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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Lito Adiwang calls out Rodtang to fight in MMA or Muay Thai

Photo Courtesy || ONE Championship

Cordillera - The 'fast and furious' striker of Team Lakay, Lito "The Thunder Kid" Adiwang released a statement that he is willing to fight ONE Flyweight Muay Thai Champion Rodtang "The Iron Man" Jitmuangnon if the promotion allows him to switch to ONE Super Series. 

He said via One Championship that he is "1000" percent willing to pursue a match with Rodtang as he saw some vulnerabilities from the Thai fighter.

“I’m really willing to fight him – 1,000 percent. I’ll cross over to ONE Super Series if they give me Rodtang," said Adiwang.

 "I know I’ll come in as a heavy underdog, but I believe I have the tools to beat Rodtang because I’ve been seeing holes in his game,” he added.

Adiwang believed that many of the fans are excited to see a fight between them. If the match happens it would be one of the biggest cross-over match in the history of ONE Championship promotion.

“I’ve seen the clamor of our fans to see this fight, but it’s not just them. It’s me. I really want this fight and I really believe that when we face each other, we can bring out an exciting match. I’ll be at my best because I know I can do it once I face Rodtang.”

Rodtang perfected a zero loss record at  the promotion and compiled over 250 wins since he turned pro at the age of 21. He reached the pinnacle of success when he dethroned Jonathan Haggerty in 2019 to claim the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Title.

For Adiwang, a product of Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series and a member of the Philippines’ most elite mixed martial artists, his confidence, his strong mindset and work ethic can help him wins against the most experienced Thai fighter.


Friday, June 11, 2021

Igorot knockout artist Jeremy Pacatiw to fight unbeaten Fabricio Andrade

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Update (02/10/2022) - Igorot knockout artist Jeremy Pacatiw is set to return to the circle against unbeaten Fabricio "Wonder Boy" Andrade in ONE: Full Circle on February 25 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Pacatiw, who came from a dominant unanimous win over Rui Chen in his promotion debut last July said this match with Andrade "will be the most ambitious pursuit" in his career.

"I'd say that my upcoming fight with Fabricio Andrade will be the most ambitious pursuit I have in my career as I get a chance to face a ranked fighter," Pacatiw said.

"Getting that win will definitely draw me closer to the top. Indeed, this is another opportunity for me to unleash my skills and I can't wait," he added.


Cordillera - Another Igorot fighter from Team Lakay has joined Asia's top MMA promotion ONE Championship. 

On 11, June 2021 (Friday), ONE Championship has announced Jeremy Pacatiw has officially signed with the promotion. 

The 25-year-old Pacatiw from Benguet holds a record of 10 wins and 4 loses under Brave Combat Federation. 

His last fight in Brave CF was on December 2019 where he demolished Felipe Efraim from Brazil via first round technical knockout.

WATCH: Joshua Pacio submits Thai fighter via "The Passion Lock"

Pacatiw has long been dreaming of joining ONE Championship and this year is a realization of his dream to fight together as a team in ONE promotion.

READ ALSO: Stephen Loman considered 'biggest combat athlete in PH' like Manny Pacquiao - Brave CF President

"The team is so happy that we will finally get to compete together under one promotion. Fans can expect a different and much better version of me," Pacatiw said.

Last year, Stephen Loman who came from Brave CF also signed with ONE Championship and recently, the son of Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao signed with ONE as well. 


Tuesday, June 8, 2021

WATCH: Igorot fighter Joshua Pacio submits dangerous Thai fighter via "The Passion Lock"

Cordillera - When Igorot fighter Joshua Pacio met the most dangerous Thai fighter Pongsiri Mitsatit, he didn't hesitate to utilize his secret weapon he called "The Passion Lock" which earned him the submission victory.
Photo Courtesy || One Championship

What he did during their battle at ONE: Reign of Kings three years ago was submitting Mitsatit via modified Kimora lock, a new technique introduced by Team Lakay in MMA arena.

"The Passion Lock" is a method of submitting your opponent at the back by twisting their arm until they tap. 

