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    From the unforgiving waters of the 50-meter long swimming pool, Singapore’s only Olympic gold medalist Joseph Schooling has brought his exquisite sporting talent to a mixed martial arts (MMA) cage. ** **

    Schooling was the main highlight of an MMA seminar spearheaded by ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee and younger brother Christian on Thursday, November 24, at the Evolve MMA Gym in Far East Square.

    Schooling, who primarily came home to Singapore to be part of the Singapore Swimming Association’s golf charity event this past Tuesday — an event which raised $525,100 in support of the group — had an MMA crash course with the Lee siblings as he was taught the basics of the world’s fastest-growing sport.

    Christian and Angela imparted to Schooling some basic MMA techniques as the swimming prodigy engaged in a number of striking and grappling drills, including how to throw punches and kicks in the proper form, and even how to latch on a rear naked choke.

    Christian

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  • Brandon “The Truth” Vera is carrying a nation on his tattooed back.

    The reigning ONE Heavyweight World Champion will defend his prestigious title belt against Hideki “Shrek” Sekine at ONE: AGE OF DOMINATION, on Friday Night, 2 December, in front of a packed hometown crowd at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.

    Although this bout marks the Filipino-American’s first title defense, it is extra special because this is the first time the champ is officially fighting in his new home, and he already feels the strength of his countrymen rallying behind him.

    “It is honestly like fighting in front of your family, but your family is the entire country,” Vera says. “It is a blessing and a curse. I cannot let them down. But it pushes me and drives me, and helps me make the decision that, ‘Hey no, you need to go another round. Hey no, you are not tired yet, you need to push some more. Hey no, you need to make this happen.’ 

    “It keeps me motivated, it keeps me hungry, and it keeps me wanting

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  • Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes — ONE Championship’s longest reigning title holder — is happy to be back in Manila.

    Fernandes (19-3) will be making the sixth defense of his ONE Bantamweight World Championship opposite Filipino-Australian standout, Reece “Lightning” McLaren (9-3). The bout takes place in the co-main event of ONE: AGE OF DOMINATION, which is set for Friday, 2 December, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.

    Both men are Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belts, and are riding a strong wave of momentum. Fernandes hasn’t lost a bout since 2010 and is on a 11-fight win streak, while McLaren, who made his ONE Championship debut last year, is coming off two consecutive victories over highly-regarded opponents.

    It is expected to be a show-stealer, as two high-level mixed martial artists will go head-to-head to determine Asia’s best bantamweight.

    Fernandes is obviously the favorite, given his lofty credentials, but McLaren is a sleeper hit and has the ability to pull off the

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  • Reece “Lightning” McLaren has been an underdog throughout his entire MMA career, but now, he is one crucial upset away from becoming the king of the bantamweight division.

    On Friday Night, 2 December, the Filipino-Australian will battle ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes for the belt in the co-main event of ONE: AGE OF DOMINATION, which broadcasts live from Manila’s Mall Of Asia Arena in the Philippines.

    “Bibiano and I match well. We are both black belts in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. I think it is going to come down to a war of attrition,” the 25-year-old says.” The perfect outcome for me would be winning the title in Manila.”

    The Brazilian is a breed apart though. Fernandes, who trains out of AMC Pankration alongside one of the world’s best mixed martial artists in Demetrious Johnson, is a talented striker and a multi-time World Jiu-Jitsu and Pan American Championship black belt gold medalist.

    Currently in possession of a stellar 19-3 MMA record, “The Flash” is

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  • Thai forward Sarawut Masuk celebrating his goal against Singapore in the AFF Suzuki Cup match on 22 November. (Photo: AFF Suzuki Cup website)Thai forward Sarawut Masuk celebrating his goal against Singapore in the AFF Suzuki Cup match on 22 November. (Photo: AFF Suzuki Cup website)

    Once again, Singapore deployed defensive tactics in the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup tournament but Thailand managed to upset the apple cart of the Lions in their second group match by scoring a late goal to win 1-0.

    With the 89th minute header goal by forward Sarawut Masuk, Thailand are through to the semi-finals of the tournament with a game to spare after having beaten Indonesia 4-2 three days earlier.

    For Singapore, they are now staring at elimination from the tournament with just one point so far after drawing 0-0 against the Philippines in their opening game on Saturday.

    “We almost got that important point (against Thailand) for us to progress to the next game to see where we stand,” Singapore coach V. Sundramoorthy told a post-match press conference. “There were just minutes on the clock but that's football.”

    From the start of the match, the Lions had many men behind the ball as they tried to deny the defending champions the space to attack.

