Six Filipinos Will Punch Their Way To Become Legendary

Belingon Pacio Folayang Kingad Iniong

ONE Championship is geared up for another exciting night of fights. The biggest mixed martial arts promotion in Asia stacked its fight card for their return to Manila, Philippines.
ONE: Legends of the World goes down November 10 at the Mall of Asia Arena. The card is set to showcase two high profile champions of their divisions go to war in the night’s main event. Lightweight world champion Eduard Folayang will be taking on fellow champion Martin Nguyen who moved up from Featherweight for a championship bout.
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. 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.
Eduard Folayang retained his ONE Lightweight World Championship with a masterful display of striking to defeat top Malaysian lightweight Ev “E.T.” Ting at ONE: KINGS OF DESTINY last April at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila.
He will defend the crown against Martin Nguyen of Australia on November 10. Nguyen shocked the world by stopping Marat Gafurov in their rematch to become the ONE Featherweight World Champion last August. Now he look to become the first two-division champion in ONE Championship history.
That’s not the only world championship on the line in Manila. The ONE Flyweight World Championship pits the reigning titleholder Adriano Moraes against number two contender Danny Kingad at the co-main event. This big fight could give Team Lakay the third world champion in mixed martial arts honor and prestige.
An unbeaten flyweight contender from Team Lakay, Danny Kingad, has a perfect five 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 last bout, Kingad emerged victorious against Muhammad Aiman of Malaysia by unanimous decision. His undefeated record was supposed to be challenged by Hexigetu of China four months ago, but their bout was cancelled twice.  Now it’s time to touch gloves with his Brazilian foe for the World Flyweight Championship.
Kevin Belingon had a good timing when he dropped Reece McLaren at ONE: Quest for Greatness in August and gave barrage of punches earning Belingon a TKO victory. In January 2016, Belingon challenged the bantamweight champion Bibiano Fernandes in the main event of ONE: Dynasty of Champions. The title bout didn’t go as planned for the challenger as Belingon was submitted by Fernandes in the first round. Team Lakay’s heavy-hitter looks to extend his win streak to four against the undefeated Kevin Chung of U.S.A. “The Silencer” could be one win away from another title shot.
Joshua Pacio is also a former world title challenger. The testament to just how good the 20 year-old warrior from Baguio’s Team Lakay were his fights with the reigning and former world champions Yoshitaka Naito and Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichokei. “The Passion” is a very capable and persistent fighter taking all the sweat he have experienced inside the cage to  become a better version of himself. He will show that he is able to sustain the growth as he try to get back in the win column as he take on compatriot Roy Doliguez next. Roy Doliguez showed the world last September that he is still one of the competitive strawweights by knocking out Yago Bryan at ONE: Total Victory in Jakarta.

The rose among the thorns, Gina Iniong, will attempt to get her second win in a row since successful ONE Championship debut at Kings of Destiny held in Manila. With a solid display of striking superiority, she added the Filipino-English fighter Natalie Gonzales Hills to her resume. French fighter Nathalie Heidel and Japanese veteran Mei Yamaguchi are also this Team Lakay’s atomweight standout notable victories. Iniong is looking to win her second ONE competition against Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol of Indonesia.
Make sure you don’t miss these fights. Be at SM Mall of Asia Arena! Let us support these Filipinos excelling in MMA as they take on their opponents in front of their home crowd.
Below is the night’s stacked fight card:
Main Card:
Eduard Folayang vs Martin Nguyen
Adriano Moraes vs Danny Kingad
Kevin Belingon vs Kevin Chung
Alex Silva vs Hayato Suzuki
Anatpong Bunrad vs Reece McLaren
Zhao Zhikang vs Thai Rithy
Prelims:
Gina Iniong vs Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol
Joshua Pacio vs Roy Doliguez
Xie Chao vs Kelvin Ong
Peng Xue Wen vs Phat Soda

Kairat Akhmetov Scores Split Decision Victory Over Geje Eustaquio

The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), once again electrified Jakarta, Indonesia with another evening of world-class martial arts action. The packed Jakarta Convention Center played host to ONE: TOTAL VICTORY, which showcased the world’s best martial artists inside the ONE Championship cage. In the main event, former ONE Flyweight World Champion Kairat Akhmetov scored a close three-round split decision victory over the Philippines’s Geje Eustaquio.

In the main event of ONE: TOTAL VICTORY, former ONE Flyweight World Champion Kairat Akhmetov scored a huge triumph over top flyweight contender Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio of the Philippines, coming away with a closely-contested split decision victory. Akhmetov showcased his overwhelming Greco Roman wrestling chops to consistently bring Eustaquio to the canvas, controlling the action on the ground. Eustaquio would land his usual crisp, clean combinations throughout the contest, but it wasn’t enough to earn him the win as Akhmetov’s grappling proved too much to overcome. In the end, Akhmetov emerged the victor on two of the three judges’ scorecards to earn him the split decision.


Hometown hero, the undefeated Stefer Rahardian continued his winning ways inside the ONE Championship cage, finishing Cambodian opponent Sim Bunsrun in just a little over a minute into the first round. Rahardian, who was just recently awarded his Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt, jumped on Bunsrun’s back as soon as he recognized the opening and slithered his way into a deep rear naked choke. Bunsrun tried valiantly to fight off the submission, but it was securely in place and the Cambodian had no choice but to tap out.


In the fastest finish in ONE Championship heavyweight division history, Alain “The Panther” Ngalani obliterated former ONE world title challenger Hideki “Shrek” Sekine in just 11 seconds, scoring an emphatic win in front of a roaring Jakarta Convention Center crowd. As Sekine charged recklessly towards Ngalani at the sound of the opening bell, Ngalani stepped back and uncorked a right hand counter right on the jaw that dumped Sekine to the ground, ending the bout in abrupt fashion.