WATCH ALSO: Team Lakay's Joshua Pacio Chokes Rene Catalan in Round Two 

Pacio took pride of his teammates in Team Lakay for coming up with the idea. 

According to Pacio, it's a new concept of Kimora lock born out of the constant pursuit of knowledge. 

In his interview with ONE Championship, Pacio revealed the origin of their new weapon. 

He said, "We played around with the idea of other submissions from the back. The rear-naked choke is obvious, but there had to be some other way to finish from that position. At Team Lakay, we drill many different scenarios when we train our grappling. This is one we came up with in our constant pursuit of knowledge.

READ ALSO: Joshua Pacio named among 10 Best MMA fighters in the World by Black Belt Magazine

"I first tried this technique on Danny (Kingad), but that guy is extremely strong and very tough, and it was not as effective. Then I tried it on Geje (Eustaquio), and that is when I was able to execute it correctly," he added.

Watch Joshua Pacio as he demonstrated how to implement "The Passion Lock"

It may seem this new technique of submission will be added to the things every fighters in Team Lakay are going to learn inside the gym from now on.


Saturday, June 5, 2021

Igorot Kevin Belingon - among elite strikers in ONE Championship

News Update: The Igorot fighter Kevin Belingon has accepted the challenge from Indonesian fighter Sunoto.

“I accept the challenge of Sunoto! For him to see and test the fighting IQ he is looking for,” Belingon said in a statement released through Team Lakay’s social media.

Earlier, Sunoto calls challenge Belingon for a match up.

"What I really want is to face Kevin Belingon. I would like to meet a World Champion if I am going into the Circle, but this is more realistic. If I fight Kevin and win, it would elevate my name. Personally, I just love seeing him in action. He’s so explosive. At the same time, I don’t actually favor that style of attacking, one that unloads a lot of attacks. What I like is a technical fighter. [If I beat Belingon], it is redemption and proof that Indonesia is capable of beating Team Lakay," Sunoto said.


Cordillera - It's no doubt that every MMA fans out there, when they heard about Kevin Belingon fighting inside the cage, they are expecting him of his signature strike - the spinning back kick.
Photo Courtesy || ONE Championship

The spinning back kick technique in Mixed Martial Arts is one of the dominant weapon utilized by Team Lakay fighters over the years. 

In fact, the technique has been one of their signatures and has helped them earned memorable knockout wins in ONE Championship history. 

Former ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin Belingon used the spinning back kick in his previous fights, notably against Andrew Leone during ONE: Heroes of Honor on April 2018. 

The kick was so powerful that Leone was thrown across the corner of the ring.

Sensing an already weakened opponent, Belingon then swarmed Leone with a barrage of punches to secure the TKO Victory.


Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao’s son Jhanlo officially joins with ONE Championship

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Cordillera - ONE Championship has announced that Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao's son Jhanlo has officially signed with the promotion. 

In a Facebook post from ONE Championship, it posted a welcome message to Jhanlo Mark Sangiao.

"Give a warm welcome to Jhanlo Mark Sangiao, son of Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao as he officially joins ONE Championship."

The 18-year-old Jhanlo didn't expect that he will be given an opportunity to compete in ONE Championship. 

"I didn't expect this. Even when my father gave me the contract, I was confused. I was like, 'What is this?'  Then I saw the ONE logo, and I read it, and I was in disbelief, Jhanlo said  via ONE Championship.

His dream of competing in ONE Championship is now a reality.

"I really can't explain it because even when I was a kid, I truly wanted to be here. I wanted to compete like all my kuyas in the gym. So I'm really, really excited, Jhanlo added.

Coming from a bloodline of a multi-awarded coach who had produced MMA world champions, Jhanlo has something big to show in the cage. 

Fans who witness his recent bouts said that he is a well-rounded fighter who can fight in his both stand up and ground game. 

In fact his latest fights victories came via rear-naked choke. 

"I my previous competitions in the amateurs, mostly I finish people with my ground-and-pound and submissions, so I guess that's what people can expect from me. That's all for now - it's better if they see it for themselves," Jhanlo said.

