Monday, November 24, 2014

Rich Franklin in the Philippines to Promote ONE FC: Warrior's Way

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Champion and current ONE Fighting Championship (ONE FC) Vice President is visiting the Philippines to do promotional work for ONE FC: Warrior's Way. The upcoming ONE FC fight card is scheduled to go down this December 5th at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Promotional ad for Ace's appearance at the Asia Pacific BJJ Int'l.
Photo from the tourney appearance courtesy of Rich's official Facebook fan page.
Rich's first appearance was at last Saturday's Asia Pacific Brzilian Jiu Jitsu International held at the Mall of Asia's Music Hall. I was fortunate enough to meet the MMA legend and get a photo and have him sign a couple autographs:

Apart form the appearance at the BJJ tournament, "Ace" has, or will be, making appearances on Solar Sports Desk, Fox Sports Philippines, and

To learn more about Rich and his itinerary leading up to ONE FC: Warriors Way, follow him on Twitter at @RichFranklin. For more on the upcoming ONE FC event, visit or view the complete fight week schedule here

Thursday, November 20, 2014

ONE Fighting Championship Releases Schedule of Events Leading Up to ONE FC: Warriors Way

One Fighting Championship, Asia's largest MMA organization with a 90% market share, just released its schedule of related events that lead up the next ONE Fight Night to be held in the Philippines. ONE FC: Warrior's Way is scheduled to happen on December 5, 2014 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

For the entire week before the fight card, the promotion has schedules a series of events which can be attended by press and MMA fans in the country. Holding their first show in the Philippines in August of 2012, next month's ONE FC fight week is the first time the promotion has such a lead up towards a ONE FC fight night in the country.

Below is schedule courtesy of the ONE FC Official Facebook page:

For more information, interested parties can visit Tickets to ONE FC: Warrior's Way can be purchased online at via SM tickets. The fights can also be viewed live via pay-per-view at 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

MMA Legend Dan "The Beast" Severn to Hold Seminar in Marikina City

Dan Severn, an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Hall-of-Famer and considered one of the pioneers of MMA, will pay the Philippines a visit and hold an MMA seminar at The Goat Locker Boxing Gym in Parang, Marikina City. As per the training facility's official Facebook page, "The Beast" will be in town December 6th, conducting a 2 hour MMA seminar, and with an additional 1 hour to sign autographs and take photos with participants.

Severn is mostly known for his time in the early years of the UFC. He, along with other legends such as Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock, essentially served as the reasons for the rise of the promotion and the sport of MMA itself. On top of being a UFC Hall-of-Famer, he is also the promotion's first and only Triple Crown winner, and was the first competitor to be awarded a UFC title belt.

With a professional MMA record of  101-19-7, Severn's list of notable opponents include Shamrock, Gracie, Josh Barnett, David "Tank" Abbott, Oleg Taktarov, and a young Forrest Griffin. At UFC's Ultimate Ultimate 1995, Severn defeated Paul Valerans, Abbott, and UFC 6 Tournament Champion Taktarov all in the same night to win the tournament title.

For more information on The Beast's appearance and what he will be teaching participating Pinoy fighters, interested parties can visit The Goat Locker's official Facebook page for more information.

Established in January 2011, The Goat Locker Boxing Gym is owned and operated by Ferdinand Abadilla Munsayac. A retired U.S. Navy Chief, Munsayac decided to dedicated his time and money to help the needy.

Known as "Ang gym ng mahirap na may pangarap. Boxing, MMA, muay thai, BJJ, and arnis para sa fighters, dahil sa fighters", the gym has the primary goal of helping young, poverty stricken but skilled fighters develop their craft so they can provide a brighter future for their own families.

While the gym is focused on grass roots training, The Goat Locker also offers its high-level programs to the general public, with the proceeds from the classes used to maintain the operating expenses of the facilities and its scholars.