One Championship: Age of Domination


Tonight, all roads will lead to SM MOA Arena for the much-anticipated MMA event of the year – the One Championship: Age of Domination.

one-age-of-dominationHeadlining the event is the 39 year old mixed martial veteran 14-7-0, 1 NC professional record Brandon “The Truth” Vera, who is set to defend his ONE Heavyweight World Championship title against the yet undefeated Japanese fighter Hideki Sekine, who is making his One Championship debut. The Japanese heavyweight contender Hideki Sekine is unbeaten as a mixed martial artist with seven wins and no losses. For these two fighters, the match is all about their mixed martial arts skills. Brandon Vera with his devastating striking and well-rounded submission grappling skills againts Hideki Sekine with his brute strength and technical grappling ability.

The co-main event features the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes and Filipino-Australian bantamweight sensation Reece McLaren. McLaren has since come a long a way with two highly-impressive victories over top caliber opponents inside the ONE Championship cage, and this earned him a shot at the ONE Bantamweight World Championship title. Drawing inspiration from Team Lakay’s Eduard Folayang, McLaren takes on the spot against Fernandes who has has strung together eight straight victories including four exciting finishes, making him ONE’s longest reigning champion.

Next on the fight card is the 28-year-old Filipino MMA sensation Mark “Mugen” Striegl, who is one of the top fighters in the bantamweight and featherweight divisions. He returns to the ONE cage in a highly anticipated fight against professional MMA Brazilian Rafael Nunes. Striegl began his professional career on a 12-fight win streak and made a successful ONE Championship debut in 2014 against American Casey Suire. He now trains with Asia’s best world champions in Singapore. Nunez is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt, Nunes is equally comfortable finishing his opponents by submission or strikes. He looks to showcase his multi-faceted skill in his next bout, and will face a tough challenge when he takes on Mark Striegl.

Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio is back in the ONE cage, who is known as one of the highly skilled wushu fighters in the country. Training with the famous Team Lakay of Baguio, his solid striking and grappling skills will once again be put to test as he faces Toni “Dynamite” Tauru of Utti, Finland. A feared grappling specialist, Tauru is looking for his first victory inside the ONE Championship cage, but he will have to contend against Geje Eustaquio in order to get it.

Another of Team Lakay’s ward is Honorio “The Rock” Banario. With his vast cage experience, Banario possesses a high level-striking skill and a steadily improved grappling ability. As a former ONE Featherweight World Champion, Banario is an expert in wushu, and is ready to showcase his lightning-quick strikes against India’s Rajinder Singh Meena in the ONE Championship lightweight division. Meena possesses a robust grappling skill set and owns five impressive wins by submission. Will that be enough to topple down Banario?

Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly is one of the brightest featherweight prospects in the country. Complete with striking and grappling skills, Kelly will bring Team Lakay’s world-renowned wushu to centre stage. He takes on Jakarta’s Sunoto “The Terminator”. Kelly scored a one-punch knockout of veteran fighter Vincent Latoel during his last fight. Is it going to be a repeat against Sunoto, owns an MMA record of five wins and two losses, including three highly-impressive submission victories?

The Atomweight division features Team Lakay’s April Osenio and Taiwan’s Jenny Huang. Osenio impressively brought down her last opponent with a guillotine choke submission, highlighting her growing skills beyond the striking art of wushu. Not to be taken for granted, Huang tucks four wins and no losses under her belt and owns two impressive submission victories. This is going to be one exciting match!

Two Filipinos step up to the ONE cage in the flyweight division. With three wins and no loss in his resume, Danny Kingad of Team Lakay faces another standout Eugene Toquero. Coming off from his training camp in Baguio, Danny Kingad is a tremendous striker, operating out of his world-class wushu base. Eugene Toquero has great highlight-reel striking techniques and operates at a pace, which his opponents find hard to keep up with. An epic fight between the standouts, who will really standout?

