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Former ONE champ Geje Eustaquio eager for another busy year

Feb 15, 2020 - 7:32 PM

Despite the highs and lows of 2019, Team Lakay stalwart Geje Eustaquio doesn't mind doing it all over again

Iniong shows offensive depth in ONE Championship win

Feb 03, 2020 - 6:24 PM

Coming off a gold-medal win in the 2019 SEA Games, Gina Iniong starts the year on a high note in ONE Championship

INSPIRED. Gina Iniong notches a win with her husband watching live for the first time. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Pacio displays impressive ground game against Silva

Feb 01, 2020 - 2:33 PM

Known for his striking, Joshua Pacio manages to stand tall against BJJ champion Alex Silva at ONE: Fire and Fury

STILL THE CHAMP. Joshua Pacio takes down another former strawweight titlist in Alex Silva. Photo from ONE Championship

Pacio defends ONE strawweight title

Feb 01, 2020 - 12:39 AM

Joshua Pacio wraps up a near perfect night for Filipino fighters as he successfully defends his strawweight title against Alex Silva

Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Pacio out to prove caliber in ONE title defense

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:50 PM

Filipino Joshua Pacio looks to retain his ONE Championship strawweight belt against Brazilian Alex Silva

TITLE DEFENSE. Joshua Pacio is determined not to let go of his ONE Championship belt. Photo from ONE Championship


Get a VIP experience at ONE: Fire and Fury

Jan 23, 2020 - 8:04 PM

Win a Boodle Feast VIP Ticket Package for the ONE Championship showdown on January 31 at the Mall of Asia Arena

Score free tickets to ONE: Fire and Fury

Jan 22, 2020 - 8:12 PM

Get a chance to win tickets to the blockbuster ONE Championship showdown on January 31 at the Mall of Asia Arena

McGregor demolishes Cerrone in 40-second return to UFC octagon

Jan 19, 2020 - 3:03 PM

'Etch my name in the history books one more time,' says Conor McGregor after pummeling Donald Cerrone in just 40 seconds

STILL NOTORIOUS. Conor McGregor throws a right against Donald Cerrone in the first round of their welterweight bout in UFC246. Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images/AFP

Miado scores impressive KO victory, stuns Chinese foe

Nov 17, 2019 - 11:16 AM

Filipino fighter Jeremy Miado unleashes a lethal flying knee that brings Chinese Miao Li Tao to dreamland

KILLER BLOW. Jeremy Miado (right) delivers the lone win for the Philippines after knocking out Miao Li Tao. Photo release

Drama, personal grudge mark ONE’s second all-Filipino world title bout

Nov 07, 2019 - 9:15 PM

Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio puts his strawweight belt on the line against compatriot Rene Catalan in the main event of ONE: Masters of Fate

Conor McGregor announces return to fighting

Oct 25, 2019 - 12:57 AM

Seven months after announcing his retirement, MMA star Conor McGregor says he'll see action again in January

COMEBACK. Conor McGregor heads back to the octagon.Photo by John Gurzinski/AFP

Belingon wants KO win vs Fernandes in ONE title fight

Sep 23, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Kevin Belingon will meet rival Bibiano Fernandes for the fourth time as he tries to reclaim lost glory

FOR THE THRONE. Kevin Belingon says he knows what to expect against Bibiano Fernandes. Photo from ONE Championship


McGregor sorry for 'unacceptable' pub attack

Aug 23, 2019 - 9:20 AM

'I was in the wrong,' admits MMA star Conor McGregor, who punched a man in an unprovoked attack in a Dublin bar

SORRY. The ever controversial Conor McGregor says he’s ready to accept any punishment. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Conor McGregor under fire anew for sucker punch in Ireland bar

Aug 16, 2019 - 3:51 PM

A CCTV video released recently shows MMA superstar Conor McGregor figuring in a bar assault

CONTROVERSIAL. Conor McGregor gets into trouble yet again. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

With 'Pacquiao' by her side, Chieng goes for another shot at boxing

Jul 28, 2019 - 1:49 PM

Jennifer Dugwen Chieng, a Filipino-Micronesian boxer, hopes to punch a return ticket to the Olympics

BACK AT IT. Jennifer Dugwen Chieng, who runs with her dog Pacquiao in training, hopes to do better in her second Olympic bid. Contributed photo by Wufei Yu

Folayang to face former UFC champion Alvarez in ONE

Jun 10, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Fighting for the first time since losing the ONE lightweight title, Eduard Folayang will begin his trek back to glory against Eddie Alvarez

REDEMPTION. Eduard Folayang looks to redeem himself against one of the deadliest lightweights today. File photo by Dux Carvajal


WATCH: Joshua Pacio scores sensational KO, reclaims ONE title

Apr 13, 2019 - 9:00 AM

'The Passion' regains his strawweight crown as Team Lakay brawlers stand tall in ONE: Roots of Honor

BACK ON TOP. Joshua Pacio (right) gets Baguio-based Team Lakay back in the winner’s circle after dominating Japan’s Yosuke Saruta. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Joshua Pacio motivated to revive Lakay’s ONE world title hunt

Apr 11, 2019 - 7:34 PM

Out to reclaim Team Lakay's lost glory, Joshua Pacio hopes to jumpstart the Baguio-based squad's winning run versus Yosuke Saruta

REVENGE. Joshua Pacio (right) aims to reclaim the ONE world strawweight title in a rematch bout against Japanese Yosuke Saruta. Photo release

Just like Mayweather, Pacquiao signs with Rizin

Apr 08, 2019 - 3:23 PM

The Filipino boxing legend will be 'involved in a way' in Rizin 15, which will be staged on April 21

SAME PATH. Manny Pacquiao follows Floyd Mayweather's suit by joining Rizin. Photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

McGregor hints at retirement U-turn after Khabib feud

Apr 04, 2019 - 11:02 AM

MMA star Conor McGregor hints he may not retire after all following a vitriolic Twitter exchange with rival Khabib Nurmagomedov

TRIGGERED. Conor McGregor may have changed his mind yet again after trading barbs with a fierce rival. Photo by John Gurzinski/AFP

Conor McGregor under investigation for sex assault

Mar 27, 2019 - 8:40 AM

The camp of Conor McGregor denies assumptions that the recent retirement of the MMA star is related to the sexual assault reports

EMBATTLED. The ever controversial Conor McGregor faces a new issue in his native Ireland. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Conor McGregor retires from MMA again

Mar 26, 2019 - 2:09 PM

'I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as 'Mixed Martial Art' today,' says McGregor in a shock announcement

UFC STAR. Conor McGregor retires as the biggest pay-per-view contributor to UFC. Photo from Conor McGregor's Facebook.

Gina Iniong dedicates ONE championship win to ailing mother

Feb 19, 2019 - 12:22 PM

Iniong takes home a split-decision win against Malaysia’s Jihin 'Shadowcat' Radzuan

DEDICATION. Gina Iniong sends Jihin “Shadow Cat” Radzuan to her first ONE championship loss.  Photo from release

McGregor, Khabib banned and fined for UFC brawl

Jan 30, 2019 - 9:14 AM

'Politics forever,' says Khabib Nurmagomedov after the Russian gets suspended along with MMA star Conor McGregor

CAGED. The retroactive suspensions allow Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov to see action again by April. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Geje Eustaquio '101% ready' in Moraes trilogy

Jan 22, 2019 - 10:23 PM

'It's pressure, at the same time, a motivation for me to keep going,' says Geje Eustaquio

REMATCH. Geje Eustaquio looks to win against Adriano Moraes for the second straight time. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

Team Lakay opens 2019 with 2 straight losses at ONE Eternal Glory

Jan 20, 2019 - 11:12 PM

Joshua Pacio loses the strawweight belt to Japanese underdog Yosuka Saruta as Edward Kelly also bows to Singaporean Christian Lee

Eustaquio to defend ONE flyweight title vs Moraes

Jan 03, 2019 - 7:41 PM

Geje 'Gravity' Eustaquio gears up to prove that he's the rightful owner of the ONE flyweight world title

