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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

Torre, Antonio banner PH challenge in Asian Seniors Chess

Jul 06, 2020 - 6:39 PM

Filipino Grandmasters Eugene Torre and Rogelio 'Joey' Antonio are among the favorites in the Asian Seniors Online Chess Championship

Photo from Shutterstock

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

Didal, Panugalinog rule Asian online skateboarding tiff

Jun 21, 2020 - 11:16 PM

Cebuanos Margielyn Didal and Motic Panugalinog reign supreme in the Asian Skateboarding Championships 2020 Online Skate Lockdown Video Competition

GRIND. Tokyo Olympic hopeful Margielyn Didal continues to polish her skateboarding skills at home. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

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

Severino rules IPCA Online World chess crown

Jun 18, 2020 - 9:58 PM

Asian Para Games chess champion Sander Severino proves he’s world-class

Sander Severino. Screengrab from Rappler

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

Paragua rules national bullet chess finals

Jun 14, 2020 - 3:57 PM

US-based Grandmaster Mark Paragua tops a 16-man field featuring the Philippines' best speed chess players

Quizon, Reyes surpass Asian Juniors chess rankings

Jun 05, 2020 - 7:08 PM

Young Filipino chess standouts Daniel Quizon and Chester Neil Reyes fare better than their seedings in the regional online tournament

MIDDLE OF THE PACK. Daniel Quizon finishes 11th overall in the Asian Juniors competition. File photo

Nunes, Spencer headline UFC 250

May 26, 2020 - 2:43 PM

Amanda Nunes is set to defend her women's featherweight title against Felicia Spencer

QUEEN. Amanda Nunes currently the women's featherweight crown. Photo from Amanda Nunes' Instagram

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

Q&A: Filipino robotics coach on competing at world's biggest robotics contest

May 21, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Gerrick Hernandez tells us about the kind of contest teams face at the Vex robotics championships – which his team, Arrowhead Robotics, comprised of De La Salle Zobel students, recently won

ARROWHEAD ROBOTICS. Photo provided by the team

UFC star Henry Cejudo ready for life after retirement

May 18, 2020 - 5:40 PM

Immediately after defending his UFC title, Henry Cejudo retires, saying he wants to leave the sport on top

FAREWELL. Henry Cejudo retires from the UFC at 33 years old. Photo from Instagram/@ufc

SEA Games taekwondo champ Jocel Ninobla strikes online gold

May 14, 2020 - 5:19 PM

Three-time UAAP champion Jocel Ninobla tops over a hundred opponents in the inaugural online poomsae tournament

TOP FORM. Jocel Ninobla remains a winner even in the virtual world. Photo from UAAP

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

Dominick Cruz in top shape for much-awaited UFC comeback

May 09, 2020 - 10:21 PM

After almost 4 years, Dominick Cruz returns to the octagon for a shot at the UFC bantamweight belt he previously held

LONG TIME COMING. Dominick Cruz last fought in the UFC in 2016. Photo from Instagram/@ufc

UFC returns despite fighter testing positive for coronavirus

May 09, 2020 - 2:38 PM

Although Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza will not fight after testing positive for coronavirus, the other 11 bouts of UFC 249 will push through

TITLE BOUT. Tony Ferguson will headline UFC 249 as he vies for the interim lightweight title against Justin Gaethje. Photo from Instagram/@ufc

Ochoa stuns masters in PH bullet chess leg

May 04, 2020 - 11:00 PM

Karl Ochoa reigns supreme in the seventh leg of the Philippine Bullet Chess Championship

Photo from Shutterstock

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

Bersamina joins national bullet chess winners

Apr 19, 2020 - 6:34 PM

Paulo Bersamina tops the fifth leg of the Philippine Bullet Online Chess Championship

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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

Young IM Daniel Quizon rules National Bullet chess leg

Apr 11, 2020 - 8:44 PM

Filipino teen standout Daniel Quizon tops an online chess tournament that lured a record field of 523 bets

CHESS WHIZ. Fifteen-year-old Daniel Quizon stays on a roll. File photo

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

UFC scraps California event on tribal land

Apr 10, 2020 - 4:24 PM

The mixed martial arts organization had planned to hold UFC 249 without fans at an undisclosed location, but it decided to postpone the event

SHUT DOWN. The UFC has already postponed 3 events after officials were unable to find venues to stage fights amid restrictions put in place to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Photo from Instagram/@ufc

UFC to beat virus lockdown with event on tribal land

Apr 09, 2020 - 11:05 AM

Organizers remain determined to stage UFC fight cards, insisting that the circuit can continue safely without spectators

STILL FIGHTING. Tony Ferguson (right) is set to face a new opponent in Justin Gaethje in the UFC 249 main event after MMA star Khabib Nurmagomedov begged off. Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images/AFP

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

World athletics championships moving to 2022

Mar 31, 2020 - 5:15 PM

The world athletics championships accommodates the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

NEW DATES. The world athletics championships is set to make a move to 2022. Photo from shuttershock

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

UFC postpones next 3 events after virus clampdown

Mar 17, 2020 - 3:08 PM

UFC attempts to relocate its next 3 events, but ends up postponing them due to the coronavirus pandemic

MAIN CARD. Tyron Woodley and Leon Edwards' main card in the UFC Fight Night 171: London gets canceled. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

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

Meet the Philippines' first Coffee Tasters Champion, Mich Sy

Mar 07, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The World Cup Tasters Championship tests one's ability to distinguish the taste differences in several coffee cups in an accurate, quick, and skillful manner

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

Djokovic eyes new win streak after capturing 79th career title

Mar 01, 2020 - 6:32 PM

'This has been one of the best starts of all seasons I've had,' says Novak Djokovic after picking up his third crown just two months into the year

STELLAR. Novak Djokovic celebrates after dominating Stefanos Tsitsipas to bag his fifth Dubai trophy. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP)

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

Filipino shuttlers bow out in Badminton Asia quarters

Feb 14, 2020 - 9:37 PM

Top-ranked Indonesia ousts the Philippines in the men’s quarterfinals of the 2020 Badminton Asia Team Championships

GALLANTE EFFORT. Philippine bets Alvin Morada and Ariel Magnaye manage to put up a fight against their Indonesian foes. Photo release

PH battles powerhouse Indonesia in Badminton Asia quarters

Feb 14, 2020 - 10:10 AM

A first-time qualifier, the Philippine badminton team hopes to score a major upset against top-ranked Indonesia

WINNING WAYS. UAAP standout Solomon Padiz tries to bring his champion act in the playoff round. Photo release

Padiz keys PH win in 2020 Badminton Asia Team Championships

Feb 12, 2020 - 11:35 PM

UAAP standout Solomon Padiz powers the Philippines to a come-from-behind triumph over Singapore

KEY COG. Solomon Padiz tows the Philippines to a 1-1 slate. Photo release