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Casimero, Inoue avail of quality sparmates

Mar 22, 2020 - 7:01 PM

Their anticipated clash may have been moved to a later date but the buildup continues for Filipino champion Johnriel Casimero and unbeaten Japanese foe Naoya Inoue

STILL IN SHAPE. Even if it remains uncertain when his fight will be rescheduled, Johnriel Casimero plans to stay ready. Photo from Team Casimero

Taduran guns for KO over Valladares by way of body blows

Jan 31, 2020 - 9:12 PM

Albay pride Pedro Taduran dangles his IBF minimumweight crown against Mexican challenger Daniel Valladares

NO LETUP. Pedro Taduran’s camp says the Filipino champion works hard like Manny Pacquiao. File photo

Salva, Taduran dispute world title in historic tiff

Sep 06, 2019 - 9:16 PM

Another Filipino is set to join the ranks of world champions as unbeaten Samuel Salva and Pedro Taduran fight for the IBF minimumweight crown

UNPREDICTABLE. Pundits expect a thrilling bout between topnotch 105-pound fighters Samuel Salva (left) and Pedro Taduran. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Tapales returns in line for world title crack

Feb 17, 2019 - 8:10 PM

Former world champion Marlon Tapales impresses with a fifth-round knockout of Mexican Fernando Vargas Parra

BACK ON TRACK. Marlon Tapales shows no rust despite fighting only once a year since 2016. Photo by Alvin S. Go/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

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

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

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

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

Pinoy fighter Rolando Dy slated for PXC 55 in Guam

Oct 18, 2016 - 3:50 PM

Dy is slated to lock horns with up and coming Australian combatant Aydin Mrouki in a 3 round featherweight bout

ON TO THE NEXT ONE. Ronaldo Dy will face up-and-coming Australian combatant Aydin Mrouki in a 3-round featherweight bout at PXC 55. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

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

Jenel Lausa’s UFC debut moved to November 27

Oct 11, 2016 - 5:50 AM

Lausa will face Chinese flyweight Yao Zhikui at UFC Fight Night 101 in Melbourne Australia

RESCHEDULED. As UFC's Manila card gets canceled, Jenel Lausa will instead make his UFC debut on November 27 in Australia. Photo by Nissi Icasiano/Rappler

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

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

Jenel Lausa seeks to break homegrown Filipinos’ losing spell in UFC

Sep 20, 2016 - 4:00 PM

A sweet victory inside the Octagon has been elusive to homegrown MMA talents since Mark Eddiva’s successful UFC debut in March 2014

END OF LOSING SKID? Will Jenel Lausa end a string of homegrown Filipino losses in the UFC? Photo by Nissi Icasiano/Rappler

Sangiao not worried about hometown decision in Folayang's title bout

Sep 20, 2016 - 2:38 PM

Both men are scheduled to collide in the main event of ONE Championship’s Defending Honor card in Singapore

NOT BIASED. Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao shelves the idea of a biased result on the judges’ scorecards when Eduard Folayang takes on Shinya Aoki in the latter's home turf in Singapore. Photo by Edward Hilvano IV

Kevin Belingon eager for first win in 2 years – Team Lakay coach

Sep 20, 2016 - 12:54 PM

For Belingon’s second ONE Championship outing in 2016 he is set to duke it out with Tajikistan’s Muin Gafurov

TIME TO WIN. Will Kevin Belingon experience his first victory in two years at ONE: State of Warriors? Photo from ONE Championship

Being UFC fighter hasn’t sunk in yet, says Jenel Lausa

Sep 18, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Lausa 28 used to think becoming a UFC fighter was a far fetched dream

UFC-BOUND. Jenel Lausa signs a multi-fight deal with the UFC and becomes the lone Filipino representative on the UFC Fight Night Manila 2 card. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

UFC-bound Jenel Lausa credits MMA success to 3-year PXC stint

Sep 14, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Lausa the current PXC flyweight titleholder inks a 20 month exclusive deal with the UFC that will guarantee him 4 fights under the promotion’s banner

THANKFUL. Jenel Lausa is thankful for all of the opportunities that Pacific Xtreme Combat has given him in his professional career. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Filipino fighter Jenel Lausa makes UFC debut in October

Sep 14, 2016 - 10:44 AM

Lausa inks a 20 month exclusive deal with the world’s premier MMA promotion that will guarantee him 4 fights under the UFC banner

