ONE Championship

Many of the celebrated superstars in the constantly-evolving world of mixed martial arts have come from different martial arts backgrounds such as boxing, Muay Thai, wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

However, the extraordinary Chinese discipline of Wushu has given birth to many of the most talented athletes in the sport today, particularly in the Philippines, where its practitioners such as Eduard Folayang, Geje Eustaquio, Kevin Belingon and Rene Catalan smoothly transitioned to mixed martial arts.

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17 August 2018 – Jakarta, Indonesia: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced its return to Indonesia’s bustling capital city of Jakarta. The Jakarta Convention Center will once again play host to another exciting evening of world-class martial arts action. ONE: CONQUEST OF HEROES, set for Saturday, 22 September will see the biggest and brightest stars take to the ONE Championship cage to showcase their incredible skills. In the main event, reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka Naito of Japan will defend his title against rising star Joshua Pacio of the Philippines.

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Although two years have passed, Eddie Ng’s razor-thin setback at the hands of former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio Banario is still fresh in Evolve MMA teammate Amir Khan’s memory.

Banario crossed paths with Ng in August 2016 on the undercard of ONE: HEROES OF THE WORLD in Macau, China, where the latter yielded to the Team Lakay representative in a high-octane contest by way of split decision.

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After coming up short in his two bids to become a three-division world champion in ONE Championship, two-division titleholder Martin ‘The Situ-Asian’ Nguyen has decided to bid goodbye to the bantamweight division.

The reigning ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion first tried to wrestle the ONE Bantamweight World Championship from reigning champion Bibiano ‘The Flash’ Fernandes at ONE: IRON WILL in Bangkok back in March, only to lose via split decision.

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14 August 2018 – Manila, Philippines: Team Lakay veteran and former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario is scheduled to see action in the co-main event of ONE: BEYOND THE HORIZON opposite Singapore’s Amir Khan. The two will lock horns in a three-round lightweight contest on 8 September, at the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China.

Before he steps into the ONE Championship ring, let’s check out what Banario has to say ahead of his next big match-up.

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ONE Championship is set to rock China once again, as The Home of Martial Arts heads to Shanghai for ONE: BEYOND THE HORIZON on Saturday, 8 September, featuring a stacked card headlined by China’s own ‘The Panda’ Xiong Jing Nan defending her ONE Women’s Strawweight World Championship against Brazilian newcomer Samara ‘Marituba’ Santos.

The fans at the Baoshan Arena will also get to witness a showdown of sorts between two of Asia’s top martial arts stables, as the Philippines’ Team Lakay and Singapore’s Evolve MMA go head to head.

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WBC Super Flyweight World Champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai may be the hardest puncher in today’s well-entrenched boxing scene of Thailand, but his angst inside the ring melts when his favorite food becomes the topic.

The often-overused proverb "The best way to a man's heart is through his stomach" is applicable to Rungvisai because he breaks into a wide smile when he sees his desired meal on his plate.

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Ever since his remarkable three-bout winning streak was halted by then-debutant Emilio Urrutia in August 2017, Filipino spitfire Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly has had a mixed run of results.

Following his astonishing 21-second knockout of Cambodia’s Meas Meul last January, Kelly then suffered a second-round technical knockout loss at the hands of former ONE Featherweight World Champion Narantungalag “Tunga” Jadambaa five months later.

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ONE: REIGN OF KINGS last 27 July at the SM Mall of Asia Arena proved to be a good night for the Filipino mixed martial artists that showcased their talents on the stacked card.

Capped off by Team Lakay’s Kevin ‘The Silencer’ Belingon capturing the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Championship, the Filipino contingent went for a perfect 4-0 sweep on the night, which also included victories from former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard ‘Landslide’ Folayang, as well as a couple of strawweight contenders in Joshua ‘The Passion’ Pacio and Rene ‘D’Challenger’ Catalan.

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