Completing the fight card are flyweight fighters Liu Peng Shuai and Sim Bunsrun, who are set to do battle in a three-round bout. Liu is the Hefei Flyweight Tournament Champion, while the Cambodian Bunsrun is a winner of his last two fights including an impressive first-round submission in his promotional debut.

The pre-event fight features the 18-year-old Chinese fighter Xie Bin who takes on Indonesia’s Mario Satya Wirawan. Xie last appeared in a tremendous contest against Casey Suire, while Wirawan went to battle with Burn Soriano. Both fighters are looking to get back on track with a victory.

For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit www.onefc.com. For live Twitter and Instagram updates, @ONEChampionship. Or like One Championship on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ONEChampionship.

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Ben Askren Overcomes Tremendous Challenge from Nikolay Aleksakhin


Ben Askren defeats Nikolay Aleksakhin by Unanimous Decision in Catchweight Super Fight (85.3kg)

Ben Askren defeats Nikolay Aleksakhin by Unanimous Decision in Catchweight Super Fight (85.3kg)

In the main event of last Friday’s ONE Championship: Global Rivals, United States’ Ben “Funky” Askren overcame a tremendous effort from Nikolay Aleksakhin of Seltso, Russia to win by unanimous decision in a five-round Super Fight. Askren put on an amazing display of high-level wrestling to score on multiple takedowns, maintaining control of Aleksakhin on the ground while doing damage from the mounted crucifix position. Aleksakhin connected on a few solid strikes, but it wasn’t enough to trump Askren’s overall solid performance.

In a much-awaited bantamweight match up, Team Lakay’s Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio completely outclassed top Malaysian prospect Gianni Subba in an exciting three-round bout in front of Eustaquio’s home crowd at SM MOA Arena. Eustaquio kept Subba at bay all night at the end of his lightning fast kicks and sharp counterpunching. Subba could not get his offense going as Eustaquio dominated from end-to-end to earn the unanimous decision.

Geje Eustaquio defeats Gianni Subba by Unanimous Decision in the Bantamweight match.

Geje Eustaquio (red shorts) defeats Gianni Subba by Unanimous Decision in the Bantamweight match.

Lightweight standout Lowen Tynanes of Ewa Beach, Hawaii defeated highly-regarded Japanese veteran Koji “The Commander” Ando by unanimous decision in a gruelling contest. Tynanes used his superior wrestling skills to control the action in the cage, while also getting the better of Ando in the stand-up with his powerful leg kicks and straight right hand. After three rounds, Ando couldn’t amount to much as Tynanes ran away with the judges’ nod.

Filipino-Australian fighter Reece “Lightning” McLaren showed the world that he is an absolute force to be reckoned with by dominating former combat sambo world champion Muin “Tajik” Gafurov over three rounds. McLaren completely shut down Gafurov with his impeccable mat and cage control, displaying a high-level grappling game that Gafurov had no answer to. McLaren wins a unanimous decision in a very technical affair.

A memorable lightweight contest ensued between Filipino combatants Honorio “The Rock” Banario and Vaughn “The Spawn” Donayre. Banario dominated the striking exchanges, landing the right hand over the top frequently and with good, solid power. The former featherweight champion also controlled action on the ground, almost finishing the fight with an armbar submission, showcasing his improved grappling. In the end, Banario did just enough to earn the unanimous decision.

In an intense, crowd-pleasing fight, Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen and China’s Li Kai Wen brought fans up to their feet with a display of fierce and explosive striking exchanges. The two fighters unloaded on each other from the opening bell. As they traded blows, Li dropped Nguyen with a punch but Nguyen was able to withstand the damage and recover. Once on the ground, Nguyen’s superiority showed as he was able to control Li’s back and finish the fight with punches from the top.

Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio debuted for ONE Championship with a solid victory over Rabin Catalan, remaining an unbeaten young prospect. Pacio controlled the action from top position after scoring on a big slam over Catalan, landing some heavy blows in the first round. In the second round, Pacio again scored with a big overhead slam. This time, Pacio was able to step over into mount and finish the fight with ground-and-pound.

April Osenio defeats Natalie Gonzales Hills by Submission (Armbar) at 3:23 minutes of round 1 in the Women’s Atomweight bout.

April Osenio defeats Natalie Gonzales Hills by Submission (Armbar) at 3:23 minutes of round 1 in the Women’s Atomweight bout.

Team Lakay’s lady warrior April Osenio impressed the crowd with vastly improved grappling skills to win by submission over British-Filipina fighter Natalie Gonzales Hills in a battle of female atomweights. Although Hills was able to take Osenio down successfully, it was Osenio who was dangerous on the back. In her rubber guard, Osenio needed only a brief moment to latch on the fight-ending armbar.

Indonesia’s Sunoto overcame an ill-advised kimura attempt by Filipino contender Burn “Hitman” Soriano to win by technical knockout. After Sunoto found himself in mount position, the Indonesian fighter unloaded a volley of strikes to force the stoppage just minutes into the first round.

Team Lakay’s Danny Kingad made an impressive ONE Championship debut with a victory over Malaysia’s Muhamad Haidar to kick off an exciting evening at ONE: GLOBAL RIVALS. Kingad showcased his wrestling ability by shooting for a double-leg takedown and taking Haidar for a ride with two emphatic slams before finishing the Malaysian off with ground-and-pound.

Official results for ONE: GLOBAL RIVALS

  • Catchweight Super Fight (85.3kg): Ben Askren defeats Nikolay Aleksakhin by Unanimous Decision
  • Bantamweight bout: Geje Eustaquio defeats Gianni Subba by Unanimous Decision
  • Lightweight bout: Lowen Tynanes defeats Koji Ando by Unanimous Decision
  • Bantamweight bout: Reece McLaren defeats Muin Gafurov by Unanimous Decision
  • Lightweight bout: Honorio Banario defeats Vaughn Donayre by Unanimous Decision
  • Featherweight bout: Martin Nguyen defeats Li Kai Wen by TKO (Strikes) at 4:44 minutes of round 1
  • Catchweight bout (57.4kg): Joshua Pacio defeats Rabin Catalan by TKO (Strikes) at 3:19 minutes of round 2
  • Women’s Atomweight bout bout: April Osenio defeats Natalie Gonzales Hills by Submission (Armbar) at 3:23 minutes of round 1
  • Catchweight bout (67.3kg): Sunoto defeats Burn Soriano by TKO (Strikes) at 3:50 minutes of round 1
  • Flyweight bout: Danny Kingad defeats Muhamad Haidar by TKO (Strikes) at 2:20 minutes of round 1

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ONE World Welterweight Champion Ben Askren Goes Head-to-head with Russia’s Nikolay Aleksakhin in One: Global Rivals


ONE Championship™ (ONE) announces its fightcard for the upcoming ONE: Global Rivals happening on April 15, 2016 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. Headlining the event are ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren who is set to defend his title against the Nikolay Aleksakhin of Russia.

ONE Championship CEO Victor Cui is proud that the promotion has “an absolutely stacked card planned for fight fans in Manila for another awesome night of MMA.”

“Each time, our Manila show gets bigger and better, and this year is no exception,” Cui added.

An Olympian, Ben Askren is a collegiate wrestling legend and is one of the finest mixed martial artists in the world today. In just a few stints in ONE, Askren had seized the ONE Welterweight World Championship with a resounding technical knockout victory over Nobutatsu Suzuki. He is widely considered to be the absolute best in his division and one of the best fighters in the world pound for pound. His next challenge is tough one as he goes head-to-head with Russia’s Nikolay Alekskhin.

Nikolay Aleksakhin is a veteran welterweight fighter and will make his highly-anticipated return to the One Championship cage this April. He made in impressive debut when he submitted Burenzorig Batmunkh with a rear naked choke in just three rounds.

With Askren and Aleksakhin for the final fight, MMA fans are in for a huge and intense action.

Team Lakay’s bantamweight Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio is one of the most proficient Wushu practitioners in the Philippines. Eustaquio’s accurate striking and cool composure has led him to a few big wins over the course of his career in ONE Championship. In his last bout, Eustaquio scored a scintillating one-punch knockout over Malaysian prospect Saiful Merican. He’s pitted to face Gianni Subba and looks forward to replicate his previous wins.

Gianni Subba is one of the most promising prospects at ONE. At just 23-years old, Subba is already a seasoned athlete with a stellar 7-1 clip in his young career. He has won his last four bouts and in his last outing, he defeated the highly-regarded Anatpong Bunrad of Thailand. These two talented and skillful fighters are surely going to heat up the ONE cage.

Lowen Tynanes of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, is a 25-year old unbeaten lightweight competitor and one of the most talented fighters in his division. Tynanes uses his aggressive striking approach and no-frills wrestling techniques to subdue his opponents inside the cage. He has defeated some of the biggest names in Asia, and now he is scheduled to take on Japanese veteran Koji Ando.

Koji “The Commander” Ando is one of Japan’s fiercest competitors, having been a mixed martial artist since 2008. The Japanese fighter is never in a boring fight and always remains a threat no matter who the opponent. With an array of diverse striking skills coupled with solid submission grappling credentials, Ando is ready to claim victory once again inside the ONE Cage.

Featherweight standout Eric “The Natural” Kelly of Baguio City is highly-regarded as perhaps the best homegrown mixed martial artist to come out of the Philippines. The Filipino matches his solid striking techniques with a high-level grappling game, which has resulted in 9 submissions out of 12 victories. Kelly is on the trail for a shot at the featherweight title, but he’ll have to go through Timofey Nastyukhin to get it.

Russia’s Timofey Nastyukhin has notched a series of ferocious finishes since joining ONE Championship, including technical knockouts of top fighters Eduard Folayang and Yusuke Kawanago. He fell short of victory in his last bout against Herbert Burns and Nastyukhin now returns to action against one of the biggest names in the Philippines.

24-year-old Filipino-Australian bantamweight standout Reece “Lightning” McLaren scored the biggest win of his young career in his last bout, a submission victory over Mark “Mugen” Striegl. McLaren showcased great striking skills paired with a technical ground game which resulted in a spectacular come-from-behind finish. McLaren now gets the chance to connect with his Filipino roots as he takes on Muin Gafurov in Manila.

Muin “Tajik” Gafurov of Dushanbe, Tajikistan proved in his ONE Championship debut that he is a relentless, aggressive fighter with solid all-round mixed martial arts skills. He is unbeaten at 10 wins and no losses and is a force to be reckoned with at bantamweight. In his last bout, Gafurov defeated Finnish MMA sensation Toni “Dynamite” Tauru via technical knockout and now he looks to do the same against Reece McLaren.

Team Lakay’s Honorio “The Rock” Banario has long been one of the Philippines’ most respected mixed martial arts veterans. The former ONE Featherweight World Champion, Banario is back and ready to show fans exactly what he’s been working on in the past few months since his last fight. An expert in Wushu, Banario will showcase his lightning quick strikes against fellow Filipino fighter, Vaughn Donayre.

Lightweight standout Vaughn “The Spawn” Donayre is a Filipino mixed martial artist based in Dubai. The Cebu native quit his mechanical engineering job to become a fighter. Donayre is highly regarded as an exciting mixed martial artist constantly in pursuit of a finish and in his next bout, he takes on Filipino MMA veteran Honorio Banario.

Team Lakay’s April Osenio made her much awaited ONE Championship debut against Singapore’s Kirstie Gannaway last year. Although Osenio fell short of victory, the 21-year-old female atomweight learned a lot in her first time inside the ONE Cage. Osenio now looks for her first victory, but it will have to come against fellow Filipino Natalie Gonzales Hills.

Filipino-Australian Natalie Gonzales Hills is a worthy female atomweight contender with a solid record. Her two wins inside the cage have both come by submission, with her ground game proving to be an asset. Aside from grappling, Hills also boasts high-level striking technique to round out her skillset. Against April Osenio, Hills will have to dig deep to emerge victorious.

Young prospect Bernard “Hitman” Soriano of the Philippines will take on Indonesian Sunoto in a three round bantamweight contest, while Team Lakay flyweight Danny Kingad makes his ONE Championship debut against Muhamad Haidar of Malaysia to kick off what should be an action-packed evening of world-class mixed martial arts.

Tickets for ONE: GLOBAL RIVALS are available at http://www.smtickets.com.

Fans from around the world can witness the action online via live streaming at http://www.onefc.com/livestream. The event will be available for purchase at just US$9.99. For more updates on ONE Championship™, please visit http://www.onefc.com and follow Twitter and Instagram @ONEFCMMA and Facebookatwww.facebook.com/ONEFCMMA

Koji Oishi Knocks Out Honorio Banario to Retain One FC Featherweight World Championship


ONE Fighting Championship™Plus: Filipino warriors Kevin Belingon, Eduard Folayang and Geje Eustaquio successful in front of hometown crowd.

Also: South African Vuyisile Colossa dedictes victory to late Nelson Mandela.

ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC), captivated the packed crowd in attendance at the state-of-the-art MOA Arena in Manila, Philippines for ONE FC: MOMENT OF TRUTH. Fans were treated to a night of exhilarating action, culminating in a much anticipated rematch between Philippines’ first MMA world champion, Honorio Banario and Koji Oishi for the ONE FC Featherweight World Championship. Oishi knocked out Banario again, this time in the third round, to retain his title.

CEO of ONE Fighting Championship™, Victor Cui, stated “ONE FC: MOMENT OF TRUTH was a monumental night for ONE FC and caps off a record-breaking 2013. The audience in the MOA Arena was on the edge of their seats the entire night as they witnessed jaw-dropping knockouts and slick submissions. You will not believe what we have lined up for 2014 and I can’t wait to share the exciting news in the near future!”

Koji Oishi, ONE Fighting Championship™ Featherweight Champion

Koji Oishi, ONE Fighting Championship™ Featherweight Champion

The main event began tentatively as the fighters were cautious of their opponent in this high-stakes bout. Oishi landed several significant strikes in the second round, and finished the job in the third with a right hook. Oishi becomes the first champion in ONE FC history to successfully defend his world championship title.

In a battle between two of the best mixed martial artists in ONE FC’s Bantamweight division, Philippines’ Kevin Belingon emerged victorious against Spain’s David Aranda. Belingon asserted his striking superiority early and knocked out the previously undefeated David Aranda with a vicious left hook.

Hometown favorite Eduard Folayang returned to his winning ways with a dominant victory over Vincent Latoel. The Team Lakay Lightweight added a new weapon to his arsenal by mixing takedowns with his unorthodox Wushu-based striking. He managed to take Latoel to the ground for all three rounds and neutralized Latoel, who could barely muster any offence. Folayang was awarded the unanimous decision victory, much to the delight of the Filipino fans in attendance.

Vuyisile Colossa paid tribute to the late Nelson Mandela

Vuyisile Colossa pays tribute to the late Nelson Mandela prior to the fight.

Vuyisile Colossa paid tribute to the late Nelson Mandela prior to his bout against Caros Fodor, walking out to the South African national anthem. Colossa, who is a Muay Thai world champion, won the early striking exchanges as he used his kicks to dictate the striking range. Fodor succeeded with one takedown in the second round, although Colossa continued to pepper his opponent with leg kicks. The third round belonged to the South African Colossa, who battered Fodor with his patent knees and elbows in the clinch to earn a unanimous decision victory. In his post-fight interview, the emotional Colossa dedicated the win to the former South African president Mandela for all he has done for “the brothers and sisters in South Africa”.

Geje Eustaquio showed off his newly acquired wrestling skills in his Flyweight bout against fellow Filipino Eugene Toquero. He took Toquero down on numerous occasions in the first round, and applied a heel hook submission that could have ended the bout had it not been for the bell to conclude the round. Eustaquio continued to control proceedings in the second round, getting superior positioning on the ground and in landing blows on the feet. The 26 year-old found his punching range in the third round, and he was the victor on all three of the judges’ scorecard.

Australia’s Thanh Vu and South Korea’s Dae Hwan Kim put on one of the most exciting back-and-forth bouts in ONE FC’s history. Both fighters had their moments in a series of wild striking exchanges in the first round. After a rousing ovation from the fans during the interval, both combatants entered the second round with renewed purpose. Dae Hwan Kim landed a perfect boxing combination that had Thanh Vu backpedaling. The resilient Vu finally succumbed to a rear-naked choke four minutes and ten seconds into the second round.

The heavyweight clash between Paul Cheng and Alain Ngalani kicked off the main card. Cheng initiated the takedown attempts but it was Ngalani who spent most of the first round on top of Cheng. Cheng finally got the superior control on the ground in the final minute of the first round following Ngalani’s missed spinning wheel kick attempt.  The towering Taiwanese was relentless in his striking from back mount, prompting a verbal submission from Ngalani with only six seconds left in the first round.

After a controversial finish in the bout between Khim Dima and Rene Catalan earlier this year, Ruel Catalan earned revenge for his brother by defeating the Cambodian Dima in their grudge match. He dispatched of his opponent by dropping repeated strikes from full guard which Dima had no answer for. Herbert Burns, who was a late replacement, made quick work of his opponent Edward Kelly. The Jiu-Jitsu black belt showcased his grappling prowess and locked in a rear-naked choke just 44 seconds into the bout. The final preliminary contest saw Koetsu Okazaki defeat Guam’s Joshua Alvarez in an exciting back-and-forth contest. Alvarez, who was making his ONE FC debut, swung wildly but the wily veteran Okazaki won most of the grappling exchanges. He stuck onto Alvarez’s back for much of round 2, and jumped at the opportunity to sink in a rear-naked choke that forced the tap out.

Visit the official ONE FC: MOMENT OF TRUTH photo gallery at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ogw4tb66e3467d5/JtQIQiN8uQ

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Here are the Official results for ONE FC: MOMENT OF TRUTH: 

  1. ONE FC Featherweight World Championship bout: Koji Oishi defeats Honorio Banario by Knockout at 1:43 minutes of round 3
  2. Bantamweight bout: Kevin Belingon defeats David Aranda by Knockout at 2:53 minutes of round 1
  3. Lightweight bout: Eduard Folayang defeats Vincent Latoel by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 minutes of round 3
  4. Lightweight bout: Vuyisile Colossa defeats Caros Fodor by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 minutes of round 3
  5. Flyweight bout: Geje Eustaquio defeats Eugene Toquero by Unanimous Decision at 5:00 minutes of round 3
  6. Bantamweight bout: Dae Hwan Kim defeats Thanh Vu by Submission (Rear-naked choke) at 4:10 minutes of round 2
  7. Heavyweight bout: Paul Cheng defeats Alain Ngalani by Submission (Strikes) at 4:54 minutes of round 1
  8. Bantamweight bout: Koetsu Okazaki defeats Joshua Alvarez by Submission (Rear-naked choke) at 3:13 minutes of round 2
  9. Flyweight bout:  Ruel Catalan defeats Khim Dima by TKO at 3:35 minutes of round 1
  10. Featherweight bout: Herbert Burns defeats Edward Kelly by Submission (Rear-naked choke) at 0:44 minutes of round 1

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