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Lee siblings unstoppable; Silva sends Catalan to 7th loss

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Angela Lee (Singapore, 4-0) is unstoppable! Finishes Tkhorevska (Poland, 3-2) with a rear naked choke


The Filipino fight fans finally had the opportunity to see why Singaporean Angela Lee is unstoppable.

Lee tried to showcase her striking skills to open the round but Tkhorevska had none of it. A huge overhand right and a straight by the Polish fighter rocked Lee. Being the stronger fighter, Lee immediately clinched Lena and was able to throw her with an overhead belly to belly suplex. Tkhorevska was able to reverse and move to side mount then moved to a north-south position. Lee, being a master on the mat, was able to trap Tkhorevska’s head with a leg scissors before letting go with 2:13 remaining in the round. Both fighters tried to attempt knee bars of their own but to no avail. The Polish strawweight is the first fighter ever to escape the first round against Lee.

Another takedown by Lee opened the second round but was again reversed by Tkorevska. An armbar attempt by the Brazilian Jiujitsu specialist was escaped by Tkorevska but Lee switched to side control. With 1:41 left, Angela Lee sunk a tight rear naked choke and resulted to a submission win. Her fourth finish in four fights.

Angela Lee was emotional after the fight as she dedicated this fight to Yang Jian Bing. “I happen to meet him during my debut fight. He’s a great guy and rest in peace.”

The Singaporean plans to take a break from action and promises that she will be fresh come the new year.

Puccibull (Brazil, 4-1) fends off “The Archangel” Engelen’s gallant stand (Indonesia, 3-1)


Evolve MMA’s Bruno Pucci was taller and younger compared to Indonesian Anthony Engelen. After a gallant stand by Engelen, he succumbs to the ground skills of Pucci in two rounds.

The Brazilian immediately goes for the shoot to open the match and was quickly able to lift Engelen for a takedown. From there, Engelen was able to wall walk his way back to his feet but “Puccibull” was able to secure the back of the Indonesian. Pucci sensing blood immediately went for a rear naked choke with three minutes to go. Engelen, not letting go of the opportunity of a life time, tried to fight out of the choke attempt. The Indonesian was able to survive the round even after multiple tight chokes by Pucci.

Again the fighter out of Evolve MMA took “the Archangel” down with ease to open the second stanza. The Brazilian immediately goes to side control while a sharp elbow at the three-minute mark cuts Angelen. 19 seconds later, Pucci was able to lock another rear naked choke for the submission win.

Alex “Little Rock” Silva (Brazil, 3-1) sends Ruel “The Wushu” Catalan (Philippines, 2-7) to seventh career loss


After a two and a half year absence, Alex Silva was rusty to say the least. Going against Wu-Shu fighter Ruel Catalan, Catalan was hungry for the win. However, it was not meant to be for Catalan as the Brazilian submitted him with a knee bar with a minute to spare in the first round.

Silva immediately went for the shoot to open the match but Catalan displayed great takedown defense early on. At the 1:05 mark, Catalan attempted a d’arce choke but to no avail. The wu-shu practitioner though was penalized with a yellow card by referee Yuji Shimata due to a sharp elbow to the back of Silva’s head.

After the break, Catalan connected with a huge right head kick. Nonetheless, Silva continued the pressure eventually securing a takedown after a leg trip. Catalan was able to reverse into the mount and connected with huge bombs. The Brazilian though was able to secure a grapevine on the Filipino’s knee eventually securing a knee bar for the submission win.

“It feels so great to fight once more,” Silva shared after the fight. “I’m just happy to be here especially since it’s my first time to fight here in Manila.”

Catalan though was disappointed and tried to laugh his seventh career loss off. “Salamat sa pagsuporta sa akin,” he said to the audience. “Sorry talaga. Babawi ako sa susunod.”

Christian “The Warrior” Lee (Singapore, 1-0) makes quick work of David Meak (Australian, 1-5)


Christian Lee has had high pressure on him ever since announcing his MMA debut. The younger brother of Angela Lee did not succumb to the pressure in making a huge impression in his debut.

The 17 year old Singaporean was quick on his feet, stalking Meak in the first few seconds of the match. At the 4:40 mark, Lee landed a solid left hook that made Meak retreat. Another left hook knocked the Australian out with 4:33 to spare for Lee’s first professional MMA win.

“I’m just so happy fighting right here in Manila,” Lee said after the match. “My whole game plan is to dictate the pace.”

“My sister and I are exciting fighters. When we have the opportunity, we attack!,” the 17 year old declared.

ONE Championship Spirt of Champions Recap
Dream realized! Vera wins ONE World Heavyweight Championship in Manila
ONE Spirit of Champions - Brandon Vera
Late replacement McLaren upsets Striegl
ONE Spirit of Champions - McLaren
Toquero thrills crowd; Mazepa outstrikes Julaton in lopsided match
ONE Spirit of Champions - Toquero
Lee siblings unstoppable; Silva sends Catalan to 7th loss
ONE Spirit of Champions - Christian Lee victorious

ONE Spirit of Champions FResults
December 11, 2015 – SM Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City


Women’s Strawweight bout: Angela Lee def. Lena Tkhorevska via second round submission by rear naked choke (3:26)
Featherweight bout: Bruno Pucci def. Anthony Engelen via second round submission by rear naked choke (2:19)
Flyweight bout: Alex Silva def. Ruel Catalan via first round submission by a knee bar (3:51)
Featherweight bout: Christian Lee def. David Meak via first round TKO (:27)

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Christian Standhardinger goes perfect from stripe in Hong Kong’s rout of Formosa

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After going a horrid 5-for-17 from the stripe during their first loss of the season last January 9, Christian Standhardinger made sure to make good on his free throws to power the Hong Kong Eastern Basketball Club to a dominant 99-79 rout of the Formosa Dreamers, Thursday evening in Southorn Stadium.

The 6-foot-8 Filipino-German, who tallied 37 points and 19 rebounds in the overtime loss to Saigon, went a perfect 9-for-9 from the foul line. He finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds.

The contest itself was not close, as the defending champions were able to impose their will on the bottom-ranked squad, leading by as much as 23 points, 93-70, after two free throws by Standhardinger with 2:58 remaining.

If Standhardinger was having a good day with his free throws, the entire Formosa squad could not say the same, going 13-of-27 from the line.

Tyler Lamb had 25 markers as well for Hong Kong, while Marcus Elliott grabbed a triple-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists.

Lenny Daniel paced Formosa with 25 points and 11 rebounds. World Import Ronnie Aguilar had 14 points and 16 rebounds but went just 5-for-14 from the field.

With the win, Hong Kong goes to 8-1, while the Dreamers fell to 1-8.

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Chooks-to-Go President hopes 3×3 World Cup breaks Philippine Arena record

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Last October 27, 2017, Game Seven of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals between heated rivals Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and Meralco Bolts saw 54,083 people troop to the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. The attendance broke all records for both the venue and the PBA.

Come June this year, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and Chooks-to-Go are hoping that the upcoming 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup will surpass that record.

“We look at 3×3 as our best hope, really, to get a medal in the Olympics. Kami naman sa Chooks, we are behind SBP realizing that dream. Kanina pinag-uusapan na, if we’re going to break the record in attendance,” said Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas on Thursday afternoon during a press conference held at BGC High Street in Taguig.

“I think the question there is not if we’re going to break, but how many more times. Because FIBA should see how passionate the Filipinos are about basketball. That’s a given,” one of the patrons of Gilas Pilipinas added.

Besides the event itself, the local government of Bulacan has pledged to make the week of the tournament filled with activities to celebrate the Philippines’ 120th year of Independence.

For their part, Chooks-to-Go vowed to help out the SBP in organizing the event and in building the team.

“We are throwing our support not to improve on our finish, but we want to help SBP organize, to win the championship — not just to improve our ranking,” Mascariñas shared.

And the experience he and his company gained after backing the Pilipinas 3×3 team during last year’s tournament will only help.

“In past tournaments, we’ve lost some games na maninipis lang talaga,” he recalled about the team composed of Kobe Paras, Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng, and JR Quinahan that competed in Nantes, France.

