Every year numerous Filipinos leave their homeland in search for greener pastures abroad, with the goal of getting a decent job so as to provide their families with comfortable lives.
With the idea of better opportunities in other countries, many take the risk. In exchange for money, they trade separation from their family and loved ones, and often, even their dreams.
If there is a perfect way to describe Rob “Warrior of God” Lisita as a mixed martial arts (MMA) competitor, he is the true epitome of a gallant warrior inside the cage.
The 34-year-old native of Campbelltown, Australia is known as a relentless offensive force, armed with powerful striking combinations with the intent of scoring highlight-reel finishes.
Lisita is 14-9 as a professional mixed martial artist and has proven to be a fixture in big fights owing to his fan-friendly style.
Malaysian standout Saiful “The Vampire” Merican will face an exciting Filipino fighter in his much-awaited return to the ONE Championship on 10 February as he is set to lock horns with Burn “The Hitman” Soriano in a three-round bantamweight clash.
The bout will be one of the featured attractions at ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS, which takes place at the 12,000-seater Stadium Negara in Merican’s hometown of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The 34-year-old native of Malungon, Sarangani is also a former professional boxer, who has nearly 50 fights under his belt. He captured the WBO Asia Pacific light flyweight title in September 2002.
Doliguez makes his much-awaited return to the ONE Championship cage on 10 February as he is set to square off with grappling ace Alex Silva on the undercard of ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The race to dominate the lucrative martial arts scene in China has heated up after ONE Championship announced its inaugural event in Shanghai, which is set to take place at the 14,000-capacity Shanghai Oriental Sports Center on 2 September.
Described as the showpiece of the booming economy of mainland China, the city will play host to ONE CHAMPIONSHIP: SHANGHAI, featuring the absolute best in world-class martial arts talent.
28 September 2017 – Bangkok, Thailand: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), recently held a kick-off press conference ahead of the highly-anticipated live event, ONE: WARRIORS OF THE WORLD, which takes place 9 December at the Impact Arena in Bangkok and is held in collaboration with Havoline. Headlining the event is ONE Superstar, top lightweight contender Shannon “OneShin” Wiratchai as well as the challenger, Rasul Yakhyaev of Russia. Also in attendance was Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, Chatri Sityodtong, and ONE President of Thailand, Kamol ‘Sukie’ Sukosol Clapp, as well as ONE Championship athletes Rika Ishige, Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke, Kritsada Kongsrichai and Sagetdao Petpayathai.
“Nathan is a Dashing actor and singer , said ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee
"He really tried his best in all of the drills we had him do. It was definitely interesting to see someone who has no background in MMA perform some of the basics. I had a lot of fun and I hope Nathan did too. It was an honor for me to meet such a big star in Asia.
06 October 2016 – Singapore: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced three additional bouts at ONE: DEFENDING HONOR to complete the blockbuster fight card. The event is set to take place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 11 November. The main event features the return of ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki who goes up against top contender Eduard Folayang. In the co-main event, ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat Gafurov takes on former champion Narantungalag Jadambaa in a highly-anticipated rematch.
Two Filipino homegrown talents will don the Philippine colors on the undercard of ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS on Friday, 10 February at the 12,000-capacity Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Burn “The Hitman” Soriano locks horns with Malaysian stalwart Saiful “The Vampire” Merican in a three-round bantamweight contest, while former Philippine boxing champion Roy Doliguez faces strawweight ace Alex “Little Rock” Silva.
Evolve MMA bantamweight fighter Mark “Mugen” Striegl is asking for a rematch against young rising star Reece “Lightning” McLaren of Australia before facing ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes of Brazil.
In ONE Championship’s Age of Domination on December 2 at the Mall of Asia Arena, Striegl got a unanimous decision victory in the catchweight match against Sotir Kichukov of Bulgaria. Striegl was aggressive in the three-round fight using his speed and angles.
SEEING how one of their own made waves recently on the world mixed martial arts stage, Team Lakay fighters seeing action later this week in ONE Championship’s Manila event are coming out inspired and angling for success of their own on home soil.
08 August 2016 – Macau, China: ONE Championship™ (ONE) athlete and flyweight contender Andrew Leone has suffered an injury in training and will no longer be competing in the main event of ONE: HEROES OF THE WORLD which takes place next Saturday, 13 August at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena.
Toni “Dynamite” Tauru is determined to keep his winning momentum going inside the ONE Championship cage as the Finnish fighters aims to claim his second consecutive victory under the umbrella of Asia’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) organization.
The 32-year-old native of Utti, Finland is set to square off with Filipino standout Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon in the co-headliner of ONE: KINGS OF DESTINY, which takes place at the 20,000-seater SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines on 21 April.
ONE WOMEN’S ATOMWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION ANGELA LEE FACES MEI YAMAGUCHI IN REMATCH
ONE WELTERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION BEN ASKREN FACES SHINYA AOKI IN RETIREMENT BOUT
14 September 2017 – Singapore: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced another thrilling spectacle as it returns home to Singapore on Friday, 24 November. The Singapore Indoor Stadium is set to play host to ONE: IMMORTAL PURSUIT, featuring the absolute best martial artists in the world.
SHINYA AOKI DEFENDS ONE LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST EDUARD FOLAYANG
MARAT GAFUROV DEFENDS ONE FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST NARANTUNGALAG JADAMBAA
30 May 2017 – Yangon, Myanmar: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), returns to Yangon, Myanmar on 30 June for another blockbuster evening of world-class, authentic martial arts action. The Thuwunna Indoor Stadium is set to play host to ONE: LIGHT OF A NATION, featuring ONE Middleweight World Champion Vitaly Bigdash, who will defend his title against hometown hero “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang in the main event.
MARCIN PRACHNIO OUT OF MAIN EVENT DUE TO INJURY
COMPLETE FIGHT CARD SET FOR ONE: QUEST FOR POWER
03 January 2017 – Jakarta, Indonesia: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced that middleweight contender Marcin Prachnio has suffered an injury and is out of ONE: QUEST FOR POWER.
Former professional mixed martial artist turned fight coach, George Castro, is set to arrive in Manila the first week of January to make good on Brandon Vera’s promise to bring the world-famous Alliance MMA gym to Philippine shores.
Castro, who has worked with Vera for the past four years, previously served as the strength and conditioning coach at Alliance MMA in San Diego, California.
“The plan is to bring a new style -- my style of training -- to the Philippines. I want to go everywhere and show everybody what I know and spread my knowledge,” said Castro. “Asia has a bunch of tough fighters with a lot of heart, especially in the Philippines.”
ONE Championship welterweight contender Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam might have been born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, but he found his second home 5,792 miles away from his birthplace.
With a professional record of nine wins and three losses, Kadestam believes that the well-established mixed martial arts scene in the Philippines played a pivotal role in his career and to where he is presently.
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