Filipino Champion CJ De Tomas added to UFC Fight Night 111

19 year old Carls John “The Golden Boy” De Tomas, has been rewarded with a UFC contract and a fight for the Singapore card taking place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 17.

Currently riding an unblemished eight fight winning streak, the Filipino URCC flyweight champion will be making his UFC debut against Deep MMA competitor Naoki Inoue. The Japanese fighter with a professional fight record of 10 wins, 0 losses will also be stepping into the octagon for the first time, in what is sure to be an explosive battle between two decorated mat prospects.

De Tomas is the eighteenth Filipino to be added to the UFC roster if I’m not mistaken.

Related link: Preview: CJ “The Golden Boy” de Tomas

Former UFC heavyweight Champion and current No.8 ranked Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski (25-14-0, 1NC, fighting out of Chicago Illinois) has claimed his spot on the Singapore fight card. Arlovski, a product of the famed Jackson-Wink MMA Academy and a veteran of the heavyweight division, has met and defeated almost every name of note on the heavyweight roster. He will now face off against the surging Polish prodigy Marcin “Tybur” Tybura” (15-2-0, fighting out of Warszawa, Poland) who is coming off back to back knock out wins in his last two UFC outings.

Japanese MMA legend, Takanori “The Fireball Kid” Gomi, ( 35-12-0,1NC, fighting out of Tokyo, Japan) will fight for the first time in Singapore. A fan favorite from his stint in Japan’s PRIDE FC, Gomi is known for his heavy punches and endurance. He will be taking on the well rounded American, Jon “Super Saiyan” Tuck (9-4-0, fighting out of Hagatna Guam, USA), who won his first Performance of the Night bonus in the Philippines when he submitted Korea’s Tae Hyun Bang.

A flyweight scrap will see Japan’s talented “Ulka” Sasaki (19-4-2, fighting out of Shizuoka, Japan), an unusually long and tall flyweight, clash with UFC veteran Justin Scoggins (11-3-0, fighting out of Spartanburg South Carolina, USA) in what will be an exciting technical matchup.

A former Korean regional Champion and UFC prospect “Handsome” Kwan Ho Kwak (9-1-0, fighting out of Seoul, South Korea) looks to win glory for his home country with a win over Hawaiian striker Russell Doane (14-7-0, fighting out of Honolulu Hawaii, USA).

Heavyweight standouts Cyril “Silverback” Asker (8-2-0, fighting out of Avignon, France) and Walt “The Big Ticket” Harris (9-5-0, fighting out of Birmingham Alabama, USA) will also throw down in what will surely be a heavy hitting war as the two vie to make their debut in the UFC’s heavyweight rankings.

Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT® SINGAPORE will go on sale Friday, April 7 at 10am and are priced at S$378, S$248, S$128, S$98, and S$58 (prices do not include applicable service charges and fees).  Tickets will be available for purchase online at, the Sports Hub Tix Box Office, Sports Hub Tix Outlets at all SingPost locations, and by calling Sports Hub Tix Hotline at +65 3158 7888.  Early bird promotions will be available from April 7 – 21.

Please continue to check for more information or current fight news. All bouts are live and subject to change. Other bouts will be confirmed as they become available.

UFC Fight Night 111 unofficial fight card:

Heavyweight:Andrei Arlovski vs. Marcin Tybura
Bantamweight: Kwan Ho Kwak vs. Russell Doane
Lightweight: Jon Tuck vs. Takanori Gomi Flyweight: Justin Scoggins vs. Ulka Sasaki
Heavyweight: Cyril Asker vs. Walt Harris
Welterweight bout: Rafael dos Anjos vs. Tarec Saffiedine
Flyweight bout: Naoki Inoue vs. Carls John de Tomas

Dayangadang, Mondragon, Trasmonte and Jakiri will be in action at TFC 2

Biondi Dayangadang is back with another MMA event on April 1st. And this is not April Fools joke! Following a first round submission win to the Full Metal Dojo 13: Concrete Jungle Where Dreams are Made Of (FMD 13), riding a 3 fight win streak-flyweight will face Detchadin Srosirisuphathin at Thailand Fighting Championship 2 (TFC 2) going down in Khao Lak at the Thai bar on the beach.

Biondi Dayangadang was victorious at the inaugural Thailand Fighting Championship two months ago. He choked his Thai opponent Wisawa King Kaveevaragorn out in the very first round of the co-main event.

Michael Mondragon, Reynold  “Onyok” Trasmonte and Ryan Jakiri are three more Filipino warriors who will represent the Philippines.

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

Michael Mondragon, is coming off a win at PXC Laban: Manila last November 11, 2016, makes his TFC debut in the main event against Top Noi.

Reynold  “Onyok” Trasmonte who has been inactive in the past two years returns to the cage. A bantamweight title at URCC: Takeover in 2014 was his last fight. Trasmonte to square off in the co-main event against the unbeaten Cole Smith.