"When they say Team Lakay, the first thing that comes to people's mind is, 'This guys are deadly strikers.' But for me, I believe I'm a different bread. I'm part of the new generation that needs to build weapons.


Monday, May 31, 2021

WATCH: Team Lakay's Banario flattens Jaroslav Jartim with a powerful left hook to the jaw

Photo Courtesy || One Championship

Cordillera - Former One Championship featherweight champion Honorio Banario flattens his opponent with a powerful punch during ONE Championship: King of Destiny. 

The 28-year-old Banario, a native of Mankayan, Benguet delivered his four straight wins in his mixed martial arts career when he finished Jaroslav Jartim via technical knockout in the 2nd round.

The single left hook that finished the Czech fighter had been a superb performance for Banario as it earned him his first real knockout since stopping Andrew Benibe at ONE: Pride of Nation in 2012. 

READ ALSO: Honorio Banario: The first Igorot/Filipino to become MMA World Champion

When Jartim delivered a body kick, Banario countered with a punching combination. 

It caught Jartim with a left hook that landed in his jaw. 

The result was a devastating 2nd round TKO.

READ ALSO: Igorot Kelly knocks out Cambodian Meul in 21 seconds: records fastest TKO in ONE Championship

"The win was so memorable. I was all muscle memory, because in training, the left hook is always my go-to-move," Banario said during an interview.

"It landed flush during the match. I went home with a big smile on my face," he added.


Friday, May 28, 2021

"The Ferocious" Igorot Edward Kelly outpoints Egyptian Faress, victorious via split-decision

Photo Courtesy || One Championship

Cordillera - Team Lakay's Edward"The Ferocious" Kelly outsmarted the highly-touted Ahmed "The Prince" Faress of Egypt to win via Split-decision at the previously-recorded ONE: Full Blast aired on 28th May 2021.

Kelly proved that he has an unfinished business in the Mixed Martial Arts cage as he came strong and took everything he can to outpoints Faress. 

READ ALSO: Igorot Kelly knocks out Cambodian Meul in 21 seconds: records fastest TKO in ONE Championship

The first and second rounds had been discouraging upset for Kelly as he was caught with a right hook that quickly sent him to the mat followed by a leg triangle that nearly choked him out in the second.

However, Kelly bounced back in the later rounds with tremendous take downs and big shots from his own as he took advantages of Faress getting weary and tired.

WATCH: Team Lakay's Joshua Pacio Chokes Rene Catalan in Round Two

After 15 minutes of action, the two judges who scored the bout and gave the victory to the Cordilleran fighter. 

Congratulations Edward Kelly.


Sunday, March 28, 2021

Olsim's power guillotine made it to ONE's top MMA Submission Victories Of 2021’s 1st Quarter

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Cordillera - World largest martial arts organization ONE Championship has released the top 5 Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Submission Victories for the first quarter of 2021. 

The stunning victory of Igorota fighter Jenelyn made it to the top 3 after submitting Maira Mazar during the ONE: Fists of Fury III on March 19, 2021 in Singapore. 

WATCH: Igorota fighter Jenelyn Olsim wins via Guillotine Choke in Singapore

Included in the list of top 5 MMA submissions were the battle between Shinya Aoki and James Nakashima in top 1 followed by Gadzhimurad Abdulaev vs Zebastian Kadestam in top 2. 

The bout between Victoria Lee vs Sunisa Srisen and Ryuto Sawada vs Robin Catalan were in top 4 and top 5 respectively.

Here's ONE Championship take on Jenelyn Olsim's top 3 MMA Submission Victory:

Jenelyn Olsim capped a fine debut with a third-round victory over #5-ranked women’s strawweight Maira Mazar  ONE: FISTS OF FURY III on 19 March.

Olsim’s striking was her biggest weapon for much of the match, but her route to victory came with a slick power guillotine submission.

