ONE Championship fighter Zebaztian Kadestam: Ben Askren is my focus right now

Ben Askren, Zebaztian Kadestam

Ben Askren, Zebaztian Kadestam (ONE Championship)

Swedish MMA fighter Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam is set to make an attempt to steal the ONE Championship welterweight world champion title from Ben “Funky” Askren at “ONE Championship: Shanghai” on Sept. 2. They will headline the first ONE Championship event in the Chinese city.

“China is one of our biggest markets, and the focus has been to really bring the rich cultural history of martial arts in China to the forefront,” ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong said in a statement. “It is a delight to finally announce our inaugural event in the beautiful city of Shanghai.”

Kadestam is looking forward to becoming the first fighter to defeat Askren, who currently holds a clean record of 16 wins and 0 loss. In an interview, I asked Kadestam who he wanted to fight next if he beat Askren.

“Askren is my focus right now,” Kadestam told me. “Whatever comes next comes next.”

The “ONE Championship: Shanghai” announcement was made on Aug. 17, Thursday. I asked Kadestam if he thought he was given enough time to prepare for the fight against Askren.

“Yes I’m satisfied,” Kadestam said. “I told ONE right after my (debut) fight I’m ready to go again. I’m ready.”

On May 26, Kadestam made his ONE Championship debut at “ONE Championship: Dynasty of Heroes” at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. He defeated Luis “Sapo” Santos via knockout at 2:13 of Round 3.

In the main events of “ONE Championship: Dynasty of Heroes,” Askren and ONE Championship atomweight world champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee successfully defended their respective titles and kept their undefeated records. Askren submitted Agilan “Alligator” Thani via arm-triangle choke in Round 1 while Lee submitted Istela Nunes via anaconda choke in Round 2.

At “ONE Championship: Dynasty of Heroes,” Askren called out Kadestam. It appears that ONE Championship did not need more fights from Kadestam before giving him a title shot.

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Eduard Folayang-Ev Ting rematch at ‘ONE Championship: Legends of the World’ in Manila on Nov. 10?

Eduard Folayang, Ev Ting

Eduard Folayang, Ev Ting (ONE Championship/Facebook)

On April 21, Ev “E.T.” Ting failed to steal the ONE Championship lightweight world champion title from Filipino fighter Eduard “Landslide” Folayang at “ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny” at the Mall of Asia in Metro Manila, Philippines. Still, the former is looking forward to challenging the Filipino fighter of the famed Team Lakay from Baguio City once again before the year ends.

On Aug. 18, Friday, Ting got his 14th win as a professional MMA fighter. The Kiwi fighter defeated his Japanese opponent Nobutatsu Suzuki at “ONE Championship: Quest for Greatness” at the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

On Aug. 20, Saturday, the former took to Facebook to share a photo of himself wearing an Auckland MMA shirt. In the caption, he wrote, “Always excited to compete. ET in Manila part 2?”

Also, Ting indicated in the photo caption that he is interested in having a rematch with Folayang in Manila. The next ONE Championship event in the Philippines is “ONE Championship: Legends of the World,” which is set on Nov. 10 at the Mall of Asia.

There is still no statement from Folayang about Ting’s interest in their rematch. While Ting currently holds a record of 14 wins and 4 losses, Folayang has 18 wins and 5 losses.

The first fighter to defeat Ting is Filipino-American Mark “Mugen” Striegl, who is currently based in Baguio City. On Feb. 11, 2012, the latter defeated the former at “Legend FC: Legend Fighting Championship 7” in Macau.

Joining Folayang and Striegl in the list of the fighters Ting failed to defeat are Yeong Gwang Choi and former ONE Championship featherweight world champion Marat “Cobra” Gafurov. At “ONE Championship: Quest for Greatness,” Gafurov lost his title to Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen.

On the other hand, the only five fighters to defeat Folayang are Jon Tuck, Ole Laursen, Lowen Tynanes, Kamal Shalorus and Timofey Nastyukhin. Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring Folayang days after defeating Ting:

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[PHOTOS] Team Lakay’s Kevin ‘The Silencer’ Belingon on fire, knocks out Reece McLaren in Round 1 in Malaysia

Team Lakay fighter Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, 29, recently earned his 16th win as a professional MMA fighter. He defeated Reece “Lightning” McLaren via knockout at “ONE Championship: Quest for Greatness” at the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Aug. 18, Friday.

