• Former ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes reclaimed championship gold in the Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao, when he submitted Tilek Batyrov to take home the Interim ONE Flyweight World Title. Batyrov, a two-time Combat Sambo World Champion representing Kyrgyzstan, stepped in for the injured Andrew Leone on just five days notice.

    After an initial feeling out phase, Moraes scored the first takedown of the contest. But Batyrov impressively held a high guard on the Brazilian and actively stayed busy from bottom position, perhaps in a quest to slap on a triangle choke. Moraes, a BJJ blackbelt, wasn’t too concerned as he concentrated on dishing out some ground and pound. Batyrov eventually responded with a guillotine choke. The former champ was never in any real danger, but the submission attempt did bring the fighters back to their feet.

    Though Moraes wasn’t scared to trade punches, the Kyrgyzstan dynamo peppered him with some hard left crosses from the southpaw stance.

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  • Eduard Folayang has long been a veteran of the Asian MMA scene, being one of the original combatants at the first-ever ONE Championship event years ago, but he may have just competed in his most memorable bout yet.

    Folayang (16-5-0) of Baguio City, Philippines overcame a granite-strong Adrian “The Hunter” Pang (22-9-2) to win by unanimous decision in one of the undercard bouts at ONE: HEROES OF THE WORLD on August 13 at the Venetian Macao’s glitzy Cotai Arena.

    After three gruelling rounds of intense back-and-forth action, Folayang had his hand raised in victory in his toughest bout yet.

    The first round saw Folayang starting off cautiously, pot-shotting Pang with single strikes from range. Pang would be content to lay back and counter, however, looking to land his powerful right hook.

    Folayang, a multiple-time wushu champion, collectively trumped Pang’s offense with a variety of attacks from distance. The Filipino MMA veteran threw everything but the kitchen sink at Pang, dazzling with an

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  • In a back-and-forth war that brought the crowd at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena to their feet, former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario impressed in his latest lightweight outing. The Filipino veteran edged out Eddie “The Magician” Ng at ONE: HEROES OF THE WORLD to remain undefeated in the lightweight division.

    The opening round started with a grappling battle of sorts, as each man kept reversing one another’s clinch against the cage, and supplemented their attacks with dirty boxing and knees to the body. Banario, in particular, threw some shoulder taps to his opponent’s jaw. 

    Hong Kong’s Ng eventually landed the first big takedown of the contest, as he dropped down from the clinch, picked up Banario, and beautifully dumped him onto the canvas. “The Rock” quickly responded by grabbing his legs and pushing him to the mat, but Ng would butterfly sweep him and put on a headlock. Banario shook it off and stood toe-to-toe with his opponent.

    At that point, the fight

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  • In a highly-anticipated clash of top featherweight prospects at ONE: HEROES OF THE WORLD in Macao, Martin Nguyen (7-1) brought the soaring Christian Lee (5-1) down to earth in an emphatic manner.

    From the opening bell, it was clear the judges wouldn’t be needed for this one. Both young men came out with guns blazing, trading power shots in the centre of the cage. It was Nguyen, however, who scored first blood with an early knockdown off a huge overhand right.

    Lee scrambled to recover, and managed to get back to his feet and keep Nguyen from swarming him. He even landed some nice shots to hold his own with Nguyen against the cage, but Nguyen was not to be denied, as he prevented Lee from gaining any momentum with yet another stunning knockdown.

    As the two warriors jockeyed for the advantage on the ground and in the subsequent clinch, Nguyen seized an opening to lock in a watertight standing guillotine that had Lee desperate to escape. Although the young Lee was able to defend for quite a

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  • Alexandre “Bebezao” Machado (8-2-0) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, emerged victorious in a potentially-explosive heavyweight clash against Alain “The Panther” Ngalani (2-3-0) of Hong Kong at ONE: HEROES OF THE WORLD last Saturday night, August 13, at the Venetian Macao’s glitzy Cotai Arena.

    The victory however didn’t come easy. Ngalani brought the crowd up to its feet in the early-going, showcasing tremendous power and strength by blasting Machado with a volley of thunderous combinations. Machado did his best to weather the storm, but it soon started to look like Machado was no match for the brute force of Ngalani.

    The Hong Kong native connected on a series of hard shots that rocked Machado on multiple occasions in the first round. Each combination, however, required a lot of energy on Ngalani’s part, and fatigue eventually became a factor.

    With a rapidly-slowing Ngalani continuing to push forward, a decrease in activity allowed Machado ample opportunity to regain his bearings, and he soon

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    In a closely-contested affair to kick off ONE: HEROES OF THE WORLD at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena, two-time Muay Thai World Champion Istela Nunes (5-0 1NC) defeated former ONE Women’s Atomweight World Title challenger Mei Yamaguchi (15-10-1) via split decision.

