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Green Run at Vermosa promotes physical and emotional wellness by encouraging outdoor activity and love of nature

It’s time to appreciate the green outdoors and have some fun in the sun after two years of silence and isolation. The event is being led by Vermosa, an Ayala Land Estate in Imus Cavite. It is a modern suburban development that encourages residents to be healthy and active. With the staging of Green Run on Sunday, July 3, everyone is urged to lace up and run for a greener tomorrow. It will be a one-day multi-level run on the 750-hectare site, which is quickly becoming known as the new sports and fitness hub in the south.

Consisting of 21K, 10K, 5K and 3K distance categories, the Green Run is targeting elite athletes, fun runners, fitness enthusiasts, athletes in training, weekend athletes, families, barkada, and just about anyone who is eager to run.  Various running routes winding through wide open spaces and abundant greenery punctuated with wide pedestrian walkways, bicycle and jogging lanes, and enhanced greenways will make this Run a truly pleasant experience.

Vermosa’s famous Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub, a state-of-the-art professionally–managed sports facility that has already hosted various national and international sports events will be the center of activities for registration and information. Featuring a FINA-standard Olympic size swimming pool, a warm up pool, an IAAF standard 400m track oval, field with natural tiff grass, an Athletes Lounge, and a gym operated by Sante Fitness Lab, a premier training ground for amateur and professional athletes.

Vermosa has partnered with Pinoy Fitness, the running, fitness and multisport event organizer, to conduct the Run. A beautiful medal created by artist Cynthia Bauzon-Arre of Forest Foundation Philippines, will be among the perks that runners will get for their participation. Proceeds of the Run will go to Haribon Foundation’s Adopt-a-Seedling Program, to build a greener tomorrow.

Vermosa Estate Head Jay Teodoro, a sports and fitness enthusiast himself, says “As more places begin to reopen, we can now enjoy the outdoors with more activities to engage in. I personally advocate sports and spending time outdoors as it helps boost physical and mental health. Physical activities, like running, provide a change of scenery and help reduce stress. This is why we organized the Vermosa Green Run. We want people to rediscover their surroundings, appreciate nature, enjoy the fresh air and boost their health. With an abundance of wide-open spaces and the state-of-the-art sports facilities at Vermosa Sports Hub, Vermosa provides one of the best venues to engage in physical activities.”

Those interested in participating in Green Run can register at

Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub (AVSH) is located within Ayala Land’s sprawling 750-hectare estate along Daang Hari Road, Imus, Cavite.  It brings together residential, retail, commercial spaces and a school all within the estate.  AVSH highlights an active lifestyle by offering athletes a number of sports facilities and wellness amenities including the nine-lane 400-meter track and field oval, football field, Olympic-size lap pool, warm up pool, The Athlete’s Lounge, a gym operated by Sante Fitness Lab, and green open spaces. With its state-of-the-art features, AVSH is home to some National Sports Associations and renowned teams in the country.



As the MPBL enters its fourth season, OKBet is the league’s official betting partner

The Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL), the country’s largest regional basketball league, recently announced its agreement as a title sponsor for its fourth regular season league with OKBet, a corporation and one of the fastest-growing sports betting gaming platforms.

OKBet, as the title sponsor of the MPBL, supports the whole season as a firm dedicated to promoting aspiring Filipino athletes. The fourth season of the MPBL will feature twenty-two teams from various provinces, with asazOKBet sponsoring three teams: Marikina Shoemasters, GenSan Warriors, and Sarangani Marlins. OKBet is sponsoring a big sports gaming event for the first time, in line with its mission of promoting Filipino players, particularly in basketball.

“We are excited to be part of MPBL and experience the adrenaline of the basketball teams competing for this year’s regular season. We are glad to support several teams this year. As we support this MPBL regular season, OKBet is looking forward to a stronger and long-term partnership with the major sporting leagues in the country, especially on sponsoring more athletes. We want to be part of the success of our Filipino athletes in whatever sport, starting with basketball through  MPBL.” Robert Chen, OKBet Vice President – Marketing & Business Development.

