• Mahmoud “El Deep” Mohamed of Cairo will attempt to snap his two-fight losing streak on Friday Night, 7 October, when he faces the Godfather of Pakistani MMA, Bashir “Somchai” Ahmad, at ONE: STATE OF WARRIORS.  The event will take place at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.

    While the 37-year-old has deep appreciation for his opponent’s talent, he remains confident in his own skill level. “I respect him,” Mahmoud says. “He’s good. I’ve seen him fight before. He has all the weapons to defeat me, but I’m also ready and I have some new weapons myself.”

    Though Bashir has become famous for pioneering mixed martial arts in Pakistan over the past nine years, the Egyptian MMA scene was also in its infancy during that time and slow to develop. For warriors like Mahmoud, he had to blaze his own trail.

    “MMA in Egypt wasn’t much before six years ago,” Mahmoud admits. “I think the main forms of martial arts were kickboxing and wushu.”

    Initially a wrestler and kickboxer, Mahmoud jumped

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  • 8th ASEAN Para Games 2015 - OCBC Aquatic Centre, Singapore - 5/12/15 Swimming - Men's 100m Freestyle - S14 - Timed Final - Singapore’s Tan Eng Kiong Benson celebrates APG2015 Mandatory Credit: Sport Singapore / Action Images via Reuters Livepic8th ASEAN Para Games 2015 - OCBC Aquatic Centre, Singapore - 5/12/15 Swimming - Men's 100m Freestyle - S14 - Timed Final - Singapore’s Tan Eng Kiong Benson celebrates APG2015 Mandatory Credit: Sport Singapore / Action Images via Reuters Livepic

    When Joseph Schooling won a historic Olympic gold earlier last month, he was quickly inundated with offers of rewards from various companies.

    One of those was Grab, the ride-hailing platform, which offered Schooling and his family free rides for a year.

    But the 21-year-old has decided to instead gift those rides to two people, with one of them being local para-swimmer Benson Tan (pictured above). The other beneficiary is Ismail Akbar Abdullah, a 62-year-old blind masseur.

    Tan, who was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder at the age of five, is an accomplished swimmer who has won 11 ASEAN Para Games medals, seven of them gold, as well as a gold from the 2011 Special Olympics.

    The 25-year-old trains up to 10 times a week. Tan will get $7,300 worth of free Grab rides, which consist of two rides per day over six months. The rides will help with Tan's commute from his Pasir Ris home to his training venue at Anglo-Chinese School (ACS) at Barker Road. 

    When contacted by

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  • ONE Championship is making another triumphant return to Singapore in a big way, featuring not one, but two world title fights this November. 

    ONE: DEFENDING HONOR is set for the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 11 November, and was earlier announced to be headlined by a Lightweight World Championship bout between ONE titleholder Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki and the Philippines’ Eduard “Landslide” Folayang.

    Joining Aoki and Folayang at the top of the card are ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat “Cobra” Gafurov and former champion Narantungalag “Tunga” Jadambaa, who will be facing off in a highly-anticipated rematch for the belt in the co-main event. 

    Undefeated ONE Featherweight World Champion Gafurov (14-0-0) lifted the title from Jadambaa (12-4-0) last November, winning via fourth-round submission in a hard-fought affair. Jadambaa did not make it easy for Gafurov, resulting in a memorable contest worthy of an encore.

    After solid stoppage victories over Kotetsu Boku and Eric Kelly, Jadambaa

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  • Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon is a man of patience.

    Nine months removed from his last bout, the Baguio City, Philippines-based bantamweight fighter will return to the cage on Friday Night, 7 October, when he battles Muin Gafurov at ONE: STATE OF WARRIORS at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.

    “I’ll take this fight patiently,” the 28-year-old says. “I’ll just wait for my opportunity to go inside or wait for my opportunity to attack, because he is a tough fighter. I can go stand-up with him or fight him on the ground.”

    Belingon, a former ONE Championship title challenger, is motivated to bounce back from his most recent loss. The Team Lakay product fought ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fenandes at ONE: DYNASTY OF CHAMPIONS (CHANGSHA) this past January, and was submitted via kimura just four minutes into the first round. He simply couldn’t implement his gameplan that night, as he wasn’t able to control the cage the way he normally does.

    This time around, against Gafurov,

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  • ONE: STATE OF WARRIORS is set for the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar, on 7 Oct. Headlined by ONE Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka Naito defending his title against Joshua Pacio of the Philippines, the card features plenty of local talent alongside some of the hottest MMA prospects from around the world.

    One of them is bantamweight Muin Gafurov, who at the age of 20, holds an impressive professional record of 10-1. A strong grappler, Gafurov is matched against Kevin Belingon (13-5), a fighter eight years his senior, who hails from the famous Team Lakay in Baguio. Belingon is a wushu practitioner, with equally balanced striking and grappling skills, and is coming back from a loss to ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes via submission.

    “I know that this opponent is too weak for me”, says Gafurov about Belingon. “I don’t see him having many strengths. I am pretty confident of winning this bout. I hope it will be a quick one, too.”

    Gafurov is a well-rounded

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  • WUHAN, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 28:  Angelique Kerber of Germany returns a shot to Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic during their Fourth round match on Day 4 of the 2016 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open at the Optics Valley International Tennis Center on September 28, 2016 in Wuhan, China.  (Photo by Kevin Lee/Getty Images)WUHAN, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 28: Angelique Kerber of Germany returns a shot to Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic during their Fourth round match on Day 4 of the 2016 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open at the Optics Valley International Tennis Center on September 28, 2016 in Wuhan, China. (Photo by Kevin Lee/Getty Images)

    Before the start of this year, Angelique Kerber had zero Grand Slam titles to her name.

