• An intriguing women’s MMA matchup as analyzed by ONE Championship lead commentator and Fox Sports Presenter Steve Dawson

    The second fight on Ann Osman’s comeback trail takes place this Friday at the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur.

    The Malaysian’s stunning loss 10 months ago to Irina Mazepa created a road block en route towards what could very well have been a belt placed around the waist of a female fighter for the first time in ONE Championship history.

    Since then, to global acclaim, Angela Lee has received that accolade in the atomweight division, and Osman has been left to pick up the pieces.

    Being driven, talented, and hardworking, that hasn’t been too much of a problem for Osman. In July in Hefei, China, she beat Haiat Farag – the third Egyptian that she’d wiped out — all in the space of less than four minutes.

    Back in her home country, the scene of her loss to Mazepa, Osman (4-2) now takes on April Osenio (1-1) of the Philippines.

    Osenio comes off a good win over Natalie Gonzalez Hills

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  • Team Lakay’s woman warrior April Osenio (1-1-0) won her last bout with ONE Championship against fellow Filipina Natalie Gonzales Hills via impressive armbar. 

    In her next bout, however, she moves up to face Malaysia’s fighting belle, Ann “Athena” Osman (4-2-0) at ONE: UNBREAKABLE WARRIORS, which takes place at Stadium Negara on 2 September.

    Having already fought two skilled opponents in Hills and Kirstie Gannaway in her first two bouts with the promotion, Osenio knows Osman will be her toughest challenge yet. In fact, she’s already studied Osman to an extent and knows what to expect when they both enter the cage.

    “I think Ann Osman is a great fighter. She definitely has the skills,” said Osenio. “I’ve seen most of her fights. Her wrestling is really, really good. But I think I have the advantage in striking. Her striking isn’t on par with her wrestling ability, and I can exploit that a little. I’m the faster fighter as well.”

    Osenio is new to the professional fight game only two bouts into

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  • Win or lose, Keanu Subba only knows one thing – being inside the cage is where he belongs.

    The 22-year-old featherweight from Kuala Lumpur is a mainstay in ONE Championship’s 70.3kg division, and the former Malaysian Invasion Mixed Martial Arts (MIMMA) amateur featherweight champion.

    His immense talent has fans believing he could be the next big Malaysian MMA star, yet out of five bouts, the young Subba has experienced two heartbreaking setbacks. First in his professional MMA debut against AJ Lias Mansor, and most recently, a unanimous decision loss to rising Chinese MMA star Li Kai Wen.

    “Losing sucks, but I’m always learning and I can only get better,” said Subba, who once said the only place he feels at home is inside the cold, steel confines of the cage. “One thing I learned was definitely to take training camps seriously. This isn’t a game for me. This is my life. This is what I love to do.”

    Subba (3-2-0) is set to do battle against 26-year-old Pakistani MMA fighter Waqar Umar (4-3-0)

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    Every single ONE Championship event is special, but the upcoming Malaysian card for ONE: UNBREAKABLE WARRIORS holds special significance for three of the organization’s up-and-coming fighters.

    On Friday Night, 2 September, homegrown talents Agilan “The Alligator” Thani, Keanu Subba, and Muhammad “The Big Cat” Aiman will grace the ONE Championship cage at Kuala Lumpur’s Stadium Negara in an effort to ascend the professional MMA ranks.

    But in a way, this particular show is a homage to their amateur days competing in local promotion Malaysian Invasion Mixed Martial Arts, otherwise known as MIMMA, and represents just how far they have come.

    “It is a proud moment for everyone in MIMMA to see talents discovered through our tryout stages graduate to fight professionally in ONE Championship,” said Joseph Lim, Chief Strategy Officer of Malaysian telecommunications company Tune Talk, which operates MIMMA. “This proves that MIMMA has successfully become a platform for these fighters to chase their

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  • “Why I Play” is a weekly column every Wednesday showcasing the stories of people who enjoy playing sports in Singapore. Want to see your sport featured? Let us know via Facebook, Twitter or email.

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    As a full-time professional tennis player, it is interesting to know that Sarah Pang only picked up the sport at the age of 19. Previously, the 31-year-old was into badminton and was also one of Singapore’s top junior shuttlers. This year, Pang won the STA Open Ladies Singles title in Singapore, and was the only Singaporean to make the podium at the 100 Plus Bangkok Championships. Unlike professional tennis players who regularly compete on the international tournament circuit, Pang does not have any sponsors. She relies heavily on her own finances and crowdfunding to compete at overseas competitions. Her ultimate dream is to play on the WTA women’s tour, where the likes of Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber have qualified for the prestigious finals in October in Singapore. Her hard work

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    Singapore netball head coach Ruth Aitken, flanked by captain Vanessa Lee (R) and co vice-captain Nurul Baizura. Josephine Yeo (L) and Yu Mei Ling are behind. (Photo: Netball Singapore)

    Less than a month after returning from the Asian netball championships, Singapore will find themselves in the thick of action again.

    This Sunday, Ruth Aitken’s charges will begin their Mission Foods Nations Cup 2016 campaign against Ireland, one of five invited teams to the 11th edition of the tournament.

    While Singapore did not manage to retain their Asian title, finishing third in Bangkok behind champions Sri Lanka and runners-up Malaysia, the New Zealander was happy with what she saw from a new-look team that was competing in its first major tournament.

    “I was really pleased with the development of some of the newer players and I thought the progress we made was really heartening,” she told local media at the Netball Singapore headquarters on Monday morning.

    “Certainly we were disappointed not to be

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  • The “Alligator” is on The Hunt

    ONE Championship is heavily banking on its development of local, homegrown martial arts heroes. After all, the future of the sport of course hinges on the fighters of today and tomorrow. 

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    One such fighter is Malaysian welterweight prospect Agilan “Alligator” Thani of Kuala Lumpur. Thani is unbeaten as a professional, and is one of the top prospects to come out of the country at just 21 years of age.

    He owns an unblemished five-win professional mixed martial arts record, and all five of his victories have come by spectacular finish, with only one of his opponents making it to the second round.

    To say that Thani is a talented young fighter is a massive understatement. But you don’t have to tell him that. Thani knows of his talent, but doesn’t let it affect his growth as a martial artist.

    “Well, I know I’m undefeated and have been so far unchallenged, but I don’t let it get to my head,” said Thani, who continues to improve each and every fight. “I’m constantly trying to improve myself and

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  • Fight Preview: Agilan Thani Vs. Trestle Tan

    A welterweight bout at ONE: UNBREAKABLE WARRIORS in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has caught ONE Championship lead commentator and Fox Sports Presenter Steve Dawson’s interest. Here’s why.

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    As the Agilan Thani story gathers pace, despite having watched it unfold, it becomes more and more unbelievable.

    The next chapter gets published at ONE Championship’s 2 September event at the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur against Trestle Tan of the Philippines.

    At 18 years old, primarily as a means to lose considerable weight — a reported 55kg — he entered the Malaysian Invasion MMA (MIMMA) tournament and blew through five opponents in five months, employing three submission wins, a decision, and a TKO in the grand final.

    He’d had one professional fight before all that, winning by TKO inside two minutes. After the MIMMA triumph he concentrated fully on his professional career with ONE Championship. In the space of 14 months, it’s brought him two more TKO victories and two more submission wins.

    The last two of

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    Jens Lehmann, an official Bundesliga ambassador, is in Asia as part of their Legends Tour. (Photo: Precious Communications)

    The English Premier League has always been branded as one of the most exciting leagues in the world, but that assumption has been severely tested by its German counterpart in recent years.

    The likes of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are regarded as genuine European football heavyweights, while other teams like Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke 04 and Borussia Moenchengladbach have helped to draw more attention to the Bundesliga with their slick performances in Europe.

    A revamp of youth development has also injected vibrancy and former Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehman believes this has helped underpin the league’s rise in popularity.

    “I think the pace of the game is higher now and the teams are getting fitter and fitter,” the 46-year-old told Yahoo Singapore on Monday at the Bundesliga’s Singapore office. He is here as an official ambassador of the league on their

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  • BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Jens Lehman of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Blackpool and Arsenal at Bloomfield Road on April 10, 2011 in Blackpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jens LehmanBLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Jens Lehman of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Blackpool and Arsenal at Bloomfield Road on April 10, 2011 in Blackpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jens Lehman

    It has been 12 seasons since Arsenal last won the Premier League title in 2003/04, with supporters becoming increasingly disgruntled at their lack of league success.

    Last season’s second-place finish - for only the second time since their title triumph - may have given fans hope the team can contend again this season.

    Arsenal club legend Jens Lehmann, who played every game of that remarkable unbeaten title-winning season, believes it is imperative for Arsene Wenger’s men to do so.

    Speaking to Singapore media as part of his role as Bundesliga ambassador on Monday afternoon, the 46-year-old said he believed there is no clear favourite even though the Gunners’ rivals have improved their squads.

    “Of course, they have to challenge for the title,” Lehmann said. “The other teams are not that good as well. Manchester City last year were very average and Chelsea were a disappointment, although they have improved this season. Manchester United and City are probably better [than last season].

    “I

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