It took Belingon only 62 seconds to knock out McLaren in the first round of the bout. The Team Lakay fighter first gave his Australian-Filipino opponent a hard right straight, which dropped the latter.

Belingon did not waste any second by giving McLaren aggressive follow-up strikes on the ground. This made referee Olivier Coste decide to step in and end the fight.

This marks Belingon’s seventh MMA win as a professional MMA fighter via knockout. The first one was on May 13, 2010 at “MC: Martial Combat 2,” where he knocked out Ngoo Ditty via punches.

On April 2, 2011, Belingon knocked out Isaac Tuling at “URCC 19: Collision” with head kick and punches. After this, the Team Lakay fighter made his ONE Championship debut.

After losing to Soo Chul Kim and Masakazu Imanari in his first two ONE Championship bouts, Belingon scored his first win under the promotion on Oct. 6, 2012 at “ONE FC 6: Rise of Kings,” where he knocked out Yusup Saadulaev via punches.

On April 5, 2013, Belingon earned his second ONE Championship win by knocking out Thanh Vu via punches at “ONE FC 8: Kings and Champions.” On Dec. 6, 2013, Belingon also knocked out David Aranda Santacana at “ONE FC 14: War of Nations” via punches.

Before “ONE Championship: Quest for Greatness,” Belingon’s most recent fight was a win against Toni Tauru via technical knockout via submission to punches at “ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny” on April 21.

While Belingon now has 16 wins and 5 losses, McLaren has 9 wins and 5 losses. Here are some photos taken from their “ONE Championship: Quest for Greatness” fight:

Reece McLaren, Kevin Belingon, Olivier Coste (ONE Championship)

Reece McLaren, Kevin Belingon, Olivier Coste (ONE Championship)

Reece McLaren, Olivier Coste, Kevin Belingon (ONE Championship)

Reece McLaren, Olivier Coste, Kevin Belingon (ONE Championship)

Kevin Belingon (ONE Championship)

Kevin Belingon (ONE Championship)

Kevin Belingon (ONE Championship)

Kevin Belingon (ONE Championship)

Reece McLaren, Olivier Coste, Kevin Belingon (ONE Championship)

Reece McLaren, Olivier Coste, Kevin Belingon (ONE Championship)

Kevin Belingon (ONE Championship)

Kevin Belingon (ONE Championship)

Kevin Belingon

Kevin Belingon (Mark Sangiao/Facebook)

Kevin Belingon

Kevin Belingon (Mark Sangiao/Facebook)

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Martin Nguyen crowned ONE featherweight world champion with knockout of Marat Gafurov

PLUS: Ev Ting swarms Nobutatsu Suzuki to win by TKO

ALSO: Agilan Thani dominates Sherif Mohamed

Marat Gafurov, Martin Nguyen

Marat Gafurov, Martin Nguyen

18 August 2017 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), once again electrified the iconic Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with another evening of authentic world-class martial arts action. ONE: QUEST FOR GREATNESS delivered a series of compelling bouts, performed by the absolute best in local and international martial arts talent. In the main event, Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen shocked the world by stopping Marat “Cobra” Gafurov in their rematch to become the new ONE Featherweight World Champion.

In the main event of ONE: QUEST FOR GREATNESS, Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Australia completed his journey through ONE Championship’s featherweight ranks by upsetting previously-unbeaten Russian champion Marat “Cobra” Gafurov via knockout within two rounds to clinch the highly-coveted ONE Featherweight World Championship. Gafurov dominated the first round with his magnificent grappling arsenal, but Nguyen found his groove in the second frame as he tore apart his Russian foe with his striking. Recognizing an opening, Nguyen countered Gafurov’s jab with an overhand right that knocked out the now former champion at the center of the ONE Championship cage. Nguyen’s remarkable conquest of Gafurov earned him the “GoDaddy Knockout of the Night” award.

Martin Nguyen, newly crowned ONE Featherweight World Champion, stated: “I just want to dedicate this fight, not only to Malaysia for being so welcoming and having such a beautiful country. This is for my dad. He was my inspiration for the whole camp when I mentally broke. (He and) the boys kept me together. I’ve got a deadly overhand right, but it’s not my only weapon. Thank you to Marat [Gafurov] for giving me the opportunity.”

In the co-main event of the evening, former world title challenger Ev “E.T.” Ting of Malaysia placed his name back in the winner’s column by overwhelming Japanese veteran and former ONE Welterweight World Champion Nobutatsu Suzuki to win by devastating technical knockout. From the opening bell, Ting paced himself well, keeping Suzuki at range with his accurate striking before executing the end sequence. After staggering Suzuki with a combination, Ting swarmed his opponent to score the referee stoppage.

22-year-old Agilan “The Alligator” Thani of Malaysia authored one of the most dominant performances of the night, placing himself back on the winning track with a unanimous decision victory over Sherif “The Shark” Mohamed of Egypt. Showing off new skills and techniques that he learned from training with the world-famous Team Quest, Thani swamped Mohamed with his wrestling while stifling his opponent with submission attempts. The former world title challenger finished the three-round welterweight contest on a strong note, delivering crisp ground strikes to the delight of his roaring countrymen.

Filipino knockout artist Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon completed yet another scintillating finish, his second in a row, by defeating Australian submission specialist Reece “Lightning” McLaren by knockout. Belingon finished the job in just 62 seconds, dropping his Australian opponent with a hard right straight before punctuating with follow-up strikes on the ground to compel referee Olivier Coste to step in and halt the contest. The revered Team Lakay veteran recorded his seventh knockout win as a professional with the impressive triumph over McLaren.

In a clash of high-caliber flyweights, Malaysia’s Gianni Subba captured a hard-earned victory in front of a jubilant hometown crowd by routing Japan’s Riku “The Outsider” Shibuya. Subba showcased his pinpoint accurate striking early on, peppering Shibuya with stinging right hands and spinning back-kicks in the first round. Although Shibuya easily converted his takedown attempts in the succeeding rounds to avoid striking exchanges, Subba kept himself active on the canvas, fishing for submissions while landing the more telling blows. In the end, Subba’s efforts were rewarded with a unanimous decision.

“Mighty” May Ooi of Singapore scored a major victory in her ONE Championship debut by submitting Malaysian female martial arts superstar Ann “Athena” Osman in the first round. After surviving a huge right hand from Osman, Ooi took matters to the canvas, where she maneuvered her cage counterpart with ease courtesy of her impeccable ground game. The 41-year-old Singaporean executed a flawless transition into a rear-naked choke that left Osman no choice but to tap out.

Former ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke of Thailand brushed off a lackluster start to topple Robin “The Ilonggo” Catalan of the Philippines via second-round technical knockout. Showcasing tremendous power with every strike and drawing cheers from the crowd after each landed blow, Dejdamrong’s thunderous knees proved too much for Catalan as the Filipino lost his footing, forcing the referee to wave it off and award the victory to the celebrated Thai kickboxer.

Christian “The Warrior” Lee of Singapore exhibited stellar form, proving himself a top featherweight contender in ONE Championship by scoring an impressive submission over Malaysia’s Keanu Subba. Both highly-touted prospects started out aggressively, but it was Lee who showed a more capable set of grappling skills. Lee spun a web of crafty grappling to overwhelm Subba as the 19-year-old Singaporean standout was able to get the submission finish in the third round, making Subba tap from a wrenching armbar.

Emilio “The Honey Badger” Urrutia of the United States made a triumphant promotional debut in ONE Championship by edging out Team Lakay stalwart Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly of the Philippines in their three-round featherweight encounter. Urrutia relied on his solid ground game to pacify his Filipino opponent’s firepower in the stand-up trade, wearing down Kelly and steering him to a decisive victory by way of unanimous decision.