    But ahead of the WTA Finals in Singapore next month, the German has two triumphs under her belt, as well as the world number one ranking for the first time ever.

    The Bremen native turned professional in 2003, but has had to wait 13 years for a breakthrough. She powered to the Australian Open title for her first ever Slam trophy, picked up a silver medal at the Olympics, and won her second Slam at the US Open earlier this month.

    As a result, Kerber became the 22nd and oldest woman to reach the number one spot for the first time. The 28-year-old is also the first left-handed player to be at the top since Monica Seles last occupied it in 1996 and the latter believes Kerber will be the player to rival Serena Williams at the year-end finals.

    “She loves playing indoors, her game is suited for the hard court and I think mentally, winning two Grand Slams and being number one, she has that belief,” Seles

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  • Jordan “Showtime” Lucas is ready to bring his thrilling fighting style back to the ONE Championship cage, except this time he will be competing in his natural weight class.

    After debuting at featherweight this past May, the Australian dynamo is dropping back down to bantamweight and looks to light up the 65.8kg talent pool on his way towards a title shot. 

    He plans to kickstart his campaign on Sunday Night, 7 October, when he battles Yusup “Maestro” Saadulaev at ONE: STATE OF WARRIORS at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.

    “I’m preparing for a war and for the best Yusup there has ever been,” the 22-year-old says. “I’m not taking this fight lightly. I respect everyone I fight, but I am coming for it. I’m a tough fight for anyone in this division and, if he undermines what I’m bringing, it will be a long night for him.”

    Lucas brings an incredible pedigree to the forefront. He is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt under Carlson Gracie Jr., an IKBF Victorian State Muay Thai

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  • Bashir “Somchai” Ahmad needs to turn his professional fighting career around. This much he knows.

    The Godfather of Pakistani MMA plans to snap an unlucky two-fight skid on Friday Night, 7 October, when he squares off against Egyptian featherweight Mahmoud Mohamed at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.

    “Every fight is important, but this fight is extremely important to get back on the winning track,” the 33-year-old says. “I feel like I got off the path I was on, and this will put me back on it.”

    In preparation for his upcoming bout with the Egyptian Top Team standout, Bashir left the cozy confines of his newly expanded Lahore, Pakistan-based Synergy Fitness & MMA Club to train at Team Quest Thailand in Chiang Mai.

    Although “Somchai” has been consistently tightening up his technique and adding new tricks to his already impressive skill set, he feels like something has finally clicked. He has been effectively mixing all of his techniques together during training camp, and trusts

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  • ONE Championship lead commentator and Fox Sports Presenter Steve Dawson gives his take on this championship showdown between two of the best strawweights in the world.

    Myanmar gets treated to a duel for the ONE Strawweight World Title at ONE: STATE OF WARRIORS on Friday, 7 October.

    Naito is the champion, having dethroned Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke in Bangkok, Thailand, five months ago. His rear-naked choke win late in the fourth round was a big party spoiler for the Thai fighter, who was headlining ONE Championship’s first visit to his home country.

    It took Naito’s record to 11-0, but the Japanese fighter won’t be the only unbeaten fighter in this contest.

    Pacio, a 20-year-old from the Philippines, is 8-0 and this will be his third fight in the ONE cage. With three KOs and five submissions, Pacio has never been taken the distance.

    Against the Thai wrestling champion Kritsada Kongsrichai, it wasn’t a dominant win by any means. But in an all-action contest, the Team Lakay fighter grappled

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  • There were plenty of eye-catching sporting moments from the week past, including the macabre yet hilarious sight of someone in a fish costume gobbling up someone else. Yahoo Singapore picks out a selection.

    1. Ex-football wonderkid scores sublime goal

    ​Souleymane Coulibaly may not be a household name, but he should be after this wonder strike! Spurs fans may recognise the name as the young Ivorian used to be on the books at Tottenham, however he failed to impress and was sent on several loan spells before landing a permanent move to Scottish outfit Kilmarnock.  The 21-year-old attacker lined up for his side in Saturday's clash with Celtic and opened the scoring in truly emphatic style in the 32nd minute.  WHAT A GOAL FROM COULIBALY!!!!!!! —...​Souleymane Coulibaly may not be a household name, but he should be after this wonder strike! Spurs fans may recognise the name as the young Ivorian used to be on the books at Tottenham, however he failed to impress and was sent on several loan spells before landing a permanent move to Scottish outfit Kilmarnock.  The 21-year-old attacker lined up for his side in Saturday's clash with Celtic and opened the scoring in truly emphatic style in the 32nd minute.  WHAT A GOAL FROM COULIBALY!!!!!!! —...

    Remember Souleymane Coulibaly? The Ivorian striker was once touted as one of football's best prospects and Tottenham Hotspur looked to have secured a future star when they signed the then 16-year-old in 2011.

    He was fresh off a Golden Boot-winning performance at the U17 World Cup that year, but his career didn’t quite take off in England and Coulibaly endured a series of moves to lower-league sides.

    He has now ended up at Scottish top-flight outfit Kilmarnock, signing for them at the start of this season and wasted no time in getting down to business.

    Coulibaly has scored seven goals in 11 games and the latest was an absolutely incredible hit - a screamer from all of 44 yards that swerved through the air like a missile before dipping at

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