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OneFC 23: Survival Kit



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It’s that time of the year once again. The Manila show of the premiere mixed martial arts league in the world today is here.

Still not convinced that this card is stacked? Here’s 5 reasons to stay-in on a Friday night to watch the event on FOX sports OR BETTER YET head-on to the Mall of Asia Arena to watch the 10-deep card live!

Ana Julaton and Jujeath Nagaowa look to start the night off with a bang

Remember the time when women fighting in MMA were seen as barbaric? Time’s have changed and for the better! As seen in the UFC, women’s MMA has provided a whole new level of excitement with their amazing pace and great technical work that fight fans enjoy.

This year’s card features two Filipina fighters. In the women’s atomweight division, Cambodia’s first woman mixed martial artist Tharoth Sam will face the young Jujeath Nagaowa. In the women’s flyweight division, former WBO and IBO Women’s Super Bantamweight Champion Ana Julaton looks to display her improved wrestling defense against Egyptian boxing champion Walaa Abbas in what’s sure to be a stand-and-bang affair.

And these are just the two matches in the prelims! This card’s stacked!

Team Lakay is out to seek vengeance

Last year’s OneFC 9: Rise to Power was a disaster for Filipino fight fans. All Filipino fighters were shutout of a win that night. That fight night was depressing, really depressing.

If the Filipino fans felt that way after that night, what more did the fighters and coaches of one of the best camps in Asia, Team Lakay, feel that night? If there’s a deeper word than depressed, that would be the word for it. That night, the camp’s best fighter Eduard Folayang was overmatched by UFC veteran Kamal Shalorus, bantamweight standout Kevin Belingon lost a close decision to eventual OneFC Bantamweight GP winner Masakatsu Ueda, and to cap the night of unfortunate events, the first Filipino MMA world champion Honorio Banario was upset by current OneFC featherweight king Koji Oishi. The latter was not just an upset, Banario got KTFO’d!

Fast forward to one-and-a-half years later, “Landslide” Folayang was able to string two straight wins against Vincent Latoel and Kotetsu Boku during Moment of Truth and Rise of Heroes respectively. “The Silencer” Belingon went 1-1 with the sole loss coming from a careless submission loss to Korean prospect Dae Hwan Kim during Rise of Heroes.

But poor Honorio Banario, “The Rock” lost in the rematch for the World Featherweight Championship against Koji Oishi. What’s more shocking is that the loss was a mirror image of how he lost in the first encounter as seen in the videos below:
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Team Lakay is looking to sweep the night according to an interview we did during the open workout last Tuesday. Folayang will face Timofey Nastykhin, a FILA Pankration Champion and 7-1 in his career. Belingon will square-off against Shooto World Featherweight Champion Koetsu Okazaki. And finally, and we’re all rooting for him, Honorio Banario looks to bounce back in facing Brazilian submission expert, the 4-0, Herbert Burns.

Gracie HuntingGracie-McSweeney

Ever since the early days of the UFC and before Pride FC shut down, every martial artist wants to beat a Gracie, ANY GRACIE. It started with Ken Shamrock to Kazushi Sakuraba to Matt Hughes, all wanted a piece of the first family of Brazilian jiujitsu. Beating a Gracie in an MMA match is certainly a great addition to any MMA fighter’s resume.

In a classic grappler vs. striker match, Roger Gracie will face former Ultimate Fighter 10 contestant James McSweeney, who surprisingly has an excellent 20-10 record after going into the Ultimate Fighter house with just a 4-7 record. McSweeney looks to hunt down a Gracie to add to his resume.

The Truth is finally set free!

First off, we can’t wait for this song to blast through the arena with Brandon Vera walking out in home soil.

After years of being in the UFC, finally Brandon Vera will compete in his home country.

Vera lost his last two fights, getting lost on whether he’s a heavyweight or a light heavyweight against world-class fighters Ben Rothwell and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. In his coming home party, Brandon Vera will face the current URCC Heavyweight Champion Igor Subora in the night’s co-main event.

Bibiano Fernandez is back!BW-Championship

Is Bibiano Fernandez in love with the Philippines? We think so! Out of the last 3 matches of Fernandez, 2 took place in the Philippines. It’s always a treat for Filipino fight fans to watch the #5 ranked bantamweight in the world every time he steps foot in the cage.

Fernandez will take on a dangerous opponent tonight as he defends the world bantamweight championship against the unbeaten Dae Hwan Kim. Yes, the same guy who defeated Kevin Belingon during Rise of Heroes.
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ONEFC 23: Warrior’s Way
Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City

Fight Card and Weigh-in Results

World Bantamweight Championship
Bibiano Fernandez (134 lbs) Brazil, 16-3 vs. Dae Hwan Kim (134 lbs) Korea, 10-0-1

Heavyweight Bout
Brandon Vera (243 lbs)Philippines, 12-7 1NC vs. Igor Subora (223 lbs)Ukraine, 5-1

Lightweight Bout
Timofey Nastyukhin (154 lbs) Russia, 7-1 vs. Eduard Folayang (154 lbs)Philippines, 14-4

Light Heavyweight Bout
Roger Gracie (205 lbs) Brazil, 6-2 vs. James McSweeney (205 lbs) United Kingdom, 20-10

Bantamweight Bout
Koetsu Okazaki (134 lbs)Japan, 10-3-1 vs. Kevin Belingon (134 lbs)Philippines, 12-4

Featherweight Bout
Herbert Burns (145 lbs*) Brazil, 4-0 vs. Honorio Banario (145 lbs)Philippines, 8-4

Light Heavyweight Bout
Jake Butler (205 lbs)USA, 4-1 vs. Sylvain Potard (205 lbs) France, 6-3

Flyweight Bout
Dejdamrong sor Amnuaysirichoke (124 lbs) Thailand, 3-0 vs. Rene Catalan (125 lbs)Philippines, 0-1 1NC

Women’s Flyweight Bout
Walaa Abbas (125 lbs) Egypt, 2-1 vs. Ana Julaton (125 lbs) Philippines, 1-1

Women’s Atomweight Bout
Tharoth Sam (105 lbs) Cambodia, 2-0 vs. Jujeath Nagaowa (105 lbs)Philippines, 1-0

*Burns in his 1st attempt weighed 146 lbs. He was able to make weight in his 2nd attempt.

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Composed Ceres-Negros expels Shan United in shootout victory



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2017 AFC ASEAN Zone Champions Ceres-Negros banked on their poise and composure from the spot as they knocked out Myanmar’s Shan United via a 4-3 penalty shootout (1-1 after extra time) triumph, Tuesday evening at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.

The Negrenses punched their ticket to Brisbane, Australia after emerging the better spotkick takers. Four Busmen were on target, while two of their Shan Warriors counterparts fluffed their lines.

The two domestic champions were inseparable after 120 minutes, with the hosts holding their own against the Philippine champions. Ceres-Negros looked the more dominant of the two teams. However, they couldn’t make the advantage count where it mattered, as they failed to breach the sturdy Shan United defense inside the first two regulation halves.

The visitors were visibly more comfortable in the first half, but with the scores staying level at the break, the less-fancied Myanmar champions eventually found their footing in the encounter. While there were several half-chances from either side to open the scoring, both defenses remained defiant en route to unwanted extra time.

“It was a tough game. We weren’t ready to play 120 minutes because we only had four training sessions before the game but everytime we wear this jersey, we represent Ceres, we represent Bacolod, we represent the Philippines, so we have to give our best,” Ceres’ defender Carli de Murga elaborated to the Inquirer after the match. The Asian Football season has yet to start, and with both teams not too busy with pre-season preparations, rust and fatigue in a demanding affair were evident.

Come extra time, Ceres-Negros took the initiative when Stephan Schröck’s deflected effort went past the helpless Thiha Si Thu just three minutes into the first half.

Nonetheless, the hosts refused to go down without a fight, and their resilience was rewarded later in the opening half. Substitute Patrick Asare found the back of the net to restore parity in Yangon.

Another 15 minutes of goalless action took place in the second half as both teams looked more cautious, perhaps with the collective aim of avoiding a costly error or two. Among all the chances, Schröck’s in the 114th minute may have proved to be the closest to changing the scores, as his attempt shaved the post.

Shan United took to the spot first, where Asare made his penalty attempt count. Nay Lin Tun also made his, but not before teammate Chizoba smashed his attempt over Toni Doblas’ goal.

While the hosts squandered a shot, the visitors remained calm in front of a hostile Myanmar crowd. De Murga, Schröck and Mike Ott nailed their turns, with Marañon also not missing a vital kick from 12 yards.

It set up William Biassi Nyakwe, the man credited with the own goal when he deflected Schröck’s opener, with the chance to prolong his team’s campaign in the AFC Champions League. Unfortunately for him, he couldn’t atone for his earlier mistake, as his attempt soared high and wide — much to the delight of the visiting team from Bacolod, the Philippines.

The reward for Ceres-Negros is a trip to Queensland, Australia, where they will seek to do one better than compatriots Global-Cebu. The 2016 Philippine champions also played against the Brisbane Roar, who dealt them a staggering 6-0 hammering this time last year. The match will be held at the Suncorp Stadium on January 23.

As for Shan United, a spot in the AFC Cup Group Stage awaits them and they may not have seen the last of Ceres-Negros just yet. If the Negrenses lose to either Brisbane Roar or Tianjin Quanjian, they will be reacquainted with the Burmese champions in Group F.

