• 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.


    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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  • Serena Williams' 186-week reign at the top of the WTA rankings ended after her semi-final defeat at the US OpenSerena Williams' 186-week reign at the top of the WTA rankings ended after her semi-final defeat at the US Open

    Former world number one Monica Seles remembers clearly the day she was upset by a 16-year-old in the now-defunct Ameritech Cup Chicago in 1997.

    Then ranked fourth in the world, the nine-time Grand Slam winner lost in the quarter-finals to a fresh-faced Serena Williams, who was playing only her second professional tournament.

    Seles played her last tour match in 2003 at 29 and officially retired in 2008, while Williams went from strength to strength to become one of the most dominant forces in women’s tennis.

    Of the last 24 Grand Slam finals, nine have been won by Williams. Only three players - Angelique Kerber, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka with two each - have won more than one title during that period.

    At 35, Williams remains one of the game’s best - proven by winning Wimbledon and reaching two finals this year.

    “I just remember calling my agent and saying to her that evening that my days are numbered and I had just played the future number one,” Seles recalled of their

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  • Team Singapore Paralympians pose for a photo with Minister of Culture, Community and Youth, Grace Fu at Vivocity, the final stop of the celebratory parade.Team Singapore Paralympians pose for a photo with Minister of Culture, Community and Youth, Grace Fu at Vivocity, the final stop of the celebratory parade.

    Singapore's team to the 2016 Summer Paralympics has been invited to be given tribute in Parliament, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu said on Saturday (24 Sept).

    "I have invited the entire team of Paralympians to one of the upcoming Parliament sittings, to pay tribute to them for their extraordinary achievements," she wrote in a Facebook post.

    As some of the Paralympians will be going away for the holidays, a suitable date will be found for them after they return, she added.

    Fu also expressed delight over the thousands who turned up a celebratory parade to honour the efforts and achievements of the 13 athletes who participated in the event.

    "By showing so evidently their tenacity and resilience to fly Singapore's flag high, our Paralympians have brought out the Singapore Spirit in us," she noted.

    Singapore's showing in Rio de Janeiro, where the Paralympics were held, included two gold medals and a bronze earned by swimmers Yip Pin Xiu and Theresa Goh.

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  • Quah Zheng Wen's latest Instagram post on 23 Sept 2016 showing his Olympic rings tattoo.Quah Zheng Wen's latest Instagram post on 23 Sept 2016 showing his Olympic rings tattoo.

    National swimmer Quah Zheng Wen is sporting a new tattoo of the Olympics rings after his 2016 Rio campaign.

    In a photo posted on Instagram on Friday (23 Sept), Quah posted a photo of himself shirtless with his pet dog. The five Olympic rings can be seen on his right chest. "This picture took longer than the tatt," he wrote.

    Fellow swimmer Joseph Schooling also inked the five Olympic rings on his right bicep after winning Singapore's first Olympic gold medal.

    Quah was given a boost for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after being granted a second National Service (NS) deferment on 22 Sept 2016.

    He said, "I’m deeply appreciative of the opportunity to be able to train full-time and dedicate myself to doing my best and making our nation proud."

    Schooling had earlier said he believes Quah can win a medal at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. “He has a lot more potential, I think he can actually win a medal or even win [a gold] in 2020 if he keeps on this path,” said Schooling.

    Quah qualified for the

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  • Theresa Goh looking at Yip Pin Xiu during the welcome ceremony at Changi Airport Terminal 3 on September 21, 2016.Theresa Goh looking at Yip Pin Xiu during the welcome ceremony at Changi Airport Terminal 3 on September 21, 2016.

    Despite the difference in prize money awarded for gold medals, para-athletes and their able-bodied counterparts are both fighting to allow sports to unite Singaporeans, said three-time Paralympic gold medallist Yip Pin Xiu.

    Speaking to reporters at a media session at the Singapore Sports Institute on Wednesday (21 September), the 24-year-old swimmer weighed in on the controversy over prize money for athletes. Paralympic gold medalists are currently awarded prize money of $200,000, while Olympic gold medalists get $1,000,000.

    But Yip said that she did not see the differing amounts as a “slight”, and that she is driven by the “intrinsic motivation” of constantly wanting to better herself, not prize money.

    “My (former) coach Ang Peng Siong once said this to me: If you start swimming for the money, you will eventually lose the reason to swim, because sometimes the money is not there.”

    In the same media session, Yip’s close friend and fellow Paralympian Theresa Goh said that besides money,

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