• It was another successful homecoming for the “Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang.

    Myanmar’s very own MMA hero had his arm raised in front of his fellow countrymen at a roaring Thuwunna Indoor Stadium, as he earned a unanimous decision victory over former light heavyweight contender, Michael Pasternak, in the local main event of ONE: STATE OF WARRIORS.

    Though the fan favorite was clearly the better fighter on the night, Pasternak presented a constant threat throughout the course of the three-round middleweight affair.

    After an initial feeling out period to open up the first round, Aung La N Sang — a product of Maryland-based Crazy 88 MMA — landed solid leg kicks and beautifully countered Pasternak’s wild punches with sharp crosses and overhand rights, eventually opening a cut near the Polish fighter’s eye.

    Notably, at the four-minute mark, Pasternak — a Polish ADCC Champion who trains out of Okninski MMA — rushed in with one of his wild combinations and ate a few strikes on his way to tackling

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  • The Myanmar Featherweight Tournament was designed to unearth a mixed martial arts star in Myanmar. 

    Phoe Thaw and Saw Yan Paing worked their way to the finals and fought for that distinction at ONE: STATE OF WARRIORS at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar. 

    In the end, Phoe Thaw needed less than five total minutes to become The Myanmar Featherweight Tournament Champion thanks to mounted strikes.

    In the semi-finals, Phoe Thaw improved his record to a perfect 3-0, winning via ground and pound in just 22 seconds. It took longer in the finals, but the result was the same as he secured victory again with mounted strikes. 

    Saw Yan Paing successfully debuted in mixed martial arts in the tournament semi-finals going bell-to-bell, but after brief resistance reversing Phoe Thaw’s dominant positions — even securing his own takedown — he succumbed to Phoe Thaw at 3:23 of round one. 

    The 31-year-old Phoe Thaw moved his professional fight record to 4-0, victorious twice in one night at ONE:

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  • Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon (14-5) of Baguio City, Philippines, ended a two-year skid by defeating top Tajikistan mixed martial arts prospect Muin Gafurov (10-2) over three intense rounds.

    The pair did battle in a bantamweight contest at ONE: STATE OF WARRIORS, which took place 7 October at the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.

    The 28-year-old Belingon employed a highly-methodical game plan, utilizing his trademark power and incredible speed to stifle combat sambo world champion Gafurov.

    Throughout the bout, Belingon landed a series of inside and outside leg kicks, slowing down the younger Gafurov as the bout wore on. Gafurov’s combat sambo, which includes elements of grappling, was ineffective in this instance against Belingon’s world-class wushu sanshou base.

    Every time Gafurov moved in to try and close the gap, setting up takedowns with his striking, Belingon would lay back and counter with great accuracy. The Filipino’s lightning quick strikes were on full display, as

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  • Yusup “Maestro” Saadulaev displayed methodical striking and masterful technique to keep his victorious momentum rolling.

    The Russian bantamweight submitted Australia’s Jordan “Showtime” Lucas with a modified rear-naked choke at the 4:27 mark of the first round at ONE: STATE OF WARRIORS at Yangon, Myanmar’s packed Thuwunna Indoor Stadium.

    What started off as a careful feeling-out stage turned into an absolute clinic.

    Both fighters opened the stanza with some brief striking, and the Dagestan, Russia, native landed a few stiff kicks to Lucas’ left leg. The Aussie stuffed two of Saadaluev’s takedown attempts, but at the two and a half minute mark, Saadulaev dropped “Showtime” with a gorgeous jab and right cross.

    “Maestro” immediately swarmed Lucas and put his BJJ black belt skills to work, jockeying for dominant position and nearly sinking in an arm triangle choke. But finally, he flipped over his opponent and executed a daring modified rear-naked choke to get the tap.

    Saadulaev improves his

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  • In featherweight action, Bashir Ahmad made quick work of Mahmoud Mohamed at ONE: STATE OF WARRIORS at a sold-out Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar.

    The 33-year-old Ahmad (4-3) needed only 83 seconds to secure the fight-ending heel hook. It was his second submission victory in ONE Championship, bringing his record in the promotion to an even 3-3. “Somchai” got back on the winning track after dropping back-to-back fights.

    Meanwhile, Mahmoud (3-4-1) was submitted for the second time in 2016. Both losses for the Egyptian Top Team representative came in round one.

    Bashir, known as The Godfather of Pakistan MMA, returns home with a ONE Championship victory for the first time since in nearly two years.

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  • For the final fight of the ONE: STATE OF WARRIORS preliminary bouts, Saw Ba Oo and Kyal Sin Phyo slugged it out for two whole rounds, much to the delight of a packed Yangon crowd in Myanmar’s Thuwunna Indoor Stadium.

    It was no surprise, as both athletes were well-versed in Myanmar lethwei, an elite kickboxing skill native to the country. Kyal Sin Phyo would show his opponent just why he was a national champion in the sport, repeatedly scoring in the standup.