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Abu Tratter plans to work his way to 2023 by continuing to do ‘the dirty work’



Abu Tratter may have missed the jersey-giving ceremony that the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas held for the 23 for 2023 cadets last Monday but he made sure to help out when the current batch needed him the most.

After helping the Marinerong Pilipino Skippers win the Sinulog Cup in Cebu a week ago, the 6-foot-7 Filipino-American did not hesitate to heed Gilas’ call, as they were undermanned for their second session in preparation for the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

“I think it’s just an honor to put on this jersey, to be able to represent our country, to possibly represent our country in the future. It’s an honor,” shared the Laguna-native.

The 25-year old, who just celebrated his birthday last January 9, admitted that he was in awe of the talent inside the Meralco Gym. Like a fan, he wanted to take a few photo ops with the senior team’s Gabe Norwood and June Mar Fajardo.

“Actually, at first I was just shocked to see June Mar and Gabe, just to be able to be in the midst of them,” gushed the former DLSU Green Archer, who will suit-up for Marinerong Pilipino in the D-League. “I even asked them for a picture, and hopefully they’ll still give me one.

“It’s just humbling, definitely.”

However, the work has only began for Tratter. With five years to go until the 2023 FIBA World Cup, the two-time UAAP champion plans to continue to do what he does best — be the same scrapper that he is and hopefully catch the eye of Gilas’ brass.

“I think just doing the dirty work, of course. Giving whatever the team needs, rebound or any steals, any thing a dirty player would need to pick up on,” he said.

“That’s how it is, garbage into gold. Get anything, sweep up anything and try to put it back.”

Moreover, he will continue answering the call when Gilas needs him, as he himself is learning a lot from being surrounded by the country’s topflight cagers.

“Whenever I can. I want to be able to absorb all the information coming from here and hopefully apply it in the D-League and hopefully apply it on future practices, future games.”

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2018 FIBA 3X3 World Cup

Terrence Romeo invited to join Pilipinas 3×3 for World Cup



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Scoring sensation Terrence Romeo has been invited by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to join the Philippine team in the upcoming FIBA 3X3 World Cup, according to Philippine Star columnist Quinito Henson.

Romeo, who is currently out due to a right knee injury, has been in rehabilitation and is expected to miss the entire Philippine Cup campaign of the Globalport Batang Pier and the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers.

“Baka sa second conference na ko makabalik kasi talagang gusto ko malakas ako pagbalik ko,” the 25-year-old shared during Chooks-to-Go Live last January 2.

SBP Executive Director Sonny Barrios personally met with the 6-foot guard, inviting him to be part of the Philippine team.

Romeo has plenty of 3×3 basketball experience under his belt.

Back in 2014, Romeo was part of the Manila West 3×3 team during the Manila Masters. He was adjudged as the tournament Most Valuable Player.

The 2018 3X3 World Cup will take place from June 8-12 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

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Red Spikers extinguish Blazers for second win



Shaking off a forgettable outing against the Perpetual Help Altas last January 11, the San Beda College Red Spikers vented their ire on defending champions College of Saint Benilde Blazers in four sets, 25-15, 25-16, 23-25, 26-24, and claimed their second win of the season, Friday afternoon at the FilOil Flying V Centre.

“Sabi ng coaches kalimutan na yung talo,” shared captain Lorenze Santos of what transpired after that match.

So, in this game, the San Beda team poured on what they worked hard for to regain momentum. “Binuhos po namin lahat ng ginawa namin sa training [ngayon].”

After tight starts in all the first two sets, the Mendiola-based side pulled away to register the seemingly insurmountable 2-0 lead.

Nonetheless, summoning the heart of a champion and led by seniors Isaah Arda and Jethro Orian, the reigning champions pulled off gritty runs to snag the third set and making a tussle of the fourth.

Ultimately, Adrian Viray virtually ended the match with a vicious serve, which the Blazers failed to convert.

The prolific outside hitter finished with 17 points, 11 coming from attacks and five off blocks. Former skipper Mark Encino also registered 17 markers.

The Red Spikers (2-1) will face the Mapua University, also at 2-1, on Friday, January 19.

Orian was such a presence at the net, ending up with 20 points for the Taft-based squad.

The defending champions Blazers (2-1) will try to bounce back later that day against San Sebastian College (0-3).

The Scores:

SBC 3 – Viray 17, Enciso 17, Santos 11, Patenio 7, Amagan 7, Desuyo 3, Zabala 0, Genobaten 0, Manliclic 0, Casin L.

CSB 1 – Orian 20, Arda 18, Bacani 6, Basilan 4, Bautista 4, Magsino 2, Martinez 0, Garcia 0, San Miguel 0, Saldavia 0, Dy L.

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