Mazar initiated the clinch before a flurry of straight punches, but as she latched onto Olsim’s leg to look for a takedown, she neglected to protect her neck. The Filipina slipped her right arm underneath the Brazilian’s chin and fed her head into the left bicep.

Knowing she was in danger, the Evolve representative dragged things to the ground in an attempt to defend. Still, Olsim stayed glued to her attack and rolled Mazar over – with the added pressure quickly drawing out the Brazilian’s white flag.


Friday, March 19, 2021

WATCH: Igorota Jenelyn Olsim chokes Brazilian fighter in 3rd Round

Photo Courtesy || One Championship

Cordillera - Igorota fighter from Team Lakay in Baguio City submits Maira Mazar of Brazil via Submission (Guillotine choke) at "ONE: Fists of Fury 3" in Singapore on Friday evening.

The 24-year old who recently signed with ONE Championship scored an early upset-of-the-year candidate after submitting No. 5-ranked strawweight Maira Mazar in the 3rd round. 

Olsim has been known for her powerful striking skill and this has been seen during the bout when she took Mazar to the ground with a straight punch right on the face early on the 1st round.

Shen then scored another knockdown in 2:19 in followed by a second round knockdown via a front kick. 

The Igorota power puncher has now improved her record with 4 wins and 2 looses.

With her newest big win in ONE, Olsim is interested to put her name on the rankings to fight the likes of Ayakara Miura, Michelle Nicolini and Tiffany Teo


Sunday, February 14, 2021

Lara Pearl Alvarez - First Igorota to join world's top reality game show "The Apprentice"

Photo Courtesy || One Championship

Cordillera - Proud Cordilleran Lara Pearl Alvarez is one of the two Filipino bets who joined the ONE Championship's edition of the hit reality television series "The Apprentice" hosted by ONE chairman and CEO Chatri Sidyothong. 

Alvarez wanted to become an inspiration to her countrymen and to people around the world that's why she joined the "The Apprentice".

The proud Igorota of Team Lakay, a former wushu practitioner who hails from the city of Baguio dedicates her participation to her one-year-old son Marcuz David.

“I just wanted to give my son a better life, that’s what compelled me to try and audition for The Apprentice,” said Alvarez. “At the time, I didn’t really imagine I could get in. But I was determined to give it a shot. So when I got the news that I was accepted, I was in shock. I just couldn’t believe it. But I was super happy I got in, and from there, I was motivated to succeed.” Alvarez said.

Alvarez got pregnant and abandoned by her boyfriend when she was 22 years old. Such misfortune didn't stop her to pursue her dreams to become an accountant. She took the role as a single mother for her child while studying and training with Team Lakay.

READ ALSO: Ifugao fighter Loman leaves Brave to join Team Lakay brothers in ONE Championship

Soon, a wonderful opportunity knocked on her door, she was among the 16 candidates from 11 countries that were announced to join the global hit TV reality show.

"I've been trough a whole lot, and everything I've done so far is for my son to have a better life. Up to now, I still can't believe I was on The Apprentice. I'm glad I took a chance. It's made me a stronger person, and a better mother today," Alvarez said. 

Alvarez had come to realize that being a single mother is not a setback but a blessing for those who don't gave up on their dreams.

"I've gained more confidence in myself. I think I've proven that being a single mother is not a setback. It is far from a setback. It's a blessing because I was able to push myself harder. It gave me the strength to push past my limits," Alvarez added. 

Watch the trailer of the upcoming "The Apprentice" - ONE Championship Edition

“The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition” is touted as the toughest version in the show’s history, consisting of both business and physical challenges.

It premieres on March 18, 2021 on AXN, the show's official Asian broadcast partner.

The reality show will also be available on other platforms and TV networks across Asia in March, including MediaCorp (Singapore), Abema (Japan), KompasTV (Indonesia), Amarin TV (Thailand), LINE TV (Thailand), TV5 Network (Philippines), and HTV (Vietnam).

Another Baguio-born candidate who joined the "The Apprentice" is Louie Sangalang, a former URCC undefeated featherweight champion.


Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Ifugao fighter Loman leaves Brave to join Team Lakay brothers in ONE Championship

Photo Courtesy || Mark Sangiao & One Championship

Cordillera - The longest reigning BRAVE Combat Federation Bantamweight champion Stephen "The Sniper" Loman is leaving his throne to join his Lakay teammates in ONE Championship. 

Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao on a post on Facebook has confirmed the news last night.

"Stephen Loman is one of the best fighters in the Philippines. His all-around skills will be on full display in ONE Championship. I spoke to Stephen and he's highly motivated right now. He can't wait to get in the Circle and put on a show. Of course, I'll be there for him, as well as all of his teammates at Team Lakay, every step of the way," Sangiao said.

The undefeated fighter of Brave CF  has also confirmed the news.

“It’s an overwhelming opportunity, but I’m excited to join my Team Lakay brothers in the biggest martial arts organization in the world," Loman said.

Loman is departing the Middle East promotion with 13 wins and 2 defeats making him the biggest star in the promotion. 

Joining ONE champion would present a new challenge for Loman but would be a great new environment to showcase his skills in the cage. 

"I’m excited to enhance my skills on this platform and showcase my style to millions of viewers across the globe. Of course, fighting in a new promotion and a new environment will be a challenge, but it’s one I’m more than willing to face. I’m ready to show ONE Championship fans the best of Stephen Loman," he added.


Friday, January 22, 2021

Lito Adiwang defeats Japanese Kawahara via 2nd round TKO

Photo Courtesy || One Championship
Cordillera - Lito "The Thunder Kid" Adiwang of Team Lakay did not wait for the scheduled five rounds as he took down his Japanese foe in the 2nd round and claim victory.

Armed with an impressive game plan of taking the Japanese guard in the leg with powerful low kicks since round one followed by an explosive punch that toppled the Japanese in the 2nd round, Adiwang has gotten back to the winning side of ONE Championship. 

True to his word, Adiwang has delivered an exciting fight for MMA fans. 

His winning over Kawahara could be a one step closer to his wish of having a rematch with Hiroba Minowa. 

Adiwang has improve his record to 12 wins and 3 losses.

Congratulations Lito Adiwang and the whole of team Lakay.


Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Igorot "Thunder Kid" Adiwang to face the "Wolf" of China in ONE: Revolution

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Cordillera - Team Lakay mixed martial artist Lito "The Thunder Kid Adiwang is scheduled to face tough Chinese fighter "Wolf of the Grassland" Hexigetu in ONE: Revolution. 

Set on September 24, 2021, the young fighter from Cordillera will be showcasing yet another exciting fight this year.

Prior to ONE Revolution, Adiwang was able to bounce back by defeating Namiki Kawahara, while Hexigetu is on his three win streak so far.  

With a record of 8-4-0, Hexigetu holds the 2015 CMPC Fighter of The Year when he defeated Ramon Gonzalez and former ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor. Amnuaysirichoke. 


Sunday, January 10, 2021

Russian Consul Alexey Barmin says Team Lakay's conditioning, strength are top notch

Photo Courtesy || Team Lakay

Cordillera - On January 9, 2021, the Russian Consul of the Russian Embassy in the Philippines, Alexey Barmin visited Team Lakay Central Gym for a workout and training. 

The Russian Consul was impressed with Team Lakay conditioning and strength after five rounds of training with Team Lakay head coach Jaybe Ban-eg.

Mr. Barmin said, the conditioning and strength from the gym is top notch and made him improve a lot.

Team Lakay is home to some of the greatest Filipino Mixed Martial Artists. 

Their training takes advantage of the high altitude of Baguio city which is around 1,500 meters above sea level. 

That's one of the reason Team Lakay fighters can finish 5 rounds of boxing inside the ring unexhausted and still feeling strong. 

More than that, Team Lakay is a family where coaches, trainers and fighters work together to achieve their goals.

Headed by multi-awarded coach Mr. Mark Sangiao, the team has produced world champions in the names of Eduard Folayang, Honorio Banario, Geje Eustaquio, Kevin Belingon and Joshua Pacio.

Watch this documentary produced by ONE Championship to get to know more about this great team of Cordillera.

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Monday, December 28, 2020

WATCH: Filipino MMA fighters from Cordillera who are masters of 'Spinning Back Kick'

Cordillera - The spinning back kick technique in Mixed Martial Arts is one of the dominant weapon utilized by Team Lakay fighters over the years. 

In fact, the technique has been one of their signatures and has helped them earned memorable knockout wins in ONE Championship history. 

Former ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin Belingon used the spinning back kick in his previous fights, notably against Andrew Leone during ONE: Heroes of Honor on April 2018. The kick was so powerful that Leone was flying across the corner of the ring.

Inspired by Belingon's success in utilizing the spinning back kick, former ONE World flyweight champion Geje Eustaguio got a TKO victory against Toni Tauru with a vicious spinning heel kick. Tauru was not able to continue the fight after suffering a painful kick to the side of his solar plexus.

As shared by Belingon, what makes the spinning back kick so powerful and vicious is the heel, as it carries tremendous amount of impact. When landed perfectly, that impact can shatter ribs.

Some notable Team Lakay fighters who took advantage of this technique are ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua "The Passion" Pacio, former ONE Lightweight Champion Eduard Folayang and Lito Adiwang. 

Watch the seven-minute video compilation of Team Lakay's Best Spinning Back Kick by ONE Championship below

Read Also: 
Joshua Pacio named among 10 Best MMA fighters in the World by Black Belt Magazine


Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Honorio Banario: The first Igorot/Filipino to become MMA World Champion

Photo Courtesy || One Championship & Honorio Banario

Cordillera - Martial arts has been a big contributor in helping a then  young Banario of Mankayan, Benguet fulfill his dream to become successful in life. 

The former One Featherweight World Champion entered the world of martials arts at the age of 16 to help him overcome his low self-esteem and prevent him from vice. 

Banario started his career in MMA when he earned wushu scholarship at the Cordillera Career Development College in La Trinidad. 

During that time, he won numerous wushu tournaments until he was invited by coach Mark Sangiao to join Team Lakay to improve his skills in Mixed Martial Arts. 

Entering Team Lakay was a right decision for Banario as he won his first six bouts in his early career. That opened him an opportunity to fight under ONE Championship promotion and during the process he has scored the biggest win of his career when he dethroned undefeated Eric Kelly. 

Defeating Kelly in the fourth round helped him become the inaugural ONE Featherweight World Champion.

The Igorot champion credits his toughness in the ring to growing in a farm where he helped his parent plant vegetables. 

Banario said in ONE, "When I was young, going to the farm was not mandatory. You could go if you wanted to, go home if you're tired, rest, and then go back again. It was like I was playing because I was young and I didn't see it as a responsibility for me."

"It was hard, but I always thought of it as playing, so that's why I never felt the pressure of going to the farm or saw it as hard work, and I actually enjoyed it instead," he added.


Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Joshua Pacio named among 10 Best MMA fighters in the World by Black Belt Magazine

Photo Courtesy || One Championship, Black Belt & Joshua Pacio

Cordillera - Igorot mixed martial artist Joshua "The Passion" Pacio was recently included in the list of top 10 "Best MMA Fighters in the World Right Now" by Black Belt Magazine.

Black Belt is an American magazine covering martial arts and combat sports. It is based in Valencia, California, and is one of the oldest titles dedicated to martial arts in the United States.

The 24-year old Pacio of Benguet has been dubbed "one of the most exciting athletes of today" because of his impressive performance every time he steps inside the cage.

WATCH: Igorot fighter Joshua Pacio submits dangerous Thai fighter via "The Passion Lock"

"ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua "The Passion" Pacio is one of the most exciting athletes in the sport today. Each time the Filipino steps inside the ONE Circle, he is looking to add another finish to his impressive highlights reel as he continues to help grow the sport in The Philippines with each and every performance. The Team Lakay representative is not just building his legacy in ONE, but in his homeland, as he becomes a bigger star and inspires a new generation," the magazine quoted.

