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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

Eustaquio-Akhmetov rematch headlines ONE card at MOA Arena

Jan 12, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The fight will be a rematch of their clash last September, which the Kazakh fighter won by split decision in Indonesia

INTERIM FIGHT. Geje Eustaquio will face Kairat Akhmetov for the interim ONE flyweight title. Photo from ONE Championship

Eduard Folayang to defend ONE title vs featherweight champ Martin Nguyen

Sep 19, 2017 - 6:13 PM

The bout will be the first time two reigning champions will face in ONE Championship history.

CHAMPION VS CHAMPION. Lightweight champion Eduard Folayang will defend his title against Martin Nguyen at Mall of Asia Arena. Photo from ONE Championship

ONE: Kelly, Pacio suffer tough losses, but Torres saves the day in Macau

Aug 06, 2017 - 2:22 AM

Eric Kelly suffers a technical knockout loss to Kotetsu Boku and Joshua Pacio is submitted by Hayato Suzuki but Jomary Torres pulls off the upset against Rika Ishige

TOUGH LOSS. Filipino fighter Eric Kelly takes a right hand from Kotetsu Boku en route to his third straight loss. Photo from ONE

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

Eduard Folayang retains ONE lightweight title, decisions Ev Ting

Apr 22, 2017 - 12:03 AM

Folayang has a triumphant homecoming win defeating Ev Ting in his first fight on Philippine soil in 3 years

STILL CHAMPION. Eduard Folayang retains his ONE Championship lightweight title with a decisiont win over Ev Ting. File photo by Edward Hilvano IV

Angela Lee wants to lead 'new era' for fighting women

Mar 16, 2017 - 5:41 PM

Singapore s Angela Lee wants to lead the rise of women s mixed martial arts in Asia

MAKING WAVES. "I'm really excited to be paving the way for women's MMA in Asia," says Lee, who fights for One Championship. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Folayang defends ONE lightweight title against Ting on April 21

Mar 06, 2017 - 2:11 PM

Eduard Folayang will make his first title defense against Malaysia s Ev Ting at Mall of Asia Arena

TITLE DEFENSE. Will Eduard Folayang shine in front of his countrymen, or will Ev Ting bring the 'Landslide' down? Photo from ONE Championship

ONE Championship looking to hold fight cards outside Metro Manila

Feb 17, 2017 - 4:38 PM

As ONE approaches its tenth event in the Philippines the company muses about holding shows in the Queen City of the South and the summer capital to the north

PROVINCIAL PROSPECTING. ONE Championship has hosted 9 events so far in the Philippines and is now looking to bring the fight to fans outside of Manila.

IN PHOTOS: ONE world champ Folayang gets hero's welcome in Baguio City

Dec 13, 2016 - 3:55 PM

Baguio City holds a parade in honor of its own ONE Championship title holder Eduard Folayang

Eduard Folayang (R) and Divine Masadao Wally (C) take a photo with Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan. Photo from ONE Championship

ONE Championship announces two Manila dates for 2017

Dec 06, 2016 - 4:59 PM

The leading Asian MMA promotion announces 18 dates for 2017 with others in new markets in the works

ONE Championship will host two events in Manila in 2017, but no further details were released

What's next for Brandon Vera? He wants to run for Senate

Dec 03, 2016 - 4:17 PM

The ONE heavyweight champ wants to follow in Manny Pacquiao s shoes but might not be legally able to do so

CHAMP. Brandon Vera has no definite challengers in mind for his next fight but dreams of running for Philippine Senate. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Brandon Vera retains ONE heavyweight title with KO win over Sekine

Dec 02, 2016 - 11:58 PM

Brandon Vera keeps the ONE heavyweight championship belt around his weight with a knockout win at Mall of Asia Arena

HEAVY HANDS. Brandon Vera lands a long left hand against Hideki Sekine as he retains his ONE Championship heavyweight title in his first defense. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

ONE Championship: Striegl pounds out decision over Bulgarian foe

Dec 02, 2016 - 10:45 PM

Striegl bounces back from his defeat to Reece McLaren with his impressive takedowns against Sotir Kichukov

MUGEN. Mark Striegl lands a left hand strike on Bulgaria’s Sotir Kichukov en route to a decision win. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Banario wins impressively at ONE: Age of Domination

Dec 02, 2016 - 10:36 PM

Filipino fighter Honario Banario forces Rajinder Singh Meena to tap out to an armbar in two minutes

SUBMISSION. Honorio Banario slaps on the armbar which forced Rajinder Singh Meena to tap in the first round. Photo by Martin San Diego/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

Team Lakay’s Mark Sangiao happy for ‘brother’ Eduard Folayang

Nov 14, 2016 - 2:01 PM

I almost cried Eduard is a brother to me says Mark Sangiao of Team Lakay

HAPPY TIMES. Trainer Mark Sangiao (L)  has been at Eduard Folayang's side in good times and bad. Photo from ONE Championship

Eduard Folayang joins list of rare Aoki conquerors

Nov 14, 2016 - 12:31 PM

Only 7 men had defeated Shinya Aoki in 47 previous fights Eduard Folayang is the latest to join that list

CONQUEROR. Eduard Folayang toppled the odds in defeating the formidable Japanese fighter Shinya Aoki. Photo from ONE Championship

Possible opponents lined up for Eduard Folayang's first title defense

Nov 14, 2016 - 7:03 AM

One potential foe holds a win over Folayang while another has yet to go the distance in any of his wins

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

Folayang’s win over Aoki: A knockout out of nowhere

Nov 13, 2016 - 2:12 PM

Folayang s victory over Aoki was something no one expected That it came by knockout was even more surprising

STAR OF THE NIGHT. Eduard Folayang (middle) beats the odds to become a champion. 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

Belingon sees Eduard Folayang winning against Shinya Aoki

Nov 11, 2016 - 3:46 PM

Belingon a former bantamweight title contender believes Folayang has what it takes to win a world championship

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

Eduard Folayang's long journey to the promised land

Nov 06, 2016 - 5:45 PM

The 9 year MMA veteran widely regarded as the face of Philippine MMA is eyeing a world championship

PROMISED LAND. Widely recognized as the face of Philippine MMA, Eduard Folayang will have the opportunity to become a world champion in the sport. Photo from ONE Championship

Fil-Aussie Reece McLaren challenges Bibiano Fernandes for ONE title

Oct 26, 2016 - 9:18 PM

McLaren is set to square off with the Brazilian champion in the co headliner of the Age of Domination card on December 2

TITLE BOUT. Reece McLaren (left), seen here submitting Mark Striegl in a previous fight, challenges Bibiano Fernandes for the ONE Championship bantamweight title. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

5 Team Lakay fighters booked for ONE Championship’s PH card in December

Oct 21, 2016 - 3:17 PM

Geje Eustaquio faces Toni Tauru while Honorio Banario matches up against Rajinder Singh Meena as part of the undercard

RETURN. Geje Eustaquio is hoping to put a two-fight losing streak behind him when he faces Malaysian Saiful Merican at Clash of Heroes. File photo by Nevin Reyes/Rappler

Fil-Am Mark Striegl faces Brazilian standout in comeback bout

Oct 21, 2016 - 1:50 PM

Filipino American fighter Mark Striegl makes his return after nearly a year out of action

UPSET. Australia's Reece McLaren (left) releases the rear-naked choke after Filipino-American Mark Striegl taps out at ONE: Spirit of Champions. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Brandon Vera defends ONE Championship title against Japanese fighter

Oct 20, 2016 - 7:28 PM

Brandon Vera will defend his ONE heavyweight title vs Hideki Sekine on December 2 in the Philippines

READY TO RUMBLE. Brandon Vera will make his first title defense since knocking out Paul Cheng in December of 2015 to win the title. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

ONE: Folayang seeks title win over Aoki to complete career revival

Oct 17, 2016 - 1:33 PM

Almost two years after a nightmare defeat Eduard Folayang will be setting foot on a world title stage for the first time as he challenges Shinya Aoki for the ONE Championship lightweight belt

CAREER COMEBACK. Eduard Folayang could write an ultimate comeback story if he wins the ONE Championship lightweight title against Shinya Aoki. Photo from ONE Championship

Eduard Folayang: Team Lakay's last hope to end championship drought

Oct 11, 2016 - 6:25 PM

Team Lakay s homegrown talents have lost 7 world title contests since 2013 but they re optimistic Folayang can turn things around

LAST HOPE. Eduard Folayang is Team Lakay's final straw in an attempt to break their 3-year championship drought in MMA. Photo from ONE Championship

Kevin Belingon wants to fight on ONE Championship’s December card in PH

Oct 10, 2016 - 5:00 PM

With ONE Championship having its ninth trip to the Philippines on December 2 Filipino fighter Belingon wants a homecoming bout

HOMECOMING BOUT. Filipino fighter Kevin Belingon wants a spot in ONE Championship's next trip to the Philippines on December 2. Photo from ONE Championship

ONE FC: Belingon explains tactical approach against Gafurov

Oct 10, 2016 - 1:42 PM

Belingon defended his tactical approach to the Gafurov fight asserting that he could not afford to give himself room for error

THINKING FIGHTER. Kevin Belingon shies away from his fan-friendly fighting style as he resorts to a more tactical approach against Muin Gafurov. Photo from ONE Championship

Naito sees Pacio as future MMA world champion

Oct 10, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Naito sees Pacio having a gold plated strap around his waist someday

FUTURE WORLD CHAMP. Yoshitaka Naito (L) believes that Joshua Pacio (R) will be a world champion someday. Photo from ONE Championship

Naito on Pacio fight: 'I thought I was going to die'

Oct 09, 2016 - 7:40 PM

Naito endures two grueling rounds before pulling off a come from behind victory at ONE Championship s Myanmar card

NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE. Yoshitaka Naito (R) felt that he almost died in the fight against Filipino prospect Joshua Pacio. Photo from ONE Championship

Team Lakay coach satisfied with Pacio’s performance against Naito

Oct 09, 2016 - 6:10 PM

Pacio might have fallen short in the first world title fight of his budding career but Sangiao is pleased with his performance