    Thailand kept Singapore goalkeeper Hassan Sunny

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  • The Philippines football team (Photo: AFF Suzuki Cup 2016 website)The Philippines football team (Photo: AFF Suzuki Cup 2016 website)

    For a tournament that will last for almost a month, Thomas Dooley, the head coach of the Philippines football team, knows that getting it right in several key areas of the game is crucial if the co-host nation were to win the ongoing AFF Suzuki Cup for the first time ever.

    Speaking to Yahoo Singapore in Manila after the Philippines drew 0-0 against Singapore on Saturday (19 November) in their opening match of the 2016 tournament, the former American international said that the Azkals may have home advantage over their opponents in the area of fitness.

    “Some teams arrive at tournaments after long seasons and the players are tired and feeling burnt out but we would be just approaching peak fitness and still be fresh.”

    Apart from Singapore, the Azkals are facing Indonesia on Tuesday and Thailand on Friday. At the time of this story’s publication, the Azkals are losing 2-1 to Indonesia in the 68th minute of the match.

    But in the area of tactics, Dooley knows that the team have room for

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    Mark “Mugen” Striegl does not stress too much about the elements outside of his control. He is only worried about his game and that alone.

    The Evolve MMA product will be making his third appearance inside the ONE Championship cage on Friday Night, 2 December, at ONE: AGE OF DOMINATION event. The blockbuster event will broadcast live from the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.

    He was originally supposed to face Rafael Nunes, but the Brazilian prospect was forced from the bout and has been replaced by Bulgarian mixed martial artist Sotir Kichukov. Despite the last minute switch, Striegl — a hometown hero in the Philippines — does not plan on altering his strategy too much.

    “Sotir is a well-rounded and scrappy fighter. I do study a little tape on my opponents to look for certain things, but I believe you should not watch too much tape,” the 28-year-old bantamweight explains. “There is a problem with overanalyzing your opponents. At the end of the day, you have to focus on yourself

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  • ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes will finally make his illustrious return to the cage.

    The Brazilian will defend his prestigious title against top contender Reece “Lightning” McLaren in the co-main event of ONE: AGE OF DOMINATION, live on Friday Night, 2 December, at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.

    Fernandes respects his Australian opponent, but maintains a high self-confidence in his own abilities, and thinks he will continue his monumental reign atop the bantamweight division.

    “I believe in myself. I believe if I train right and do everything right, I am going to do my best, and when I do my best, the outcome is victory,” the 36-year-old titleholder says. “I always have confidence with my training.”

    McLaren, who trains out of the Gold Coast’s Potential Unlimited Mixed Martial Arts, is a former XFC Bantamweight Champion, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, and has become something of an upset king.

    The 25-year-old “Lightning” holds a respectable

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    Hideki Sekine is on a quest to become the first Japanese heavyweight champion in a major mixed martial arts promotion.

    The undefeated warrior known as “Shrek” will officially make his ONE Championship debut on Friday Night, 2 December, when he challenges Brandon “The Truth” Vera for his ONE Heavyweight World Championship.

    The titanic clash will take place at ONE: AGE OF DOMINATION, which broadcasts live from the champ’s home turf at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.

    A seven-time BJJ champion, the physically imposing “Shrek” has compiled a perfect 7-0 record with three victories coming by TKO and the other three by submission. He wiped out DEEP’s megaton division in Japan with relative ease, even wearing a mask for a pair of matches. He experienced a dilemma, however, as Japanese organizations struggled to pair him up with similar-sized juggernauts.

    Now, he has a golden opportunity to square off against a world-famous title holder and face other elite heavyweights in ONE

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  • From left, Singapore's Safuwan Baharudin, the Philippines' Phil Younghusband and Kenshiro Daniels battle for ball possession in the AFF Suzuki Cup 2016 Group A final round at the Philippine Sports Arena in Bocaue township, Bulacan province north of Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
    Singapore battled to a 0-0 draw against the Philippines in their opening game of the 2016 AFF Suzuki Cup in Manila on Saturday (19 November) after playing for about an hour with 10 men.

    The Lions were lucky to get away with a point after their midfielder Hafiz Sujad was given a red card in the 34th minute for a dangerous challenge on Philippine captain Phil Younghusband.  The four-time champions dug in and managed to frustrate the co-hosts thanks to dogged defending and fine stops from goalkeeper Hassan Sunny.

    Singapore set out from the start to play a defensive match with six players positioned to protect Hassan's goal. Their task became harder after the sending off but the Lions fought hard to
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