Kicking off ONE: QUEST FOR GREATNESS was a strawweight encounter between wushu practitioner Rene Catalan of the Philippines and Chinese grappling prodigy Bu Huo You Ga. After dropping his opponent with a clean left straight in first round, Catalan secured top control and went to work. With a dominant top game, Catalan notched his third straight victory, defeating Bu Huo as all three judges saw the bout in favor of Catalan to win by unanimous decision.

Official results for ONE: QUEST FOR GREATNESS

ONE Featherweight World Championship bout: Martin Nguyen defeats Marat Gafurov by Knockout at 1:27 minutes of round 2

Lightweight bout: Ev Ting defeats Nobutatsu Suzuki by TKO (Strikes) at 3:29 minutes of round 1

Welterweight bout: Agilan Thani defeats Sherif Mohamed by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

Bantamweight bout: Kevin Belingon defeats Reece McLaren by Knockout at 1:02 minutes of round 1

Flyweight bout: Gianni Subba defeats Riku Shibuya by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

Women’s strawweight bout: May Ooi defeats Ann Osman by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:27 minutes of round 1

Strawweight bout: Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke defeats Robin Catalan by TKO (Strikes) at 0:46 minutes of round 2

Featherweight bout: Christian Lee defeats Keanu Subba by Submission (Armbar) at 1:11 minutes of round 3

Featherweight bout: Emilio Urrutia defeats Edward Kelly by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

Strawweight bout: Rene Catalan defeats Bu Huo You Ga by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

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4 Filipino MMA fighters in ‘ONE Championship: Quest for Greatness’ fight card

There are four MMA fighters from the Philippines in the “ONE Championship: Quest for Greatness” fight card. Two of them are from the famed Team Lakay of Baguio City.

Rene Catalan

Rene Catalan

  1. Rene “D’ Challenger” Catalan, 38

Hailing from Iloilo, Catalan is set to fight Chinese grappler Bu Huo You Ga, 25, in the strawweight division. The Filipino fighter currently has 2 wins and 2 losses while his upcoming opponent has 4 wins and 2 losses.

Robin Catalan

Robin Catalan

  1. Robin Catalan, 27

Robin is Rene’s younger brother. With a record of 6 wins and 2 losses, Robin will fight Thai fighter Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke, 38, who has 7 wins and 2 losses, in the strawweight division.

Toni Tauru, Olivier Coste. Kevin Belingon

Toni Tauru, Olivier Coste. Kevin Belingon

  1. Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, 29

Months after defeating Toni Tauru at “ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny” on April 21, Belingon is returning to the cage to face his Australian-Filipino opponent Reece McLaren, 25, in the bantamweight division. Belingon holds a record of 15 wins and losses while McLaren’s record is 9 wins and 4 losses.

Belingon is one of the senior fighters of Team Lakay. Both he and McLaren once tried to get the ONE Championship bantamweight world champion title from Bibiano Fernandes but failed.

Edward Kelly

Edward Kelly

  1. Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly, 33

Like Belingon, Kelly is also a top Team Lakay fighter. Kelly is set to fight Emilio “The Honey Badger” Urrutia, 30, in the featherweight division.

Both Kelly and Urrutia currently have 9 wins but the former has 3 losses while the latter has 4 losses. Kelly has fought seven ONE Championship bouts while Urrutia is set to make his debut in the promotion.

The only three ONE Championship fighters who defeated Kelly are Herbert Burns, 29, Ev “E.T.” Ting, 28, and Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 28. Both Nguyen and Ting are in the “ONE Championship: Quest for Greatness” fight card, as well.

Nguyen will challenge ONE Championship featherweight world champion Marat Gafurov, 32, while Ting will battle it out with Nobutatsu Suzuki, 39, in the lightweight division. “ONE Championship: Quest for Greatness” will take place on Aug. 18, Friday, at Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Belingon and Kelly are accompanied by Team Lakay head coach Mark “The Machine” Sangiao and ONE Championship lightweight world champion Edward “Landslide” Folayang, 32. Here is a clip featuring the Team Lakay fighters:

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Team Lakay’s Kevin Belingon, Edward Kelly joined by Mark Sangiao, Edward Folayang at ‘ONE Championship: Quest for Greatness’ in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao and ONE Championship lightweight world champion Edward Folayang are currently in Malaysia. The two veteran MMA fighters are set to support Team Lakay fighters Kevin Belingon and Edward Kelly at “ONE Championship: Quest for Greatness.”

