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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

Dana White fires back at Meryl Streep for MMA dig

Jan 10, 2017 - 2:02 PM

The UFC president responds to the actress comment about MMA during her 2017 Golden Globes speech

FIRING BACK. UFC president Dana White gives a voice to the MMA community as he responds to actress Meryl Streep's comment about the sport during her 2017 Golden Globes speech. File Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

Ronda Rousey to take time to reflect about her future after another loss

Jan 02, 2017 - 7:08 PM

The 29 year old issues a statement thanking her fans for their support and continued belief in her as well as her plan to take time off

Ronda Rousey exits the Octagon after her loss to Amanda Nunes of Brazil in their UFC women's bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 207 event on December 30, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Ex-world kickboxing champion Dridi shot dead

Dec 06, 2016 - 3:54 PM

The 48 year old nicknamed Momo the turbulent during his career which ended in 2011 was discovered by his son in an apartment in Palavas les Flots France

SHOT DEAD. Former world kickboxing champion Mohamed Dridi has been shot dead. File Photo

Brandon Vera doesn’t want to be the last Filipino heavyweight champion

Dec 02, 2016 - 3:51 PM

Let’s find another heavyweight who could also be a world champion says Brandon Vera

READY. Brandon Vera (R) will defend his ONE Championship heavyweight title for the first time at ONE's 'Age of Domination' fight card. He is seen here with Bibiano Fernandes, ONE bantamweight champion during a press conference. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Pinoy fighter Lausa triumphs in UFC debut

Nov 27, 2016 - 1:50 PM

Jenel Lausa dominates his Chinese foe Yao Zhikui through 3 rounds and gains all 30 27 tallies from the judges scorecards

TRIUMPHANT. Jenel Lausa has a triumphant UFC debut, defeating Chinese flyweight Yao Zhikui. File Photo by Nissi Icasiano/Rappler

Fil-Am Mark Striegl gets new opponent for comeback bout

Nov 15, 2016 - 6:14 PM

Striegl is set to square off with Bulgarian combatant Sotir Kichuhov on the undercard of ONE Championship’s Age of Domination event on December 2

NEW FOE. Mark Striegl will have a new opponent in his comeback bout in December. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Eduard Folayang happy with decision to stay in ONE Championship

Nov 15, 2016 - 5:42 PM

I have no regrets of signing back with ONE Championship because they gave me the opportunity to fight for the world lightweight title Folayang says

HAPPY. Eduard Folayang is happy to stay at ONE Championship. Photo from ONE Championship

WATCH: Eduard Folayang’s title-winning KO vs Shinya Aoki

Nov 12, 2016 - 3:11 PM

Folayang dethrones Aoki by way of third round technical knockout

CHAMP. Eduard Folayang in action against Shinya Aoki at ONE: Defending Honor. Photo from ONE Championship

Folayang ends Team Lakay’s title drought, becomes 5th homegrown MMA world champ

Nov 12, 2016 - 2:30 PM

Aside from handing Team Lakay its first championship victory since February 2013 Folayang becomes the fifth homegrown Filipino to win a world title in the sport

CHAMPION. Eduard Folayang of Team Lakay is world champion at last. Photo from ONE Championship

Eduard Folayang beats Shinya Aoki, becomes MMA world champ

Nov 11, 2016 - 11:29 PM

UPDATED Eduard Folayang hands Aoki his first defeat in 4 years with a third round technical knockout

FACE OF PHILIPPINE MMA. Eduard Folayang is scheduled to challenge Shinya Aoki for the ONE Championship lightweight belt on November 11., 2016. Photo by Nissi Icasiano/Rappler

Vaughn Donayre bows to Amir Khan, extends losing streak in ONE Championship

Nov 11, 2016 - 10:39 PM

UPDATED The losing streak continues for Vaughn Donayre as he yields to Singaporean striker Amir Khan

Eduard Folayang sheds light on signature walkout song

Nov 11, 2016 - 12:24 AM

What does the song Hero by the Christian rock band Skillet mean to the Philippines mixed martial arts athlete who is competing for the ONE Championship?

FACE OF PHILIPPINE MMA. Eduard Folayang is scheduled to challenge Shinya Aoki for the ONE Championship lightweight belt on November 11., 2016. Photo by Nissi Icasiano/Rappler

Vaughn Donayre hungry to get first win in ONE Championship

Nov 10, 2016 - 4:50 PM

Donayre is determined to end his 3 fight losing streak

Eduard Folayang looks for KO win over Shinya Aoki

Nov 10, 2016 - 2:00 PM

Folayang is looking for a knockout in the first world title bout of his 9 year career

WATCH: Folayang, Aoki come face-to-face at ONE Championship’s presser

Nov 09, 2016 - 11:14 PM

Both men have an eerie staredown that draws a raucous ovation from the crowd at ONE Championship’s public faceoff event

FACE-TO-FACE. Shinya Aoki and Eduard Folayang meet face-to-face two days before fight night. Screengrab from ONE Championship

Amir Khan seeks KO win over Filipino fighter Vaughn Donayre

Nov 09, 2016 - 2:00 PM

Fighting in front of a hometown crowd the 22 year old Singaporean will look for no less than a knockout win when he locks horns with Donayre

KNOCKOUT WIN. Amir Khan is confident that he can knock out Filipino fighter Vaughn Donayre. Photos from ONE Championship

Eduard Folayang relishes underdog role against Shinya Aoki

Nov 09, 2016 - 10:42 AM

For the third straight time in 2016 Folayang will be sitting in the blue corner where underdogs or challengers are designated in a match

WINNING UNDERDOG. Eduard Folayang doesn't mind being the underdog in his bout against Shinya Aoki as he is on a winning streak. Photo by Edward Hilvano IV

WATCH: Aoki's media workout for title defense vs Folayang

Nov 08, 2016 - 8:45 PM

Aoki is set to lock horns with Folayang in the main event of ONE Championship s Defending Honor card on Friday November 11 in Singapore

WORKOUT. Shinya Aoki wrapped up the final leg of his training camp with a media workout. Photo from ONE Championship

Folayang out to silence doubters in world title fight against Aoki

Nov 08, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Some people think that I cannot beat Aoki but I believe in myself I can be the one to beat the legend says the Filipino fighter

SILENCING CRITICS. Eduard Folayang is determined to prove doubters wrong by defeating Shinya Aoki. Photo from ONE Championship

MMA fighter Jon Jones gets one-year doping ban over sex pill

Nov 08, 2016 - 4:09 PM

The ban will be applied retroactively to the date of the test meaning Jones 29 will be free to fight again in July 2017

ONE-YEAR BAN. Jon Jones is banned for a year after taking a sexual-performance pill tainted with a performance-enhancing substance. File photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Filipino fighter Vaughn Donayre to face Amir Khan in Singapore

Nov 08, 2016 - 11:55 AM

Khan was supposed to face undefeated grappler Samir Flexible Mrabet but the latter is no longer competing due to an undisclosed injury

LATE REPLACEMENT. Filipino journeyman Vaughn Donayre accepts a short-notice fight against Singapore's Amir Khan. Photo from ONE Championship

Aoki expects lopsided fight vs Folayang, wary of foe’s striking

Nov 07, 2016 - 8:30 PM

The 33 year old Japanese veteran expects a lopsided encounter with Folayang due to the stark difference in skillset

EASY WORK. Shinya Aoki feels that it will be a lopsided affair when he locks horns with Eduard Folayang on Friday, November 11. Photo from ONE