    Yamaguchi started the fight in a lively manner, looking to use her karate skills to dart in and out of Nunes’ range and land strikes and takedowns off the clinch. Nunes stayed patient, however, and remained content to throw a variety of kicks and knees at Yamaguchi.


    Yamaguchi’s strategy soon paid off, as she was able to grab a hold of Nunes’ leg and drag her to the ground. To Nunes’ credit, she was surprisingly capable of controlling Yamaguchi’s position and avoided any significant damage. Perhaps a little too eager to land some offense, Yamaguchi picked Nunes up for a possible slam, but Nunes took the chance to get to her feet and escape. They traded a few more glancing blows as the round ended.

    The second round began in an

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  • Reasons to Watch ONE: HEROES OF THE WORLD

    ONE Championship has been on quite the roll of late when it comes to delivering for the MMA fight fan.

    And you can bet that will continue in August at ONE: HEROES OF THE WORLD when the athletes set foot inside the cage in the renowned Cotai Arena of The Venetian Macao.

    Headlined by a bout to crown the Interim ONE Flyweight World Champion between Adriano Moraes and Tilek Batyrov, here is a look at why you need to make sure to tune in on 13 August.

    The crowning of a champion

    The most interested observer of the upcoming main event will be current ONE Flyweight World Champion Kairat Akhmetov, as the promotion has given Moraes and Batyrov the chance to call themselves the flyweight champion as well.

    Let us start with Moraes, who wants nothing more than a shot at Akhmetov after dropping a razor-close split decision to him last November.

    Moraes had been on a four-fight win streak prior to that defeat, including three submission victories for ONE. He made a successful title defense in early 2015

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  • 27-year-old former Interim ONE Featherweight World Title challenger Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen (6-1) of Sydney, Australia, will have experience on his side when he faces young foe Christian “The Warrior” Lee (5-0) in Macao’s ONE: HEROES OF THE WORLD. 

    Lee may be nearly 10 years his junior, but Nguyen isn’t taking the prospect lightly, and views Lee as a serious challenge in his path to another title shot.

    “Christian [Lee] is no doubt a talented fighter,” said Nguyen, who is viewed as Lee’s toughest opponent to date. “Not taking anything away from his last five opponents, but I don’t think they have the vision and willingness to win that I have when fighting.”

    Despite Lee’s meteoric rise through ONE Championship’s deep featherweight division, both fans and observers feel as though he may not have had the steepest ladder to climb. This doesn’t affect how Nguyen thinks of his younger opponent however, acknowledging Lee’s martial arts credentials and background.

    “I’m sure Christian has

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  • ONE Championship lead commentator and Fox Sports Presenter Steve Dawson sees how this bout might pan out between two fighters seeking redemption.

    ONE Championship’s Macao card, ONE: HEROES OF THE WORLD at the Cotai Arena this Saturday, brings together ONE Championship stalwarts Eddie Ng and Honorio Banario in a lightweight battle that will not disappoint.

    For Ng, it’s a welcome return that’s been curtailed by injury, starving his adoring fans of action since his submission loss to Ariel Sexton 15 months ago. But how healthy is the body of a man who mixes it up on a daily basis with some of the world’s best wrestling, muay Thai, and Brazilian jiu jitsu exponents?

    “If I said, I was a hundred percent…” said Ng, smiling in a break from training at Evolve MMA’s Far East Square location in Singapore. “But I’m able to fight and that’s the most important thing.”

    The biggest problem is his wrist, which he says will need surgery at the end of his career. He puts it down to the wear and tear of daily

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  • Get ready for her to go viral again, perhaps. The 'dancing hurdler' has made it to the 2016 Rio Games.

    Australia's Michelle Jenneke, who rose to fame back in 2012 when video of her dancing before her 100 metre hurdles event at the World Junior Track and Field Championships in Barcelona, will be back in the spotlight next Tuesday when the women's hurdles heats are contested.

    Limbering up before settling into the blocks is not new as we see hurdlers and sprinters and long distance runners bouncing with pent up energy just before the start is called. Channelling that energy into a little dancing is another thing, though and Jenneke got her share of YouTube hits because of it.

    Most competitors don't really exhibit a carefree attitude at the beginning of a race like that, usually opting for stony-faced seriousness. Jamaica's Usain Bolt is a fun-loving guy but even he reserves his dancing for pre-competition media conferences as opposed to the starting line.

    Some think Jenneke might be

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