UFC Fight Night Manila - updates

Rappler's latest stories on UFC Fight Night Manila


UFC rep denies drug testing led to Manila event’s cancellation

Oct 07, 2016 - 9:09 PM

An MMA report suggests the show was cancelled because all UFC personnel not just fighters would be subjected to drug testing

NIXED. BJ Penn pulled out of the UFC Manila main event, nixing the card.

UFC postpones second Manila event on October 15

Oct 07, 2016 - 4:37 AM

The card is postponed after BJ Penn withdraws with a rib injury less than two weeks before fight night

INJURY. BJ Penn and Ricardo Lamas were set to headline the UFC's second ever show in Manila. File photo by Josh Albelda/RAPPLER

BJ Penn pulls out of UFC Fight Night Manila 2 - report

Oct 05, 2016 - 2:13 PM

Penn reportedly suffers an undisclosed injury during training leaving Ricardo Lamas without an opponent

LOOK: Jenel Lausa pays courtesy call on Manny Pacquiao

Sep 28, 2016 - 3:28 PM

Lausa pays a private courtesy call on Pacquiao at the Senate

COURTESY CALL. MMA fighter and former boxer Jenel Lausa (L) meets Senator Manny Pacquiao for a courtesy call before Lausa makes his UFC debut next month. Photo from UFC

Chuck Liddell, 3 others are special guests for UFC Manila

Sep 28, 2016 - 3:05 PM

MMA legend Chuck Liddell will visit Manila to promote UFC Fight Night Manila 2 and interact with local fight fans

PH-BOUND. UFC legend Chuck Liddell will be in Manila to promote UFC Fight Night Manila 2. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images/AFP

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

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

Max Holloway open to short-notice bout at UFC Fight Night Manila

Sep 18, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Even if the event is only less than 4 weeks away Holloway says he probably won t think twice about fighting on the UFC Fight Night Manila 2 card

OPEN TO FIGHT. Max Holloway is willing to take on a short-notice fight for UFC Fight Night Manila 2. Photo from UFC

WATCH: Jenel Lausa makes first media appearance as UFC fighter

Sep 18, 2016 - 6:35 PM

Lausa served as the curtain raiser of No 3 UFC featherweight contender Max Holloway’s open workout on Saturday September 17

FIRST DAY OUT. Filipino fighter Jenel Lausa (L) makes his first media appearance as a UFC fighter in an open workout. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

WATCH: Max Holloway hosts public workout for Filipino UFC fans

Sep 18, 2016 - 1:42 PM

Holloway is in the country from September 15 to 18 for a series of activities to hype UFC Fight Night Manila 2

OPEN WORKOUT. Max Holloway conducts a public workout at SM Megamall. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Max Holloway prefers to fight again than wait for UFC title bout

Sep 17, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Holloway says he has already proven that he is a worthy contender for the UFC featherweight championship

FIGHT AGAIN. Max Holloway believes he's ready for a title bout, but he'd rather fight again while waiting for his shot. Photo from Holloway's Facebook account

Max Holloway not counting out BJ Penn vs Ricardo Lamas

Sep 17, 2016 - 7:35 PM

Holloway says Penn cannot be counted out as the 37 year old Hawaiian is a battle tested competitor who has accomplished so much in the sport of MMA

DON'T COUNT OUT PENN. Max Holloway weighs in on BJ Penn vs Ricardo Lamas at UFC Fight Night Manila 2. Photo from UFC

Tybura upbeat on UFC Fight Night Manila, vows to finish opponent

Sep 16, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Marcin Tybura seeks a jaw dropping finish as he is set to face Derrick Lewis in the co headliner of UFC Fight Night Manila 2

Jenel Lausa aims for statement win in UFC debut vs Chinese foe

Sep 16, 2016 - 7:00 PM

A triumphant UFC debut is in the mind of Jenel Lausa as he is set to make his first Octagon appearance on October 15

Sam Alvey faces Alex Nicholson at UFC Fight Night Manila 2

Sep 15, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Sam Alvey will be bringing his signature big smile to the Philippines as he faces Alex Nicholson at UFC Fight Night Manila 2

Sangiao explains Sangcha-an’s failure to secure USADA clearance

Sep 14, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao shoots down all malicious speculations explaining why Roldan Sangcha an did not receive the green light from both UFC and USADA

CLEARANCE. Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao reveals to Rappler that Roldan Sangcha-an  has to go through a 4-month process to get a USADA clearance. Screenshot from YouTube.com/William Buya

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

UFC books another lightweight bout for 'Fight Night Manila 2'

Sep 07, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Bosnian stalwart Damir Hadzovic will square off with Japanese fighter Yusuke Kasuya in a 3 round lightweight contest