TITLE DEFENSE. Geje 'Gravity' Eustaquio claims the interim ONE flyweight belt last January 2018.Photo by ONE Championship

IN PHOTOS: The Year of Lakay

Dec 30, 2018 - 12:08 PM

In 2018, Baguio's Team Lakay proves that it's one of the best mixed martial arts stables in Asia

Kevin Belingon named 2018 ONE Warrior of the Year

Dec 21, 2018 - 3:49 PM

Belingon bests Aung La N Sang and Xiong Jin Nan among others for the yearly award

WARRIOR OF 2018. Kevin Belingon of Team Lakay caps off a stellar year with the ONE Warrior of the Year award. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

Folayang to star in ONE world title bout in March 2019

Dec 20, 2018 - 12:33 PM

Eduard 'Landslide' Folayang and Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki gear up for a long-awaited rematch in Tokyo, Japan

TITLE DEFENSE. Filipino Edward 'Landslide' Folayang danges his ONE lightweight world title against Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki of Japan. Photo by Dux Carvajal

Joshua Pacio to defend ONE world title against Hayato Suzuki

Dec 11, 2018 - 8:16 PM

Joshua Pacio kicks off the 2019 ONE season with a fight against Hayato Suzuki

THE PASSION. Joshua "The Passion" Pacio opens 2019 with a title defense of his his ONE Strawweight title. Photo from release

IN PHOTOS: Baguio City honors Team Lakay

Dec 04, 2018 - 9:21 PM

The ONE world champions and MMA stars bask in glory as they parade along the streets of Baguio City

GOLDEN STABLE. (from left) Strawweight World Champion Joshua Pacio, Flyweight World Champion Geje Eustaquio, Team Lakay founder and head coach Mark Sangiao, Bantamweight World Champion Kevin Belingon and World Lightweight Champion Eduard Folayang and Bantamweight Champion Stephen Loman raise their belts during their welcome victory parade in Baguio City on December 2, 2018. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Khabib adds fire to Mayweather bout excitement

Nov 27, 2018 - 9:20 AM

Khabib is waiting for his ban to be lifted due to a post-fight brawl with Conor McGregor

FLAME. Khabib Nurmagomedov and Floyd Mayweather look to battle it out again in a Mixed Martial Arts fight. Photo from Twitter (Khabib) and Facebook (Mayweather)

Vera retains, Folayang regains at ONE Conquest of Champions

Nov 24, 2018 - 12:09 AM

Brandon Vera needed less than a round, while Eduard Folayang had a unanimous decision in the two title bouts of the ONE Conquest of Champions featuring Filipinos

Folayang’s birthday wish? The ONE lightweight world title

Nov 23, 2018 - 9:51 AM

Team Lakay's Eduard Folayang just turned 34, but the local MMA star hopes to bank on his experience in his title bid against Singaporean Amir Khan

BATTLE-TESTED. Team Lakay stalwart Eduard Folayang looks to end a successful year as the fourth titleholder from the Baguio-based group. Photo from ONE Championship

Returning Brandon Vera 'would rather die' than lose Conquest

Nov 23, 2018 - 9:19 AM

'Am I ready after two years from being away from the center of that ring? Hell, yes,' says MMA champion Brandon Vera

READY. Brandon Vera says he has trained hard for an aggressive striker like Mauro Cerilli. Photo from ONE Championship

Belingon open to ONE bantamweight title trilogy vs Fernandes

Nov 10, 2018 - 11:56 AM

A potential third clash between the two would determine the real king of ONE's bantamweight division

NEW KING. Kevin Belingon rules as ONE Championship's undisputed bantamweight king. Photo from ONE Championship


Kevin Belingon rules as ONE's undisputed bantamweight king

Nov 09, 2018 - 11:55 PM

The Filipino redeems himself as he ends Brazilian Bibiano Fernandes' five-year reign in the bantamweight division

REDEMPTION. Kevin Belingon exacts revenge on Bibiano Fernandes to become the third undisputed ONE champion from Team Lakay. Photo from ONE Championship


PH's Team Lakay dominates 2018 Global Martial Arts Awards

Nov 09, 2018 - 11:53 AM

The famed stable takes home 4 major awards

BIG WINNER. Eduard Folayang wins the most prestigious award from the 2018 Global Martial Arts Award after bagging the Martial Arts Hero of the Year. File photo from ONE Championship


Demetrious Johnson seeks to cement legacy in ONE Championship

Nov 08, 2018 - 7:05 PM

After a six-year reign in UFC's flyweight division, the 32-year-old says it's the 'perfect time' to fight the best in Asia

TITLE CHASE. Demetrious Johnson is one of the 8 fighters that will see action in ONE Championships' world grand prix for the flyweight belt. Photo from ONE Championship


Miesha Tate joins ONE Championship as vice president

Nov 08, 2018 - 4:14 PM

The former women's bantamweight world champion is the latest former UFC star to join ONE

NEW VENTURE. Miesha Tate says she is 'thrilled' to join ONE Championship. File photo by Steve Marcus/AFP/Getty Images


Vastly-improved Kevin Belingon guns for ONE bantamweight belt

Nov 07, 2018 - 9:49 PM

The Filipino can exact revenge on Bibiano Fernandes as they meet again in a title unification bout

BEST OF THE BEST. Filipino Kevin Belingon (right) and Brazilian Bibiano Fernandes lock horns to settle who is ONE Championship's bantamweight king. Photo from ONE Championship


MMA outfit announces Asian esports championship

Nov 07, 2018 - 6:05 PM

ONE Championship sees a 'natural crossover' between martial arts and gaming fans

NEW VENTURE. ONE Championship, which features Filipino fighters like Joshua Pacio, will stage 30 MMA events next year. Photo from ONE

Floyd Mayweather to fight Japanese MMA fighter

Nov 05, 2018 - 1:39 PM

The 41-year-old boxer puts his undefeated record on the line against Japan's Tenshin Nasukawa

BACK AT IT. Floyd Mayweather will return from retirement again. File photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America/AFP


Brandon Vera to defend ONE heavyweight crown

Oct 26, 2018 - 10:39 AM

'The Truth' faces a tough challenger in Mauro 'The Hammer' Cerilli of Italy in the ONE: Conquest of Champions

TITLE DEFENSE. Mixed martial arts veteran Brandon Vera (right) holds a professional record of 15-7. Photo from ONE Championship

Khabib, McGregor suspensions extended

Oct 25, 2018 - 9:07 AM

The sanctions stem from the stunning post-fight brawl that erupted between the mixed martial arts stars

SUSPENDED. Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov holds down Irish Conor McGregor during their controversial UFC lightweight championship bout. Photo byHarry How/Getty Images/AFP

Ignore Mayweather-Khabib talk, says UFC boss

Oct 20, 2018 - 9:48 AM

UFC president Dana White says Floyd Mayweather's team has yet to contact the MMA promotion group

UNDEFEATED. Floyd Mayweather, who boasts a 50-0 record, wants to square off against MMA star Khabib Nurmagomedov, who also totes a perfect 27-0 card. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Belingon counts on Filipino support in Singapore for ONE unification bout

Oct 19, 2018 - 8:39 AM

The ONE interim bantamweight titlist says 'fighting in Singapore is almost like fighting in Manila'

HOT STREAK. Kevin Belingon looks to extend his six-fight winning streak against Bibiano Fernandes in their title unification bout for the ONE Championship bantamweight title. File photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Mayweather says Khabib fight will happen

Oct 18, 2018 - 8:19 AM

‘Come to my world,’ Floyd Mayweather tells MMA star Khabib Nurmagomedov following the Russian's victory over Conor McGregor

CALL OUT. Floyd Mayweather (right) says he’ll face mixed martial arts star Khabib Nurmagomedov as long as it’s in the boxing ring. Photos from AFP

Khabib threatens to leave UFC if teammate fired

Oct 12, 2018 - 9:29 AM

Undefeated champion Khabib Nurmagomedov says he'll bolt out if UFC fires his teammate for striking Conor McGregor

HEATED CLASH. Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia holds down Conor McGregor of Ireland during their controversial UFC lightweight championship bout. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP