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The Truth has been set free! Fernandes retains the OneFC BW Crown



One of the biggest mixed martial arts promotions in the world, One Fighting Championship held its penultimate show for the year at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on Friday night. In one of the most hyped fight cards the country has hosted, the promotion and its fighters delivered an amazing show that kept fight fans on the edge of their seats for the entire night.

In a night filled with spectacular finishes, it was OneFC bantamweight king Bibiano Fernandes who stole the show to retain the championship in front of a great Filipino crowd.

Much has been said about Bibi not being able to finish his last fights. Fernandes, eager to prove his critics wrong, went into aggro-mode from start to finish against one of OneFC’s hottest stars, Korean Dae Hwan Kim. The champion displayed amazing BJJ skills in going for a triangle choke then switching to an armbar attempt, which Kim escaped. The two then exchanged strikes in the stand-up until Fernandes took Kim down with a double leg takedown to end the round.

The hotshot Korean started the 2nd stanza with fists and fire. However, a haymaker, which Fernandes evaded, resulted to the champion grabbing hold of the challenger’s back. Kim tried to escape but the figure four body lock of Fernandes was locked in tight. The champion zoned in with a rear naked choke, causing Kim to tap out.

“Finally!”, Fernandes exclaimed after at last finishing an opponent inside a OneFC cage. When asked about the possibility of having a champion vs. champion dream match against OneFC Lightweight Champion Shinya Aoki at a catch weight, Bibi said, “he’s the champion, I’m the champion. Let’s do it!”

The star of the night however goes to the Truth. After a vignette showing Brandon Vera’s journey back home, the fans showered him with cheers fit for a king with the song “I’m Coming Home” by P. Diddy blaring in the background.

Vera displayed his muay thai skills to start the match against URCC Heavyweight Champion Igor Subora. A head kick stunned Subora for a while but he was able to recover. Subora connected with a great combination later on, before Vera’s hard leg kicks stunned him yet again. A straight to the body and a huge left straight knocked the URCC champion down. Vera smelled blood and started throwing soccer kicks. Two kicks connected which resulted to a stoppage.

“You know I was really nervous but when I heard the song ‘I’m Coming Home’, it was the perfect song for me. It’s my first time to fight here and maraming salamat sa inyong lahat na pumunta rito, to all my friends, my family, thank you so much!”, Vera said.

The Truth has been set free from the limitations of not being able to use soccer kicks under his previous promotion. When asked what’s next on the Truth’s agenda, Vera answered, “I’m going to climb that ladder. Take on all the challenges and get that OneFC belt.”

Russian Top Team member Timofey Nastyukhin knocked out Filipino fan favorite Eduard Folayang in stunning fashion, in what could be considered one of the nastiest knockouts of the year. Just three minutes into the 1st round, Nastyukhin landed a huge flying knee that was exactly right on the button. With Folayang down, a huge punch to the head followed by two violent soccer kicks knocked Landslide out cold.

Former OneFC Featherweight Champion, Honorio Banario also lost his match against Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world champion Herbert Burns. Burns’s BJJ skills were on full display as he forced Banario to tap in just under four minutes with a tight rear naked choke.

The lone bright spot for Team Lakay was Kevin Belingon who was aggressive with his strikes in each round in taking a unanimous decision win over Koetsu Okazaki. This improves Belingon’s record to 13-4.

In other matches, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu legend Roger Gracie churned in an amazing comeback win over former Ultimate Fighter contestant James McSweeney. McSweeney dominated the first two rounds before buckling his knee after a bad kick. Gracie took advantage of this to score a TKO win over McSweeney. Former NCAA Division 1 wrestler Jake Butler grinded his way in a win over Sylvain Potard to avenge his sole MMA loss.

The opening two matches also saw the Filipinas sweep the women’s matches with Ana Julaton picking up a unanimous decision win over Egyptian Walaa Abbas and Jujeath Nagaowa scoring an impressive TKO win over Taroth Sam.

OneFC 23: Warrior’s Way Results
December 6, 2014 – Mall of Asia Arena, Philippines

OneFC Bantamweight Championship
Bibiano Fernandes def. Dae Hwan Kim by submission via rear naked choke, R2 1:16
Light Heavyweight match: Brandon Vera def. Igor Subora by KO via soccer kicks, R1 3:54
Lightweight match: Timofey Nastyukhin def. Eduard Folayang by KO via soccer kicks, R1 3:11
Light Heavyweight match: Roger Gracie def. James McSweeney by KO via strikes, R3 3:15
Bantamweight match: Kevin Belingon def. Koetsu Okazaki by unanimous decision
Catchweight match: Herbert Burns def. Honorio Banario by submission via rear naked choke, 3:59 R1
Light Heavyweight match: Jake Butler def. Sylvain Potard by unanimous decision
Flyweight match: Dejdamrong sor Amnuaysirichoke def. Rene Catalan by TKO via knee to the body, R1 2:30
Women’s Flyweight match: Ana Julaton def. Walaa Abbas by unanimous decision
Women’s Atomweight match: Jujeath Nagaowa def. Taroth Sam by TKO via punches, R2 3:34

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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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