Ryan Jakiri jumps in the cage after two years off also with Jaktan Tangjan who recently won at the inaugural Thailand Fighting Championship 1. Jakiri last fought at URCC: Takeover as the headliner against a Japanese in 2014.

The fight card has 6 matches with mainly fighters from Thailand and Philippines.

Check out the fighters lined up for TFC 2 fight card:

Main Event
Top Noi Tiger Muay Thai (Thailand) vs Michael Mondragon (Philippines)

Co-Main Event
Onyok Trasmonte (Philippines) vs Cole Smith (Canada)

Biondi Dayangadang (Philippines) vs Detchadin Srosirisuphathin (Thailand)

Ryan Jakiri (Philippines) vs Jaktan Tangjan (Thailand)

Top Saksurin Tiger Muay Thai (Thailand) vs Setthawut Naimthanom (Thailand)

Amr ElGohary (Egyptian​) vs Mohammad Aslam (India)

Don’t miss Asia’s biggest pre-summer party for only 300 THB (General Admission) and 500 THB (Cageside) seats.

Contact Thailand Fighting Championship on Instagram (@thailandfightingchampionship) or Facebook for ticket info.

Jenel Lausa future Pinoy UFC star if path continues to go the way it has

Filipinos have long been fond of basketball and boxing, but one of the sports also that Filipinos are excelling: Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).

The six years of hardwork or more and an undefeated professional boxing record gets this Filipino warrior earn his way into the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

The former Pacific Xtreme Combat (PXC) flyweight champion will be back in the Octagon for his second UFC fight on April 8 in Buffalo, New York. Jenel “The Demolition Man” Lausa (7-2-0) vs. Magomed “Gladiator” Bibulatov (13-0) is set for UFC 210. It will be headlined by Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson for a championship rematch at light heavyweight.

Jenel is in for what could be the toughest test of his rising career so far. Magomed Bibulatov is Russia’s former flyweight champion at World Series of Fighting (WSOF). He will make his octagon debut with 13 wins pro MMA record. Bibulatov will put his unbeaten record on the line.

Lausa is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Yao Zhikui on his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 101: Whittaker vs. Brunson back in November of last year. The Pinoy UFC fighter was scheduled to make his promotional debut on October 15, 2016 in front of his hometown crowd. However, due to the cancellation of the event, Lausa’s match with Zhikui was moved in Melbourne, Australia’s fight card.

Related link: Homegrown Fighter Jenel Lausa at UFC Melbourne: Whittaker vs. Brunson Ready to Make His Debut Successful

The 28-year old pride of Concepcion, Iloilo has won 5 of his last bouts in his pro MMA record of 7 wins. He is a very accomplished striker. He has footwork and effortless forward movements as well which struck fight fans the most.

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

Jenel Lausa has established himself as the next big thing! The future looks very bright for this talented martial artist.

There aren’t many Filipino fighters in the UFC. He represents in this sports. Another Pinoy athlete we should be proud of. Jenel Lausa will be the one to look out for at UFC Buffalo.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s write another page of history,

Folayang commented.

Photos were posted by Eduard Folayang 
on his Facebook page

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
is ​

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.

For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit, follow on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like on Facebook at
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.

Roy Doliguez: I will prevail over Alex Silva on Feb 10

Filipino fighter Roy Doliguez sees his upcoming three-round encounter with Alex Silva as an opportunity to bring back the glimmer of his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career.
Both highly-decorated combatants are set to collide on the undercard of ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS, which takes place at the 10,000-seater Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 10 February.
Doliguez was once considered as one of the brightest strawweight MMA competitors in the Asian region, but his billing lost its luster due to a string of setbacks.
When Doliguez made his ONE Championship debut against Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke for the inaugural ONE Strawweight World Championship belt in May 2015, he yielded to the highly-touted Thai combatant via fifth-round technical decision.
Doliguez tried to bounce back from his loss to Sor Amnuaysirichoke by squaring off with Riku Shibuya in January 2016, but he dropped a three-round unanimous decision to the Japanese stalwart.
Coming off a year-long hiatus, Doliguez is eager to put himself back on the winning track as he set to have his ONE Championship cage return on 10 February.

“I haven’t won a bout in ONE Championship. This is my chance to get that win. If I want to fight for the title again, I have to win first. I am determined to win this fight,” he said.
Prior to his two-fight losing slide, Doliguez was riding high on a four-bout winning streak, beating the who’s who of the local MMA scene in the Philippines.
Doliguez seeks to reinsert his name into winner’s column, but the man standing in his way is Silva.
Known by the moniker “Little Rock,” Silva holds a 4-1 win-loss slate and has won three-straight submission matches in ONE Championship.
The 34-year-old native of Sao Paulo, Brazil is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist with a terrifying ground game and a knack for securing highlight-reel submission finishes.
Doliguez admitted that he is fully aware of his opponent’s elite submission arsenal, but he stressed that he is not intimidated by it.
“I know he has a good submission game, but I am not afraid of it. I don’t mind exchanging positions with him on the ground. I also have grappling aside from my striking. I don’t worry that much against him,” he stated.
However, Doliguez clarified that he is not belittling Silva’s grappling pedigree, asserting that he has to be careful in entering his Brazilian foe’s submission wheelhouse.

“But still, I have to be careful. He is a fighter with a world-class Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu background. That’s why I am working on my takedown defense for this fight,” he disclosed.
A former professional boxer who has nearly 50 fights under his belt, Doliguez issued a stern warning to Silva if he plans to exchange strikes with him.
“Grappling might be his bread-and-butter, but striking is my arena. If he wants to strike with me, I have no problem with that. For sure, he will feel my power,” Doliguez cautioned.
Although there is a tough task in front of him, Doliguez stressed that his eagerness to win keeps himself confident that he will have his hand raised.
“He is only a fighter, and everyone is beatable. I always put that in my mind. That’s why I

 confident and focused. I know on February 10 that I will prevail over Alex Silva,” he ended.

For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit, follow on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like on Facebook at

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.

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

With ONE Championship returning to Manila, Philippines on 21 April, Asia’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) organization seeks to electrify the 20,000-seater SM Mall of Asia Arena once again.
Company chairman Chatri Sityodtong revealed that ONE Championship is preparing a blockbuster event for its tenth venture on Philippine shores.
“April 21st in Manila is going to be a massive, massive event. We are going to have a crazy card for the fans in the Philippines. You’ve got to come out and show your love. We’re going to see some fireworks. It will probably be our biggest event in the Philippines,” he stated,
Sityodtong confirmed that Filipino fighter Eduard Folayang will be defending the ONE Lightweight World Championship title for the first time against a yet-to-be-determined opponent in the main event.
Last November, the 33-year-old Baguio City native pulled off an upset victory over Shinya Aoki to become an MMA world champion after nine years of competing in the sport.
Folayang dethroned Aoki by way of third-round technical knockout, driving a hard knee to the head before unleashing a barrage of punches to coerce referee Yuji Shimada to wave it off.
“In order to become a legend, you have to beat a legend. He did that despite being dominated by Shinya Aoki in the first round. Eduard Folayang showed what it’s like to conquer the odds,” Sityodtong said of Folayang’s stunning victory over Aoki.

“He is going to defend it in his home country for the first time. I want the entire country, if you’re a Filipino or have a Pinoy heart, you’ve got to watch this fight,” he added.
Aside from Folayang, Sityodtong also confided that Ben Askren will make the third defense of his ONE Welterweight World Championship belt in the Philippines.
Widely regarded as one of the best welterweight MMA fighters in the world today, Askren is no stranger to fighting on Philippine soil as he already fought twice in the country.
Askren is coming off a unanimous decision triumph over Russia’s Nikolay Aleksakhin in April of last year, keeping his unblemished MMA record intact.
As for Askren’s challenger in April, Sityodtong bared that an announcement will be made in the coming weeks.
According to Sityodtong, ONE Championship’s matchmakers are working really hard in filling up the bout lineup for its trip to the Philippines on 21 April.
“We’re definitely going to have some of the biggest Filipino superstars back. I hope to see the best and the brightest from the Philippines. I also hope to see Geje Eustaquio and Kevin Belingon,” he shared.
Although the promotion plans to further extend its reach across Asia, Sityodtong admitted that the Philippines remains one of ONE Championship’s key markets in the region.
“The Philippines is a very important market for us. I truly believe that ONE Championship can become mainstream where every single Filipino is enthralled with what ONE Championship has to offer,” he stated.
Sityodtong stressed that ONE Championship sets its sights in cultivating more homegrown talents from the Philippines.
“The Philippines is a nation of warriors. There are still a lot of talents coming out of the Philippines. It has a very rich history of martial arts. So we will see a lot of great things,” he ended.

For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit, follow on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like on Facebook at
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.

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.

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?


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

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

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

Homegrown Fighter Jenel Lausa at UFC Melbourne: Whittaker vs. Brunson Ready to Make His Debut Successful

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

UFC Fight Night Melbourne is headlined by the five round light middleweight fight between Robert Whittaker and Derek Brunson, and the lightweight clash between Jake Matthews and Andrew Holbrook.

The event was expected to be headlined by a middleweight rematch between former Strikeforce and UFC Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold and former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Ronaldo Souza. However on November 1, Rockhold was ruled out of the contest due to a sprained ACL. Subsequently, Souza was removed from the card entirely and is expected to be rescheduled for another event.

This is the third event where the matches and fighters were rescheduled and rebooked which was originally from the cancelled UFC Fight Night 97: Lamas vs. Penn in Manila. A flyweight bout between Yao Zhikui and our very own Jenel Lausa was moved for this event. Also, Seo Hee Ham vs. Danielle Taylor at women’s strawweight. Yusuke Kasuya, Alex Volkanovski and Jon Tuck were booked for this event but their original opponents were replaced.

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

Main Event – Five rounds
Robert Whittaker (185 lbs) vs Derek Brunson (186 lbs)
FS1 Main Card – 10 pm ET/7 pm PT
Jake Matthews (155) vs Andrew Holbrook (154)
Kyle Noke (170) vs Omari Akhmedov (171)
Yusuke Kasuya (156) vs Alex Volkanovski (154)
Khalil Rountree (206) vs Tyson Pedro (205)
Seohee Ham (115) vs Danielle Taylor (115)

FS1 Prelims – 8 pm ET/5 pm PT
Daniel Kelly (186) vs Chris Camozzi (186)
Damien Brown (154) vs Jon Tuck (156)
Rich Walsh (171) vs Jonathan Meunier (171)
Ben Nguyen (126) vs Geane Herrera (125)

UFC FIGHT PASS Prelims – 6:30 pm ET/3:30 pm PT
Dan Hooker (146) vs Jason Knight (145)
Marlon Vera (144) vs Ning Guangyou (146)
Yao Zhikui (126)* vs Jenel Lausa (125)

*Zhikui made weight on a second attempt after initially weighing-in at 127 lbs.

8 Filipino Fighting Talents to Dominate ONE: Age of Domination

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

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

– Brandon Vera about Hideki Sekine.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Brandon Vera to defend on home turf.

Here’s the image of the full fight card:

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


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Eduard Folayang’s in The Five Best Fights of the Past Quarter in ONE Championship

