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Brandon Vera deems Arjan Bhullar a worthy challenger

May 11, 2020 - 5:22 PM

The ONE Championship heavyweight king will dangle the belt he has been holding since 2015 against Arjan Bhullar

DIVISION KING. Brandon Vera will defend his ONE Championship heavyweight belt for the third time. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Gaethje dominates in UFC's return as Trump congratulates promoters

May 10, 2020 - 6:58 PM

Justin Gaethje pummels top contender Tony Ferguson in an empty 15,000-seat arena as US takes the first step toward sports normalcy

PUNCH OUT. Justin Gaethje (left) punches Tony Ferguson in their UFC interim lightweight title fight. Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images/AFP

UFC 249: Gaethje calls Ferguson his toughest opponent yet

May 10, 2020 - 9:39 AM

Justin Gaethje says he’s ready for 'quirky dude' and top lightweight contender Tony Ferguson

ALL SET. Justin Gaethje (left) has taken on several tough opponents including Eddie Alvarez in 2018. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

UFC 249: 'I have the real belt,' says Tony Ferguson

May 08, 2020 - 7:34 PM

Top contender Tony Ferguson trash talks UFC stars Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov

ON A ROLL. Tony Ferguson (right) looks to extend his winning streak. Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images/AFP

Lito Adiwang believes he would fare well vs Demetrious Johnson

May 04, 2020 - 10:26 PM

Becoming a ONE Championship titleholder has always been the end goal for Lito Adiwang, but he also wants the chance to challenge someone he looks up to

TALL ORDER. Lito Adiwang is keen on giving Demetrious Johnson his first loss in ONE Championship. Photo from ONE Championship


How wushu pushed local ONE Championship athletes to stardom

Apr 27, 2020 - 3:49 PM

Eduard Folayang and Rene Catalan both have successful careers in ONE Championship thanks to their wushu background

EASE THE TRANSITION. Eduard Folayang says his wushu background proved crucial in his transition to mixed martial arts. Photo from ONE Championship


UFC books May 9 return in Florida with no spectators

Apr 25, 2020 - 12:16 PM

MMA returns to action next month as UFC 249 plans to stage a ‘safe and sensible’ event in Jacksonville

IT’S ON. Tony Ferguson (right)headlines an interim lightweight title bout versus Justin Gaethje. Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images/AFP

MMA legend Eric Kelly continues fight outside cage

Apr 13, 2020 - 6:10 PM

Despite a string of losses that ended his tenure in ONE Championship, Eric Kelly does not want to throw in the towel just yet

FITTING END. Eric Kelly seeks to fight again for his MMA swan song. Photo from ONE Championship


Pinoy MMA fighters look for ways to survive

Apr 12, 2020 - 1:02 PM

As fights remain on hold, Filipino MMA athletes find themselves facing a different battle

SURVIVAL MODE. Rene Catalan (top) admits that Filipino fighters need to look for other ways to earn money. Photo from ONE Championship

Danny Kingad anticipating Johnson-Moraes ONE showdown

Apr 10, 2020 - 6:44 PM

ONE Championship rising star Danny Kingad aims to be next in line for the winner between the Adriano Moraes and Demetrious Johnson match

ASPIRING CHAMP. Danny Kingad looks forward to having a crack at the flyweight title. File photo from ONE Championship


UFC to beat virus lockdown with event on tribal land

Apr 09, 2020 - 11:05 AM

Organizers remain determined to stage UFC fight cards, insisting that the circuit can continue safely without spectators

STILL FIGHTING. Tony Ferguson (right) is set to face a new opponent in Justin Gaethje in the UFC 249 main event after MMA star Khabib Nurmagomedov begged off. Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images/AFP

Like father, like son: Sangiaos share same MMA passion

Apr 07, 2020 - 12:14 AM

Jhanlo Sangiao is treading the same path as his father and mixed martial artist Mark Sangiao, the coach of the famed Team Lakay

BONDED. Mark Sangiao and son Jhanlo share the same passion for mixed martial arts. Photo from Facebook/mark.sangiao


ONE Championship brings competition outside the cage

Apr 04, 2020 - 9:54 PM

Team Lakay founder and coach Mark Sangiao may just be the perfect candidate for The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition

WINNING WAYS. Coach Mark Sangiao (third from left) has  produced a stable o champions. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Meet the men who helped Joshua Pacio's transformation

Apr 03, 2020 - 9:23 PM

Initially pursuing martial arts to lose weight, Joshua Pacio develops into the most dominant strawweight champion in ONE Championship history

TITLEHOLDER. Some see Joshua Pacio as the best athlete from Team Lakay. Photo from ONE Championship


Belingon targets UFC vet in return fight, continues to train amid Luzon lockdown

Mar 31, 2020 - 9:18 PM

Kevin Belingon aims for a redemption as he targets to return on May 29 against UFC veteran John Lineker

LAST BOUT. Kevin Belingon faces Bibiano Fernandes last October 13, 2019. Photo from ONE Championship

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Mar 31, 2020 - 3:56 PM

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CHAMPION. Angela Lee retains the ONE women's atomweight world championship in October 2019. Photo from ONE press release

What makes Danny Kingad special?

Mar 30, 2020 - 9:18 PM

Expectations are high that Danny Kingad will eventually get crowned a world champion in ONE Championship

CHASING GREATNESS. Danny Kingad is just beginning to reach his peak, given that he is only 24 years old. File photo from ONE Championship


McGregor gives 1 million euros for protective hospital equipment

Mar 26, 2020 - 5:23 PM

MMA star Conor McGregor donates personal protective equipment to Ireland hospitals

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 25, 2017 MMA figher Connor Mcgregor poses during a weigh-in in Las Vegas, Nevada. - Mixed martial star Conor McGregor said on March 25, 2019 he had retired from the sport, vowing to hang up his gloves for the second time in three years. (Photo by John GURZINSKI / AFP)

Danny Kingad set to conquer another milestone

Mar 23, 2020 - 3:56 PM

Rising star Danny Kingad prepares for life after ONE Championship as he finishes his degree in secondary education

BACK TO SCHOOL. Danny Kingad returns to school after putting his studies on hold to focus on his career in ONE Championship. Photo from ONE Championship


How Denice Zamboanga ended up in Thailand

Mar 11, 2020 - 10:05 PM

Training away from home has paid dividends for the Philippines' Denice Zamboanga as she gains a shot at a ONE Championship world title

PROMISING. In just a short time, Denice Zamboanga has risen to title contender status in ONE Championship. Photo from ONE Championship


How timely sacrifices drew Lito Adiwang closer to his dreams

Mar 02, 2020 - 6:27 PM

After putting his dreams on hold to make ends meet, Lito Adiwang works his way to becoming one of the most exciting strawweights in ONE Championship

SPOTLESS. Lito Adiwang has not lost in ONE Championship. Photo from ONE Championship


WATCH: Zamboanga stays undefeated, Banario ends ONE slump

Feb 29, 2020 - 10:04 PM

Check out how Denice Zamboanga and Honorio Banario grab decision victories in ONE: King of the Jungle

ON TARGET. Honorio Banario (left) lands a clean kick on Thai Shannon Wiratchai. Photo from ONE Championship

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

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


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

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.

Folayang predicts submission win vs Aoki in ONE title defense

Mar 05, 2019 - 7:31 AM

Thwarting the Japanese via technical knockout in 2016 to win the lightweight belt for the first time, Eduard Folayang has no plans of seeing the rematch go the distance

PROTECT THE THRONE. Eduard Folayang seeks another decisive win against Shinya Aoki to retain his ONE lightweight title. Photo from ONE Championship


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