UFC-BOUND. Jenel Lausa signs a multi-fight deal with the UFC and becomes the lone Filipino representative on the UFC Fight Night Manila 2 card. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Eric Kelly proud of brother Edward's success in ONE Championship

Sep 06, 2016 - 4:15 PM

Edward scores two huge victories inside the ONE Championship cage making his brother Eric proud of his ability to overcome adversity

BROTHERLY LOVE. Eric Kelly can't help but to be proud of his younger brother Edward in his career as a fighter. Photo by Edward Hilvano IV

Eric Kelly shows no signs of quitting after two straight losses

Sep 06, 2016 - 1:15 PM

Despite the setbacks Kelly refuses to throw in the towel and aims to reestablish his foothold in the tilting landscape of ONE Championship s featherweight division

NEVER GIVE UP. A string of losses inside the ONE Championship cage will not stop Eric Kelly from fighting. Photo by Edward Hilvano IV

WATCH: Pinoy fighter Burnard Soriano KOs Indonesian in 15 seconds

Aug 27, 2016 - 10:33 PM

The Pinoy striker knocks out Mario Satya Wirawan in their bantamweight encounter on ONE Championship’s Titles and Titans card

ONE-PUNCH MAN. Filipino fighter Burnard Soriano knocks out Indonesian opponent in just 15 seconds with a spinning backfist. Photo from ONE Championship's Facebook

Pinoy fighter Edward Kelly refuses to belittle Dutch foe at ONE FC bout

Aug 23, 2016 - 3:03 PM

Even though Vincent Latoel will be fighting for the first time as a featherweight competitor Edward Kelly refuses to be complacent against the 35 bout veteran

FEATHERWEIGHT VS. LIGHTWEIGHT. Edward Kelly plans to spoil Vincent Latoel's featherweight debut. Photo from Kelly's Facebook profile

Banario ready to face top lightweights in ONE Championship

Aug 15, 2016 - 4:54 PM

Banario s main objective is to elevate his status in the rankings

BRING IT ON. Honorio Banario finds a home in ONE Championship's lightweight division and is ready to stand and bang with the weight class' big names. Photo by Edward Hilvano IV

Pinoy MMA bet Eric Kelly suffers painful KO loss in China

Jul 03, 2016 - 11:55 AM

Jadambaa a former ONE Championship featherweight titleholder needs only 44 seconds to finish off Kelly

KO. Mongolian kickboxer Jadambaa Narantungalag knocks out Filipino Eric Kelly in just 44 seconds. Photo from ONE Championship's Facebook

ONE FC: Pinoy MMA bet Rocky Batolbatol yields to Christian Lee

May 28, 2016 - 10:13 AM

Lee secures his 5th career stoppage by raining down merciless blows on a defenseless Batolbatol who has no other choice but to wave the white flag

WINNER. Singapore's Christian Lee (R) is proclaimed the winner against the Philippines' Rocky Batolbatol. Photo from ONE FC

Eric Kelly looks to trade strikes with dangerous Russian foe

Apr 02, 2016 - 10:36 PM

Eric Kelly says he knows the possible threat Timofey Nastyukhin could bring but he is willing to stand and bang with his opponent

HANDS FULL. Despite coming into the 3-round featherweight contest as the heavy favorite, many cageside observers believe Eric Kelly will have his hands full against Timofey Nastyukhin. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Mark Eddiva makes weight for UFC Fight Night 85 bout

Mar 19, 2016 - 2:43 PM

Mark Eddiva tips the scales at exactly 145 pounds while Daniel Hooker comes in a pound heavier

MADE IT. Filipino fighter Mark Eddiva, seen here in a previous UFC event, makes weight ahead of his bout against New Zealand’s Daniel Hooker. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

3 Filipino MMA fighters back new ONE FC weigh-in policy

Feb 02, 2016 - 7:36 PM

ONE Championship adopts a new procedure to prevent its athletes from cutting massive amounts of weight before a fight

Photo from ONE Championship Facebook

Belingon loses ONE FC title fight, taps to Fernandes’ submission

Jan 23, 2016 - 10:47 PM

Bibiano Fernandes easily finishes the job at the 4:04 mark of the first round compelling Filipino Kevin Belingon to wave the white flag with a Kimura lock

TAP OUT. Filipino Kevin Belingon (L) taps out in the title fight against Bibiano Fernandes at ONE Championship's 'Dynasty of Champions'. File photos from Rappler

Roy Doliguez yields to Japanese foe on ONE FC card in China

Jan 23, 2016 - 9:27 PM

Filipino fighter Doliguez loses his second straight outing inside the ONE Championship cage and downgrades to a 6 3 professional record

TOUGH LOSS. Filipino fighter Roy Doliguez loses to Japanese opponent Asuka 'Riku Shibuya' Mikami at ONE Championship’s 'Dynasty of Champions'. Photo from Doliguez's Facebook profile

Jenel Lausa becomes 4th homegrown Pinoy to win MMA world title

Jan 17, 2016 - 3:38 PM

Lausa a native of Concepcion Iloilo captures the vacant flyweight championship via a split decision victory over compatriot Crisanto Pitpitunge at PXC 51

PINOY CHAMP. Jenel Lausa (R) is the 4th Filipino fighter to become world champion. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Jenel Lausa expected judges’ unanimous verdict at PXC 51

Jan 17, 2016 - 1:29 PM

Lausa who edged out Crisanto Pitpitunge via split verdict at PXC 51 thinks he did enough to get a unanimous decision from the 3 cageside officials

DIFFERENT RESULT. Jenel Lausa (L) expected a unanimous decision victory instead of the split decision. He won the PXC flyweight title at PXC 51. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Lausa edges Pitpitunge, bags vacant PXC title

Jan 17, 2016 - 1:16 AM

3rd UPDATE Filipino fighter Jenel Lausa captures the vacant PXC flyweight title at PXC 51

CHAMPION. Jenel Lausa (R) defeats Crisanto Pitpitunge to become PXC flyweight champion at PXC 51. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Folayang, Eustaquio to compete on ONE FC card in Malaysia

Jan 13, 2016 - 3:29 PM

Eduard Folayang makes his return vs Tetsuya Yamada while Geje Eustaquio battles Saiful Merican

PINOYS IN THE CAGE. Two prominent homegrown Filipino talents, Eduard Folayang (left) and Geje Eustaquio, will see action at ONE Championship’s event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on January 29. File Photos from Rappler

Eustaquio, Toquero added to ONE FC’s Manila event in December

Nov 23, 2015 - 8:48 PM

Filipinos Geje Eustaquio and Eugene Toquero will take on Chinese foes at the ONE: Spirit of Champions event in December

Geje Eustaquio will clash with Chinese flyweight Yang Jian Bing at ONE: Spirit of Champions. File Photo by Nevin Reyes/Rappler

Two Pinoy MMA bets lose on ONE FC undercard in Singapore

Nov 14, 2015 - 1:19 PM

Filipinos Jimmy Yabo and Edward Kelly succumb to technical knockout and stoppage defeats at ONE Championship s Pride of Lions

STOPPAGE WIN. Australian Martin Nguyen batters Filipino fighter Edward Kelly before referee Olivier Coste eventually halted the bout at the 4:17 mark of round one as per cageside physician’s advice. Photo from ONE Championship Facebook

Montilla, Ranillo fail to win PXC titles

Nov 16, 2014 - 12:46 PM

American bred competitor Alvin Cacdac submitted Montilla while Ranillo bows to Japanese stalwart Chuji Kato

Folayang, Julaton, two more Pinoys added to ONE FC: Warrior’s Way

Nov 13, 2014 - 7:55 PM

Filipino fighters Eduard Folayang Ana Julaton Jujeath Nagaowa and Rene Catalan join Kevin Belingon and Honorio Banario in ONE FC: Warrior s Way

Eduard Folayang and Ana Julaton added to ONE FC: Warrior's Way lineup. File photos by Rappler

Dave 'The Scarecrow' Galera ready for UFC Fight Night Singapore

Jan 03, 2014 - 4:17 PM

My conditioning is in tip top shape says young Filipino MMA fighter Dave The Scarecrow Galera as he gears up for his UFC debut

'THE SCARECROW'. Young Filipino MMA fighter Dave 'The Scarecrow' Galera will make his UFC debut in Singapore and aim for his sixth win in his budding career. Photo by Louie Jabanag

Palace asked: Release P10B for fighter jets

Dec 27, 2013 - 7:27 AM

The terms earlier put the government to contract in limbo after the South Korean company demanded a huge downpayment