The US-based publication also recognized the Igorot warrior in his contribution in inspiring the younger Filipino generation.

Here are the top 10 Best MMA Fighters in the World right now:

Demetrious Johnson

Jon Jones

Khabib Nurmagomedov

Angela Lee

Christian Lee

Amanda Nunes

Israel Adesanya

Joshua Pacio

Adriano Moraes

Stipe Miocic

Pacio was also named among ESPN's  top MMA fighters under 25.


Sunday, November 22, 2020

Igorot MMA fighter Joshua Pacio among ESPN’s top MMA fighters under 25

Photo Courtesy || Joshua Pacio

Cordillera - Cordilleran mixed martial artist Joshua "The Passion" Pacio has been named among ESPN's Top 25 Mixed Martial Arts Fighters under the age of 25. 

The Igorot warrior was the lone Filipino in the chosen 25 who possessed the "most impressive combination of achievement and potential." according to ESPN

The 24-year old Pacio is the reigning ONE Championship strawweight king who landed on the 24th spot in ESPN's second annual list of MMA fighters under 25 that was published on November 16, 2020. 

Pacio has retain his championship title after defending it against compatriot Rene "The Challenger" Catalan in 2019 and Alex Silva of Brazil on January this year. 

The proud Igorot fighter from Cordillera shared a short inspiring message on Facebook after receiving the news. 

He said, "It's not I but WE. We are Grateful for this. Didn't expect this but as long as we work hard everything follows. 

Cordilleran MMA fighters have put Filipino martial artists in the international spotlight after winning several belts in ONE Championship. 

Congratulations Joshua Pacio and Team Lakay under head coach Mark Sangiao. You may continue inspiring our youth to become world champions.


Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Lito Adiwang dedicates upcoming fight to terminally ill mother

Photo Courtesy || Team Lakay
Cordillera - "I need to win this for her". These are the words of Team Lakay Lito Adiwang as a commitment to win his upcoming fight this Friday. 

Adiwang will be fighting, with his mom in his mind. Her mother has been suffering from stroke since 2016 and got worsened last year. 

"In 2016, she had her first stroke. She had to use crutches. In 2019, it got worse. She suffered stroke and half of her body was paralyzed. From there, her health continued to deteriorate until 2020, she became bedridden," Adiwang said via ONE Championship.

The doctor told Adiwang's family to be prepared for the worst and to be tough because  her mother's remaining days are numbered.

This coming Friday, Adiwang returns to ONE Championship cage against Hiroba Minowa of Japan in ONE: Inside the Matrix III in Singapore. 

If Adiwang had one wish for her mom, that is to travel the world  with her. 

"One of my dream is to bring her out of the country, to all these places I've already been to," Adiwang said. 

Although he felt that opportunity could not happen due to her present condition, Adiwang continued to show his support and love to her mother and promised to be a better son. 

Watch his interview below:


Saturday, April 18, 2020

Igorota Muaythai fighter donates 1 month allowance to purchase relief goods

Photo Courtesy || Muaythai Association of the Philippines (MAP)
Cordillera - An Igorota Muaythai fighter from Baguio City has donated her one month allowance to augment the funds needed in purchasing relief goods to be given to the needy.
The Muaythai Association of the Philippines (MAP) has announced in its Facebook page that Muaythai National Athlete Islay Erika Bomogao had donated her one month allowance from the Philippine Sports Commission to augment the funds needed for the purchase of relief goods being facilitated by her father, Councilor Benny O. Bomogao. 

Likewise, Councilor Bomogao donated his one month salary for the same purpose, according to MAP. 

Recipients of the said relief goods were single parents of Dontogan, Green Valley where Erika's mother and grant parents are from. 

Erika and his father were added to the number of generous Filipinos who have big hearts in helping their fellowmen amid crisis brought by this global pandemic. 
Bomogao won Gold Medal in the 42-kg female division during the 2018 International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) Youth World Championship held last August 7 at the National Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand. 

She also represented the Philippines in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games held in the Philippines last December. 

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