Aoki vs. Folayang, Gafurov vs.Jadamba 2 are set on November 11 at One Championship – Defending Honor!

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Singapore-based mixed martial arts organization is set to feature two intriguing championship fights on November 11, 2016 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

CEO of ONE Championship, Victor Cui, stated: “2016 has been an amazing year for ONE Championship. After meeting with the biggest names in the industry at the Asia MMA Summit, we are proud to announce a spectacular fight card set for the Singapore Indoor Stadium this November. We are going in with two world title fights that will set the ONE Championship cage ablaze with world-class MMA action and excitement, along with a series of really solid supporting bouts.”

Headlining the said card is a duel between Japanese MMA superstar, the current One Championship Lightweight king, Shinya Aoki, and top Filipino 155 pounder in Eduard Folayang.

Aoki is no stranger to MMA fans around the world. The Shizuoka native is known for his grappling prowess and colorful character inside and outside the cage.

“Tobikan Judan” has not been beaten since October of 2012 and has only gone the distance twice in his One Championship career. He is riding a nine-fight winning streak including his first-round RNC win against former UFC fighter Kamal Shalorus and a unanimous decision victory over former Legend Fighting Championship’s Lightweight champion Koji Ando.

After defeating Ando to become the One Championship lightweight champion last May 2015, Aoki then submitted the legendary Japanese MMA icon Kazushi Sakuraba at Rizin Fighting Federation last December 2015.

On November 11, Aoki will defend his title for the first time against the highly-talented Filipino fighter in Eduard Folayang.

Team Lakay’s Folayang has been in the business for nine years and it seems like he is not done yet; not until he becomes the One Championship 155 lbs. title holder.

The Baguio-based Wushu Sanshou champion and the former URCC Welterweight king has been through ups and downs on his One Championship career.  He is 6-3 inside the One Championship cage with remarkable wins over Felipe Enomoto, Vincent Latoel, Kotetsu Boku, and Adrian Pang.

The former high school teacher is preparing himself for the biggest fight of his career so far in Aoki.

Folayang’s striking abilities has been the key for his recent wins, but he is that type of fighter who works hard every day to improve other aspects of his game. He does not slow down and he makes sure that fans will see a much-improved fighter every time he steps inside the cage.

“The Landslide” proved in his recent fights that he has upgraded his game, especially when it comes to the wrestling department which in the past years has been the biggest hole in his game.

Can Folayang stop Aoki’s win streak? Or will the Japanese continues to dominate everyone in his division?  Questions will be answered on November 11 when these two great athletes lock horns inside the One Championship cage.

Another championship fight is going down in Singapore on November 11 as Russian submission phenom Marat “Cobra” Gafurov takes on a familiar foe in Jadamba Narantungalag for the second time around.

Gafurov and Narantungalag first meeting was in November of 2015 when the Russian was the challenger. It was a back-and-forth action between the two warriors until Gafurov saw an opportunity to make the Mongolian tap in the fourth round by way of rear-naked-choke.

Since losing his title to Gafurov in November 2015, Narantungalag piled up two impressive wins against Kotetsu Boku and Eric Kelly which gave him the ticket to face the current champion next month in Singapore.

Two fighters will try to get back on the winning track as Adrian “The Hunter” Pang meets Eddie “The Magician” Ng in a fireworks-guaranteed lightweight fight.

Here is the partial fight card for One Championship: Defending Honor

Lightweight Championship: Shinya Aoki vs. Eduard Folayang

Featherweight Championship: Marat Gafurov vs. Jadamba Narantungalag

Eddie Ng vs. Adrian Pang

Timofey Natsyukhin vs. Kotetsu Boku

Samir Mrabet vs. Amir Khan

Mona Samir vs. Michelle Nicolini

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Train With The Best By Mark Sangiao

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As we open another chapter of our life as fighters and as a team, we take advantage of this time of the year to start and learn new things to add up to our arsenal in continuing to become the best of what we can be. As we wait of our next endeavors and challenges, we use this time to start learning new techniques while continuing to develop what we already have and sharing it to others who are interested in learning them for themselves and at the same time gaining additional knowledge from those who are already experts in other fields. We take steps little by little and try to explore what is best for us.

 With the opening of some opportunities and invitations from some individuals to share and exchange knowledge with them, we do not hesitate to do so. First, one of our Team Lakay Champions, Honorio Banario, who is the former ONE FC Featherweight Champion and the current URCC Lightweight Champion, is now in Malaysia to cross-train with T-REX Muay Thai and MMA Studio located in Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. Mr. Gavin Tan, the CEO of the said gym, invited him to cross-train along with their top caliber instructors of MMA, Muay Thai and Wrestling for one month. With this, we intend to gain, share and interact with different types of disciplines, different types of people and different kind of environment. We hope this move will be successful as we also want our other fighters to follow or do the same at other gyms or organizations, because we believe this is one way of learning – Exploration with sharing.

We are at a chapter where we try to see if what works best for us at our own limitations. We want to make moves one step at a time and hope to have the best results that we can have. Now, speaking of these steps, we are also welcoming this week a former Cyprus wrestling coach to come at our gym in Baguio City and La Trinidad to train and share with us his expertise in this discipline. We will have him train and teach our fighters every weekend for one month then we will see what’s going to happen next. We hope with all these, we will be able to be more developed, gain more knowledge, and add to our skills in becoming complete, well-rounded fighters.  Because we will never cease to learn, we hope to achieve more in life by continuing to learn more things.

 As we go on with the gaining of additional insights and techniques, one of our aims is also to share what we already have. We came up with a new program wherein our fans, students, and members have the chance to train with our Team Lakay champions. We have Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon, Rey Docyogen, Dave Galera, Crisanto Pitpitunge, Mark Eddiva and Geje Eustaquio available to train those who are willing to be taught by these fighters who are considered to be among the best MMA fighters in the Philippines. They are available to train and teach at any of our Team Lakay gyms. Our Central Gym is located at 3rd Floor of Auyong Bldg, Kayang Street, Baguio City and at our Lakay La Trinidad Gym located at 2nd floor of Caoili Building, at Pine Valley Plaza, Km. 4, La Trinidad, Benguet.

So if you are interested in training with the best and to experience high-altitude training, you are always welcome to visit us at any of our gyms. This is a great opportunity for the fans to have an experience to train with the champions, as well as our regular coaches who are also champions in the making. We hope to share with our fans and students the experiences, the techniques and the attitudes of how to become a champion and as we always share our team motto, we believe that a champion is not born, he is made by the right people such as the coaches and trainers with the proper knowledge and with the people who can teach the proper attitude, background, experience and motivation. Every day in the gym we live by this motto, because indeed, Champions are not born, they are made.

MMA – It’s More Fun In The Philippines By Mark Sangiao

Photo Credit: Mr. Raul Landingin

Photo Credit: Mr. Raul Landingin

As the event is fast approaching, we become more excited. The ONE Fighting Championship 9: Rise to Power is scheduled tonight, May 31, 2013, 7:00 p.m. at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. This is going to be historic, since this is the biggest event in Philippine MMA yet.

Five of our Team Lakay Warriors will be proudly representing the Philippines. The ONE FC Featherweight Champion, Honorio “The Rock” Banario will be having his first title defense against Koji Oishi from Japan. Honorio, who is also the current URCC Lightweight Champion, has no plan of giving away his belt. He intends to take a hold of it for a long time.

Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, the undefeated URCC Bantamweight Champion, is fighting another Japan’s pride, Masakatsu Ueda, for the finals of the ONE FC Bantamweight Grand Prix. Belingon has a goal to be the next Filipino to have a World Championship Belt around his waist and a win against Ueda is going to be a great stepping stone for him to reach that goal.

Eduard “The Landslide” Folayang, the reigning URCC Welterweight Champion, is undoubtedly the face of Filipino MMA. He will be battling against Iranian Kamal Shalorus, who also plans to give the Filipino fans a great fight. Eduard promised to bring a different game this time and we will be witnessing that on his fight tonight.

The current URCC Pinweight Champion, Rey “The Punisher” Docyogen, is going to give the never-say-die attitude and wants to redeem himself from his lost to Shinichi Kojima last April of this year in Malaysia by aiming to defeat the second Japanese fighter he has to face, Yasuhiro Urishitani. Both are fighting under the ONE FC Flyweight division, the most fast-paced and fast-moving division in MMA.

Another flyweight bout, Team Lakay’s Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio will be fighting Andrew Leone, an American who is fighting out of Phuket Top Team, one of the best gyms in Asia. This will be one of the most exciting fights of the night. They both expressed their desire to bring explosive fight, so we’ll see about that come fight night.

So there you go about the ONE FC event. The weigh-in is done. All the Team Lakay fighters made weight. Cutting weight is one of the most significant aspect in preparing for a fight. Besides fighting in the ring/cage, which of course is the most important thing during a fight; not everybody knows the importance of cutting weight. The effort, time, and sacrifices given to cutting weight are very essential factors to be considered. I think for a fighter to be called “professional”, he has to give his everything to make his weight to be fair with his opponent and to follow respectfully the rules of the promotion.

On the other hand, another event going on right now in Manila is the PNG-POC, Wushu National Championships, where most of our Wushu scholars and members from the Cordillera Admininstrative Region are also here for the competition. The event is on-going and ends on June 02, 2013.

Almost all Team Lakay members and supporters are now in Manila for the two events especially for the ONE FC event. Their families, relatives, friends, fans and supporters are here to show their love and support.