    Conversely, Saw Ba Oo decidedly had the upper hand once the action hit the canvas, landing several hard blows on the ground that could easily have prompted the referee to wave off the bout. Ironically, it was Kyal Sin Phyo who had initiated the groundfighting with a takedown.

    Kyal Sin Phyo proved a tough nut to crack, however, toughing it out until the bell to see the second round. It would prove to be in vain.

    Despite gaining the upper hand in the striking department once again, Kyal Sin Phyo fell victim to a stunning combination

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  • At a packed Thuwunna Indoor Stadium for ONE: STATE OF WARRIORS in Yangon, Myanmar, two of Myanmar’s elite lethwei champions took to the ONE Championship cage in a bid to launch their budding MMA careers.

    Fighting in the night’s second Myanmar Featherweight Tournament Semi Final, Ye Yint Aung (1-1) and Saw Yan Paing competed for the right to face Phoe Thaw, who had just minutes earlier earned a place in the tournament final via first-round TKO.

    After two gruelling rounds of action, it was Saw Yan Paing who emerged the victor by unanimous decision, booking a spot in the one-night tournament’s final bout later on the card. Tournament bouts are two rounds only.

    With both combatants holding championship titles in Myanmar’s striking art of lethwei, the bout was expected to remain standing. However, each fighter apparently held confidence in having the better ground game, with much of the two-round affair contested on the mat.

    The first round saw each combatant exchanging dominant positions

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    In the first match of the night at ONE: STATE OF WARRIORS in Yangon, Myanmar, local lethwei exponents Kat Pali and Phoe Thaw squared off in the first Myanmar Featherweight Tournament Semi Final.

    Since debuting with ONE Championship in 2015, Phoe Thaw has worked diligently on his ground game to complement his lethwei striking skills, and it paid off inside a packed Thuwunna Indoor Stadium.

    Once the bell rang to start the bout, Phoe Thaw rushed forward and secured a takedown almost instantly, moving to mount in the blink of an eye.


    He then proceeded to rain relentless ground and pound on helpless ONE debutant Kat Pali, forcing veteran referee Yuji Shimada to wave the contest off just 22 seconds into the very first round

    With the victory, Phoe Thaw advanced his fledgeling professional MMA record to 3-0, with all of his wins coming by way of first-round TKO.

    He went on to face the winner of Ye Yint Aung vs Saw Yan Paing in the Myanmar Featherweight Tournament Final later in the night.

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  • Photo of S. Anthonysamy's wake (Safhras Khan/Yahoo Singapore)Photo of S. Anthonysamy's wake (Safhras Khan/Yahoo Singapore)

    A helpful person who was willing to go out of his way to help a friend. 

    That is how national football coach V. Sundramoorthy remembers his former teammate S. Anthonysamy, who passed away at the age of 51 on Thursday (6 October).

    Sundram, as he is commonly known, told Yahoo Singapore on Friday that he visited his friend on Wednesday night at the hospital.

    Anthonysamy, who was paralysed in 1996 after a collision during a friendly match, had been warded in Singapore General Hospital after suffering from a chest infection.

    Sundram, who was Anthonysamy’s international teammate in 1987, said that he will always remember the winger as a very good friend.

    “He was always there. Even when I am overseas and I needed his help he will go out of his way to help me, be it to settle personal or family stuff.

    “As a player he was very down to earth, jovial and lively. I will miss him,” said Sundram, who also played alongside Anthonysamy at Woodlands Wellington.

    On 3 September 1996, Anthonysamy was

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  • Screengrab of S Anthonysamy (left) and his wife Keralin Mary (right) from a video titled A tragic football injury changed the life of then 31-year-old S.Anthonysamy found on the Football In Singapore YouTube channelScreengrab of S Anthonysamy (left) and his wife Keralin Mary (right) from a video titled A tragic football injury changed the life of then 31-year-old S.Anthonysamy found on the Football In Singapore YouTube channel

    Former national football player S. Anthonysamy, who was paralysed in 1996 after a collision during a match, has died at the age of 51.

    Anthonysamy had been warded in Singapore General Hospital after suffering from a chest infection, according to a report by The New Paper on Thursday (6 October).

    On 3 September 1996, Anthonysamy, who was a winger, played in a friendly match for local club Woodlands Wellington against Selangor when he collided with the Malaysian team’s Mubin Mokhtar.

    He was warded in hospital immediately and doctors found that two vertebrae near his neck were fractured. He had been paralysed from the neck down since the accident.

    Anthonysamy leaves behind his wife Keralin Mary, who married him two months after the accident.

    His older brother, S. Puspanathan, a 53-year-old driving instructor in the army, said Anthonysamy was a humble, wonderful and loving person.

    “I am very lucky to have him as a brother. He was very strong and always smiling. He has never shown (sadness)

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