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10 of the most loved fitness gyms in Metro Manila

Jan 27, 2020 - 2:14 PM

It's getting fit in here

Bornea battles unscathed Mexican in UFC Fight Pass headliner

Jan 21, 2020 - 7:33 PM

Jade Bornea is given an opportunity to headline the UFC Fight Pass for his unbeaten 14-0 record

PRIME PROSPECT. Jade Bornea is set for his first bout in the US against Mexican Ernesto Delgadillo. Photo from Sanman Promotions

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

McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback

Jan 18, 2020 - 1:17 PM

Conor McGregor will fight in the UFC for the first time in more than a year after losing the lightweight title to Khabib Nurmagomedov

REDEMPTION. Conor McGregor admits to making mistakes in the last couple of years. File photo by John Gurzinski/AFP

Trump booed at UFC fight night in New York

Nov 03, 2019 - 1:21 PM

Several dozen protesters carrying placards with slogans such as 'Trump/Pence Out Now!' and 'Headlock Him Up' demonstrate outside Madison Square Garden as Trump arrives for the pay-per-view spectacle

US President Donald Trump (R) flanked by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (L) watch the Ultimate Fighting Championship at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York on November 2, 2019. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

French consumer group launches class action lawsuit against Google

Jun 26, 2019 - 5:58 PM

The UFC-Que Choisir group says the goal of its class action suit is to 'end the insidious exploitation of users' personal data, particularly those using Android devices with a Google account, and compensate them for up to 1,000 euros'

Why is Justin Bieber challenging Tom Cruise to a UFC fight?

Jun 11, 2019 - 9:39 AM

The pop star warns Tom Cruise that if he rejects his challenge, the action star 'will never live it down'

UFC FIGHT? The pop star challenges Tom Cruise to one, maybe because he can. Photo from Justin Bieber's Instagram

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

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

WATCH: Jones reclaims UFC title, Nunes KOs Cyborg in 51 seconds

Dec 30, 2018 - 4:14 PM

Jon Jones makes a winning return as Amanda Nunes becomes the first female fighter to hold two belts simultaneously

BACK AT IT. Two-time champion Jon Jones pummels Alexander Gustafsson to regain the light heavyweight belt. Photo from UFC

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

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

Putin says Khabib doesn't deserve harsh punishment

Oct 11, 2018 - 4:39 PM

Khabib Nurmagomedov, who faces possible suspension over the post-fight fracas, has not received his prize money after defending his title against Conor McGregor

HERO'S WELCOME. Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) speaks with UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov (right) and his father Abdulmanap during their meeting at the Russia is a Sport State forum in Ulyanovsk. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Nurmagomedov won't be stripped of MMA title

Oct 10, 2018 - 10:18 AM

UFC president Dana White says he's not sure what the future holds for Khabib Nurmagomedov after figuring in a post-match brawl with Conor McGregor

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia raises his champions belt upon the arrival in Makhachkala. Photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

Nurmagomedov beats McGregor in brawl-marred UFC bout

Oct 07, 2018 - 2:30 PM

A fight erupts after UFC star Conor McGregor loses to Russia's Khabib Nurmagomedov in Las Vegas

BAD BLOOD. Russia's Khabib Nurmagomedov (top) punches Ireland's Conor McGregor in their UFC lightweight championship bout. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

McGregor, Nurmagomedov make weight for UFC showdown

Oct 06, 2018 - 12:26 PM

Conor McGregor returns to mixed martial arts for the first time since November 2016

SHOWMAN. UFC star Conor McGregor promises a knockout victory. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Dy, son of boxing great Navarette, loses but wins P2.6 million bonus

Jun 24, 2018 - 12:49 PM

Rolando Dy falls short to a Kiwi fighter but gets cool consolation prize as UFC 132 Fight of the Night

BIG BLOW. Rolando Dy (left) loses to New Zealand's Shane Young via technical knockout. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Ronda Rousey set to be first female inducted in UFC Hall of Fame

Jun 10, 2018 - 1:19 PM

The WWE superstar hopes she's just the 'first of many' female fighters who will receive the distinction

PIONEER. Ronda Rousey earns the honor for elevating women’s MMA to new heights. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Ronda Rousey victorious in WWE in-ring debut at WrestleMania 34

Apr 09, 2018 - 11:20 AM

Quite a rousing start before 78,000 fans for the new career of Ronda 'Rowdy' Rousey

Rappler Game Night: 'UFC 3'

Feb 10, 2018 - 7:00 PM

We try out the game's 'Knockout Mode' where it's all kicks and punches and knees and elbows while Snoop Dogg does the commentating

Ronda Rousey signs with WWE, appears after women's Royal Rumble

Jan 29, 2018 - 1:10 PM

The ex-MMA fighter will now compete in the WWE as a pro wrestler, reports ESPN.com

'ROWDY' RONDA. Ex-MMA fighter Ronda Rousey makes her first appearance as an official WWE superstar at the end of the Royal Rumble on Sunday, January 28. Photo from WWE.com

