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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

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

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


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

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.

Japanese MMA star Norifumi 'Kid' Yamamoto dies at 41

Sep 20, 2018 - 9:42 AM

The charismatic Japanese mixed martial artist passed away just three weeks after announcing his battle with cancer

GONE TOO SOON. Fans and peers mourn the sudden death of legendary Japanese fighter  Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto. Photo by Harry How/AFP

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

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

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

WATCH: Eduard Folayang side kicks his way to rebound win in ONE battle

May 19, 2018 - 1:12 AM

The Team Lakay stalwart recovers in a big way by topping Russia’s Kharun Atlangeriev via a unanimous decision

RELENTLESS. Filipino MMA star Eduard Folayang unleashes a flurry of side kicks to down Russia’s Kharun Atlangeriev. 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

[Gameplan] What does it take to be an MMA champion?

Mar 18, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Geli Bulaong fights to reach her dreams more literally than most of us. Find out how she overcomes the day-to-day pain she experiences as an MMA fighter in order to reach her goals

Floyd Mayweather ready to start MMA training soon

Mar 16, 2018 - 1:20 PM

'I can wrestle. My wrestling game is not that bad. On a scale from one to 10, I would say it's probably a 7. We can take it up to a 9, if possible,' says Floyd Mayweather

RETURN. Floyd Mayweather is teasing to come back from retirement to participate in a mixed martial arts bout. File photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America/AFP


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

SWEET VICTORY. Rolando Dy

Pacquiao calls out McGregor for #realboxingmatch

Nov 24, 2017 - 1:43 PM

Manny Pacquiao sends Irish MMA star a Thanksgiving greeting packed with a veiled challenge for a #realboxingmatch #2018

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