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'Rematch King' Eustaquio wants another shot at Wakamatsu

Jul 13, 2020 - 7:11 PM

Former ONE Championship flyweight titlist Geje Eustaquio aims to face Yuya Wakamatsu, the only man to knock him out

CHAMP. Geje Eustaquio seeks to reclaim the ONE flyweight world title. Photo from ONE Championship

Folayang optimistic about Team Lakay's next generation

Jul 05, 2020 - 3:31 PM

For former ONE Championship lightweight titlist Eduard Folayang, the focus is now on the next batch of Igorot warriors

PROUD TEAMMATE. Eduard Folayang says seeing the potential of rising Team Lakay stars excites him. Photo from ONE Championship

How are Filipino ONE Championship athletes coping with virus crisis?

Jul 01, 2020 - 3:31 PM

While ONE Championship events remain on the shelves, Filipino MMA practitioners find other ways to make a living

OTHER MEANS. Former ONE flyweight world champion Geje Eustaquio is buying, refurbishing, and selling cars to support himself and his family during the pandemic. Photo from ONE Championship

ONE Championship returns to action in July with No Surrender

Jun 28, 2020 - 4:57 PM

It has been 5 months since ONE Championship last held a flagship event

PHILIPPINES' OWN. Filipina Denice Zamboanga could be one of the mixed martial artists who will fight in ONE: No Surrender. Photo from ONE Championship

Folayang: Champion in MMA and in fatherhood

Jun 21, 2020 - 6:38 PM

Although busy with his career in ONE Championship, Eduard Folayang makes sure to spend quality time with his wife and children

FATHER FIGHTER. Eduard Folayang is hands on with his family just as much as he is with his mixed martial arts career. Photo from Instagram/@the.landslide

How Danny Kingad balances competing with learning

Jun 20, 2020 - 4:15 PM

Turning his attention to his studies with ONE Championship still on hiatus, rising star Danny Kingad is set to graduate from college this year

BIG DREAMS. The goal for Danny Kingad has always been to win the ONE Championship flyweight world title. Photo from ONE Championship

ONE Championship could return to ring next month

Jun 15, 2020 - 10:50 PM

ONE Championship honcho Chatri Sityodtong says the promotion is planning fight nights next month in China, Thailand, and Singapore

SHELVED. ONE Championship has not staged an event since February. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

ONE Championship cuts staff as MMA shows halted by virus

Jun 15, 2020 - 3:49 PM

ONE Championship boss Chatri Sityodtong says it is unclear when fights can resume due to various reasons

SHUT DOWN. It has been months since ONE Championship last held an event. Photo from ONE Championship

Late bloomer Rene Catalan credits wushu for easy transition

Jun 14, 2020 - 5:05 PM

Rene Catalan only began pursuing mixed martial arts at the age of 34, but his wushu background helped ease his transition in ONE Championship

STREAK. Rene Catalan racked up 6 straight wins in ONE Championship before losing to compatriot Joshua Pacio in their strawweight title bout. Photo from ONE Championship

Team Lakay vows to be ready when called upon

May 25, 2020 - 5:27 PM

Work does not stop for Team Lakay members despite the quarantine as they remain in training mode just in case ONE Championship calls them up

CONFIDENT. Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao (left) says his wards will be in competition shape in a month. Photo from ONE Championship

Brandon Vera deems Arjan Bhullar a worthy challenger

May 11, 2020 - 5:22 PM

The ONE Championship heavyweight king will dangle the belt he has been holding since 2015 against Arjan Bhullar

DIVISION KING. Brandon Vera will defend his ONE Championship heavyweight belt for the third time. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Lito Adiwang believes he would fare well vs Demetrious Johnson

May 04, 2020 - 10:26 PM

Becoming a ONE Championship titleholder has always been the end goal for Lito Adiwang, but he also wants the chance to challenge someone he looks up to

TALL ORDER. Lito Adiwang is keen on giving Demetrious Johnson his first loss in ONE Championship. Photo from ONE Championship

How wushu pushed local ONE Championship athletes to stardom

Apr 27, 2020 - 3:49 PM

Eduard Folayang and Rene Catalan both have successful careers in ONE Championship thanks to their wushu background

EASE THE TRANSITION. Eduard Folayang says his wushu background proved crucial in his transition to mixed martial arts. Photo from ONE Championship

East vs West: ONE Championship pitches head-to-head with UFC’s best

Apr 16, 2020 - 7:32 PM

'I think it would be phenomenal… I’d love to see world champions versus world champions,' says ONE chief Chatri Sityodtong

STAR-STUDDED. ONE Championship boasts an all-star roster that includes Demetrious Johnson (right). Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

ONE Championship joins battle against virus pandemic

Apr 16, 2020 - 2:19 PM

Asia's largest martial arts promotion partners with Global Citizen to raise funds for coronavirus relief through a digital music festival

HELPING OUT. Filipino MMA champion Brandon Vera is set to participate in the fundraiser. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Danny Kingad anticipating Johnson-Moraes ONE showdown

Apr 10, 2020 - 6:44 PM

ONE Championship rising star Danny Kingad aims to be next in line for the winner between the Adriano Moraes and Demetrious Johnson match

