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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

That Filipino-style 'Y' kick in Mixed Martial Arts

Jul 31, 2017 - 5:16 PM

Yaw Yan a traditional mixed martial arts gets its roots from the words dance and death

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

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

Mayweather says fight with McGregor is what people want

Jun 18, 2017 - 12:34 PM

They asked for this fight I was in retirement but they wanted me back and I m back

WHAT PEOPLE WANT. Floyd Mayweather Jr comes out of retirement to fight Conor McGregor because people wanted him back. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

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

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

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

Holly Holm says Ronda Rousey should quit if desire is gone

Apr 20, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Holm says Rousey shouldn t fight just to avenge her losses but only if she still has the hunger to compete

LOSING STREAK. Ronda Rousey has slid from the top of women's MMA following two knockout losses to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes. Photo by Joe Castro/EPA

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

UFC return to Asia could spark turf war

Apr 12, 2017 - 2:13 PM

The Las Vegas based UFC s return to Asia represents the organization s latest crack at expanding its foothold in the birthplace of martial arts

Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Magomed Bibulatov dominates Filipino fighter Jenel Lausa at UFC 210

Apr 09, 2017 - 1:57 PM

Jenel Lausa was in over his head against Russian Magomed Bibulatov losing a 3 round decision in his second UFC outing

GROUNDED. Jenel Lausa was kept grounded for much of the fight by the versatile Magomed Bibulatov en route to a decision loss. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Fighter with breast implants cleared to compete at UFC 210

Apr 08, 2017 - 1:11 PM

Pearl Gonzalez is allowed to fight Cynthia Calvillo after initially being barred due to having breast implants

ALL CLEAR. Pearl Gonzalez is allowed to fight at UFC 210 after initially being told she couldn't due to her having breast implants. Photo from Gonzalez's Instagram/pearlgonzalez

WATCH: MMA fighter knocked unconscious while showboating

Feb 19, 2017 - 2:22 PM

Joe Harding learns a lesson about respecting his opponent in the form of a kick to the face

KNOCKED STIFF. Joe Harding's dance moves may be on point but he may want to work more on his defense. Screenshot from Twitter

UFC boss offers Mayweather, McGregor $25 million each to fight

Jan 14, 2017 - 1:08 PM

In addition to 25 million apiece Dana White says each fighter would get a cut of pay per view proceeds

BOXING VS MMA. Floyd Mayweather Jr (R) says he's had talks with Conor McGregor (L) about fighting in a boxing match but says talks have stalled. Screenshot from Twitter