Basketball was always known for being a nation-building sport in the Philippines. With its popularity in the country, OKBet eyes to enhance the gaming experience through its platform with this partnership. As OKBet strengthens its presence in the sports betting platform industry in the country, they also aim to reach out to every Filipino through their love for this popular sport, together with MPBL.

“As a Filipino company, we embody the Filipino culture of Bayanihan. With that, we are glad that it is MPBL that we have chosen as a partner for basketball sports. We believe we have the same goal of not just providing entertainment through sport but also providing support to our kababayans. Through this partnership with MPBL, we believe that it can be a way of bridging small communities and being able to promote camaraderie among the Filipinos.  We are inspired by their motto, ‘Ang liga ng bawat Pilipino’ which is basically what we also stand by, ‘by Filipinos, for the Filipino people.” Mr. Chen, added.

Senator Manny Pacquiao

In June 2022, OKBet is expected to sign an official contract with the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL). Respected executives from both businesses will attend the event, including OKBet representative Mr. Robert Chen, MPBL Founder Senator Manny Pacquiao, and representatives from the three OKBet-sponsored teams. Both brands have yet to reveal the location of the contract signing.

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The 2022 UCI Gravel World Series PH leg comes to a victorious end

The most inspired riding and trying tracks in a race this year, the 2022 UCI Gravel World Series Philippines is in the books, literally in the history books, as the starting point of the first-ever race series of its kind under the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). The multi-nation, multi-leg race series began on April 3, 2022 in Bongabon, Nueva Ecija, a lovely municipality that has become a favorite destination among the international bicycling community in recent years.

Butuan native Riemon Lapaza won the Philippine leg in all categories, finishing in at 3:06:46.7 after weathering the gravel road with a flat tire near the finish line. Rick Nobel of Netherlands, who won the men’s 19-34 category, trailed behind the victor of the men’s 35-39 year old category.

Mellisa Jane Jaroda topped the women’s 19-34 category, and ranked first among female racers with 3:39:00.639.

Close to 400 riders were in attendance, all vying for the chance to finish the 85-km race. Each qualifier was awarded with a finisher medal, and 25% of each rider category earned a UCI qualifying medal and automatically made it to the UCI World Championships.

Participants from the Philippines and the rest of the world powered through all the ascents, river crossings, water features, and everything else that Bongabon’s legendary terrain put in front of them. As Vic Narciso, one of the riders, described the journey as he crosses the finish line, “it was the most challenging and violent race I’ve ever done, but I can’t stop smiling.”

Ann Aleonar, who has been racing since 2010, shared that she was overwhelmed with gratitude. “I took a 5-year break from racing, and anyone who’s raced knows that it isn’t easy to come back – especially up to racing level,” Aleonar said. “And then the pandemic happened, it really wasn’t easy. When I actually finished and qualified, the first feeling I felt was gratefulness.”

The Philippine leg attracted competitors from Europe and Asia, who not only found victory here in the country, but a biking scene that welcomed them with open arms. Tokyo’s Junro Nagashima of cycling team Roppongi Express, said that he was not surprised at how friendly the Filipino riders were, but that he was surprised at how comfortable they all made him and his teammate feel. Rick Nobel from the Netherlands, who placed first in the 19-34 Male category, was also seen smiling from ear-to-ear, in the midst of his newfound friends within the local riding community. Jared Hui, a rider from Singapore, wrote a long testimony on Facebook about how local MTB legend Bans Mendoza lent him his personal bike after he realized that his own two-wheeler wasn’t the right setup for the race.

Bongabon Mayor Allan Gamilla also made an appearance and expressed gratitude to the organizers for tapping Bongabon, Nueva Ecija as the first and only Asian leg in the 2022 UCI Gravel World Series. “This is a big boost for Bongabon as a destination for sports tourism. We hope to make use of the municipality’s potential to help promote the country, and further establish it as major global hub for gravel riding.”

These are just a few examples of how an incredible athletic event can bring people from all walks of life together, with everyone leaving the arena with full hearts and eagerly anticipating the next race. UGWSPH clearly left an impression in more ways than one.