Another great thing here is that fans from the northern part of the Philippines, as well as from around the country, are now in Manila for the said event. Likewise, fans from other countries came to visit the Philippines to watch the biggest MMA event the ONE FC has ever had yet. For this reason, therefore, events such as these contribute to the tourism campaign of the country.

After the events local and international tourists can still go on other tourist destinations in the Philippines. While it’s still vacation time particularly in the Philippines, for the students who came to Manila for this event, , they also have the chance to go to some places around Metro Manila and its nearby tourist spots before the start of classes in the coming weeks.

The ONE FC: Rise to Power is going to be fun and exciting! Like that of the first ONE FC event last year in Manila, which was held at the Smart Araneta Colliseum, the deafening cheers from the fans will again fill up the Arena at the SM Mall of Asia. It’s going to be amazing since the fighters promised to give their best and the fight of the night thereby, giving the fans full entertainment and at the end of the night, we hope we all go home with fulfillment, enjoyment, and positive results that we all have been hoping and praying for. GOD Bless Team Lakay Pilipinas on this endeavor!

On behalf of our Team Lakay fighters, Thank you very much for your support and prayers!

Matago-tago tako am-in! Mabuhay tayong lahat!

Indeed, when it comes to MMA and other Combative sports, It’s also More Fun in the Philippines!

Mark Sangiao Is Preparing His Pupils For The Biggest Fights Of Their Careers

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In the past few years, Team Lakay has been a major force in Asian MMA scene, especially in Philippine MMA. They are one of the reasons why Philippines is the hot bed for MMA in Asia today.

Team Lakay is the home of MMA champs such as ONE FC featherweight world king Honorio “The Rock” Banario, who is also the current URCC lightweight title holder. The Baguio-based MMA fight team is also the residence of PXC world bantamweight champion Crisanto “The Slugger” Pitpitunge, URCC welterweight champion and Martial Combat Superfight title holder, Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, URCC flyweight champion, Kevin “Silencer” Belingon and the longtime URCC flyweight title holder, “The Punisher” Rey Docyogen.

If there is one man who is responsible for producing such great fighters, that would be none other than Team Lakay’s head coach, former URCC bantamweight champion, and former SEA Games Gold Medalist, Mark “The Machine” Sangiao.

Sangiao is a long-established martial arts practitioner. From kickboxing to taekwondo, judo to Brazilian jiu jitsu, Sangiao is truly, the pioneer of MMA in his home town Baguio City and arguably one of the people who brought MMA in the Philippines into a whole new level.

Sangiao knows how to build champions, he knows how exactly a fighter should train and eat because he is a former fighter himself; he understands the point of view of every fighter who trains at his gym.

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Team Lakay’s journey on top continues as they prepare for the biggest fights of their MMA careers. Mark Sangiao is getting his fighters ready for two of the most anticipated mixed martial arts events not only in the Philippines, but in whole Asia, as 8 of his best pupils will compete in PXC 37 and ONE FC 9 ‘Riste to Power’. Both events will be headlined by two Team Lakay world champions.

First up, PXC 37, happening on May 18th at The Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Philippines, as the current champion Crisanto “The Slugger” Pitpitunge makes his first-ever title defense against the undefeated and ground specialist from Japan, Michinori Tanaka. Also, two of Team Lakay’s young fighters, Troy “The Hunter” Bantiag and Jerome Wanawan will make their appearances at the said PXC event. Bantiag will go up against Guam’s Trevin Jones, while Jerome Wanawan looks to comeback to his winning ways against a very talented fighter from San Pedro, Laguna, Ernesto Montilla Jr.

After PXC 37, the mammoth ONE FC 9 ‘Rise to Power’ is up next for the Baguio-based fight team. The current ONE FC world featherweight champion from Team Lakay, Honorio “The Rock” Banario will also make his first title defense against a seasoned veteran in Koji Oishi of Japan.

Four more well-recognized Team Lakay fighters will make their toughest fights so far as Eduard “Landslide” Folayang faces WEC and UFC vet, Kamal “Prince of Persia” Shalorous, Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon battles grappling wizard Masakatsu Ueda for the Bantamweight GP Finals, Rey “The Punisher” Docyogen takes on former UFC fighter, Yasuhiro Urushitani and “The Gravity” Geje Eustaquio is finally back inside the ONE FC cage against his toughest opponent to date, Phuket Top Team’s Andrew Leone.

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Mark Sangiao’s pushing his fighters to the limit to prepare them for tough battles against some of the big names in Asian MMA today. Team lakay fighters are known for their excellent condition, power and rigorous training regimen. Mark is assured that his boys are ready come fight night due to a very much-improved training that his fighters are doing for the big events coming up,

“They are doing great. The training leveled up compared to the last ones because they are training together and they know that they have their own big fights to win.”

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Getting a fighter ready for a big event is a very difficult taks to do. But from Mark Sangiao’s standpoint, as long as you and your fighters work together, nothing is impossible,

“No, it’s not hard to train them because we really work as a team and brought in some additional coaches who specializes in boxing and Muay Thai. Also, we have our own Sanshou background that we can add well with some wrestling techniques. We also added some extra time on our grappling. But all in all, training our guys here isn’t too difficult.”

Aside from bringing in coaches who specializes in Boxing and Muay Thai, Sangiao also arranged additional outdoor training for his fighters and added extra hour to every practice just to make sure that they are well prepared when they go to battle,

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“We adjusted our time of practice; we extended our training hours. Also, in this training camp, we only not focused ourselves inside the gym and having uphill sprints, we also added some extra training at Teacher’s Camp here in Baguio City for strength and conditioning.  So those are some of the adjustments that we made for this camp.”

All of Team Lakay fighters that will compete at PXC 37 and ONE FC 9 are matched up against world-class grapplers. It is evident from their past fights that whenever a grappler fights a Lakay fighter, it is either that grappler’s going to give the Lakay fighter a tough fight or submit him.

But as we all know, the game is continuously evolving so as the fighters. Lakay fighters, through their setbacks against ground specialists, gave them a serious motivation to train harder and focus more on sharpening their grappling skills.

First on Mark Sangiao’s list is Crisanto Pitpitunge’s title defense against Michinori Tanaka, who we all aware of being such a deadly fighter whenever he’s on the ground. Sangiao has been working on improving Pitpitunge’s take down defense and how to escape from various submission holds. Also, in PXC 37, Troy Bantiag will face Trevin Jones, a fighter who has a very intimidating wrestling game and serious punching power. Jerome Wanawan will make his first appearance of the year as he comes off a humbling loss against Eugene Toquero last year,

“Crisanto’s training is great. We know that Tanaka’s well-trained on the ground and has very decent grappling skills. That’s why we trained Crisanto’s take down defense and focused more on his grappling because we know Tanaka will try to take him down, so we also practiced various submission escapes.”

“Troy and Jerome also are doing great. They are very positive the whole training because they really want to win their fights. Another great thing about this camp is that everyone is helping each other to improve. They are forcing everyone to sharpen their skills and aim to level their skills up together. They will be ready on May 18th for PXC 37.” Sangiao added.

After PXC 37, ONE FC 9 ‘Rise to Power’ is next as Honorio Banario defends his title against Oishi, Belingon battles Ueda for the GP finals, Docyogen faces former UFC fighter, Urushitani and Eustaquio to lock horns with Leone.

Banario captured the title against Eric Kelly on February 2, 2013, at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Now that he is going to defend his belt for the first time, fighting in front of his home crowd adds up to the pressure. It is a tough task to fight world-class fighters in your backyard, but Sangiao is confident that Banario and the rest of his fighters will be 110% ready on May 31,

“Honorio’s training is phenomenal, especially that Eduard is fresh from the U.S and has some great techniques with him that he can impart to his training partner, Honorio. He really wants to retain his title and I am happy to see him doing all his best in every training session we have.”

“With regards to Oishi’s ground skills, I saw some of his fights and the truth is, he is not really that fighter who loves to take the fight to the ground. I watched some videos of him and he also likes to strike. I am pretty sure that this fight is going to be electrifying. My prediction for this match up is that thousands of fans will be on the edge of their seats. But just in case Oishi will take Honorio down, we are ready for that; Honorio can beat Oishi at his own game.”

Fresh off his TKO victor over Thanh Vu last April 5th in ONE FC 8, Belingon’s next assignment is to beat a fellow GP finalist, Masakatsu Ueda.

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Belingon is an extraordinary fighter. He comes to every fight with a lot of surprises. Whenever he steps inside the cage, he is a different man, a much-improved fighter every time he fights. He will face another high-level grappler in Ueda for the ONE FC Bantamweight GP Finals,

“Ueda is very refined on the ground, but Kevin obviously has a significant advantage in the striking department. If Ueda will take Kevin down, I’m positive that with the much improved grappling skills of Kevin, he can keep up very well with the Japanese’s game. Kevin is getting better and better every fight. So I know he will soon be a contender to the ONE FC Bantamweight title.”

After 7 weeks of refining his ground game in the U.S, the poster boy of Team Lakay, Eduard “Landslide” Folayang is back and hopes to beat Kamal Shalorous using his much-improved ground game. Sangiao believes that Folayang’s U.S trip was a huge eye-opener for the reigning URCC welterweight champion to train harder to improve his wrestling and jiu jitsu game,

Photo Credit: Anton Tabuena

Photo Credit: Anton Tabuena

“We cannot say that in just 7 weeks of his training in the U.S, we can see a well-versed Eduard Folayang on the ground. But at least, he absorbed some important techniques that he can use in his future fights. His U.S trip was a great eye-opener for him to work harder to refine his grappling.”

Shalorous has been in the UFC and fought some of the best in the world, which makes him a real threat to Eduard Folayang. But Mark saw something about Shalarous game that Eduard can take advantage of and he believes that his pupil will win the fight,

“We watched some of Shalarous fights and we saw something that Eduard can capitalize on. I cannot reveal what it is, but I think Eduard is much faster and technical than him. I know he can beat Shalorous. But if Eduard can do it via KO or TKO, much better.”

When asked if his boys are ready for PXC 37 and ONE FC 9,

“Of course, they are good to go. But as of now, we are very cautious about them not getting any injuries as the fight day approaches very fast. That’s the only concern we have right now.”

Being a coach, adviser, provider and a second father to his fighters, aside from making their dreams come true; one great thing about handling these fighters in Sangiao’s assessment is changing those fighters to become a better person,

“That’s one of the great things about this sport. We’re dealing different personalities and change them for the better. For me, even if sometimes I am not around during practices, I know they will do their part as a fighter. I know they will do what is right whenever they’re in the gym, even though sometimes my eyes are not monitoring them. Because I am always telling them that you will not be a champion unless you train like one.”

When asked on who are the naughtiest Team Lakay fighters,

“I would say Rey (Docyogen) and Honorio (Banario). (Laughs) Unlike their other team mates, those two are the loudest people everytime we train; they always make their team mates laugh. Also, Troy (Bantiag), maybe it’s because of his age, but he sometimes doesn’t take things seriously, but I understand that. He still got a long way to go.”

Last year, through his personal Facebook account, Sangiao asked a question to his fans on whether they like to see him back in action inside the ring/cage. It was obvious in the comment thread that a lot of fans and friends want him to go back and fight. But due to his tight schedule preparing his fighters to various gigantic MMA events around Asia, it seems like he really hang up his gloves and focused himself on handling his fighters and setting up local MMA and grappling tournaments,

“We already discussed about that matter, but as much as I’d like to go back into fighting, with the tasks I have as the head coach of the team; organizing some local shows like Team Lakay Championship and Team Lakay Grapplers’ Cup, it is really rational for me to not fight anymore. It’s not that my body cannot do it anymore, it’s just my schedule is so tight that I cannot train hard because I have more important things to do like those I’ve mentioned a while ago. So right now, that is my focus, coaching and organizing our events.”

When asked on what advice he can give to those coaches who look up to him,

“For me, to be able to stay hungry in the sport, is they need to check their passion for this sport. Then they need to look at the future of MMA in our country. If they want to be successful in this sport, all they need to do is focus and get real serious about it.”

“I am always saying about this to other coaches – we need to have healthy competitions among us. If we have events here in Baguio, they are welcome to join us. If they do have events in their own provinces, we are glad to join and help them. Let us just take away that traditional mentality of comparing each other’s abilities; we need to have a healthy competition. We need to learn from each other for the benefit of the sport. Here at Team Lakay, we are willing to invite them to join our events. We set aside our pride because we know that we also need the knowledge of Muay Thai practictioners, Wrestlers and Jiu Jitsu, for us to be a well-rounded.” Sangiao added.

ONE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP FINALIZES ONE FC: RISE TO POWER CARD WITH THREE EXCITING UNDERCARD BOUTS

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Here’s the official release:

08 April 2013 – Singapore: ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC), presented by Casino Filipino and in association with Universal Reality Combat Championship (URCC), announced today three undercard bouts for ONE FC: RISE TO POWER. Up and coming Lowen Tynanes will battle the seasoned Felipe Enomoto while MMA veteran Tim Sylvia is back in action against Tony Johnson and fan favorite Ryan Diaz will take on Russian ace Yusup Saadulaev. All the action takes place live on 31 May from the MOA Arena in Manila, Philippines.

As a young MMA fighter, Lowen Tynanes has already made a big impression by winning fights against top opponents in the Philippines, Japan and Malaysia. The high school wrestling champion silenced the home-crowd in Manila by incapacitating crowd-favorite Eduard Folayang with a vicious elbow which caused the doctor to instantly stop the fight. In his last outing at ONE FC, Tynanes also defeated Hong Kong-based South African fighter Vuyisile Colossa via rear naked choke. A proud American, he loves nothing better than to travel to Asia to take on the best local fighters in their own back yards. Tynanes is once again looking forward to showcasing his skills when he takes on Swiss-Japanese fighter Felipe Enomoto.

Each time Felipe Enomoto has entered into the ONE FC cage, he has been the underdog. This time, it is no different. Having established a reputation as being one of the toughest and most durable fighters in Asia who always leaves it all in the cage, Enomoto will undoubtedly be looking to silence the crowd with a decisive victory in the early rounds. Any fight which involves Enomoto is going to be a treat for MMA fans because this fighter never backs down no matter who the opponent is or which round he’s in.

