• Back in 2013, Honorio Banario scored a victory over Eric Kelly to become the first-ever ONE Featherweight World Champion. That was a title he held until later that year when he was bested by Japanese veteran Koji Oishi.

    Banario has now found a new home competing at lightweight, and will look to remain unbeaten in the division when he fights Eddie Ng at ONE: HEROES OF THE WORLD on 13 August at the Cotai Arena in Macao, China. 

    The 26-year-old Banario, nicknamed “The Rock”, successfully debuted in this weight class with a unanimous decision win over Vaughn Donayre at ONE: GLOBAL RIVALS in Manila earlier this year. In that bout, he showcased some much improved grappling and a more-rounded MMA skill set, snapping a five-fight skid.

    "Winning for me in this new division is very important,” Banario said. “I’ve been in a lot of tough times in my career, so I need to win consecutively in this fight and my upcoming fights. I intend to stay undefeated in this new weight class because this is really

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    Eddie Ng was one of the first athletes to sign for ONE Championship, competing on the first-ever event back in 2011 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. 

    That night, the lightweight standout defeated Yuan Chun Bo in 45 seconds, and has spent his time since competing for the Asian-based promotion. It is a moment he will always look back fondly on.

    The 30-year-old will return to action on 13 August 2016 at ONE: HEROES OF THE WORLD from the Cotai Arena in Macao, China, against former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio Banario.

    Originally from Hong Kong and a member of the Evolve MMA Fight Team in Singapore, “The Magician” will be searching for his first win since he submitted Peter Davis back in 2013. All seven of Ng’s career victories have been finishes, including three knockouts.

    “This next event in Macao is going to be highlight of my career,” Ng said. “It’s [ONE’s] very first event in Macao, and it’s also very close to Hong Kong. I have a lot of family that is coming to watch me for the

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  • ONE Championship lead commentator and Fox Sports Presenter Steve Dawson analyses this highly-anticipated matchup between two top flyweights.

    ONE Championship makes its first foray into Macau with a card worthy of the occasion on 13 August, as ONE: HEROES OF THE WORLD at The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena features an Interim ONE Flyweight World Title match in the main event between Adriano Moraes and Andrew Leone. 

    It is as much of a toss up as any of the dice games on the casino tables just down the hallway. 

    Moraes (14-2) is a former ONE champion at this weight. He won the belt in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, against Geje Eustaquio via a second-round guillotine choke. A unanimous win over Riku Shibuya followed, before an almighty tussle with the supremely gifted Kairat Akhmetov left him on the wrong side of a split decision.

    On the comeback trail, it took the Brazilian less than five minutes to submit Eugene Toquero and befitting his talent, he’s right back in line for a rematch with Akhmetov, if

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  • A few weeks ago, Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard wasn’t sure if she would be attending the upcoming Rio Olympics.

    Now, not only is she in Brazil preparing to compete in the tennis tournament, but the 22-year-old also appears to be doubling as an Olympic tour guide in her spare time.

    The Canadian Olympic tennis squad, which along with Bouchard includes Gaby Dabrowski, Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil, left for Brazil on Monday. Canadian singles and doubles player, Pospisil made sure to share that moment.

    Then Bouchard took over the documenting duties.

    Through her various social media channels, including her Twitter, Instagram and her – now public — Snapchat channel (username: genieebouchard), Bouchard

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  • Not only will the ONE Grappling Challenge Macao have the largest prize purse in Asian grappling with USD$50,000 up for grabs, some of the biggest names in Asian combat sports will be participating in the no-gi tournament as well.

    ONE Championship officials have just confirmed that so far, eight-time Brazilian jiu jitsu world champion and Hall of Famer Michelle Nicolini, ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki, and ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee have thrown their names in the hat to roll in the tournament’s Elite category.

    The Elite category is reserved for BJJ brown or black belts and grapplers with more than five years of experience. All three of them will be representing Singapore’s Evolve MMA.

    With athletes of such high calibre competing against grapplers from all over the world, the ONE Grappling Challenge Macao just might shape up to be one of the biggest no-gi tournaments in Asia, and not just in terms of prize money. After all, no other competition in Asia

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  • When both your parents are highly-decorated martial artists and your older sister is a world champion in MMA, it’s a tough act to follow. But for 18-year-old featherweight prospect Christian “The Warrior” Lee, being one day considered the best fighter in the world is at the top of his list of priorities.