“This time around, with five months to go, we need to organize and put in the best t

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Ilocos United takes leave from PFL

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Another one bites the dust

After months of speculation, Ilocos United has formally announced their absence from the Philippines Football League for the 2018 season.

A statement signed by Ilocos Chief Executive Officer Tony Lazaro and posted on the club’s Facebook page broke the big news.

“Unfortunately, after months of negotiation, efforts to attract a new naming sponsor for the Team were unsuccessful,” the statement opened. “Consequently, it has become financially prohibitive to continue participation in the PFL.

“Primarily, the lack of broadcasting exposure in 2017 created an apprehension in the corporate community, cascading into a series of afflictions that has ultimately led to our withdrawal from the competition.”

Ilocos finished last during the inaugural season, tallying 1 win, 6 draws, and 21 losses with a -49 goal differential.

Still, Ilocos gave their thanks to those who supported the club during the inaugural PFL season.

“We are cautiously optimistic of a potential return to the PFL for the 2019 season, whereby secured broadcasting exposure will hopefully lead to higher confidence from potential sponsorship partners.”

While their PFL operations will fold for the time being, Ilocos will continue the grassroots programs they have started within the area. ¨In the meantime, the foundation of football development we helped to build in Ilocos will continue, including grassroots initiatives at local schools, women’s futsal, Special Olympics, and, of course, the IUFC Academy.¨

The latest development will be another big blow for the young league. Meralco Manila pulled out of the competition beforehand, and now Ilocos´ absence leaves only six teams in the competition.

Now more than ever, something needs to be done by the PFL or even the Philippine Football Federation to ensure the feasibility of the clubs and the league itself for years to come.

Football is a hard sport to build in the Philippines despite its resurgence since 2010. There are limited corporate boosters for the sport which is in dire need of a financial push to sustain its growth.

Ilocos´ leave and Meralco´s folding now forces local football´s stakeholders to take a step back and examine the next moves to build the sport.

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CJ Perez, Jaycee Marcelino in unison: D-League is a whole other level

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After falling just two games short of copping Lyceum’s first-ever NCAA crown, the Pirates went to the PBA D-League to gain experience. However, in their first foray in the second league, the Lyceans realized that it was a whole different beast.

Going up against the veteran-laden Marinerong Pilipino Skippers, the Zark’s Burgers-backed squad suffered a slow start as they adjusted to the tougher calls of the league. The Jawbreakers were down by as much as 17 points early in the third frame, 37-54.

“Yung physicality hindi naman ako masyadong nagulat pero sa mental toughness, yung pagod ka na, tapos may babanggga pa sa ‘yo, ang iniisip ko kailangan mas maging tough,” admitted reigning NCAA Most Valuable Player CJ Perez.

“Nangangapa kami nung una lahat kasi first game namin ito, pati dito sa court na ‘to first game din namin,” added Jaycee Marcelino.

It served as a wake-up call. Adjusting on the fly, Perez and Marcelino rallied the Jawbreakers back — even fashioning multiple attempts to take over the contest late in the game. However, they fell short, 92-94.

“Binalik lang namin yung laro namin dati, pass the ball, hindi yung puro dribble, i-run lang namin yung plays,” shared Marcelino, as he and Perez combined to score 16 points in the final frame.

The 21-year-old Marcelino finished with a game-high 20 points on an efficient 7-of-9 shooting to go along with four rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a block. The 24-year-old Perez added 19 points, five assists, two steals, and a block.

With their first game in the bag, the duo — and the rest of the Jawbreakers — now have the experience under their belts. And they plan to put in the work to prove that they belong.

“Sa NC naman kasi puro ka-level namin kalaro namin, dito puro beterano ang naglalaro,” said Marcelino. “Hindi talaga namin masabi na yung ginawa namin sa NC magagawa din namin dito.

“Mageextra work pa kami para masustain namin kung ano kami sa Lyceum.”

“It’s a good experience. Ibang iba pala talaga yung laro ng D-League sa NCAA,” expressed Perez, who is a consensus top three pick for the upcoming PBA Rookie Draft.

“Sobrang grateful kami na nakalaro na rin kami sa D-League.”

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