Paige VanZant suffers broken arm in loss at UFC Fight Night 124

Jan 15, 2018 - 6:15 PM

'Darn spinning back fist,' she says after ending up in the hospital with an arm injury

FIGHTING HURT. Paige VanZant fought another two rounds after suffering a broken arm, losing on the scorecards. Photo from VanZant's Twitter account

WATCH: Carlos Condit accidentally punches himself at UFC 219

Dec 31, 2017 - 2:42 PM

It wasn't the comeback Carlos Condit had in mind

COMEBACK SPOILED. Carlos Condit suffers a bitter loss in his first fight since August 2016. File photo by Josh Albelda

Cris Cyborg clinically breaks down Holly Holm, wins decision at UFC 219

Dec 31, 2017 - 2:13 PM

Cris Cyborg wins a unanimous decision over Ronda Rousey's conqueror Holly Holm

VICTORY. Cris Cyborg answered a lot of doubts about her stamina, walking down Holly Holm and winning a unanimous decision. File photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. celebrities rally for boy in viral video talking of being bullied in school

Dec 11, 2017 - 7:13 PM

(UPDATED) Keaton Jones tearfully talks about being bullied at school in a video that has gone viral, prompting an outpouring of support from Hollywood celebrities, music stars and athletes

BULLIED. Keaton Jones' mother posted his video on Facebook. Screengrab on Keaton Jones video.

Supermom dreams of becoming China's version of Conor McGregor

Nov 26, 2017 - 10:48 AM

A single mother from Shanghai works as a professional mixed martial arts fighter to support a 3-year-old son whom she calls 'Peanut'

SUPERMOM. This photo taken on November 16, 2017 shows MMA (mixed martial arts) fighter Miao Jie (center) during a training session in Shanghai.  Photo by Chandan Khannna/AFP

Rolando Dy succeeds in 'suicide mission' in UFC Fight Night Shanghai

Nov 25, 2017 - 7:29 PM

(UPDATED) Despite being a last-minute replacement, Filipino MMA fighter Rolando Dy 'Incredible' scores an impressive unanimous decision win in his Octagon debut


Rolando Dy battles Chinese foe in UFC Fight Night in Shanghai

Nov 22, 2017 - 8:42 PM

The Filipino mixed martial arts fighter dubbed as the 'D Incredible' has only two weeks to train before climbing the Octagon and fighting in what he calls as 'a suicide mission'

DO-OR-DIE. Filipino mixed martial arts fighter Rolando Dy meets the biggest challenge of his career.

Oscar De La Hoya says, 'I'd take McGregor in two'

Nov 16, 2017 - 7:07 PM

First, De la Hoya called the Mayweather-McGregor fight a farce, now he wants to challenge the Irish mixed martial arts star himself

ANOTHER CHALLENGE. Irish mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor poses upon arrival to attend the world premiere of the documentary film 'Conor McGregor: Notorious' at the Savoy Cinema in Dublin, Ireland on November 1. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

Cormier reinstated as UFC champ after Jones’ win overturned to no-contest

Sep 14, 2017 - 3:53 PM

Jon Jones third round TKO victory has been overturned to a no contest after he tested positive for Turinabol

NO CONTEST. Jon Jones' story has taken another negative turn after he tested positive for a banned substance. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

UFC 215 main event cancelled as Borg withdraws from Johnson fight

Sep 08, 2017 - 2:16 PM

Demetrious Johnson vs Ray Borg has been cancelled and Amanda Nunes vs Valentina Shevchenko has been elevated to the main event

IN WAITING. Demetrious Johnson will have to wait for his chance to break Anderson Silva's record for most title defenses. Photo from Johnson's Facebook profile

Conor McGregor: From struggling plumber to millionaire fighter

Aug 24, 2017 - 2:45 PM

McGregor now owns a luxury yacht named The 188 a reference to the welfare checks he used to cash when he was struggling to make it big

STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM. Conor McGregor was cashing welfare checks of $222 a few years ago. Now he'll stand to make a potential record payday against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Photo by Jhay Oh Otamias/Rappler

Filipino fighters Rolando Dy, Jenel Lausa added to UFC Japan card

Aug 03, 2017 - 8:52 PM

Rolando Gabriel Dy will face Teruto Ishihara while Jenel Lausa faces Naoki Inoue at UFC Fight Night 117

ROAD TO REDEMPTION. Rolando Gabriel Dy will try to show UFC fans what he's capable of with a full training camp against a tough UFC veteran. File photo from Dy's Facebook

'Bones' Jones destroys Cormier in 3, then calls out Lesnar

Jul 30, 2017 - 1:52 PM

Jon Bones Jones calls out Brock Lesnar after a violent third round knockout of Daniel Cormier at UFC 214

RECLAIMING THE THRONE. Jon Jones finished off Daniel Cormier in violent fashion to regain the light heavyweight title. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Mayweather mocks McGregor for quitting: 'Real fighters never give up'

Jul 14, 2017 - 2:11 PM

Mayweather and McGregor bring their insults and wardrobes to New York for their third stop on the press tour

