match: Team Estroso def. Team Chan
Flyweight Championship: CJ De Tomas def. Alvin Ramirez by Unanimous Decision
Featherweight Championship: Do Gyeom Lee def. Ryan dela Cruz by Unanimous Decision
Middleweight Championship: Chris Hofmann def. Jon Adajar by TKO in round 2
Women’s Flyweight Championship: Geli Bulaong def. Yan Qi Hui by TKO in round 2
Fight Farm Finale: Jiar Castillo def. Norman Agcopra by Unanimous Decision
Featherweight: Red Romero def. Miguel Mosquera by unanimous decision
Bantamweight: Drex Zamboanga def. Sem Bicaldo by submission (Rear Naked Choke) in round 1
Strawweight: Solomon Dultra def. MJ Abrillo by submission (Triangle Choke) in round 2
Bantamweight: Rodian Menchavez def. Arjay Bongala by TKO (doctor stoppage) in round 2