SATISFIED. Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao is pleased with Joshua Pacio's performance, despite the loss to Yoshitaka Naito. Photo from ONE Championship

Joshua Pacio remains positive despite submission loss in ONE title fight

Oct 09, 2016 - 9:21 AM

It’s not a defeat I think of it as a lesson says Filipino fighter Joshua Pacio after losing to ONE Championship strawweight champ Yoshitaka Naito

BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD. Joshua Pacio has vowed to learn from his mistakes and increase his time in training after tapping out to Yoshitaka Naito in Myanmar. File photo from ONE Championship

Naito spoils Pacio’s bid to become youngest Pinoy MMA champ

Oct 08, 2016 - 12:33 AM

Yoshitaka Naito forces Joshua Pacio to tap out to a rear naked choke in Myanmar

FALLING SHORT. Joshua Pacio is submitted in the third round in Myanmar. File photo by Edward Hilvano IV

Belingon edges Gafurov, gets first ONE FC win in two years

Oct 07, 2016 - 10:56 PM

Kevin Belingon puts his loss to Bibiano Fernandes behind him with a decision win in Myanmar

CAREER REBIRTH. Kevin Belingon resurrected his MMA career with a big win in Myanmar. File photo from ONE Championship

ONE FC: Belingon aims for empathic win against Gafurov

Oct 07, 2016 - 2:00 PM

I’m hungry to get this win for the country says Filipino fighter Kevin Belingon

SHOWDOWN IN MYANMAR. Kevin Belingon is a Wushu Sanshou practitioner looking for his first win in nearly two years. Photo from ONE Championship

ONE FC: Filipino Kevin Belingon in must-win situation vs Muin Gafurov

Oct 06, 2016 - 9:04 PM

Belingon has not won a fight since December of 2014

MUST-WIN SITUATION. Kevin Belingon has a tough assignment against a Tajikistan-based opponent. Photo from ONE Championship

ONE FC: Naito banks on experience against Pacio

Oct 06, 2016 - 3:15 PM

Japanese veteran Yoshitaka Naito doesn t want to be part of Joshua Pacio s history as the Filipino seeks to become the youngest Pinoy MMA champ

TITLE DEFENSE. Yoshitaka Naito will defend his ONE Championship strawweight title vs Filipino Joshua Pacio. Photo by ONE Championship

ONE FC: Muin Gafurov looks to bounce back at Kevin Belingon’s expense

Oct 05, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Gafurov coming off a disappointing defeat in April seeks to redeem himself at the expense of Belingon

BOUNCE BACK. Muin Gafurov looks to recover from a tough loss when he faces Kevin Belingon at ONE: State of Warriors. Photo from ONE Championship

ONE FC: Pacio shrugs off Naito’s championship experience

Oct 05, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Pacio downplays Naito’s vast championship experience and believes he has the chance to pull off an improbable upset

TITLE SHOT. Joshua Pacio of from Team Lakay will get a shot at the ONE Championship strawweight title. File photo by Edward Hilvano IV

Franklin on Folayang possibly dethroning Aoki: 'Great for business'

Oct 03, 2016 - 4:00 PM

From a matchmaking perspective Franklin believes if Folayang wins against Aoki it will benefit ONE Championship in terms of creating new match ups

'BEST FOR BUSINESS'. ONE Championship VP Rich Franklin says Eduard Folayang dethroning Shinya Aoki is 'best for business'. Photo by Edward Hilvano IV

ONE Championship VP Franklin warns Aoki of Folayang's striking

Oct 03, 2016 - 12:50 PM

I don t think Shinya has the ability to deal with Folayang s Wushu and spinning strikes says ONE Championship vice president Rich Franklin

WARNING. ONE Championship VP Rich Franklin, who was once a highly-decorated mixed martial arts competitor and a world champion in the sport, issues a stern warning to Shinya Aoki about Eduard Folayang’s leverage in the on-feet exchanges. File photos by Rappler and ONE Championship

Franklin: Pacio can keep up with experienced Japanese foe

Oct 02, 2016 - 10:35 PM

Pacio is being touted by numerous cageside observers as the most promising young competitor in the Philippine MMA scene today

FIGHTING CHANCE. ONE Championship vice president Rich Franklin believes that Joshua Pacio can find ways to topple Japanese veteran Yoshitaka Naito. Photo by Edward Hilvano IV

Folayang sees 'favorite sparmate' Pacio winning world title

Sep 28, 2016 - 9:30 PM

Even with the influx of young talents from all corners of the country Folayang sees Pacio as the frontrunner of the new generation of Filipino fighters

TITLE SHOT. Joshua Pacio of from Team Lakay will get a shot at the ONE Championship strawweight title. File photo by Edward Hilvano IV

Mark Striegl aims to join ONE Championship's Manila card in December

Sep 28, 2016 - 8:27 PM

Although ONE Championship has yet to announce bouts for its ninth venture on Philippine shores Striegl is throwing his name into the mix

HOPING. Mark Striegl hopes he will be included in ONE Championship's Manila card, saying he wants a rematch with Reece McLaren. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler