• ONE Championship closed off 2016 with one of its best shows of the entire year. ONE: AGE OF DOMINATION rocked the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines, on 2 December in front of a raucous crowd with epic battles inside the ONE Championship cage. 

    As is the case in any high-profile MMA card, there are winners and then there are losers. Let us take a closer look at what might be next for the victorious athletes of ONE: AGE OF DOMINATION.

    Brandon “The Truth” Vera

    Brandon “The Truth” Vera has hit his second wind as a professional mixed martial artist. The San Diego, California, resident moved to Manila earlier this year to be closer to his fans and get in touch with his heritage.

    In three fights with ONE Championship, he has looked and played every bit the part of champion, even before he put on the coveted belt. 

    Last Friday night, Vera took on enormous Japanese challenger, the previously unbeaten Hideki Sekine, in a concise affair. Vera needed just a little over half of the first round

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  • ONE Championship ended its 2016 in grand fashion. The organization staged quite arguably its biggest card yet, ONE: AGE OF DOMINATION, on Friday Night, 2 December, at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines, and it was a night full of unforgettable moments.

    Brandon Vera returned home to defend the ONE Heavyweight World Championship against Hideki “Shrek” Sekine, Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes had a back-and-forth affair with Reece “Lightning” McLaren, and Filipino heroes such as Mark “Mugen” Striegl and the members of Team Lakay entertained their countrymen all throughout the night.

    Here is a look back at the top five highlights of ONE: AGE OF DOMINATION.

    Highlight #1: Reece McLaren vs Bibiano Fernandes

    Long considered one of the best bantamweights in the world, Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes has not lost a match in six years. In fact, he has finished his last three opponents.

    On the other hand, his opponent Reece “Lightning” McLaren has made it a habit of defying the odds. The

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    2016 was a milestone year for ONE Championship, both inside and outside of the organization’s circular cage. 

    Landmark deals were struck, new markets were explored, and world titles changed hands in entertaining battles all across Asia.

    According to CEO of ONE Championship, Victor Cui, he believes that although the promotion achieved unprecedented success in 2016, the following year is set to surpass the previous year.

    “2016 has been a phenomenal year for ONE Championship. It was absolutely historic for the promotion and 2017 promises to be even better,” said Cui.

    “With the addition of key senior leaders to aid ONE with our growth plans, the promotion is in an unbelievable position to make some major waves in the global MMA industry. Together we aim to deliver fans a continuously unique experience that they will never forget.”

    In 2016, ONE Championship was able to penetrate new markets in Macau and Bangkok, holding their first-ever live events in these key cities. This goes along with

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  • Brandon “The Truth” Vera entered as the ONE Heavyweight World Champion, and is leaving the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila unscathed.

    The Filipino hero steamrolled through Hideki “Shrek” Sekine on Friday Night, 2 December, at ONE: AGE OF DOMINATION. He pummeled the unbeaten challenger with a ground and pound flurry, causing the referee to stop the contest at 3:11 in the first round.

    Just grabbing that first title defense in-front of his home crowd has easily become the pinnacle of his still blossoming career.

    “This will complete my movie. This can complete a chapter in the book, for sure,” he says with a smile. “It is great fighting for ONE, an organization that really cares about their fighters — not just one of their favorites, but all of them. 

    “And just being here in the Philippines and being in Asia — it is what I should have done a long time ago, but everything in life is timing, and I am doing it now.”

    Truthfully speaking, Vera made this look too easy. The champ spent the first minute

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  • Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belts Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes and Reece “Lightning” McLaren put on a tremendous show in a five-round title contest for Fernandes’ ONE Bantamweight World Championship.

    The two warriors engaged in a high-level striking and grappling encounter in the co-main event of ONE: AGE OF DOMINATION, which took place Friday evening, 2 December, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.

    Both Fernandes and McLaren had their moments in an extremely close bout, which reflected on the judges’ scorecards, as a split decision was read in favor of the defending champion.

    The first two rounds saw a dominant Fernandes, who tagged McLaren repeatedly with looping right hands and thunderous leg kicks. Whenever Fernandes would shoot for a takedown, he was also successful.

    On the ground, McLaren tried to hang tough with the Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace, defending well against submissions and transitioning back up to his feet when he saw the opportunity.