One of the most frightening figures the MMA world has ever witnessed in combat sports action is Tim “The Maine-iac” Sylvia. Towering at over two meters tall, this brute of a man poses a serious threat to every heavyweight fighter in the world. Sylvia has fought over 30 times, won numerous championships and knocked out countless opponents. Sylvia’s unusual combination of size and quickness has ushered in a new era of monstrous, weight cutting heavyweights who seek total domination of their smaller counterparts. Sylvia is looking for a spectacular KO when he squares off against Tony Johnson on 31 May.

Tony Johnson is an imposing heavyweight fighter. Considered a top prospect in the heavyweight division, Johnson is famed for being one of the fastest strikers in the division and is currently on a two fight win streak. At ONE FC: RISE TO POWER, he will be looking to make an impressive debut in the famed ONE FC cage.

Ryan Diaz has been training in MMA for over ten years and already has thirteen professional wins to his name. Over a long career, Diaz continues to perfect his background in BJJ, Muay Thai and boxing. He possesses incredible power and strength. Diaz is much more experienced of the two fighters and will be looking to use his strength to overpower his Russian opponent and return to the USA victorious. After 2 outings in the ONE FC cage, Russian wrestler Saadulaev is still searching for his first ONE FC victory and will enter the cage for the third time with the determination to prevent a Diaz win at all costs.

Tickets for ONE FC: RISE TO POWER on 31 May are exclusively available at Casino Filipino outlets nationwide. Refer to www.onefc.com/tickets for details.

Fans from around the world can witness the action online via live streaming atwww.onefc.livesport.tv.

The first three undercard fights are available for viewing free-of-charge and the main card fights will be available for purchase at just US$9.99.

ONE FC: RISE TO POWER is headlined  by a ONE FC Featherweight World Championship bout between reigning champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario against number one contender Koji Oishi and pound-for-pound king Bibiano Fernandes taking on Koetsu Okazaki for the ONE FC Bantamweight Interim Title.  All the action takes place live from the MOA Arena in Manila, Philippines.

 

For more updates on ONE Fighting Championship™, please visit www.onefc.com and follow on Twitter @ONEFCMMA and Facebook at www.facebook.com/ONEFCMMA.

Eduard Folayang: “I have learned my lessons and it motivates me to go this far to learn and get better.”

Photo by: Willy Foo

Photo by: Willy Foo

After a devastating loss against Lowen Tynanes at URCC 22 ‘Dekada’, Filipino MMA superstar Eduard “Landslide” Folayang (12-3) looks for redemption as he faces a very tough opponent in Kamal Shalorous (7-3-2), an UFC and WEC vet who is known for his knockout power and wrestling skills in his home turf at One FC 9 ‘Rise to Power’ on May 31st at the SM Mall Of Asia Arena.

Folayang is currently in the U.S, training and honing his ground game at Drysdale Jiu Jitsu in Las Vegas with Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy and Martin .He also made a quick visit at Reign Training Center, an MMA gym owned by Filipino-American UFC fighter, Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Munoz.

“I have an opportunity to go and visit Reign Training Center at Orange County, California, but it was a limited time so I grasped the chance to visit Mark and train with him. I learned some techniques with him and I’m very glad I have that chance to be with him. Mark Munoz is a very accommodating and hospitable man you can ever meet in MMA world. I thank him even for that short time to talk and share the same faith we have. May God continue to widen his territory.”

“My trip here in the U.S is a good eye opener for me to see the MMA world in a wider perspective. It’s also a good opportunity to train with high level of fighters and train with the best coaches in the business. My training here in Drysdale is awesome, I joined their PRO MMA Class and it was great. A lot of great fighters to be with and lessons to be grasped. There is a lot of difference with the regime I used to have, that’s why it needs adjustment on my part. There is some similarity though on some part.”

Folayang is famous for his striking skills, never ending cardio and deadly ground and pound game, but one thing that is evident in his past fights is that he had some tough times avoiding his opponent’s take downs. Although he hasn’t been submitted in the past, the always humble Folayang admits that he really needs to improve his ground skills and that he is quite far from being a complete fighter; but he is working hard to bring his game into a whole new level. In fact, his training partner at Drysdale, Dan Hardy, who rolled with the Filipino fighter a couple of times, tweeted us that Folayang’s ground game is “very good”.

“Training with Dan is an opportunity. I don’t know that he is Dan Hardy though I have an idea that he is a UFC fighter that time we are on training. I’m happy to have the chance to roll and wrestle with him. You know, I learned here that training with high level fighters is not only about getting their backs or submitting them, because we cannot avoid that and even those who doesn’t know much about fighting who are good on the ground can submit you and dominate you. It’s more about learning a technique and applying it effectively.”

When asked on when he is coming home, “I’ll be coming home soon.”