ASPIRING CHAMP. Danny Kingad looks forward to having a crack at the flyweight title. File photo from ONE Championship

ONE Championship brings competition outside the cage

Apr 04, 2020 - 9:54 PM

Team Lakay founder and coach Mark Sangiao may just be the perfect candidate for The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition

WINNING WAYS. Coach Mark Sangiao (third from left) has  produced a stable o champions. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Meet the men who helped Joshua Pacio's transformation

Apr 03, 2020 - 9:23 PM

Initially pursuing martial arts to lose weight, Joshua Pacio develops into the most dominant strawweight champion in ONE Championship history

TITLEHOLDER. Some see Joshua Pacio as the best athlete from Team Lakay. Photo from ONE Championship

What makes Danny Kingad special?

Mar 30, 2020 - 9:18 PM

Expectations are high that Danny Kingad will eventually get crowned a world champion in ONE Championship

CHASING GREATNESS. Danny Kingad is just beginning to reach his peak, given that he is only 24 years old. File photo from ONE Championship

Danny Kingad set to conquer another milestone

Mar 23, 2020 - 3:56 PM

Rising star Danny Kingad prepares for life after ONE Championship as he finishes his degree in secondary education

BACK TO SCHOOL. Danny Kingad returns to school after putting his studies on hold to focus on his career in ONE Championship. Photo from ONE Championship

Rich Franklin sees growth of PH mixed martial arts

Mar 15, 2020 - 9:48 PM

Legendary middleweight Rich Franklin says Filipino mixed martial artists have embraced change in the sport

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT. Filipino ONE Championship fighters like Joshua Pacio have improved their skills to remain at the top of their game. Photo from ONE Championship

How Denice Zamboanga ended up in Thailand

Mar 11, 2020 - 10:05 PM

Training away from home has paid dividends for the Philippines' Denice Zamboanga as she gains a shot at a ONE Championship world title

PROMISING. In just a short time, Denice Zamboanga has risen to title contender status in ONE Championship. Photo from ONE Championship

How timely sacrifices drew Lito Adiwang closer to his dreams

Mar 02, 2020 - 6:27 PM

After putting his dreams on hold to make ends meet, Lito Adiwang works his way to becoming one of the most exciting strawweights in ONE Championship

SPOTLESS. Lito Adiwang has not lost in ONE Championship. Photo from ONE Championship

WATCH: Zamboanga stays undefeated, Banario ends ONE slump

Feb 29, 2020 - 10:04 PM

Check out how Denice Zamboanga and Honorio Banario grab decision victories in ONE: King of the Jungle

ON TARGET. Honorio Banario (left) lands a clean kick on Thai Shannon Wiratchai. Photo from ONE Championship

Mark Abelardo banks on experience vs unbeaten American

Feb 25, 2020 - 8:25 AM

Mark Abelardo looks to notch his 20th professional career win against Troy Worthen

MAKING A MARK. Mark Abelardo will fight for the first time in 2020. Photo from ONE Championship

Fans barred from Singapore ONE Championship event over coronavirus

Feb 18, 2020 - 7:16 PM

ONE: King of the Jungle will be broadcast live on TV and digital platforms but will be closed to the public

SAFETY MEASURES. The title fight between Stamp Fairtex and Janet Todd will be held behind closed doors. Photo from

Former ONE champ Geje Eustaquio eager for another busy year

Feb 15, 2020 - 7:32 PM

Despite the highs and lows of 2019, Team Lakay stalwart Geje Eustaquio doesn't mind doing it all over again

Gina Iniong's struggles in camp pay off in the circle

Feb 08, 2020 - 9:13 PM

Training against men pays dividends for Gina Iniong as she starts the year with a convincing win in the ONE Championship

IMPROVED. Gina Iniong takes Asha Roka out of her comfort zone en route to the unanimous decision win. Photo from ONE Championship

Iniong shows offensive depth in ONE Championship win

Feb 03, 2020 - 6:24 PM

Coming off a gold-medal win in the 2019 SEA Games, Gina Iniong starts the year on a high note in ONE Championship

INSPIRED. Gina Iniong notches a win with her husband watching live for the first time. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Folayang unfazed despite another ONE Championship loss

Feb 02, 2020 - 10:48 PM

After a disappointing setback, Filipino MMA legend Eduard Folayang hopes to continue fighting to get back on top

FRUSTRATING. Eduard Folayang succumbs to Pieter Buist at his own turf. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Pacio displays impressive ground game against Silva

Feb 01, 2020 - 2:33 PM

Known for his striking, Joshua Pacio manages to stand tall against BJJ champion Alex Silva at ONE: Fire and Fury

STILL THE CHAMP. Joshua Pacio takes down another former strawweight titlist in Alex Silva. Photo from ONE Championship

Pacio defends ONE strawweight title

Feb 01, 2020 - 12:39 AM

Joshua Pacio wraps up a near perfect night for Filipino fighters as he successfully defends his strawweight title against Alex Silva

Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Kingad confident he can beat Johnson if given a rematch

