• 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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  • Joshua Pacio has a golden opportunity to turn his lifelong dream into a reality. The undefeated Filipino contender will challenge unbeaten ONE Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito for his title at ONE: STATE OF WARRIORS live on Friday Night, 7 October, from the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.

    “I will do whatever it takes. If it’s five rounds, I will give it my best and make sure that I will not make a mistake. I am sure that October 7 is the night I will get the belt and bring it home to the Philippines,” the 20-year-old confidently says.

    “Bringing that gold strap here to the Philippines and to my family would make me happy because I know I would make them proud and the Filipino people proud, too.”

    Pacio, a product of Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines, has yet to taste defeat. In fact, all of his eight victories have yet to go the distance, as three of them ended via knockout and the other five via submission.

    Most recently, he fought twice under the ONE

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  • Yoshitaka “Nobita" Naito (11-0) may have claimed the ONE Strawweight World Championship in his successful promotional debut just four and a half months ago, but a champion’s work is never done. In fact, his road to defending the gold and establishing a legacy is just about to begin.

    The undefeated Japanese champion will make his first title defense on Friday Night, 7 October, when he faces Joshua Pacio in the global main event at ONE: STATE OF WARRIORS, live from the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.

    Not only is this a title bout, but it’s also a suspenseful battle featuring a pair of athletes who have never tasted defeat.

    “It’s a fight against two undefeated fighters and, for the first time, one of us will lose, so that is an exciting part of this match,” Naito says. “It will be a good matchup. There will be a lot of action and one of us will win.”

    Pacio, who represents Team Lakay of the Philippines, is a dangerous striker with a Muay Thai and wushu pedigree. That fierce

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  • After suffering the first setback of his professional career this past May, Poland’s Michal Pasternak is looking to get himself back into the win column when he battles Myanmar’s very own Aung La N Sang. The bout will take place on Friday, 7 October. at ONE: STATE OF WARRIORS in Yangon’s Thuwunna Indoor Stadium.

    “I am very motivated to win this fight and that’s why I am here,” the 32-year-old says.

    Not only is he motivated, but he is also confident. “Every fighter likes to visualize his fights some way,” he adds. “I thought about a few scenarios and I won in every one.”

    Pasternak, a Polish ADCC Champion who trains at Okninski MMA in Poland, is quite arguably the most focused he has ever been.

    He first took the MMA scene by storm, quickly accumulating a spotless 11-0 record. This included a unanimous decision victory over Rafael Silva at ONE: DYNASTY OF CHAMPIONS (BEIJING) in his promotional debut back in December 2014.

    During the fight, Pasternak showed that he was made of sterner stuff

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    Aung La N Sang is coming home. Fans in his home country of Myanmar are clamoring for his return, and they won’t have to wait much longer as the “Burmese Python” is about to step back into the cage to face Michal Pasternak on 7 October.

    The bout will be contested in the middleweight division at ONE: STATE OF WARRIORS in Yangon’s Thuwunna Indoor Stadium, and could go a long way in deciding the next 84kg title challenger.

    “The fans should be excited about this fight because we’re both really tough fighters and we both look for the finish,” the hometown hero says. “It’s going to be a great match.”

    One quick glance at Aung La N Sang’s history shows a respectable 18-9 record with seven of those victories coming by knockout and the other 11 wins via submission. That one hundred percent finishing rate is a feat few mixed martial artists in any organization around the world can match. Also, the Myanmar-born middleweight is undefeated in his ONE Championship run, going a perfect 3-0 to date, most

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  • The Asia MMA Summit 2016 Review

    As the Master of Ceremonies and main Panel Moderator for the Asia Summit 2016, ONE Championship lead commentator and Fox Sports Presenter Steve Dawson was perfectly placed to give an overall recap of the three-day event.

    During the morning break of ONE Championship’s third Asia MMA Summit last week from 21-23 September, the Director of a Media Corporation in Hong Kong came up to me, hand extended.

    “It’s good to meet you,” he said. “I love this sport, but not many Hong Kong people know how to bring MMA to my country.”

    “Speak to Victor Cui,” I told him. “He’s the guy in the light-coloured suit and black shirt.” He turned, walked earnestly, and just like that, our conversation was over.

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    The ONE Championship CEO was very much in demand that day at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands. With a broadcast viewership of one billion people across 118 countries, the ONE footprint is set to get even bigger in the coming years. Victor Cui is likely to get even busier.

    The focus, while not limited to Asia, was

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    Jimmer Fredette in action for new team Shanghai Sharks in the Merlion Cup final in Singapore. He scored 41 points in the final to help them win the trophy. (Photo: Sport Singapore and Basketball Association of Singapore)

    Many people may have had different things to say about Jimmer Fredette’s basketball career, but the former college phenomenon is simply focused on what he can control.

    A star during his time at Brigham Young University (BYU), he was named the 2011 national player of the year and selected by the Milwaukee Bucks as the 10th overall pick in the NBA draft that year. After being traded, he spent his first three years playing for the Sacramento Kings. 

    Despite sparking “Jimmermania” and being a fan favourite with the Kings, Fredette never really managed to establish himself in the NBA. He bounced through four teams and played in the D-League, and while he was named the NBA D-League All-Star Game MVP this February and did well in the Summer League with the Denver Nuggets, he

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