TRASH TALKER. Floyd Mayweather Jr mocks Conor McGregor, a two-division champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, for tapping out in his 3 defeats. Photo by Mike Stone/AFP

Wearing 'f--- you' suit, McGregor mocks Mayweather over tax issues

Jul 12, 2017 - 10:14 AM

Mayweather and McGregor hit Los Angeles for their first press stop as they attempt to sell a fight for which ringside seats will go on sale for around 10 000

LOW BLOW. After Floyd Mayweather Jr produced an uncashed $100 million check, McGregor tells him: "Give it to the taxman!" Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Mayweather-McGregor 'circus show' won't overshadow me - Golovkin

Jun 20, 2017 - 1:48 PM

Gennady Golovkin says the Mayweather McGregor fight is just a show and insists his fight with Canelo Alvarez is the true boxing match

Eye injury cuts Rolando Dy's UFC debut short

Jun 17, 2017 - 7:43 PM

The UFC debut of Filipino fighter Rolando Gabriel Dy ends in disappointment as the referee stops his bout against Alex Caceres following the second round

DISAPPOINTMENT. Rolando Gabriel Dy fought bravely but was not allowed to continue after the second round due to concern over his right eye. Photo from Dy's Facebook

Backlash from Mayweather-McGregor will last years, says promoter Duva

Jun 17, 2017 - 2:32 PM

Promoter Kathy Duva says the Floyd Mayweather Conor McGregor fight is bad for boxing

IT'S ON. The crossover fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr (R) and Conor McGregor (L) has generated high interest despite McGregor having no professional boxing experience. Screenshot from Twitter

UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes airlifted to hospital after truck gets hit by train

Jun 17, 2017 - 2:04 PM

The hospital says its Regional Trauma Team has stabilized him and continues to help him in his recovery

SUPPORT. The UFC expresses its support of Matt Hughes after he suffered an accident. Photo from official UFC Twitter account

UFC looking to sign more homegrown Asian fighters

Jun 16, 2017 - 6:06 PM

The UFC is aiming for 3 4 shows a year in Asia and says discovering homegrown fighters is the most important piece of our business

HOMEGROWN TALENT. Filipino fighter Rolando Gabriel Dy is one of the UFC"s most recent signings in Asia. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Mayweather, McGregor reach agreement for August 26 boxing fight

Jun 15, 2017 - 10:23 AM

The UFC and Floyd Mayweather announce the two will fight at T Mobile Arena with Dana White saying the fight will be at 154 pounds with 10 ounce gloves

IT'S ON. The crossover fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr (R) and Conor McGregor (L) has generated high interest despite McGregor having no professional boxing experience. Screenshot from Twitter

Filipino fighter Rolando Gabriel Dy gets his UFC shot

Jun 01, 2017 - 1:13 PM

Dy will face Alex Caceres on the UFC Singapore card scheduled for June 17

DREAM COME TRUE. Rolando Gabriel Dy says it's long been his dream to fight for the world's premier mixed martial arts company. Photo from Dy's Facebook

Mayweather: If I fight again, big chance it'll be McGregor

May 21, 2017 - 11:12 AM

Floyd Mayweather Jr insists his possible bout against UFC champion Conor McGregor is the biggest fight to be made in boxing and mixed martial arts

Mayweather remains tight-lipped about McGregor fight

May 19, 2017 - 10:15 AM

Floyd Mayweather Jr isn t talking about the status of the fight after Dana White says Conor McGregor s side of the fight is all wrapped up

NOT TALKING. Floyd Mayweather Jr didn't feel much like talking about his own pending fight with Conor McGregor while in London to support his protege Gervonta Davis, who will fight Liam Walsh this weekend. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

McGregor says he's signed contract to fight Mayweather

May 18, 2017 - 9:55 PM

Conor McGregor confirms he has inked his contract to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr in the boxing ring

BILLION-DOLLAR FIGHT. Conor McGregor puts the ball in Floyd Mayweather's court, signing his contract to meet in a boxing match. File photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

Fil-Am UFC fighter John Dodson wants to box Manny Pacquiao

Apr 21, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Dodson also voices skepticism about how well Conor McGregor will do in boxing against Floyd Mayweather Jr

HERO SHOWDOWN. UFC bantamweight fighter John Dodson says it'd be 'an honor' to fight Manny Pacquiao, a boxer he says he looked up to.

Dodson says he'll be 'David' to Wineland's 'Goliath' at UFC Fight Night 108

Apr 21, 2017 - 2:29 PM

Fil Am fighter John Dodson isn t worried about Eddie Wineland s 4 inch height advantage when they fight at UFC Fight Night 108

DAVID VS GOLIATH. Fil-Am fighter John Dodson has been 1-1 since moving up to bantamweight, but is confident he'll rise to the top of the division. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ronda Rousey announces engagement to Travis Browne

Apr 21, 2017 - 2:11 PM

The former UFC women s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey announces she ll be getting married to fellow fighter Travis Browne

ENGAGED. Ronda Rousey may know how to lock in an arm bar but she says she doesn't know what goes into planning a wedding. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP