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Returning Vera, Folayang highlight ONE open workout

Nov 18, 2018 - 10:24 PM

Brandon Vera looks to defend his heavyweight crown against Italian champion Mauro Cerilli as Team Lakay pillar Eduard Folayang goes for the vacant lightweight title versus Amir Khan

BETTER THAN EVER. Despite a two-year break, Fili-Am MMA fighter Brandon Vera (left) expects to be in top shape against Italian champion Mauro Cerilli.Photo from ONE Championsip

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

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

No better birthday gift for Eduard Folayang than ONE title

Oct 22, 2018 - 9:43 PM

The Baguio City native makes a bold prediction that there will be a coronation of another Filipino world champion in mixed martial arts

REDEMPTION. Eduard Folayang seeks to reclaim the world title he lost last year. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

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

ONE Championship: Weekend roundup

Oct 08, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Thailand's Srisaket Sor Rungvisai caps off ONE Championship's Kingdom of Heroes card by defending his WBC super flyweight belt

AND STILL. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai defends his WBC super flyweight title as ONE Championship stages its first boxing match. Photo from ONE Championship

Ancajas sizes up potential Thai foe Rungvisai

Oct 07, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Filipino champion Jerwin Ancajas eyes a unification bout against Thai star Srisaket Sor Rungvisai

REIGNING CHAMP. Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (left) retains his WBC super flyweight title after a unanimous decision over Iran Diaz. Photo from ONE Championship

Eduard Folayang gets another crack at ONE lightweight world championship

Oct 02, 2018 - 9:25 AM

Coming off back-to-back wins over Russian grapplers Aziz Pahrudinov and Kharun Atlangeriev, the 33-year-old can wrest the title he lost to Martin Nguyen last year

REDEMPTION. Eduard Folayang has a shot at redemption with a shot to reclaim the ONE lightweight world championship. File photo courtesy of ONE Championship

A night to remember for ONE world champion Joshua Pacio

Sep 25, 2018 - 5:59 PM

Team Lakay's Joshua Pacio secures the ONE strawweight belt in Jakarta, Indonesia

WORLD'S BEST. Joshua Pacio is the third member from Team Lakay to secure a ONE world championship title. Photo from release.

Pinoy Pacio secures ONE Championship strawweight belt in Jakarta

Sep 23, 2018 - 8:56 AM

The Team Lakay standout dethrones Yoshitaka Naito via unanimous decision in a rematch of their 2016 title contest

ON A ROLL. Joshua Pacio extendS Team Lakay's hot streak. Photo from ONE Championship

New father Kingad seeks victory in ONE Championship

Sep 21, 2018 - 10:55 PM

Team Lakay flyweight Danny Kingad faces Japanese striker Yuya Wakamatsu in Jakarta

ALL SET. Danny Kingad wants the match to be decided on the mat. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

ONE Championship: Joshua Pacio hopes aggressive tactics leads him to a belt

Sep 21, 2018 - 2:21 PM

The Team Lakay strawweight aims to exact revenge on champion Yoshitaka Naito this Saturday

FOCUSED. Joshua Pacio thinks he has scouted reigning champion Yoshitaka Naito (background) well this time. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

ONE Championship: PH's Edward Kelly wins via DQ, Honorio Banario falls

Sep 10, 2018 - 5:32 PM

Team Lakay splits its two matches in Shanghai, China

MIXED RESULTS. Filipino MMA artists Honorio Banario and Edward Kelly end with mixed results in the ONE Championship in Shanghai, China. Photo from their Facebook accounts

Filipinos on collision course in ONE Championship

Aug 06, 2018 - 5:17 PM

Rene Catalan and Joshua Pacio could end up in a potential bout that is slated as the title eliminator for the strawweight belt held by Japan's Yoshitaka Naito

COMPATRIOTS. Rene Catalan (left) and Rene Pacio could end up in a potential all-Filipino bout in the strawweight division of ONE Championship. Photo from ONE Championship

Belingon clinches ONE crown, Folayang avenges home loss

Jul 28, 2018 - 12:26 AM

Kevin Belingon and Eduard Folayang banner the famed Team Lakay's successful night at ONE: Reign of Kings

Eduard Folayang. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Kevin Belingon challenges Martin Nguyen for ONE bantamweight title

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:39 PM

Belingon is determined to defeat a two-division world champion

MAIN EVENT. Martin Nguyen (left) and Kevin Belingon clash for the ONE bantamweight world title. Photo from press release