HADZOVIC VS KASUYA. Damir Hadzovic (R) will face Japanese fighter Yusuke Kasuya at UFC Fight Night Manila 2. Hadzovic photo from his Facebook, Kasuya photo from Sherdog profile

Max Holloway visits PH in September to promote UFC Manila 2

Sep 05, 2016 - 3:15 PM

Featherweight fighter Max Holloway will visit the Philippines from September 15 18

MANILA BOUND. Max Holloway will visit the Philippines to promote the UFC's second event. File photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

UFC adds two more fights to second ‘Fight Night Manila’ card

Sep 02, 2016 - 9:23 PM

James Moontasri will face Alex Morono in a 3 round welterweight contest while Dongi Yang faces Ryan Janes

ADDED ATTRACTION. James Moontasri and Alex Morono will battle it out in Manila. Photo from their Twitters

Jon Tuck faces Mehdi Baghdad at UFC Fight Night Manila 2

Sep 01, 2016 - 6:45 PM

Guamanian MMA fighter John Tuck will fight France s Mehdi Baghdad at the UFC s second Manila event

Jon Tuck (R) defeated Korean Tae Hyun Bang by first round rear naked choke. Photo by Josh Albelda

Two more bouts booked for UFC Fight Night Manila 2

Aug 30, 2016 - 4:47 PM

Cole Miller squares off with Japanese featherweight Mizuto Pugnus Hirota while South Korea’s Seo Hee Ham battles American fighter Danielle Taylor

TWO MORE BOUTS. UFC adds to more bouts to its second 'Fight Night Manila' event on October 15. All photos from fighters' Facebook pages

Muñoz expects BJ Penn to return to top form in comeback bout

Aug 22, 2016 - 12:27 PM

Munoz is not giving up on Penn believing he can still compete at the highest level despite a two year absence

BJ Penn is out to prove critics wrong in UFC comeback

Aug 20, 2016 - 4:56 PM

Penn is currently on a 3 fight losing streak and hasn t won a match since back in November 2010

WATCH: Mark Muñoz on his new role as UFC's PH ambassador

Aug 20, 2016 - 4:46 PM

Former UFC fighter Mark Munoz drops by Rappler to talk about his anti bullying campaign the importance of wrestling and his new ventures after retiring from fighting

WATCH: BJ Penn discusses UFC comeback, third Philippines visit

Aug 20, 2016 - 5:20 AM

The two division champion talks about his upcoming fight against Ricardo Lamas at UFC Manila 2 and what motivates him to continue fighting

UFC: Lamas says Penn has hard time saying goodbye to MMA

Aug 19, 2016 - 3:43 PM

Ricardo Lamas who faces BJ Penn October 15 at UFC Manila 2 figures the MMA legend like many other fighters misses the limelight

BJ Penn defends decision to stay at featherweight, eyes third world title

Aug 19, 2016 - 3:00 PM

Penn has optimism that he will perform well at the 145 pound division

WATCH: Ricardo Lamas talks about his UFC fight vs BJ Penn

Aug 19, 2016 - 11:23 AM

Ricardo Lamas will face UFC legend BJ Penn in the main event of UFC Fight Night Manila 2 on October 15

BJ Penn chose to fight in Manila over New York

Aug 19, 2016 - 11:15 AM

Penn is scheduled to take on Ricardo Lamas in the main event of the UFC s second show in Manila

Heavyweight bout booked for UFC Manila card as Lewis faces Tybura

Aug 18, 2016 - 11:04 PM

A 3 round heavyweight fight between Derrick Lewis and Marcin Tybura has been added to UFC Fight Night Manila 2

BLACK BEAST. Derrick Lewis, seen punching Ruan Potts in 2015, will be in action in Manila. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Ricardo Lamas looks to bounce back at BJ Penn’s expense

Aug 18, 2016 - 3:14 PM

Lamas sees the former two division champ as the right opponent to build momentum back to a title shot

BIG OPPORTUNITY. Ricardo Lamas will serve as the welcoming committee for the returning BJ Penn.