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The new ONE World Title Belt has been unveiled by ONE Championship At the ONE X Press Conference, and TUMI Partnership

The ONE ChampionshipTM (ONE) staged a live pre-event news conference at the Singapore Indoor Stadium to kick off a spectacular ONE X event week. Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong was in attendance, along with ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee, ONE Women’s Atomweight World Grand Prix Champion Stamp Fairtex, 12-time Flyweight MMA World Champion Demetrious Johnson, and ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon, as well as 12 other ONE X athletes. ONE Championship also unveiled a new ONE World Title belt, as well as a range of premium TUMI items, one of the world’s leading premium lifestyle and luxury performance companies.

ONE Championship also revealed a newly designed ONE World Title belt along with a line of premium products from one of the world’s leading premium lifestyle and luxury performance brands, TUMI.

ONE X broadcasts live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Saturday, 26 March.

[ONE X Press Conference Photos]

Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “It has been a crazy 10 years. When I look back at the journey, all the highs and lows … I could never have imagined this. I truly believe we have the greatest World Championship roster of any organization in the world. ONE X will be an event the whole world will talk about [for years to come], the single greatest martial arts event ever pulled off in history.”

“As a lifelong martial artist, this has been a very deeply personal journey. It’s one filled with gratitude — for my team, for our athletes, for our fans, our partners, our broadcasters, our brands — everybody who has been a part of this incredible journey, past and present. But as I always tell my team, this is just day one, literally the very beginning of the ONE story

[ONE X Press Conference Highlights]

Angela Lee, ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion, stated: “I think it’s wrong to label this as a striker versus grappler fight. This is an MMA fight. We’re both mixed martial artists. Stamp, she has evolved a lot. I don’t see her as a striker only. I do understand that is where her strength lies. But I know that she’s coming into this fight as a well-rounded mixed martial artist. For me, being raised up, learning mixed martial arts as a whole, obviously I feel that MMA is where my strength lies. It’s a huge honor [to headline ONE X] and also a lot of pressure. There’s a lot of weight on my shoulders as it is, having the time off. But I’m definitely going to make up for that and make sure I put on a great performance on Saturday night.”

Stamp Fairtex, ONE Women’s Atomweight World Grand Prix Champion, stated: “For me, I will try my best to prevent her from using her grappling and takedowns. I’ve been training to use the best of my MMA skills for this fight. I’ve really been preparing for this, because as I’ve said before, she is my idol. This is a very great opportunity for me to finally get the chance to fight with Angela, someone that I look up to. I’m ready to take the belt from her. I want to bring the belt back to Thailand.”

[WATCH: ONE X Press Conference]

Demetrious Johnson, 12-time Flyweight World Champion, stated: “I feel great. I’m super excited. You know, Rodtang, he’s one of the best in the world in Muay Thai. When I accepted this fight, I had a big smile on my face. I’m looking forward to the opportunity, and we’ll see how things go. I remember telling Chatri that I would love to try Muay Thai one day. And then when he presented this [special rules] fight, I was game for it. I’m looking forward to it.”

Rodtang Jitmuangnon, ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion, stated: “I feel honored and I feel great that Khun Chatri approached me for this [special rules] fight. I’m really looking forward to going from Muay Thai to MMA. This is a good opportunity for me.

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ONE Championship and Turner Sports Announce ‘ONE on TNT’ Event Series Coming to U.S. Prime Time in April

Demetrious Johnson, Adriano Moraes, Christian Lee, Aung La N Sang, and More Headline U.S. Prime-Time Events Every Wednesday in April on TNT

Singapore: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), and Turner Sports have announced four weeks of blockbuster martial arts events airing in U.S. prime time with “ONE on TNT.

The “ONE on TNT” series will air every Wednesday from April 7 to April 28. Each week will include a preliminary card digitally streamed exclusively on the Bleacher Report App and B/R Live from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET, followed by three main card fights televised exclusively on TNT in the U.S. at 10 p.m. ET.

“We are absolutely thrilled to kick off 2021 with the announcement of our first season of ‘ONE on TNT’,” said Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship. “We look forward to introducing our unique brand of martial arts to the U.S. on prime time. American fans can expect something fresh, new and completely different from anything that is currently available in the U.S. As always, we will feature some of the greatest World Champions across various martial arts alongside a few familiar, legendary names.”

“ONE on TNT I” kicks off the series on Wednesday, April 7, with a main event World Title bout between reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes and ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson.

The stacked card will also feature unranked Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez against #2-ranked lightweight contender Iuri Lapicus in the co-main event, plus reigning ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon taking on the UK’s Jacob Smith in a non-title bout.

“ONE on TNT II,” airing April 14, will feature the return of reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Christian “The Warrior” Lee, as he defends his World Title against #3-ranked lightweight contender Timofey Nastyukhin.

“ONE on TNT III,” airing April 21, will see former ONE Middleweight World Champion and current ONE Light Heavyweight World Champion Aung La “The Burmese Python” N Sang face former ONE Middleweight World Champion Vitaly Bigdash in a trilogy bout to determine a #1 contender in the middleweight division.

“ONE on TNT IV,” airing April 28, will cap off the series with more high-stakes bouts to be announced at a later date.

“ONE Championship has a passionate global fan base and this next step in our partnership elevates the exposure for its top martial arts events in the U.S,” said Tina Shah, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Turner Sports. “This multi-faceted approach combines two leading platforms in Bleacher Report and TNT as we further expand the reach of these premier events and drive additional engagement with a broader audience.”

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ONE Championship Returns to US Prime Time on April 7 With ONE Flyweight World Title Bout Between Adriano Moraes and Demetrious Johnson

Eddie Alvarez to Face Iuri Lapicus in Co-Main Event;
Rodtang Jitmuangnon Returns in Non-World Title Contest

The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), today announced its return to United States prime time on Wednesday, April 7, with a blockbuster card available to fans on TNT.

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The April 7 event is headlined by a highly anticipated World Title showdown between reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes and ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson.

In the co-main event, lightweight mixed martial arts legend Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez returns to the Circle against former ONE Lightweight World Title challenger and current #2-ranked lightweight contender Iuri Lapicus.

Also seeing action on this card is reigning ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon, who faces the UK’s Jacob Smith in a non-World Title Muay Thai contest.

In addition, Johnson, Alvarez, and ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong will be participating in a live Global Media Video Conference Call on Wednesday, January 27 at 12 p.m. ET, with more news to be announced on that day.

You can RSVP for this virtual media conference here:

 ONE Flyweight World Championship
(C) Adriano Moraes vs. (1) Demetrious Johnson
Flyweight: 56.8 KG-61.2 KG

Mixed Martial Arts
Eddie Alvarez vs. (2) Iuri Lapicus
Lightweight: 70.4 KG-77.1 KG

Muay Thai (Non-World Title)
(C) Rodtang Jitmuangnon vs. Jacob Smith
Flyweight: 56.8 KG-61.2 KG

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ONE: UNBREAKABLE Post-Event Interviews: Shinya Aoki, Lito Adiwang, Meng Bo, Gadzhimurad Abdulaev, Namiki Kawahara

ONE Championship™ (ONE) athletes at ONE: UNBREAKABLE spoke to members of the media in their post-event interview sessions just after the show concluded. Find out what each athlete had to say.

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In the evening’s co-main event, former ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki put forth one of the finest performances of his career, submitting former ONE Welterweight World Title challenger James Nakashima in the latter’s lightweight debut. Aoki talked about his performance against Nakashima, continuing his legendary career, and his incredible neck crank finish.

Shinya Aoki (Full Post-Event Interview):

Filipino phenom Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang put together another thunderous performance to kick off the action at ONE: UNBREAKABLE, stopping highly regarded Namiki Kawahara inside the distance of their strawweight mixed martial arts clash. Adiwang talked about his impressive knockout, his game plan leading up to the finish, and a potential rematch against Hiroba Minowa.

Lito Adiwang (Full Post-Event Interview):

Second-ranked mixed martial arts atomweight contender Meng Bo remained a step ahead of former ONE World Title challenger Samara “Marituba” Santos throughout three close rounds to win by unanimous decision. Meng talked about her difficulty making the atomweight limit and how it affected her performance, her thoughts on opponent Santos and the lessons she learned, and a potential bout against Denice Zamboanga.

Meng Bo (Full Post-Event Interview):

Undefeated ONE Warrior Series product Gadzhimurad Abdulaev made quick work of former ONE Welterweight World Champion Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam, finishing the Swedish fighter from the back with a vice-like face crank in round one. Abdulaev talked about his thoughts on Kadestam giving up the back, chasing a shot at the ONE Welterweight World Championship, and wanting to fight Sage Northcutt.

Gadzhimurad Abdulaev (Full Post-Event Interview):

Unfortunately for Namiki Kawahara, things didn’t exactly go as he planned in his ONE Championship debut, as the Japanese stalwart lost via second round knockout to Lito Adiwang. Kawahara talked about his thoughts on his performance against Adiwang, his dream of becoming a ONE World Champion, and his overall experience competing in ONE Championship for the first time.

Namiki Kawahara (Full Post-Event Interview):

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Capitan Petchyindee Academy Dominates Alaverdi Ramazanov To Capture ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Title At ONE: UNBREAKABLE

The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), kicked off 2021 with a spectacular show at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. ONE: UNBREAKABLE featured a series of impressive performances in the Circle from the world’s top mixed martial artists and kickboxers.

In the main event, Thai superstar Capitan Petchyindee Academy destroyed defending titleholder Alaverdi “Babyface Killer” Ramazanov to capture the ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Championship inside of two rounds.

The first frame saw Capitan stalk Ramazanov early with a blitzkrieg of boxing combinations and chopping leg kicks. “Babyface Killer” tried his best to move away from the pressure, but Capitan relentlessly pursued him.

In the second round, Capitan sensed the finish as he continued to pound Ramazanov from midrange. After another blistering combination against the Circle Wall, Ramazanov finally went down from the onslaught. The referee counted to 10 as Ramazanov was unable to regain his footing and Capitan celebrated.

For a full bout recap of Capitan Petchyindee Academy vs. Alaverdi Ramazanov, click here:

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In the evening’s co-main event, former ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki put forth one of the finest performances of his career, dominating former ONE Welterweight World Title challenger James Nakashima in the latter’s lightweight debut. The #4-ranked lightweight mixed martial arts contender surprised Nakashima early, landing swift, powerful kicks to the body and a right hand to the head. In close quarters, Aoki swiftly took the back, locked in a body triangle, and secured the fight-ending submission just 2:42 into the first round.

For a full bout recap of Shinya Aoki vs. James Nakashima, click here:

In a ONE Super Series kickboxing bout, heavyweight sensation Rade Opacic overwhelmed Bruno Susano with a one-sided striking showcase to win by technical knockout. In round one, Opacic sent his opponent to a mandatory standing eight-count after a crushing blow to the ribs sucked the wind out of Susano’s sails. Opacic finished the job in round two with another tremendous combination that put Susano on unsteady footing. At that point, the referee had seen enough, and he quickly called a halt to the contest.

For a full bout recap of Rade Opacic vs. Bruno Susano, click here:

Undefeated ONE Warrior Series product Gadzhimurad Abdulaev made quick work of former ONE Welterweight World Champion Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam, finishing the Swedish fighter from the back with a vice-like face crank in round one. Abdulaev closed the distance early, bringing Kadestam to the ground with a trip takedown. On the mat, Abdulaev swiftly took the back and worked on the submission finish. At that point, Kadestam had no choice but to tap.

For a full bout recap of Gadzhimurad Abdulaev vs. Zebaztian Kadestam, click here:

Second-ranked mixed martial arts atomweight contender Meng Bo remained a step ahead of former ONE World Title challenger Samara “Marituba” Santos throughout three close rounds. Meng showed striking superiority in the majority of exchanges, while Santos tried to take matters to the ground. On the mat, however, Meng defended well to neutralize Santos’ attacks. In the end, all three judges scored the bout in favor of Meng to win by unanimous decision.

For a full bout recap of Meng Bo vs. Samara Santos, click here:

Filipino phenom Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang put together another thunderous performance to kick off the action at ONE: UNBREAKABLE, stopping highly regarded Namiki Kawahara inside the distance of their strawweight mixed martial arts clash. Kawahara tried to time an aggressive Adiwang with an overhand right, but it was a left hook to the jaw from “Thunder Kid” that effectively ended matters in round two.

For a full bout recap of Lito Adiwang vs. Namiki Kawahara, click here:

Next, ONE Championship returns with ONE: UNBREAKABLE II, a previously recorded event scheduled for broadcast on Friday, 29 January. In the main event, former ONE Heavyweight World Title challenger Mauro “The Hammer” Cerilli of Italy will take on Russia’s Abdulbasir “Dagestan Machine” Vagabov. Also scheduled for action is four-time Heavyweight Muay Thai and Kickboxing World Champion Alain “The Panther” Ngalani of Hong Kong, who will face Senegalese sensation “Reug Reug” Oumar Kane. For more information, please visit the official ONE: UNBREAKABLE II Event Page.

Official Results for ONE: UNBREAKABLE
ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Championship Bout: Capitan Petchyindee Academy defeats Alaverdi Ramazanov via Knockout at 1:56 of Round Two
Mixed Martial Arts – Lightweight: Shinya Aoki defeats James Nakashima via Submission (Neck Crank) at 2:42 of Round One
Kickboxing – Heavyweight: Rade Opacic defeats Bruno Susano via TKO at 1:11 of Round Two
Mixed Martial Arts – Welterweight: Gadzhimurad Abdulaev defeats Zebaztian Kadestam via Submission (Face Crank) at 2:08 of Round One
Mixed Martial Arts – Catch Weight (54.8 KG): Meng Bo defeats Samara Santos via Unanimous Decision
Mixed Martial Arts – Strawweight: Lito Adiwang defeats Namiki Kawahara via Knockout at 2:02 of Round Two

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Lito Adiwang Wants to Be Side by Side with Joshua Pacio by the End of the Year

Filipino mixed martial arts phenom Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang of the famed Team Lakay of Baguio City wants to be the #1 ranked strawweight contender by the end of the year, if only to sit next to reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion, his teammate Joshua Pacio.

Adiwang is considered one of the fastest rising talents in ONE Championship. He’s won seven of his last eight bouts, several in exciting fashion. The 27-year-old would love nothing more than to end 2021 at the top of the division, and hold the gates for “The Passion.”

“I see myself racking up a few wins this year. Hopefully, ONE will give us a lot of fights. If that happens, I’ll do my best to get all the wins I can so I can see myself being a top contender by the end of the year,” Adiwang told ONE Championship in a recent interview.

“However, I’ll wait for my chances because Joshua is still the champion. I just want to put my name among the top and now, I’ll be building on it. By the end of 2021, I want to be there.”

Adiwang faces Japan’s Namiki Kawahara at ONE: UNBREAKABLE, scheduled for Friday, 22 January, live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. The bout is the opener for a night full of action-packed offers for ONE.

Despite Kawahara being a last-minute replacement for Adiwang’s original opponent, China’s Hexigetu, the “Thunder Kid” is not the least bit fazed by the short-notice change in foe.

“I think we’re going to adjust heavily here. Now, we’re tweaking our game plan. When we were preparing for Hexigetu, we knew he’s a wrestler with good boxing, but we expected to have a height advantage, so I was really preparing on how he might come in,” said Adiwang.

“Now against Kawahara, he’s the exact opposite. He’s more of a striker, but he’s taller than me. However, I am confident that if it stays on the feet, I’m at an advantage. I just have to focus on his point of attack and be accurate with my counters.”

ONE: UNBREAKABLE is ONE Championship’s first live event in 2021. The main event features a ONE Super Series showdown between ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Champion Alaverdi “Babyface Killer” Ramazanov of Russia, who defends his world title against #2-ranked bantamweight kickboxing contender Capitan Petchyindee Academy of Thailand.

Adiwang plans to beat Kawahara, and demand a rematch with his Japanese countryman Hiroba Minowa, who dealt the Filipino his only loss since 2014 when they met each other last November. Adiwang wants to avenge his defeat and prove that it was merely a fluke.

“I really wanted this. I am very hungry to come back and get a win. At least if I win this one, maybe I can ask for a rematch from Minowa. I have to prove that I only had an off-night against Minowa. I learned from that match, and I was able to see the things that I need to improve on,” said Adiwang.

“The pressure is on. Yes, I know I have to prove myself to the world and earn people’s respect. I’m working on that.”

Watch the show on One Sports and One Sports+ at 8:30 p.m. Philippine Standard Time (PHT). Also, TV5 will air the action on a next-day delay at 11 p.m. PHT on Saturday, 23 January.





Namiki Kawahara Completely Confident of Explosive Finish Against Lito Adiwang

Stepping in as a late replacement for China’s Hexigetu, Namiki Kawahara of Japan is entering his bout against hard-hitting Filipino Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang of Team Lakay full of confidence despite the short notice.

Kawahara and Adiwang square off at ONE: UNBREAKABLE, live on Friday, 22 January at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.

The 31-year-old from Osaka prefecture believes he has the tools to end Adiwang inside the distance in any manner possible.

“I admit that Lito is a great fighter. That shows in his previous performances. But it doesn’t matter who he’s fought in the past, he’s never faced me. I’m a dangerous fighter. I’ll prove it in the Circle,” Kawahara told reporters at the ONE: UNBREAKABLE Virtual Media Day.

“All I’m thinking about right now is finishing him. That’s my goal. If it’s a stand up fight, I’m going to knock him out. If it goes to the ground, I’m going to submit him. It’s as simple as that.”

Kawahara’s supreme confidence stems from Adiwang’s recent performance against his Japanese countryman, former Shooto champion Hiroba Minowa. Adiwang dropped a three-round split decision loss to Minowa last November. It was a close match that could have gone either way.

Kawahara was the least bit impressed, however, and believes Adiwang is just not on his level.

“Hiroba Minowa did beat Lito in their last fight, but to be honest, it wasn’t an interesting fight. I’m going to show you a better way to beat Lito, and that’s to knock him out and finish him. I think that will be enough to crack into the Top Five, and after that it’s going to be a world championship,” a confident Kawahara said.

“I think if Lito faces a Shooto-level fighter, he is not that explosive. I don’t think he will be as explosive against me. It’s hard to predict, but I’m ready to just outwork him and beat him up. I’m just going to enjoy the bout and win.

“Fans can all depend on a big knockout. We are both aggressive and we both win by finish. We’re the first bout of the night, and it’s going to be a knockout. Only one guy will be left standing,” he added.

ONE: UNBREAKABLE is ONE Championship’s first live event in 2021. The main event features a ONE Super Series showdown between ONE Bantamweight Kickboxing World Champion Alaverdi “Babyface Killer” Ramazanov of Russia, who defends his world title against #2-ranked bantamweight kickboxing contender Capitan Petchyindee Academy of Thailand.

Kawahara is fully fixated on beating Adiwang this Friday night. If he wins, it will no doubt bring him a step closer to his ultimate goal, which is to become a ONE World Champion.

“I joined ONE Championship to become a world champion. Whoever my opponent is, it doesn’t matter. I just have to win and beat him up. I want to thank ONE that my first opponent is Lito and he’s very dangerous. If I beat him, it’s going to be a big win. I’m excited,” said Kawahara.

“Lito is a good fighter, a dangerous one. If I beat him, I’ll be closer to becoming a ONE World Champion. That’s the reason I took this bout. Although Lito might be dangerous, I’m also dangerous, so be careful.”