LOOK: Chinese KOs Pinoy fighter Menchavez in 10 seconds

Jun 23, 2018 - 10:04 PM

Philippine bet Rodian Menchavez absorbs a devastating one-punch knockout from China’s Li Kai Wen

RECORD WIN. Chinese fighter Li Kai Wen improves his record to 8-4. Photo from ONE Championship

Banario willing to fight anywhere after ONE ditches cage for ring

Apr 21, 2018 - 9:33 AM

'The Rock' finds himself inside a new fighting space, but comes out with a win just the same

Photo by Richard Esguerra

Kevin Belingon destroys Andrew Leone at ONE Heroes of Honor

Apr 21, 2018 - 12:17 AM

Fellow Team Lakay stalwarts Honorio Banario, Gina Iniong also emerge victorious

NUMBER ONE. Kevin Belingon dominates former bantamweight world title challenger Andrew Leone. Photo by Richard Esguerra

Belingon-Leone match headlines ONE Championship

Apr 17, 2018 - 7:02 PM

'It’s going to be one of my biggest matches to date,' says Baguio fighter Kevin 'The Silencer' Belingon

ONE: Heroes of Honor Press Conference. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Team Lakay's Danny Kingad faces new opponent in ONE championship

Mar 02, 2018 - 2:23 PM

'King' Kingad battles Sotir Kichukov of Bulgaria next week in the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur

TEAM LAKAY. Baguio boy

Gravity Eustaquio gets sweet revenge in ONE Championship

Jan 27, 2018 - 12:13 PM

Geje 'The Gravity' Eustaquio avenges a heartbreaker of a loss last September in Jakarta to The Kazakh

INTENSE. Geje Eustaquio takes down Kairat Akhmetov in One championship, January 26 2018. Photo by ONE Championship

Rafael Nunes takes down Eric Kelly in ONE Championship: Global Superheroes

Jan 26, 2018 - 11:33 PM

Nunes forced Kelly to submit in Round 2

Photo by Richard Esguerra/Rappler

Eustaquio and Ahkmetov square off in ONE: Global Superheroes

Jan 23, 2018 - 5:02 PM

ONE Championship also announces partnership with Global Citizen

REMATCH. Geje Eustaquio looks to exact revenge on Kairat Akhmetov in their ONE: Global Superheroes championship rematch. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Eustaquio-Akhmetov rematch headlines ONE card at MOA Arena

Jan 12, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The fight will be a rematch of their clash last September, which the Kazakh fighter won by split decision in Indonesia

INTERIM FIGHT. Geje Eustaquio will face Kairat Akhmetov for the interim ONE flyweight title. Photo from ONE Championship

Brazil's Adriano Moraes retains ONE flyweight championship

Nov 10, 2017 - 10:56 PM

The Brazilian displays his superior ground game by swarming local boy Kingad, who submitted to a choke with still 15 seconds remaining in the opening round

STILL CHAMP. Brazil's Adriano Moraes drops Filipino foe to submission in first round. Image from Facebook.

Belingon leads Team Lakay's ONE championship early dominance

Nov 10, 2017 - 10:24 PM

Kevin Belingon beats South Korean Kevin Chung via unanimous decision

TEAM LAKAY. Kevin 'The Silencer' Belingon leads the way. From his Facebook page.

Must-win for lightweight champ Folayang in match vs Nguyen

Oct 11, 2017 - 3:53 PM

Folayang returns to action on November 10 to defend his lightweight title

CHAMPION VS CHAMPION. Edward Folayang is heading into a must-win situation in his match against Martin Nguyen. Photo by Rafael Bandayrel.

Eduard Folayang to defend ONE title vs featherweight champ Martin Nguyen

Sep 19, 2017 - 6:13 PM

The bout will be the first time two reigning champions will face in ONE Championship history.

CHAMPION VS CHAMPION. Lightweight champion Eduard Folayang will defend his title against Martin Nguyen at Mall of Asia Arena. Photo from ONE Championship

Ana Julaton signs multi-fight agreement with Bellator

Sep 16, 2017 - 12:29 PM

Filipino-American Ana Julaton holds a 2-2 record in her MMA career

MULTI-FIGHT AGREEMENT. Former boxing champion Ana Julaton continues her MMA career. Photo from Facebook

ONE: Kelly, Pacio suffer tough losses, but Torres saves the day in Macau

Aug 06, 2017 - 2:22 AM

Eric Kelly suffers a technical knockout loss to Kotetsu Boku and Joshua Pacio is submitted by Hayato Suzuki but Jomary Torres pulls off the upset against Rika Ishige

TOUGH LOSS. Filipino fighter Eric Kelly takes a right hand from Kotetsu Boku en route to his third straight loss. Photo from ONE