WATCH: BJ Penn, Ricardo Lamas come face-to-face in Manila

Aug 18, 2016 - 9:57 AM

Penn and Lamas hope to stage a new Thrilla in Manila when they fight on October 15 at Mall of Asia Arena

UFC: Lamas thinks featherweight is the wrong division for BJ Penn

Aug 18, 2016 - 9:46 AM

Lamas who faces Penn at UFC Fight Night Manila 2 in October feels weight may have been to blame for Penn s poor performance against Frankie Edgar

Horiguchi vs Bagautinov added to UFC Fight Night Manila 2

Aug 17, 2016 - 2:38 PM

Japanese fighter Kyoji Horiguchi will face Russia s Ali Bagautinov in a 3 round flyweight encounter on October 15

NEW BOUT. A new flyweight fight between Kyoji Horiguchi (L) and Ali Bagautinov is booked for UFC Fight Night Manila 2. Horiguchi photo from his Twitter account, Bagautinov photo from his Facebook account

UFC Fight Night Manila: 10 facts about Ricardo Lamas

Aug 17, 2016 - 2:07 PM

Lamas is known for his never say die attitude and relentless pace inside the cage Here are some key facts that die hard MMA followers may or may not know

UFC Fight Night Manila: 10 facts about BJ Penn

Aug 17, 2016 - 1:10 PM

Penn is known for changing the sport’s landscape in the early 2000s as he proved that lightweight fighters could be box office draws Here are some noteworthy facts about him

BJ Penn vs Ricardo Lamas confirmed for UFC Manila 2 main event

Aug 15, 2016 - 4:12 PM

The two fighters will meet face to face in Manila on Wednesday August 17 at a press conference

HEADLINER. BJ Penn will headline UFC's second show in Manila in a fight against Ricardo Lamas. File photo from Penn's Facebook

Fil-Am John Dodson won’t compete on UFC’s Manila card

Aug 15, 2016 - 12:49 PM

Filipino American fighter John Dodson is instead slated to headline UFC Fight Night 96 on October 1

NO LONGER MANILA BOUND: Fil-Am fighter John Dodson will not be part of UFC's second live event in Manila as he is booked for a fight card in the US. File Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

BJ Penn vs Ricardo Lamas targeted to headline UFC Fight Night Manila 2

Aug 13, 2016 - 1:17 PM

The featherweight matchup is targeted for the UFC s show at Mall of Asia Arena on October 15

John Dodson wants to compete on UFC ‘Fight Night Manila’ card

Jun 25, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Dodson assisted in delivering the news of UFC s second show in Manila

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

UFC returns to Philippines for second 'Fight Night Manila' show

Jun 23, 2016 - 11:52 AM

The UFC will stage its second show on Philippine shores on October 15

UFC RETURNS. UFC will host its only show in Asia for 2016 in the Philippines. File photo by Nissi Icasiano/Rappler

UFC Fight Night Manila: By the numbers

May 21, 2015 - 2:38 PM

Here are the must know numbers that summarize the UFC s first event in the Philippines

Mark Munoz left his gloves in the middle of the Octagon, but not before scoring his 28th career takedown to land him into the top six all-time in middleweight history. Photo by Josh Albelda

Mark Muñoz goes out on his own terms

May 20, 2015 - 2:07 PM

Mark Muñoz is one of the few fighters who has managed to execute a storybook epilogue to his mixed martial arts career

Mark Muñoz finished his career just the way he wanted. Photo by Josh Albelda

UFC Manila draws high attendance figures

May 18, 2015 - 6:07 PM

With the solid debut at the box office the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion is likely to make a return to the Philippines

BOX OFFICE SMASH. The UFC's first venture to the Philippines was a successful venture. File photo by Josh Albelda

Tuck, Magney named UFC Manila Performers of the Night

May 17, 2015 - 4:57 AM

Tuck defeated Korean Tae Hyun Bang by first round rear naked choke while Magny recovered from a shaky start to notch a technical knockout win over Hyun Gyu Lim

Jon Tuck (R) defeated Korean Tae Hyun Bang by first round rear naked choke. Photo by Josh Albelda

Eddiva admits surprise over split decision loss to Makashvili

May 17, 2015 - 1:53 AM

Team Lakay’s Eddiva says he felt he had the first two rounds in the bag and was surprised with the judges’ decision

Team Lakay's Mark Eddiva admits he was not as well-prepared for his UFC Manila fight. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Edgar outpoints Faber at UFC Fight Night Manila

May 17, 2015 - 1:49 AM

Frankie Edgar solidified his status as the next contender for the featherweight championship by outpointing Urijah Faber

Frankie Edgar lands a right hand on Urijah Faber. Photo by Josh Albelda

WATCH: Mark Muñoz delivers heartfelt farewell speech

May 17, 2015 - 12:52 AM

Mark Muñoz delivered a farewell speech for the ages that left many an MMA fan in tears

Mark Muñoz poured his heart out in his final UFC fight, and afterwards as well. Photo by Josh Albelda

Mark Muñoz wins farewell fight at UFC Fight Night Manila

May 17, 2015 - 12:26 AM

Filipino American fighter Mark Muñoz turned back the clock to dominate young English middleweight Luke Barnatt in his farewell fight

WRECKING MACHINE. Mark Munoz lived up to his nickname in his final UFC fight. Photo by Josh Albelda