ONE Championship has become known for putting on exciting events filled with highlight-reel finishes over the past five years, and its past three events did not disappoint.
However, looking back at this past quarter, a handful of performances truly stood out. Here are the five best fights in ONE Championship during this period.
#1 Ev Ting vs Rob Lisita at ONE: UNBREAKABLE WARRIORS, Kuala Lumpur, 2 September
Over the past couple of years, Malaysian-Kiwi sensation Ev “E.T.” Ting has made a home for his noteworthy performances in Kuala Lumpur. He has headlined ONE Championship events in Malaysia’s capital city with tremendous success, and as he climbs to the top of the ranks, Ting promises more memorable bouts to come.
This September, Ting took on the always dangerous “Ruthless” Rob Lisita. Nevermind that upon entering the cage, Lisita had been on a three-fight skid. The Australian brawler will always pose a threat no matter what the circumstances, and the same rang true when he stood across the cage from Ting that night.
Lisita employed a more-calculated approach in the fight, making use of his wrestling skills to drag Ting down to the mat easily for the first couple of rounds. As the bout wore on however, the better striker in Ting started to place his combinations more effectively as Lisita began to tire.
From the middle of the bout, Ting put together an amazing display of grit and heart, tagging Lisita with multiple well-timed strikes while Lisita tried desperately to hang on. As Ting’s gas tank emptied, both fighters pushed each other to the limit in a test of physical and mental strength. Incredibly, the 33-year-old veteran Lisita was able to make it to the final bell.
It was, however, Ev Ting’s victory in Malaysia as he deservedly earned the unanimous decision, but it was one truly action-packed matchup.
#2 Shannon Wiratchai vs Peter Davis at ONE: UNBREAKABLE WARRIORS, Kuala Lumpur, 2 September
Shannon “One Shin” Wiratchai is one of ONE Championship’s most dynamic attacking talents. He trains in multiple disciplines including Muay Thai and baguazhang, and the way he is able to mesh all the styles together is his most impressive trait.
When Wiratchai challenged Malaysian Peter Davis in front of his home crowd in Kuala Lumpur last September, it was billed by many observers to be a matchup of a creative, talented striker against a dedicated workhorse. What fans got was exactly that.
From the sound of the opening bell, it was clear that Wiratchai’s striking advantage was too much for Davis, who came out behind in every exchange. Wiratchai stormed the gates, attacking Davis with every strike in his arsenal.
Although Davis showed the true heart of a warrior, he would be no match for Wiratchai’s onslaught. It was one of the most dominant first rounds for a fighter in recent memory. But that’s where things got interesting.
Somewhere along the way, Davis saw an opening. Wiratchai, knowing he virtually had the fight in the bag, started to get playful with his tactics. Out of nowhere, Davis dropped Wiratchai with a spinning back fist and nearly finished him as the crowd erupted to a throng of cheers.
Wiratchai, still reeling from the impact of the blow, tried his best to stay on even footing but Davis continued his pursuit. From then on it was a war of attrition as both fighters repeatedly attacked each other with their best shots.
In the end, it was Wiratchai who was able to come away with the technical knockout, although Davis sent a message to everyone watching not to discount the value of hard work.
#3 Ariel Sexton vs Roger Huerta at ONE: DYNASTY OF CHAMPIONS, Hefei, China, 2 July
Roger “El Matador” Huerta had been in some tough battles throughout the course of his career, and although he had been able to use his talent to get himself out of some rough spots, it was not going to be easy against the man they call Tarzan.
Ariel Sexton, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, was always going to be a tricky challenge for any opponent, but no one expected him to beat Huerta the way he did last July in China.
At the sound of the opening bell, Huerta showed flashes of his trademark style, heavily reliant on Muay Thai and sheer aggressiveness. Sexton tried his best to take the action to the mat where he owned the advantage, but Huerta was not going down with a fight.
As Huerta continued his assault, Sexton realized this matchup was not going to be a grappling battle, and he had to beat Huerta at his own game. That’s when Sexton turned up the pressure and showcased his world-class stand-up.
In a furious exchange of strikes, Sexton peppered Huerta with a plethora of uppercuts, hooks, and power shots, slipping “El Matador’s” attacks and countering with great accuracy. By the middle of the third round, Huerta simply had enough as Sexton dropped him with a volley of unanswered punches.
#4 Eduard Folayang vs Adrian Pang at ONE: HEROES OF THE WORLD, Macau, 13 August
When you have two of the toughest fighters in Asia coming together inside the ONE Championship cage looking to pounce, you just know you have something special. Lightweight standouts Eduard “Landslide” Folayang and Adrian Pang went to war last August, with the winner set to face ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki.
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the Filipino MMA veteran rose to the occasion. Folayang had long been the face of Philippines MMA. He was with ONE Championship from the beginning of the promotion, and now five years later, he hit the prime of his career.
After a terrific performance against Tetsuya Yamada in his last bout, Folayang took on the dangerous Pang and knew he was up against a solid competitor. Pang stalked Folayang with very little movement, slowly plodding forward looking to land a big shot. Folayang, utilizing his famous wushu skills, danced away from peril and unleashed a variety of strikes including side kicks, roundhouses, and spinning back fists. Pang would walk right through most of it bravely, although he dropped to a knee on occasion.
There is much to be said about Pang’s durability. For three whole rounds, he was rarely bothered by Folayang’s lightning-quick strikes. He knew all he had to do was land one big shot and it would set him up for the finish. But Folayang, employed a highly tactical and intelligent game plan, one that carried him to victory.
It was one of the finest performances of Folayang’s career, and earned him a shot at ONE Championship gold against Aoki at ONE: DEFENDING HONOR in November.
#5 Istela Nunes vs Mei Yamaguchi at ONE: HEROES OF THE WORLD, Macau, 13 August
At the glitzy locale of Asia’s entertainment district in Macau, ONE Championship put together an entire card full of compelling bouts, but one stood out.
Former ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship challenger Mei Yamaguchi took on Muay Thai champion and ONE Championship newcomer Istela Nunes, and as is the case more often than not, the women were ready to fight.
Yamaguchi and Nunes wasted no time in engaging in fireworks, blasting each other with heavy-handed blows to the delight of the crowd. Yamaguchi, bouncing on the balls of her feet from her trademark karate stance, attacked Nunes from the outside with pinpoint accuracy and unmatched ferocity.
Nunes laid back and looked to counter, and smiled as she unleashed her powerful responses. With every round that passed, each fighter upped the intensity and frequency of their strikes. When the fight hit the canvas, it was a constant jockey for dominant position and an opportunity to do damage with ground-and-pound.
In the end, Nunes did just enough to slide in for a split decision victory. Yamaguchi, still ever the fierce lioness, performed exceptionally in a losing effort. Whether or not Nunes has earned herself a shot at Angela Lee is unknown, but one thing is for certain – a rematch against Yamaguchi would definitely be welcome.
Source: ONE Championship

Phillipe Nover Returns To The Octagon! The Filipino Assassin Is Back and Ready!

One of the few Filipinos who stands in the UFC octagon and makes every Filipino proud is Phillipe Nover. He was born and raised to Brooklyn into Filipino and American parents. He is also a registered cardiac cath nurse beyond the octagon.

Phillipe is a former Ring of Combat lightweight champion and is a product of The Ultimate Fighter. He reached the Ultimate Finale on December 13, 2008. Efrain Escudero defeated Nover though via unanimous decision. He has fought on other promotion such as Bellator for two years.

On May 16, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 66: Edgar vs. Faber in Manila, Nover made his come back to the organization and won against Yui Chul Nam by split decision in a featherweight bout.

I am very excited for ‘The Filipino Assassin’ and I thank UFC for he would go against his biggest opponent of the competition so far. And there to test our very own Phillipe Nover is the former UFC Bantamweight Champion Renan Barao on Sept 24 at UFC Fight Night 95: Cristiane Justino vs Lina Lansberg in Brasília, Brazil.

Now what would you expect with these two black belt in BJJ? Superior ground game will be on display, going for submissions.  Slam and takedowns to score for the three rounds of the co-main event.

Laker Jordan Clarkson’s Twitter HACKED, tweets Kobe Bryant is a p***y

Yahoo confirmed yesterday about the hack of 500 million accounts. And just this very moment, a hacker calling himself Mr. Chikri and is using the hashtag Cyber Wolfgang managed to get into Jordan Clarkson’s Twitter account. He tweeted that Kobe Bryant is a p***y….

The hacker wasn’t done though, he continued to send out tweets:

“i’m better than D’Angelo Russell”

“it’s official guys, i’m joining the warriors”

“without me lakers would lose every game”

“oh well boys, dating a kardashian isn’t as good as you think.”

Let us see if Jordan Clarkson will look into the specifics of how and why his twitter was hacked.

The hacking and hating never stops. SMH.

UFC Fight Night 95: Cristiane Justino vs. Lina Lansberg

UFC Brasilia will be held on September 24, 2016 at Ginásio Nilson Nelson in Brasília, Brazil.

Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight and current Invicta FC Featherweight Champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino will be stepping into the octagon with Lina Lansberg in a main event bout.

Our very own and TUF alumni Phillipe Nover will square off with the former UFC Bantamweight Champion- Renan Barao will provide him with his biggest test of his career. Does ‘The Baron’ still has what it takes to become champion once again?

On August 13, four fighters got injured. The card made multiple changes. Brandon Thatch and Shinsho Anzai pulled out of their respective fights against Erick Silva and Luan Chagas. Silva and Chagas are now expected to face each other. Renato Moicano and Joaquim Silva also pulled out of their respective fights against Mike De La Torre and Gregor Gillespie. Their replacements were Godofredo Pepey and The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 winner Glaico França.

Official Fight card:

Cristiane Justino vs. Lina Lansberg
Renan Barao vs. Phillipe Nover
Roy Nelson vs. Antonio Silva
Paul Felder vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Thiago “Marreta” Santos vs. Eric Spicely
Mike De La Torre vs. Godofredo Pepey
Gilbert Burns vs. Michel Prazeres
Michinori Tanaka vs. Rani Yahya
Jussier Formiga vs. Dustin Ortiz
Vicente Luque vs. Hector Urbina
Alan Patrick vs. Stevie Ray
Luan Chagas vs. Erick Silva
Glaico Franca vs. Gregor Gillespie

Joshua Pacio Gets The Title Shot He Rightfully Deserved

If you live your passion then success will follow and it is what young and green Joshua Felix Pacio is about. Team Lakay’s brightest young talent found his way into the biggest fight of his MMA career through his belief in himself and belief in God will provide him. A title fight against the ONE strawweight world champion and unbeaten Yoshitaka Naito of Japan in the main event.

His weakness is the stand-up fight, Muay Thai and kickboxing. But if the fight will be on the ground, he can win. Naito told this in an interview before. True enough, Yoshitaka Naito submits Dejdamrong to claim the strawweight belt last May.

Joshua has 3  by knockout and 5 by submission in his pro MMA record of 8 wins. He is a smart fighter. His skills and the plan he has to execute are what will determine the victory for this fight.

Just a month ago in ONE Championship 45: Heroes of the World at the Cotai Arena, The Venetian Macau, Joshua Pacio sealed his second ONE championship fight win and stays undefeated with eight win overall. He finished Kritsada Kongsrichai by choking him out in the first round.

The hometown crowd witnessed his successful debut at ONE Championship 41: Global Rivals last April. The event tookplace at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Philippines. Joshua Pacio also finished a fellow Filipino Rabin Catalan. He won by TKO in round two.

Pacio signed up with ONE Championship this year after his submission victory at Team Lakay Championship last March. He is only 20 years old but Joshua Pacio has done so much in less than a year with ONE championship. And to nobody’s surprise, championship belt is on the line.

Here’s the history of the fight of the 20-year-old Baguio native:

▶ Def Kritsada Kongsrichai at ONE Championship 45: Heroes of the World by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
▶ Def Empil at PXC Laban MMA by TKO
▶ Def Catalan at One Championship 41: Global Rivals by Knockout
▶ Def Menzi Jr at TLC – Team Lakay Championship by Submission
▶ Def Bayot at TLC – Team Lakay Championship by Submission
▶ Def Joseph Abrillo at Spartacus MMA by Submission
▶ Def Lobida at Fullcon Fighting Championship 2 – FFC 2 by Knockout
▶ Def Borbon at PXC Laban MMA – Baguio 2 by Knockout
▶ Def Galindez at TLC – Team Lakay Championship 9 by Submission
▶ Def Banguingui at PXC Laban by Decision
▶ Def Ban-Eg at Highland Domination UGB-9 by TKO
▶ Def Songaben at TLC – Team Lakay Championship 8 by Knockout

Joshua ‘Passion’ Pacio. Why I gave him that name? This young warrior trains and studies at the same time. He works hard to be the best of both worlds. Remember, when you pave the path that you want to lead, passion will find a way.

ONE Championship: State of Warriors is set to take place on Saturday, October 7 at the Thuwanna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.

Here’s the ONE: State of Warriors full card:

Strawweight World Championship: Yoshitaka Naito vs Joshua Pacio

Middleweight: Aung La N Sang vs Michal Pasternak

Featherweight Tournament Final: Winner Semi-Final 2 vs Winner Semi-Final 1

Bantamweight: Muin Gafurov vs Kevin Belingon

Bantamweight: Yusup Saadulaev vs Jordan Lucas

Featherweight: Bashir Ahmad vs Mahmoud Mohamed

Featherweight: Saw Ba Oo vs Kyal Sin Phyo

Featherweight Tournament Semi-Finals 2: Ye Yint Aung vs Saw Yan Paing

Featherweight Tournament Semi-Finals 1: Kat Pali vs Phoe Thaw

Hardwork Lead Eduard Folayang To ONE Championship Title Shot

Photo credit: MMA orient

Sidekicking news especially to Filipino MMA fans! ONE Championship announced a Big fight that could give Philippines the third world champion in mixed martial arts honor and prestige!

Eduard “The Landslide” Folayang of Baguio City’s Team Lakay is set to go in a war with Shinya Aoki for a lightweight championship bout at ONE Championship: Defending Honor in Kallang, Singapore. Let us show our overwhelming support and do not miss this another epic battle on November 11, 2016.

On the co-main event of the recent ONE Championship 45, Eduard Folayang was a stopper for Adrian Pang’s hope to fight for a lightweight belt. The Filipino warrior was announced as the winner by unanimous decision after the three rounds. There were many savage backfists and sidekicks thrown at Pang and was getting outscored by ‘The Landslide’. The only chance for Pang to win by that time was to finish Folayang, but the aussie was unable to.

Filipino fight fans have been waiting a long time for this one. Eduard Folayang has been with ONE Championship since the beginning and has performed at an extremely high level in his last couple of bouts. He is deserving of a title shot which he earned with Tetsuya Yamada and victories over Adrian Pang. The Singapore Indoor Stadium is going to erupt when fans finally get to see Folayang stand opposite Shinya Aoki ONE Championship inside the cage. “Victor Cui, ONE Championship CEO, stated.

Brandon “The Truth” Vera is the second Filipino champion when he knocked out Paul Cheng for the inaugural heavyweight championship fight last December at ONE Championship 36: Spirit of Champions in Manila. At ONE Championship 7: Return of the Warriors, Honorio Banario defeated fellow Baguio native Eric Kelly via TKO to become the first ever Filipino to win a world title in MMA.

Eduard Folayang ONE FC’s record:

⬆Win over Adrian Pang by Decision (Unanimous) and ONE 44: Heroes of the World August 13, 2016

⬆Win  over Tetsuya Yamada by Decision (Unanimous)  and ONE 38: Clash of Heroes January 29, 2016

⬇Loss to Timofey Nastyukhin by KO (flying knee kicks and soccer) and ONE FC 23: Warrior’s Way December 5, 2014

⬆Win  over Kotetsu Boku by Decision (unanimous) and ONE Fighting Championship: Rise of Heroes May 2, 2014

⬆Win over Vincent Latoel by Decision (unanimous) and ONE Fighting Championship: Moment of Truth December 6, 2013

⬇Loss to Kamal Shalorus by Decision (unanimous) and ONE Fighting Championship: Rise to Power May 31, 2013

⬆Win  over Felipe Enomoto by Decision (unanimous) and ONE Fighting Championship: Pride of a Nation August 31, 2012

⬇Loss to Ole Laursen by Decision (split) and ONE Fighting Championship: War of the Lions March 31, 2012

⬆Win  over A Sol Kwon by Decision (unanimous)  and ONE Fighting Championship 1: Champion vs. Champion September 3, 2011

Albert "The Prince" Pagara Shines in US debut in amazing fashion, KO’s Gonzalez in round 6! (FULL FIGHT INSIDE)

The Prince – Pagara

I believe that with the right training, conditioning and discipline this guy is the next deal! Pagara has been tested in this fight and i know that he has a lot to work on to be the the next dominant champion .

Round 1 – Both fighters were trying to test the waters first and trying to feel each other first, Pagara fought wisely as Gonzalez tried to engage early, It was a bit lack luster in round 1, Pagara 10-9.