Filipino MMA fighter Rocky Batolbatol dies in road accident

Jul 23, 2017 - 4:47 PM

UPDATED Rocky Batolbatol and another person were hit by a taxi in Cagayan De Oro City and were declared dead on arrival at J R Borja General Hospital

MMA PASSING. Filipino mixed martial arts fighter Rocky Batolbatol has died at the age of 32. Photos from One Championship

Eduard Folayang retains ONE lightweight title, decisions Ev Ting

Apr 22, 2017 - 12:03 AM

Folayang has a triumphant homecoming win defeating Ev Ting in his first fight on Philippine soil in 3 years

STILL CHAMPION. Eduard Folayang retains his ONE Championship lightweight title with a decisiont win over Ev Ting. File photo by Edward Hilvano IV

Eduard Folayang keeps challenger's hungry mindset ahead of title defense

Apr 19, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Folayang puts his gold plated strap on the line against Malaysian Kiwi sensation Ev Ting in the main event of ONE Championship s Kings of Destiny card

FIRST TITLE DEFENSE. Eduard Folayang will defend his title for the first time at ONE: Kings of Destiny. Photo from ONE Championship

Folayang goes from hunter to hunted in first defense as ONE champ

Mar 31, 2017 - 3:58 PM

Eduard Folayang will face more pressure as champion when he defends the belt in the main event of an event at Mall of Asia Arena

CHAMPION. Eduard Folayang admits there's greater pressure fighting in front of a Filipino audience now that he is champion. File photo by Rappler

Angela Lee wants to lead 'new era' for fighting women

Mar 16, 2017 - 5:41 PM

Singapore s Angela Lee wants to lead the rise of women s mixed martial arts in Asia

MAKING WAVES. "I'm really excited to be paving the way for women's MMA in Asia," says Lee, who fights for One Championship. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Folayang defends ONE lightweight title against Ting on April 21

Mar 06, 2017 - 2:11 PM

Eduard Folayang will make his first title defense against Malaysia s Ev Ting at Mall of Asia Arena

TITLE DEFENSE. Will Eduard Folayang shine in front of his countrymen, or will Ev Ting bring the 'Landslide' down? Photo from ONE Championship

ONE Championship looking to hold fight cards outside Metro Manila

Feb 17, 2017 - 4:38 PM

As ONE approaches its tenth event in the Philippines the company muses about holding shows in the Queen City of the South and the summer capital to the north

PROVINCIAL PROSPECTING. ONE Championship has hosted 9 events so far in the Philippines and is now looking to bring the fight to fans outside of Manila.

IN PHOTOS: ONE world champ Folayang gets hero's welcome in Baguio City

Dec 13, 2016 - 3:55 PM

Baguio City holds a parade in honor of its own ONE Championship title holder Eduard Folayang

Eduard Folayang (R) and Divine Masadao Wally (C) take a photo with Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan. Photo from ONE Championship

ONE Championship announces two Manila dates for 2017

Dec 06, 2016 - 4:59 PM

The leading Asian MMA promotion announces 18 dates for 2017 with others in new markets in the works

ONE Championship will host two events in Manila in 2017, but no further details were released

What's next for Brandon Vera? He wants to run for Senate

Dec 03, 2016 - 4:17 PM

The ONE heavyweight champ wants to follow in Manny Pacquiao s shoes but might not be legally able to do so

CHAMP. Brandon Vera has no definite challengers in mind for his next fight but dreams of running for Philippine Senate. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Brandon Vera retains ONE heavyweight title with KO win over Sekine

Dec 02, 2016 - 11:58 PM

Brandon Vera keeps the ONE heavyweight championship belt around his weight with a knockout win at Mall of Asia Arena

HEAVY HANDS. Brandon Vera lands a long left hand against Hideki Sekine as he retains his ONE Championship heavyweight title in his first defense. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

ONE Championship: Striegl pounds out decision over Bulgarian foe

Dec 02, 2016 - 10:45 PM

Striegl bounces back from his defeat to Reece McLaren with his impressive takedowns against Sotir Kichukov

MUGEN. Mark Striegl lands a left hand strike on Bulgaria’s Sotir Kichukov en route to a decision win. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Banario wins impressively at ONE: Age of Domination

Dec 02, 2016 - 10:36 PM

Filipino fighter Honario Banario forces Rajinder Singh Meena to tap out to an armbar in two minutes

SUBMISSION. Honorio Banario slaps on the armbar which forced Rajinder Singh Meena to tap in the first round. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler