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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

Like father, like son: Sangiaos share same MMA passion

Apr 07, 2020 - 12:14 AM

Jhanlo Sangiao is treading the same path as his father and mixed martial artist Mark Sangiao, the coach of the famed Team Lakay

BONDED. Mark Sangiao and son Jhanlo share the same passion for mixed martial arts. Photo from Facebook/mark.sangiao

Team Lakay banners PH’s successful SEA Games kickboxing campaign

Dec 14, 2019 - 5:41 PM

Mentored by Team Lakay lynchpin Mark Sangiao, fighters Gina Iniong, Jerry Olsim and Jean Claude Saclag strike kickboxing gold in the 2019 SEA Games

Jerry Oslim of the Philippines wins the gold after defeating Klinming Sarayut of Thailand in the 30th SEA Games kickboxing -69 kg kick light class at the Cuneta Astrodome on December 9, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

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

'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

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

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Joshua Pacio motivated to revive Lakay’s ONE world title hunt

Apr 11, 2019 - 7:34 PM

Out to reclaim Team Lakay's lost glory, Joshua Pacio hopes to jumpstart the Baguio-based squad's winning run versus Yosuke Saruta

REVENGE. Joshua Pacio (right) aims to reclaim the ONE world strawweight title in a rematch bout against Japanese Yosuke Saruta. Photo release

Team Lakay opens 2019 with 2 straight losses at ONE Eternal Glory

Jan 20, 2019 - 11:12 PM

Joshua Pacio loses the strawweight belt to Japanese underdog Yosuka Saruta as Edward Kelly also bows to Singaporean Christian Lee

IN PHOTOS: The Year of Lakay

Dec 30, 2018 - 12:08 PM

In 2018, Baguio's Team Lakay proves that it's one of the best mixed martial arts stables in Asia

Team Lakay stalwart dies a hero

Dec 21, 2018 - 8:47 PM

Team Lakay's Igor Sebio Donga-el drowns in La Union after saving 3 people in his group

HERO. Igor Sebio Donga-el saves 3 lives from drowning in exchange for his own in La Union. Photo from Donga-el's Facebook

IN PHOTOS: Baguio City honors Team Lakay

Dec 04, 2018 - 9:21 PM

The ONE world champions and MMA stars bask in glory as they parade along the streets of Baguio City

GOLDEN STABLE. (from left) Strawweight World Champion Joshua Pacio, Flyweight World Champion Geje Eustaquio, Team Lakay founder and head coach Mark Sangiao, Bantamweight World Champion Kevin Belingon and World Lightweight Champion Eduard Folayang and Bantamweight Champion Stephen Loman raise their belts during their welcome victory parade in Baguio City on December 2, 2018. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

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

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

WATCH: Eduard Folayang side kicks his way to rebound win in ONE battle

May 19, 2018 - 1:12 AM

The Team Lakay stalwart recovers in a big way by topping Russia’s Kharun Atlangeriev via a unanimous decision

RELENTLESS. Filipino MMA star Eduard Folayang unleashes a flurry of side kicks to down Russia’s Kharun Atlangeriev. Photo from ONE Championship

Kevin Belingon destroys Andrew Leone at ONE Heroes of Honor

Apr 21, 2018 - 12:17 AM

Fellow Team Lakay stalwarts Honorio Banario, Gina Iniong also emerge victorious

NUMBER ONE. Kevin Belingon dominates former bantamweight world title challenger Andrew Leone. Photo by Richard Esguerra

Team Lakay's Danny Kingad faces new opponent in ONE championship

Mar 02, 2018 - 2:23 PM

'King' Kingad battles Sotir Kichukov of Bulgaria next week in the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur

TEAM LAKAY. Baguio boy

Joshua Pacio overwhelms Chinese newcomer in ONE Championship

Jan 26, 2018 - 11:55 PM

Pacio of Team Lakay uses a rear naked choke to take down Ming Qiang Lan


Martin Nguyen stuns Eduard Folayang to make ONE championship history

Nov 10, 2017 - 11:22 PM

Underdog Nguyen silences the Manila crowd when he knocks out hometown boy and heavily favored Folayang to become the 1st two-division king in ONE championship history

Brazil's Adriano Moraes retains ONE flyweight championship

Nov 10, 2017 - 10:56 PM

The Brazilian displays his superior ground game by swarming local boy Kingad, who submitted to a choke with still 15 seconds remaining in the opening round

STILL CHAMP. Brazil's Adriano Moraes drops Filipino foe to submission in first round. Image from Facebook.

Eduard Folayang retains ONE lightweight title, decisions Ev Ting

Apr 22, 2017 - 12:03 AM

Folayang has a triumphant homecoming win defeating Ev Ting in his first fight on Philippine soil in 3 years

STILL CHAMPION. Eduard Folayang retains his ONE Championship lightweight title with a decisiont win over Ev Ting. File photo by Edward Hilvano IV

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.

Team Lakay’s Mark Sangiao happy for ‘brother’ Eduard Folayang

Nov 14, 2016 - 2:01 PM

I almost cried Eduard is a brother to me says Mark Sangiao of Team Lakay

HAPPY TIMES. Trainer Mark Sangiao (L)  has been at Eduard Folayang's side in good times and bad. Photo from ONE Championship

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

Folayang’s win over Aoki: A knockout out of nowhere

Nov 13, 2016 - 2:12 PM

Folayang s victory over Aoki was something no one expected That it came by knockout was even more surprising

STAR OF THE NIGHT. Eduard Folayang (middle) beats the odds to become a champion. Photo from ONE Championship

WATCH: Eduard Folayang’s title-winning KO vs Shinya Aoki

Nov 12, 2016 - 3:11 PM

Folayang dethrones Aoki by way of third round technical knockout

CHAMP. Eduard Folayang in action against Shinya Aoki at ONE: Defending Honor. Photo from ONE Championship

Folayang ends Team Lakay’s title drought, becomes 5th homegrown MMA world champ

Nov 12, 2016 - 2:30 PM

Aside from handing Team Lakay its first championship victory since February 2013 Folayang becomes the fifth homegrown Filipino to win a world title in the sport

CHAMPION. Eduard Folayang of Team Lakay is world champion at last. Photo from ONE Championship

5 Team Lakay fighters booked for ONE Championship’s PH card in December

Oct 21, 2016 - 3:17 PM

Geje Eustaquio faces Toni Tauru while Honorio Banario matches up against Rajinder Singh Meena as part of the undercard

RETURN. Geje Eustaquio is hoping to put a two-fight losing streak behind him when he faces Malaysian Saiful Merican at Clash of Heroes. File photo by Nevin Reyes/Rappler

Eduard Folayang: Team Lakay's last hope to end championship drought

Oct 11, 2016 - 6:25 PM

Team Lakay s homegrown talents have lost 7 world title contests since 2013 but they re optimistic Folayang can turn things around

LAST HOPE. Eduard Folayang is Team Lakay's final straw in an attempt to break their 3-year championship drought in MMA. Photo from ONE Championship

Naito sees Pacio as future MMA world champion

Oct 10, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Naito sees Pacio having a gold plated strap around his waist someday

FUTURE WORLD CHAMP. Yoshitaka Naito (L) believes that Joshua Pacio (R) will be a world champion someday. Photo from ONE Championship

Naito on Pacio fight: 'I thought I was going to die'

Oct 09, 2016 - 7:40 PM

Naito endures two grueling rounds before pulling off a come from behind victory at ONE Championship s Myanmar card

NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE. Yoshitaka Naito (R) felt that he almost died in the fight against Filipino prospect Joshua Pacio. Photo from ONE Championship

Team Lakay coach satisfied with Pacio’s performance against Naito

Oct 09, 2016 - 6:10 PM

Pacio might have fallen short in the first world title fight of his budding career but Sangiao is pleased with his performance

SATISFIED. Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao is pleased with Joshua Pacio's performance, despite the loss to Yoshitaka Naito. Photo from ONE Championship

Joshua Pacio remains positive despite submission loss in ONE title fight

Oct 09, 2016 - 9:21 AM

It’s not a defeat I think of it as a lesson says Filipino fighter Joshua Pacio after losing to ONE Championship strawweight champ Yoshitaka Naito

BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD. Joshua Pacio has vowed to learn from his mistakes and increase his time in training after tapping out to Yoshitaka Naito in Myanmar. File photo from ONE Championship

ONE FC: Naito banks on experience against Pacio

Oct 06, 2016 - 3:15 PM

Japanese veteran Yoshitaka Naito doesn t want to be part of Joshua Pacio s history as the Filipino seeks to become the youngest Pinoy MMA champ

TITLE DEFENSE. Yoshitaka Naito will defend his ONE Championship strawweight title vs Filipino Joshua Pacio. Photo by ONE Championship

Sangiao: Folayang, Pacio out to win ONE Championship titles

Sep 27, 2016 - 1:51 PM

Despite the odds the Team Lakay coach is confident Folayang and Pacio will have their hands raised after solid preparations

DOUBLE CHAMPIONS. Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao is confident that Eduard Folayang and Joshua Pacio will become ONE Championship titleholders. Photos from ONE Championship, Edward Hilvano IV

Sityodtong: Team Lakay’s back-to-back title bouts milestone for PH MMA

Sep 25, 2016 - 12:14 AM

The Philippines may have two pure Pinoy fighters as champions by the end of the year

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

Team Lakay vets see Joshua Pacio copping ONE Championship gold

Sep 22, 2016 - 9:52 PM

Can Pacio make history? His Team Lakay s senior fighters seem to believe so

Sangiao not worried about hometown decision in Folayang's title bout

Sep 20, 2016 - 2:38 PM

Both men are scheduled to collide in the main event of ONE Championship’s Defending Honor card in Singapore

NOT BIASED. Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao shelves the idea of a biased result on the judges’ scorecards when Eduard Folayang takes on Shinya Aoki in the latter's home turf in Singapore. Photo by Edward Hilvano IV

Kevin Belingon eager for first win in 2 years – Team Lakay coach

Sep 20, 2016 - 12:54 PM

For Belingon’s second ONE Championship outing in 2016 he is set to duke it out with Tajikistan’s Muin Gafurov

TIME TO WIN. Will Kevin Belingon experience his first victory in two years at ONE: State of Warriors? Photo from ONE Championship

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 Buya

Upcoming title fights will erase past championship woes, says Team Lakay coach

Sep 11, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Team Lakay widely recognized in Philippine MMA scene due to its notable homegrown talents has lost 6 major title fights since 2013

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

Team Lakay coach saddened by Sangcha-an’s exclusion from UFC Manila 2

Sep 09, 2016 - 10:58 PM

The only homegrown Filipino in the UFC is not in the line up for the second Manila event in October

Roldan Sangcha-an will debut in the UFC later this month. Illustration by Nico Villarete

ONE FC: Pinoy fighter Edward Kelly KOs Dutch foe in Indonesia

Aug 28, 2016 - 11:25 AM

Filipino fighter Edward Kelly spoils the featherweight debut of Vincent Latoel

KO WIN. Edward Kelly scored a stunning KO at ONE Championship's "Titles and Titans." Photo from Kelly's Facebook profile

Jimmy Yabo happy to compete alongside Team Lakay in Macau

Aug 12, 2016 - 8:43 PM

Jimmy Yabo sees all of the Filipino fighters on ONE Championship s card in Macau as one team unified under flag

Osenio, Tan slated for ONE FC’s Malaysia card in September

Aug 10, 2016 - 11:41 PM

April Osenio squares off with Malaysian sensation Ann Osman while Trestle Tan faces Malaysia’s middleweight prospect Agilan Thani

Team Lakay coach has high hopes for Folayang to win in Macau

Aug 10, 2016 - 11:27 PM

Mark Sangiao coach of Team Lakay is optimistic of Folayang s chances

Banario ready to make big statement as lightweight, says Team Lakay coach

Aug 10, 2016 - 2:41 PM

The real challenge may still be on the horizon for Honorio Banario

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

Pitpitunge parts ways with PXC, inks one-bout gig with upstart MMA company

Aug 05, 2016 - 12:19 PM

Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao confirms the expiration of Pitpitunge s contract

WEIGHT ISSUES. Crisanto Pitpitunge is once again over the limit on the scale. File photo/Rappler

Eduard Folayang booked for ONE FC’s Macau card in August

Jul 18, 2016 - 7:11 PM

Three other Pinoys will also see action when ONE Championship promotes its first show in Macau

MACAU BOUND. Eduard Folayang will be part of ONE Championship's first show in Macau. File photo by Rappler

Folayang willing to stay with ONE FC, but eyes UFC Manila card

Jul 08, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Eduard Folayang wants to be featured on UFC s second show in the Philippines later this year