On Aug. 17, Thursday, Sangiao took to Facebook to share photos taken from Malaysia. He wrote, “Tomorrow, the 18th of August at Stadium Negara KL, roar for our two Lakays, Kevin ‘The Silencer’ Belingon and Ferocious Edward Kelly as they troop to the actual action!!”

Kevin Belingon

Kevin Belingon

Belingon’s opponent is Australian-Filipino fighter Reece McLaren. They will battle it out in the bantamweight division.

McLaren is the second between the only two fighters who defeated Filipino-American MMA star Mark “Mugen” Striegl, who is based in Baguio City. Striegl’s first MMA win in the Philippines was against Team Lakay fighter Crisanto Pitpitunge.

Currently, Belingon has 15 wins and 5 losses while McLaren has 9 wins and losses. Both of them lost once to ONE Championship bantamweight world champion Bibiano Fernandes.

Edward Kelly

Edward Kelly

On the other hand, Kelly currently has 9 wins and 3 losses. His “ONE Championship: Quest for Greatness” opponent is Emilio Urrutia, who has 9 wins and 4 losses.

Kelly and Urrutia will compete in the featherweight division. It will be the first ONE Championship bout of the latter.

As for Kelly, “ONE Championship: Quest for Greatness” will be his eighth ONE Championship bout. Aside from him and Belingon, there are two more fighters from the Philippines in the fight card namely Robin Catalan and Rene Catalan, whose respective opponents are Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke and Buhuoyouga.

“ONE Championship: Quest for Greatness” will take place at Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 18, Friday. Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring Sangiao, Folayang, Belingon, Kelly and their fellow Team Lakay fighters during a press conference in Pasay City, Metro Manila, in May:

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Cannes winner Brillante Mendoza holds exclusive Cinemansanas Masterclass

Brillante Mendoza

Brillante Mendoza

Cannes Film Festival Best Director Brillante Mendoza began the first round of Masterclass sessions for Pixelworx: Cinemansanas 2017 last August 12 and 13. The 23 selected filmmakers embarked on a journey with the award-winning director who lent his expertise on acting, directing, and cinematography.

The exclusive sessions were held at the Power Mac Center Apple Authorized Training Provider in Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City. Participants underwent extensive training and experienced hands-on activities during the sessions, which aim to help them bring film ideas to life.

“We selected a wonderful mix of 23 idealistic students, professionals, and enthusiasts representing the 23 amazing years of Power Mac Center. We are grateful to Direk Dante Mendoza for sharing his time and knowledge and helping us nurture the next generation of Filipino filmmakers,” said Power Mac Center Marketing Director Joey Alvarez.

The last Masterclass session will be held on August 26. After which, participants are required to submit their short films for a chance to win a MacBook Pro Retina or up to P40,000 worth of Power Mac Center gift cards.

‘Do you have a minute?’ film competition, still open

Filmmakers and enthusiasts who missed the Masterclass sessions can still participate in Cinemansanas by sending their 1-minute film entries to the short film competition. Entry is free and open to all residents of the Philippines, provided they are 18 years old and above.

“‘Do you have a minute?’ aims to provide a perspective on how people can share compelling stories through social media, where everything has a shelf life of just 60 seconds. We want to challenge everyone, can you tell an amazing story in one minute?” Alvarez said.

Film entries must be shot using an iPhone and made specifically for this competition. Films may be in any language or have no dialogue at all, whereas foreign language audio or important on-screen text must have English subtitles.

Up to P30,000 worth of Power Mac Center gift cards, full training on Final Cut Pro or Logic Pro X, and an iPad Pro are up for grabs.

The deadline of submission of entries is on August 25, 2017. To join the competition, visit https://goo.gl/9SC9ai. For complete mechanics, visit any Power Mac Center branch nationwide, or log on to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube (@powermaccenter).

All Pixelworx: Cinemansanas activities will culminate in a Grand Movie Premiere at the SM Mall of Asia Cinema on September 21, 2017, with Director Brillante Mendoza as guest-of-honor.

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