In a battle of former ONE world title challengers, former professional boxer Roy Doliguez of the Philippines stopped Yago Bryan of Brazil to win by third round technical knockout. It was gruelling contest from start to finish, as both competitors were very evenly matched. Doliguez, operating behind his world-class boxing stance, would keep Bryan on the outside with fast kicks and punch combinations. Although Bryan would land the cleaner, stronger punches throughout the bout, Doliguez soon began to find his range late into the contest. A straight left hand down the middle felled Bryan in the third round from which he was unable to recover.

Malaysia’s Hisyam Samsudin showcased incredible grit and toughness as he overcame a furious start from Indonesia’s Jeremy Meciaz to win by technical knockout. Meciaz stormed out of the gates wanting to engage as he chased Samsudin all across the cage. Samsudin would however weather the early onslaught, and deliver some big blows of his own to force referee Yuji Shimada to call a halt to the contest in the very first round.

Filipino karate practitioner Ramon Gonzales showcased a new grappling dimension to his overall game, finishing Chinese wrestler Liu De Li Ge Ri Hu via arm triangle choke submission. After dominating the first round with his striking, Gonzales was able to take Liu De Li to the mat near the halfway point of the second, where he secured side control and swiftly locked in the choke moments after.

An exciting matchup ensued between local strawweight competitor Adrian “The Papua Badboy” Matheis and Cambodian Khun Khmer warrior Phat Soda. Matheis, who was emotional at the end of the bout, pulled off the impressive win by latching onto a rear-naked choke just past the midway point of the very first round. With no escape, Soda had no choice but to tap out, awarding Matheis the submission victory.

In the second preliminary bout of the evening, Indonesian martial artists Riski Umar and Adi Nugroho sent tremors of excitement throughout the Jakarta Convention Center with a spirited display of striking. As both warriors exchanged heavy blows at the center of the cage, it was Umar who came away with the knockout victory after a thunderous body shot landed, incapacitating Nugroho who slumped to the canvas and was unable to get back up.

Kicking off the action at ONE: TOTAL VICTORY was a catchweight contest between Thai Rithy and Jerome S. Paye. Although Paye wisely looked to take matters to the ground where he would try to neutralize Rithy’s striking advantage, the Cambodian was just not going to be contained. Rithy landed five solid right hands on Paye’s jaw to start the second round, turning the lights out on Paye before he hit the mat.

Official results for ONE: TOTAL VICTORY

Flyweight bout: Kairat Akhmetov defeats Geje Eustaquio by Split Decision after three (3) rounds
Flyweight bout: Stefer Rahardian defeats Sim Bunsrun by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:07 minutes of round 1
Heavyweight bout: Alain Ngalani defeats Hideki Sekine by Knockout at 0:11 minutes of round 1
Strawweight bout: Roy Doliguez defeats Yago Bryan by TKO (Strikes) at 2:58 minutes of round 3
Featherweight bout: Hisyam Samsudin defeats Jeremy Meciaz by TKO (Strikes) at 2:47 minutes of round 1
Flyweight bout: Ramon Gonzales defeats Liu De Li Ge Ri Hu by Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) at 1:52 minutes of round 2
Strawweight bout: Adrian Matheis defeats Phat Soda by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:11 minutes of round 1
Bantamweight bout: Riski Umar defeats Adi Nugroho by TKO (Strikes) at 2:00 minutes of round 1
Catchweight bout (68.3kg): Thai Rithy defeats Jerome S Paye by Knockout at 0:19 minutes of round 2

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

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


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Alex Silva: My goal is to be champion

In the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA), every fighter dreams of becoming a world champion because it signifies that they have reached the pinnacle of success.
Competitors invest blood, sweat, and tears to achieve the ultimate career-defining moment of having a gold-plated strap wrapped around their waists and hearing the announcer declare their names as champions.
Like any other professional MMA competitor, Brazilian fighter Alex “Little Rock” Silva has the same desire of becoming a world champion in the sport.
According to the 34-year-old submission specialist, winning an MMA world title is what keeps him focused and motivated to continue the intensive work at the gym.
“My goal is to be champion. I know where I am right now and where I will be in the future. That’s why I am taking it one fight at a time and continuing the hard work in training. I will just be focusing on reaching my goal regardless whom I face inside the cage,” he said.
Widely recognized as one of the best strawweight combatants in ONE Championship today, Silva is riding high on a three-fight winning streak.

In addition, he is known to be a world-class Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner with a terrifying ground game and a knack for securing highlight-reel submission finishes. Four of his professional career wins came by way of submission.
Silva has the opportunity to cement his status as the next contender for the ONE Strawweight World Championship if he will play his cards right against Filipino stalwart Roy Doliguez.
Both men are set to collide on the undercard of ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS, which takes place at the 12,000-capacity Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 10 February.
Silva believes that a convincing victory over Doliguez will put him closer to a date with current titleholder Yoshitaka Naito as his opponent once vied for the ONE Strawweight World Championship.
“It’s really up to ONE Championship. But I already won three-straight fights. My opponent fought for the world title before. If I get an impressive win in this fight, there’s a big possibility that I will get a title shot in my next fight,” he stated.
Although he has his sights set on a heftier prize, Silva clarified that defeating Doliguez is his main priority.

“I don’t want to be complacent in this fight. From start to finish, I have to be spectacular. Like what I’ve said, I want to be a champion. If I wish to become a champion, I have to beat my opponent first,” he ended.

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
​’m

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


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