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Pinoy MMA fighters look for ways to survive

Apr 12, 2020 - 1:02 PM

As fights remain on hold, Filipino MMA athletes find themselves facing a different battle

SURVIVAL MODE. Rene Catalan (top) admits that Filipino fighters need to look for other ways to earn money. Photo from ONE Championship

Belingon wants KO win vs Fernandes in ONE title fight

Sep 23, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Kevin Belingon will meet rival Bibiano Fernandes for the fourth time as he tries to reclaim lost glory

FOR THE THRONE. Kevin Belingon says he knows what to expect against Bibiano Fernandes. Photo from ONE Championship

Conor McGregor under fire anew for sucker punch in Ireland bar

Aug 16, 2019 - 3:51 PM

A CCTV video released recently shows MMA superstar Conor McGregor figuring in a bar assault

CONTROVERSIAL. Conor McGregor gets into trouble yet again. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Conor McGregor under investigation for sex assault

Mar 27, 2019 - 8:40 AM

The camp of Conor McGregor denies assumptions that the recent retirement of the MMA star is related to the sexual assault reports

EMBATTLED. The ever controversial Conor McGregor faces a new issue in his native Ireland. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Conor McGregor retires from MMA again

Mar 26, 2019 - 2:09 PM

'I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as 'Mixed Martial Art' today,' says McGregor in a shock announcement

UFC STAR. Conor McGregor retires as the biggest pay-per-view contributor to UFC. Photo from Conor McGregor's Facebook.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fil-Am UFC fighter John Dodson arrives in Manila

Jun 22, 2016 - 7:07 PM

Dodson is set for a 4 day promotional tour in the country

Fil-Am UFC fighter John Dodson to visit Manila in June

Jun 07, 2016 - 5:07 PM

John Dodson will visit the Philippines from June 23 26

MANILA BOUND. John 'The Magician' Dodson will be appearing in the Philippines later this month. Photo from Dodson's Facebook page

Conor McGregor says he's back on UFC 200 card

Apr 25, 2016 - 5:50 PM

Conor McGregor who retired and unretired last week says he is back on the UFC 200 card on July 9

BACK AND FORTH. Conor McGregor says he's back on UFC 200, but the UFC hasn't confirmed or commented on the matter yet. File photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images/AFP

Ronda Rousey contemplated suicide after knockout loss

Feb 17, 2016 - 10:30 AM

Ronda Rousey tells TV host Ellen DeGeneres that she had thoughts of ending her life after being knocked out by Holly Holm

ROWDY REVELATION. Ronda Rousey reveals that she contemplated suicide following her loss to Holly Holm. Screenshot from YouTube

Malaysia’s Ev Ting credits success to Pinoy MMA fighters

Jan 30, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Filipino fighters have this distinct desire and passion to compete in this sport which I find it inspirational for me as a non Filipino fighter says Ting

CREDIT TO FILIPINOS. Malaysian Ev Ting says he is inspired by Filipino MMA fighters. Photo from ONE Championship Facebook

ONE FC’s Chinese MMA fighter dies of heart attack – Autopsy report

Dec 23, 2015 - 12:48 PM

The results of the autopsy indicate that Yang Jian Bing died due to an acute myocardial infarction

HEART ATTACK. MMA fighter Yang Jian Bing has died of heart attack, according to an autopsy report. Photo by

First Pinoy MMA fighter looks forward to UFC Fight Night Manila

Mar 11, 2015 - 8:33 PM

If I was in my 20 s again I d probably fight says first Filipino MMA Fighter Onassis Parungao

DELIGHTED. First Filipino MMA Fighter Onassis Parungao very happy about the UFC Fight Night Manila. Photo from Parungao

Johnson schools Bagautinov to retain UFC flyweight belt

Jun 15, 2014 - 9:50 PM

The UFC flyweight champion retains his belt

VICTOR. Demetrious 'Mighty Mouse' Johnson keeps the UFC flyweight belt. Image from Demetrious Johnson Facebook page

Fighters set for PH's biggest MMA event

Aug 30, 2012 - 11:20 PM

Fighters make weight and are set for the country s biggest MMA event in history Filipino stars included