Jan 30, 2020 - 9:55 PM

Danny Kingad looks to apply the lessons he learned from his loss to Demetrious Johnson when he faces Xie Wei in the ONE Championship: Fire and Fury

THE KING. Danny Kingad is determined to work his way back to title contention in ONE Championship. Photo from ONE Championship

Pacio to showcase striking prowess against grappling master Silva

Jan 29, 2020 - 6:22 PM

Joshua Pacio will dangle his ONE Championship strawweight belt against Alex Silva as he looks to start the year on a high note

CHAMPION MENTALITY. Joshua Pacio has made sure to improve his all-around game for his title defense. File photo from ONE Championship

Pacio out to prove caliber in ONE title defense

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:50 PM

Filipino Joshua Pacio looks to retain his ONE Championship strawweight belt against Brazilian Alex Silva

TITLE DEFENSE. Joshua Pacio is determined not to let go of his ONE Championship belt. Photo from ONE Championship

Get a VIP experience at ONE: Fire and Fury

Jan 23, 2020 - 8:04 PM

Win a Boodle Feast VIP Ticket Package for the ONE Championship showdown on January 31 at the Mall of Asia Arena

Score free tickets to ONE: Fire and Fury

Jan 22, 2020 - 8:12 PM

Get a chance to win tickets to the blockbuster ONE Championship showdown on January 31 at the Mall of Asia Arena

LOOK: ONE Championship gives back in visit to Smokey Mountain

Jan 05, 2020 - 9:03 PM

ONE Championship provides brand-new clothing for underprivileged children

CHRISTMAS GIFTS. The youth of Young Focus flash their new ONE Championship shirts. Photo from LinkedIn/@colintywee

Miado scores impressive KO victory, stuns Chinese foe

Nov 17, 2019 - 11:16 AM

Filipino fighter Jeremy Miado unleashes a lethal flying knee that brings Chinese Miao Li Tao to dreamland

KILLER BLOW. Jeremy Miado (right) delivers the lone win for the Philippines after knocking out Miao Li Tao. Photo release

Drama, personal grudge mark ONE’s second all-Filipino world title bout

Nov 07, 2019 - 9:15 PM

Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio puts his strawweight belt on the line against compatriot Rene Catalan in the main event of ONE: Masters of Fate

Pacio to defend ONE title vs compatriot Catalan

Oct 19, 2019 - 11:44 PM

Joshua Pacio will defend his ONE Championship strawweight title for the first time since reclaiming it in April

ALL-FILIPINO. Joshua Pacio will test his skills against veteran Filipino mixed martial artist Rene Catalan. Photo from ONE Championship

ONE: Adiwang makes impressive debut; Vera, 3 others drop matches

Oct 13, 2019 - 11:15 PM

Lito Adiwang puts together a stellar showing but 4 other Filipinos struggle in ONE Championship: Century

SPECTACULAR. Aung Lang N Sang (left) delivers a stunning TKO of Brandon Vera to retain the ONE light heavyweight world championship. Photo release

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

'We shall return': Lakay headstrong after another ONE setback

Aug 06, 2019 - 9:27 PM

Danny Kingad emerges as the lone winner from Team Lakay in ONE Dawn of Heroes

TO RETURN. Eduard 'Landslide' Folayang picks up a second-straigh loss in the ONE: Dawn of Heroes. File photo by Dux Carvajal

WATCH: Kingad advances to ONE Flyweight Grand Prix Finals

Aug 03, 2019 - 8:41 AM

Team Lakay's Danny Kingad impresses the home crowd but 4 other Filipino brawlers struggle

Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Folayang shoots for ONE bounce-back win against Alvarez

Jul 30, 2019 - 10:33 PM

Team Lakay's Eduard Folayang goes up against former UFC champion Eddie Alvarez in the ONE lightweight world grand prix semifinal bout

EPIC. Eduardo 'Landslide' Folayang (left) goes up against Eddie 'The Underground King' Alvarez. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

Former troublemaker Danny Kingad seeks ONE glory

Jul 30, 2019 - 5:33 PM

'When I was young, I was in a very bad crowd and it had a negative impact on my life. Team Lakay helped me out of that dark place,' says Danny Kingad

LIFE-CHANGING. Danny Kingad leaves his troubled past to pursue mixed martial arts. Photo from release

ONE Championship: Torres falls anew against Malaysian foe

Jul 13, 2019 - 1:34 AM

Filipina brawler Jomary Torres fails to end her losing slump against Jihin Radzuan

SLIPPING. Jomary Torres fails to sustain the fiery start to her MMA career. File photo from ONE Championship

Team Lakay's Honorio Banario out to make most of second chance

Jun 28, 2019 - 3:28 PM

The Filipino fighter gets another shot in the semifinals after Timofey Nastyukhin's original foe succumbed to injury

Photo release

Folayang to face former UFC champion Alvarez in ONE

Jun 10, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Fighting for the first time since losing the ONE lightweight title, Eduard Folayang will begin his trek back to glory against Eddie Alvarez

REDEMPTION. Eduard Folayang looks to redeem himself against one of the deadliest lightweights today. File photo by Dux Carvajal