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Rappler's latest stories on Philippine MMA


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.

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

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

Eric Kelly wants to be part of ONE Championship's December card in PH

Sep 06, 2016 - 9:10 PM

Kelly seeks to be part of the December 2 card as it has been a long time since he last fought on home soil

HOME SOIL. Eric Kelly would like to be part of ONE Championship's event in the Philippines on December 2. Photo by Edward Hilvano IV

Filipino Pacio faces Naito for ONE Championship strawweight title

Sep 03, 2016 - 12:09 PM

Joshua Pacio will face Yoshitaka Naito at State of Warriors on October 7 in Myanmar

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

Pacio could be the next big PH MMA star, says Team Lakay coach

Aug 06, 2016 - 9:34 PM

Pacio a 20 year old native of Baguio City may soon be making headlines in the PH MMA scene

WATCH: Baron Geisler vs Kiko Matos full fight video

Jun 26, 2016 - 1:35 AM

Watch full video of the Baron Geisler vs Kiko Matos fight and judge for yourself who deserved the victory

Actors Baron Geisler Kiko Matos let it all hang out for two rounds in the mixed martial arts cage. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Baron Geisler, Kiko Matos fight to two-round draw

Jun 25, 2016 - 10:19 PM

Baron Geisler and Kiko Matos meet in the MMA cage to settle their feud which ends in a draw

BAR FIGHT. The two-round URCC match between Baron Geisler and Kiko Matos ends in a draw.

John Dodson ready to represent Philippines in UFC

Jun 24, 2016 - 6:30 PM

John Dodson wants to don the colors of the Philippines inside and outside the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s famed Octagon

WATCH: Baron Geisler kisses Kiko Matos during faceoff

Jun 18, 2016 - 12:33 PM

Baron Geisler plays mind games with Kiko Matos ahead of their URCC showdown

Mark Eddiva is on ONE Championship’s radar, says Victor Cui

Jun 17, 2016 - 2:12 PM

Eddiva who was released by UFC in April is a fighter that ONE Championship has its eye on

Mark Eddiva (pictured) will fight in front of his home country crowd, but Levan Makashvili doesn't think it'll be too much of an advantage. Photo by Josh Albelda

It's official: Baron Geisler and Kiko Matos set for MMA fight

Jun 10, 2016 - 5:10 AM

The brawling actors will settle their feud at URCC s June 25 event in a special exhibition at Valkyrie in Taguig City

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

April 2016: A scorching month for MMA in the Philippines

Mar 25, 2016 - 1:19 PM

Three MMA organizations are set to hold stacked fight cards in April

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 clears phone lines for possible call from UFC

Jan 17, 2016 - 11:12 PM

Jenel Lausa hopes to join the list of PXC alumni who made the jump to the UFC

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

PXC boss promises to grow MMA in Philippines

Jan 15, 2016 - 11:07 AM

You will see fighters at the top level of the world from the Philippines says PXC chief EJ Calvo

GROUND AND POUND. Crisanto Pitpitunge, seen knocking out Alvin Cacdac at PXC 48 in June, is one of the rising Filipino MMA fighters who will appear on PXC's next show. File photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Lausa shrugs off Pitpitunge’s experience, seeks KO win at PXC 51

Jan 14, 2016 - 5:39 PM

Jenel Lausa expects a barnburner in his flyweight championship clash against former bantamweight titleholder Crisanto Pitpitunge on Saturday January 16

Top 10 Philippine MMA moments of 2015

Dec 28, 2015 - 8:38 PM

Rappler lists down the top 10 moments that left an indelible mark on Philippine MMA in 2015

Eric Kelly wants smooth finish to ONE Championship contract

Jul 26, 2015 - 10:55 AM

Filipino fighter Eric Kelly says he wants to satisfy the terms of his ONE Championship contract as he looks to move on with his career

CAGE RETURN. Pinoy MMA fighter Eric Kelly, seen here against USA's Jens Pulver, wants to finish his deal with ONE Championship on amicable terms. File photo by Josh Albelda

Dy, Pitpitunge miss weight for PXC title fights

Jun 12, 2015 - 3:46 PM

Filipino fighters Rolando Dy and Crisanto Pitpitunge will compete in non title fights after missing weight for their bouts at PXC48

Rolando Dy has a chance at revenge, but won't get a chance at the PXC title. File photo from Rolando Dy's Facebook

ONE FC champ Ben Askren sees potential in PH MMA scene

Apr 13, 2015 - 8:00 AM

“Filipinos understand fighting It’s not a big jump to go from boxing to MMA says ONE Championship welterweight champ Ben Askren

UFC to stage event in PH on May 16 – report

Jan 26, 2015 - 1:09 PM

The event will likely feature homegrown fighters like Roldan Sangcha An and Mark Eddiva

2014: A roller coaster ride for Philippine MMA

Dec 27, 2014 - 11:25 AM

The Philippine MMA scene in 2014 was witness to heartbreaking losses and scintillating victories

ONE FC fighter Igor Subora credits success to PH MMA scene

Nov 14, 2014 - 11:41 AM

Ukranian Igor Subora first arrived in the Philippines in 2007 left but came back for good in 2008 to build his MMA career

Igor Subora has spent last 6 years in PH building his MMA Career. Photo from Subora's Facebook profile

Pinoy MMA fighter to defend title in Manila

Apr 13, 2013 - 11:50 AM

Honorio The Rock Banario will defend his MMA championship on May 31 in Manila

DEFENDING CHAMPION. Pinoy MMA fighter Honorio "The Rock" Banario (left) will defend his One FC Featherweight World Champion title on May 31. All photos courtesy of One FC

Highs and lows from MMA showdown "Pride of a Nation"

Sep 01, 2012 - 4:35 PM

The OneFC Pride of a Nation was a total success and featured 11 matches with exciting finishes; here are Rappler contributor Carlos Cinco s highs and lows

FILIPINO CHAMP. Pinoy Eric Kelly defeats USA's Jens Pulver by TKO at 1:42 minutes of Round 2.