On May 31st, 2013, Folayang will return inside the cage in front of his home crowd as he takes on a much decorated MMA fighter in Shalorous at One FC 9 ‘ Riste to Power’ happening at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

“It was announced already that my next opponent is Kamal Shalorous, a very decorative wrestler and brawler who already fought big names in the UFC and WEC. This fight is very important for me, I have learned my lessons on the past and it motivates me to go this far to learn, train and get better.”

When asked on what can his Filipino fans expect from him on May 31st, “Fans can expect nothing only something that God is preparing for the next step.”

For sure Eduard Folayang’s U.S trip is all worth it as he acquired new things and added them in his arsenal. We will surely see a better and more dangerous Folayang against Shalorous in Manila in May 31st. He is thankful for those people who supported his trip and to his fans that are always behind him supporting whatever decision he makes in his career.

“I thank my Lord Jesus for the provisions He provided for my expenses to be defrayed and to those people who contributed and willingly accommodated me for my training here: Kuya Dave Taclobao his wife Ruby Jean and his family, Alexander Bangsoy and his Goshenland Company, Dr. Harold Hiyadan, My brothers Joseph and Heraldo Carosen, George Forayang, Joel Aliping, Melvin Magata and his family, Nader Zamani. I also want to thank my teammates in Team Lakay and bro Mark Sangiao for their continuous support. My family, fans and fellow Kingdom of God citizens and Genevieve Aloy.”

One FC 9 ‘Rise to Power’ will be headlined by a world featherweight championship as Folayang’s teammate, Honoro “The Rock” Banario will defend his title for the first time against a veteran Japanese fighter, Koji Oishi.

Bantamweight phenom Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes will make his second One FC appearance against highly talented Koetsu Okazaki for the interim bantamweight title.

Also, Masakatsu Ueda and Kevin Belingon will battle it out to win the One FC Bantamweight Grand Prix title. This will be a crucial fight for both fighters as they try to step closer to the title picture.

You can check out the rest of the fight card for One FC ‘Rise to Power’ at http://www.onefc.com 

Team Lakay’s Geje Eustaquio Faces Phuket Top Team’s Andrew Leone On May 31st in Manila!

Photo by: Onefc.com

Photo by: Onefc.com

Two very skilled flyweight fighters are set to face each other in front of thousands of fight fans and will surely give us a heck of a fight as Team Lakay’s Geje “The Gravity” Eustaquio (4-1) scraps with Phuket Top Team’s Andrew Leone (5-2) on  May 31st for One FC 9 ‘Rise to Power’ at SM MOA Arena in the Philippines and will try to get themselves closer to the One FC flyweight title picture.

One FC 9 ‘Rise to Power’ will be headlined by One FC world featherweight championship as Team Lakay’s Honorio “The Rock” Banario (8-1) defends his world title against a highly skilled veteran Koji Oishi (23-9-10).

Brazilian bantamweight phenom Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes (13-3) looks for his second One FC win as he takes on Koetsu Okazaki (8-2) for the One FC Interim Bantamweight Title.

Andrew Leone is a natural flyweight fighter and is quite a massive fighter for the said weight class. He is a wrestling coach at PTT and got some wicked ground game. It will be an interesting to see how good Leone’s striking is as he currently trains with some of the best strikers in Asia in Phuket, Thailand.

Leone has a notable wins over UFC bantamweight fighter, Kong Hyo Kang and the current One FC world bantamweight champ, Soo Chul Kim. It has been almost a year since we saw Leone in action, that’s why I’m pretty sure that he is pumped for this fight and looks to win his One FC debut against the super tough fighter from the Phililppines, Geje Eustaquio in front of thousands of Filipino fight fans in Manila.

Andrew Leone is probably Eustaquio’s toughest opponent to date, but one thing I like about this warrior is that he never get intimidated by his foe. Like what I’ve said before, Eustaquio is a tactician, he fights hard and smart. He is one of the well-rounded fighters at Team Lakay. He works hard everyday to be the best because he knows that fighting in a world-class fighter in a world-class MMA promotion requires a lot of sacrifices just to get on top.

This will be Eustaquio’s second One FC appearance. He made his One FC debut last February 11 of 2012 against world-class BJJ champion, Alex Silva. Geje won that fight via unanimous decision and showed that he is one of the most feared flyweights in Asia today. Eustaquio is famous for his striking abilities and a very relaxed but deadly style of fighting. He will once again, go up against a superb grappler in Leone. Although he has fought and beaten some of the best grapplers in Asian MMA, Eustaquio never underestimates Leone and he will fight like it is a world championship fight.

This match-up is probably one of the most anticipated at One FC 9 in Manila.

One FC 9 will also feature Filipino MMA icon Eduard Folayang (12-3) versus WEC and UFC vet Kamal Shalorus (7-3-2).