    In the third round however,

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  • Mark Striegl got back on the winning track a year after losing his previous contest, and was able to grind his way to a satisfying win over replacement opponent Sotir Kichukov. The bout took place on Friday, 2 December, in Manila at ONE: AGE OF DOMINATION.

    Striegl used takedowns and ground control to earn a unanimous decision after three rounds against his Bulgarian opponent.

    Striegl previously fought and lost to number one bantamweight title-contender Reece McLaren, but rebounded to beat a game and dangerous Kichukov in front of a partisan crowd who cheered him on. Striegl came out kicking Kichukov’s body and legs early on, before shooting and landing a double-leg takedown.

    Kichukov worked actively from his full guard, attempting to set up submission holds off his back. Sriegl maintained good posture, however, and kept his neck and limbs out of danger before standing and punching downward.

    Striegl advanced to a dominant side mount headlock position, but was soon swept by his opponent out

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  • Toni “Dynamite” Tauru ruined Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio’s big night.

    The former ONE Bantamweight World Title contender made quick work of the Filipino hero at ONE: AGE OF DOMINATION, and shocked the home nation crowd at Manila’s Mall Of Asia Arena by submitting him via rear-naked choke with 1:03 remaining in the first round.

    With the victory, Tauru snaps a three-fight skid and can finally breathe a little easier.

    “It was very emotional. I dropped a couple of tears after the fight in the cage because I have had a lot of pressure on myself because of those lost fights,” the Finnish mixed martial artist willingly admits. “I know I fight in the big leagues and somebody always has to lose, and I have had very close fights. But still, it is great stress to come in with a losing streak.”

    Tauru dominated the contest from the opening bell. The Finnish bantamweight immediately shot in for the takedown, and although the man known as “Gravity” attempted to reverse the move, the former title challenger

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  • Team Lakay veteran fighter Honorio “The Rock” Banario (11-6) continues his impressive career resurgence with another satisfying victory inside the ONE Championship cage, finishing off Rajinder “Knockout” Singh Meena (8-3) of India via armbar in the very first round.

    The two stood across each other at ONE: AGE OF DOMINATION, Friday, 2 December, in a three-round lightweight contest.

    Banario, who had shown steady improvement after a disappointing five-fight losing streak, has now won three in a row over solid opposition. Against Vaughn Donayre and Eddie Ng, Banario showcased a tremendous improvement in his grappling. Against Singh Meena, the evolution of Banario came full circle.

    Banario not only dominated the striking exchanges at the center of the cage, he also completely outclassed Singh Meena on the ground.

    “I feel very happy this time because when I came up to the lightweight division, I felt very comfortable and strong,” said Banario after the bout. “I am hoping to keep winning now so

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  • A patient Leandro Ataides struck suddenly with thunder with six seconds left in the second round of his middleweight ONE contest against Mohamed Ali to win by flying knee KO. The bout took place at ONE: AGE OF DOMINATION at Manila’s Mall of Asia Arena on Friday, 2 December”

    The victory allowed Ataides to snap a three-fight losing streak on his daughter’s birthday, in a bout he had dedicated to his sister who died tragically earlier this year.

    “I dedicated this fight to my sister,” said Ataides emotionally after the bout. “She passed away, but I know wherever she is, she watches over me, and now I can say, ‘look at me, I did great’. I do my best for her and my family.”

    The first round saw both men stay largely out of range, firing and mostly missing with powerful strikes. Early on, Ali caught a kick of the Brazilian’s to score a takedown, but Ataides was quick to pop back up to his feet.

    With under a minute left in the round, it was Ataides’ turn to take things to the mat, as he shot in and

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  • Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly made his home nation proud on Friday Night, 2 December, when he finished “The Terminator” Sunoto in the third round via strikes at ONE: AGE OF DOMINATION, held at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.

    “It is very satisfying. Even though I was a little frustrated in the first round, in my mind, I felt I would knock him out,” the 32-year-old wushu specialist says. “He is a good fighter. He trained hard for our fight, and I am glad I got the win.”

    Following a brief exchange, Sunoto wrestled “The Ferocious” to the canvas and methodically worked the rear-naked choke. He got the back, slowly hooked his legs over Kelly’s body, and re-positioned his legs into a figure-four before attempting to slide his arms under the hometown hero’s chin.

    The Team Lakay standout read the scenario perfectly, wisely defending it by tying up Sunoto’s free arm. Somwhow, Kelly was able to roll into the Jakarta, Indonesia, native and reversed course, eventually ending the round

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