    Lee (5-0) is undefeated, young, and hungry for superstardom. All five of his wins to date have been fast-paced first-round finishes against different levels of opposition.

    He’s set for his sixth professional MMA bout in ONE Championship’s inaugural event in Macau, and it will come against former world title challenger Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen (6-1). Nguyen, who is himself a highly-touted MMA prospect, represents Lee’s toughest challenge to date. It’s a bout Lee says he has long yearned for.

    “I am very excited to be fighting Martin Nguyen,” said Lee. “I think he’s a good fighter with a good record. I have been training extremely hard for this fight and I am more than ready.”

    Although

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  • ONE Championship is set to stage another historic event, as Asia’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization voyages into the city known as “The Las Vegas of the East.” Scheduled to take place at the picturesque Venetian Hotel’s 15,000-seater Cotai Arena in Macau, China, is ONE: HEROES OF THE WORLD on 13 August.

    The interim ONE Flyweight World Championship is up for grabs in the night’s main event as two highly-decorated fighters will slug it for the gold-plated strap, while a potential title eliminator between two hard-hitting lightweights will be the co-headlining attraction.

    Here is a quick look at what is at stake for the biggest names competing at ONE: HEROES OF THE WORLD.

    Adriano Moraes vs. Andrew Leone

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    Adriano Moraes (14-2) is perhaps the most successful flyweight in ONE Championship’s growing presence on the international MMA scene, capturing the division’s inaugural title in September 2014 against Filipino Geje Eustaquio and winning 5 of his last 7 bouts in impressive fashion.

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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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    Muhammad Firdaus Bin Abdul Rahman poses for a photo at Somerset Skate Park. (Photo: Lim Yong Teck)

    Muhammad Firdaus Bin Abdul Rahman did something not many Singaporeans will consider doing - he became a professional skateboarder. With gradual hard work and effort, the 29-year-old has become a well-known figure in the skateboarding community. Firdaus has been invited to compete alongside world-class skateboarders in several international platforms such as the Tampa Pro in the US and the Street League Skateboarding in Barcelona, Spain.

    How did you get involved in skateboarding?

    When I was really young, about three to four years old, my dad bought me a board but at that point of time, I wasn’t really serious about it.

    A few years later, I was at the old McDonald’s outlet at East Coast Park, and

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  • Futbolita is a Yahoo Sports blog that brings you the latest insights and gossip from football leagues around the world.

    Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is loving life at the Premier League side and has set his sights on winning trophies.Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka is loving life at the Premier League side and has set his sights on winning trophies.

    Arsenal’s new signing Granit Xhaka recently took part in a traditional initiation ceremony for the club.

    The midfielder was forced to stand on a chair in front of his teammates during dinner, and sing a tune of his choice. 

    A welcome “ceremony” like this is quite common in football for new players who have just joined a club or who are answering their first international call-up. 

    For example, the Brazilian national team often invites new players to stand on a chair to say a speech, declaring their “moment of pride” to their teammates. 

    Xhaka, who is Swiss-Albanian, chose to serenade his new teammates with a traditional song instead in his native language.

    The player’s awkward singing was captured on video by reserve goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who cheekily posted this clip on Twitter.

    Although nobody on the table seemed to understand the lyrics, Xhaka was belting

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  • Japanese gymnast racks up high phone bill playing Pokemon Go in Brazil

    Japanese gymnast Kohei Uchimura should probably stay away from the gym in Brazi — a Pokemon gym that is.

    The six-time world champion reportedly racked up a 500,000 yen ($4,900) phone bill from his phone provider because of all the data he used to play the game Pokemon Go in Brazil as he awaits the upcoming Olympic Games, according to Kyoto News.

    The gymnast downloaded the app when he arrived in Rio de Janeiro and, like many before him, got addicted to the location-based augmented reality game.

    The only problem?

    Uchimura was reportedly unaware he didn't have an unlimited overseas data plan, reported Kyoto News, and was instead running up quite the bill as he caught the Pokemon roaming through South America.

    His teammate Kenzo Shirai told the news agency, "He looked dead at the team meal" the day Uchimura saw his costly phone bill.

    Fortunately for Uchimura, his service provider went easy on him and reduced his bill to the daily unlimited data package price of 3,000 yen ($30).

    Uchimura is

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