Round 2 – Pagara showed the eagerness to win the fight early, he smiled at times as well, bought fighters trying to exchange blows but at within 2 minutes left Pagara connected a beautiful left counter punch to the jaw but Gonzalez kept pressing forward and tried to taunt Pagara to bring it on, Pagara was calm enough to just keep boxing and even with the ref threatening Pagara at times to fight clean (although I don’t think he was hitting way below), Pagara delivered a knockdown within 20 seconds remaining in round 2, however it was waived because Pagara delivered a punch with Gonzalez down on his knees, The referee stepped in and warned to disqualify Pagara if he would do that again. The knockdown has been waived because of the illegal punch. Pagara 10-9 could have been a 1-8 easily.

Round 3 – Gonzalez started the round as if he was looking for a knockout pressing Pagara at times but that didnt really matter at all as Pagara counter punched his way into round 4. Pagara 10-9

Round 4: Gonzalez kept pressing forward and got Pagara on the ropes a number of times but often his punches didnt really bother Pagara, Pagara showed that he can take a punch at the same time box wisely, I am really impressed how he handled the pressure that is given to him by Gonzalez, Pagara still dictated the fight and delivered the more telling blows. Pagara 10-9.

Round 5: The situation didn’t really change but at this point the punches thrown by Gonzalez is telegraph well by Pagara. In the last 2 mins of the fight Pagara connected a 1-2 combination that staggered Gonzalez but Pagara was being cautious knowing that his opponent is a power puncher. Pagara won the round 10-9

Round 6: Gonzalez really wanted to KO Pagara and delivered a series of combination trying to head hunt Pagara. Pagara was cornered on the ropes as Gonzalez tried to unleash punches but Pagara was able to get out of it by pushing Gonzalez away and within the last min Pagara connected a 1-2 combination that floored Gonzalez to the ground and didnt get up as the referee counted him out. 

With the win Pagara improved to 25 wins 18 KO’s no defeats.

Full fight courtesy of Tribuna news.

Written by:
Aldrin C. 
Team Powcast

Pagara brothers knockout highlights! Duel in Dubai 2 preview

Pagara Brothers ready for the world?

ALA Boxing, Pinoy Pride 32 will be back in Dubai and this time they are bringing along the Pagara brothers of Maasin City.  Albert and Jason are two young Pinoy fighters that are being groom for world title fights. Are they ready? We will find out soon. Pinoy Pride 32: Duel in Dubai II will be held at the Dubai World Trade Center on Aug. 7.
Filipino and all Boxing fanatics in Dubai should not miss this event as it promises action-packed battles.  IBF Intercontinental junior featherweight champion “Prince” Albert Pagara (26-0, 13 KOs) and his older brother, WBO  International super lightweight king Jason “El Niño” Pagara (35-2, 22 KOs) will be headlining the event, together with other promising boxers.
Le’s check out the previous fights of  Pagara Brothers as a preview of what could happen in Dubai.

Albert Pagara

Jason Pagara

Drian Francisco vs Michael Domingo tonight!

 Drian Francisco vs Michael Domingo

Drian Francisco vs Michael Domingo fighting tonight!

Who is the better fighter of the two Filipino boxing Star we will fond out tonight as both fighter clash in an epic Pinoy vs Pinoy boxing. Both Fighters got something to prove but only one of them will move on to greater opportunity. Watching Drian Francisco vs Michael Domingo will be a treat. I like the Francisco to win this!But Michael Domingo has a more polish style so he can also come up on top on this fight.Who do you think will win?

Who is the Pinoy boxer that impresses Roach?

What is all the buzz about this new Filipino boxer that Freddie Roach is training in Baguio? Lets meet the fighter: The undefeated 25 years old fighter is Lorenzo Villanueva, his record is 21 wins with no loss, he knocked down all of his opponent and won almost all of his fight via KO except for one. The man called the Thunderbolt is now being trained  by Freddie Roach. Do you think he can be a world champion?

Watch Lorenzo Villanueva?


Bruno Mars a Filipino?

The Singer who sang the chorus of the hit nothing on you by B.O.B. is a part Filipino as per Wikipedia.

Bruno Mars was born and raised in Hawaii by parents Pete and Bernadette “Bernie” San Pedro Bayot Hernandez,[2] of Filipino and Puerto Rican descent. Hernandez was one of six children, (brother Eric and sisters Jaime, Tiara, Tahiti and Presley). He came from a musical family giving him a diverse mix of Reggae, Rock, Hip Hop, and R&B.[3] From a young age, he was impersonating and performing songs by influential artists such as Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley. In 1990, at the tender age of 4, Hernandez was featured in MidWeek magazine as “Little Elvis”. He attended President Theodore Roosevelt High School, graduating in 2003 at age 17, and shortly after moved to L.A. to pursue a musical career. Before becoming a successful solo artist, he was an acknowledged music producer[4] penning songs for the likes of Flo Rida, Maroon 5, and Brandy. It was soon announced after the success of “Nothin’ On You” that Hernandez would be releasing his debut EP, titled It’s Better If You Don’t Understand on May 11, 2010.[5] A debut studio album is hinted to be released later this year. continue…

I like his new song with Travie Mcoy “Billionaire