Another Team Lakay fighter will be seen live in action on May 31st as Kevin Belingon (11-2) will make the most important fight of his MMA career as he will go up against Japanese submission specialist, Masakatsu Ueda (17-2) for the One FC Bantamweight Grand Prix Finals.

Also, Former UFC flyweight fighter, Yasuhiro Urushitani (19-6-6) looks to end his losing skid against Rey “The Punisher” Docyogen (10-1), who looks to redeem himself after a devastating 3rd round submission defeat at the hands of Shinichi Kojima at One FC ‘Return of Warriors’ last February.

Check out ww.onefc.com for the latest updates.

Filipino MMA Icon Eduard “Landslide” Folayang Spotted At Drysdale Jiu Jitsu In Las Vegas

DEduard Folayang Training at Drysdale Jiu Jitsu in Las Vegas

Eduard Folayang Training at Drysdale Jiu Jitsu in Las Vegas – Photo by Ruby Jane

Filipino MMA Superstar Eduard Folayang is currently in the U.S to further hone his Jiu Jitsu and Wrestling game.

Folayang and his team mates at Team Lakay are known for their superb striking and unbelievable endurance. But in their recent defeats, it is evident that their is an improvement needed when it comes to their ground game.

Team Lakay is currently the most dominant team in Filipino MMA and placed third in the entire Asia. Just imagine if Eduard comes back in his hometown Baguio and share what those wrestling and BJJ techniques he has learned in Drysdale Jiu Jitsu; they will become more deadly in any aspect of the game.

After training at Drysdale, Folayang told MMA Orient that he visit Reign Training Center for a three-week training with Fil-Am UFC fighter, Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine’ Munoz, who happens to be in the Philippines as of this writing for a UFC media tour scheduled on March 10 at Mall of Asia.

A lot of Filipino MMA fans, especially Team Lakay fans are excited to see what will be the result of Eduard’s training in the U.S. For some Filipino fighters, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train alongside some of the best grapplers in the business today. Same as in the case of Eduard Folayang, he believes that God gave him this opportunity to train thousand miles away from his homeland and he will surely make the most out of it.

I cannot wait to see him fight after his U.S trip.

URCC 22: Eduard “Landslide” Folayang AimsTo Stay Unbeaten Inside The URCC Ring

tynanes vs folayang

Two explosive and exciting MMA fighters are set to clash when undefeated Filipino MMA icon Eduard “Landslide” Folayang (12-2-0) squares off against Lowen Tynanes (3-0) at URCC 22 “DEKADA” on Saturda, December 1, 2012 at the SM Arena in Manila, Philippines.

There’s no doubt that Eduard Folayang is one of the biggest MMA stars in Asia, while Lowen Tynanes is a hungry up-and-coming fighter whose slowly making his name in this awesome sport of mixed martial arts.

Both fighters are hoping to secure another victory and increase their stock on both the local and national scene.

Fighting out of one of the best MMA teams in Asia, Team Lakay,  Folayang has shown glimpses of stardom dating back to his days as a Sanshou fighter. Since turning professional in MMA in June of 207, Folayang has gone undefeated over the first five fights of his career.

Improving each and every time, Folayang displayed his best performance against Feilpe Enomoto at ONE FC 5 – Pride of a Nation. The strikes were pinpoint, the pressure was persistent, and the game plan was nearly perfect in unanimous decision win over Enomoto.

Folayang is on a tough challenge on Saturday as he takes on one of the best prospects to ever come out o Hawaii. Training out of Team Tynanes, Lowen has emerged as one of the most exciting and dangerous lightweights within the state.

Lowen has an impressive 15-0 record as an amateur, two-time National Highschool Wrestler All-American, two-time Hawaii Highschool State Wrestling Champion and he is the 808 Battleground Champion.

When Folayang and Tynanes collide at URCC “Dekada”, much will become known about both men’s talent and potential. The strategies that each fighter deploys should be telling towards their capabilities due to the challenges the other presents.

Striking and wrestling have been the bread and butter for Folayang in his previous bouts. However, Tynanes will have a slight height and reach advantage as well a dangerous submission game once the fight hits the ground.

URCC 22 “Dekada” will also feature a featherweight bout between undefeated MMA featherweight fighter Eric “The Natural” Kelly (8-0) and Bradd Terrey.

Two more Filipino fighters will try to get the W against their foreign foes as URCC middleweight champion Froilan Sarenas (3-1) will go up against Rodrigo Praxedes (1-1), while Reysaldo “Onyok” Transmonte (2-2) faces Hideo “Death from Tokyo” Morikawa (4-1).

Transmonte vs. Morikawa Primer 

Although URCC 22 may feature bouts with more nationally recognizable names, the Super Fight pitting of Folayang versus Tynanes may be one of the most exciting match-ups. Expect an unpredictable tangle that will shake out the SM  Arena.