Saturday, July 30, 2016

World Series of Fighting - Global Championship weigh-in results

Katherine Roy and May Ooi
With the weigh-ins that took place at the Gateway Mall in Quezon City on Friday, all fights are a go for the World Series of Fighting - Global Championships later today at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

All fighters set to participate in the main card itself made weight without incident, including the WSOF-GC Heavyweight Title fight featuring champion Evgeny Erokhin of Russia and Richard Odoms of the United States.

A couple of fighters that were to fight on the earlier portion of the card had a little bit of a problem during the weigh-in. Jessdan dela Pena missed the contracted weight of 155, ending up at 162. A second weigh-in attempt to make 160 was made two hours later, but he failed to make the weight. Kelvin Ong re-weighed at 156 from his original 150 in order for both fighters to be within ten pounds of each other. Kelvin will receive half of Jessdan's total fight purse as a result. In addition, Yadwinder Singh missed the contracted weight on his first attempt at 127.5, but made the 125-lb limit within one hour.

Fans who want to watch the fights online can do so starting 6pm Philippine Standard Time (6am EST) via, as well as,, and Tickets are still available at the venue.

Fans can also go to to be able to view its Global Fight Library. One can check out the previous fights found on the site, including the ones from its different affiliates worldwide.

In addition, WSOF-GC, through Livit, would be able to provide fans with a 360-degree perspective and viewpoint of the fights. Fans could do this through the LivitNow app, with the ability and capability to control how they see the action and crowd.

Official Weights Below:

Evgeny Erokhin (230) vs Richard Odoms (262)

Mario Sismundo (145) vs Maimaitituoheti (140)

Yusaku Nakamura (125) vs Tim Moore (125)

Jujeath Nagaowa (106) vs Yuko Kiryu (105)

Lawrence DiGiulio (125) vs Marcel Adur (126)

Ahmed Mujtaba (143) vs Neil Larano (143)

Jenelyn Olsim (115) vs Nayara Hemily (113)

Jessdan Dela Pena (162) vs Kelvin Ong (156)

Yadwinder Singh (125) vs Uloomi Karim (125)

May Ooi (116) vs Katherine Roy (115)

Thursday, July 28, 2016

WSOF-GC 3 tickets available for at least PhP 300

The World Series of Fighting - Global Championship will hold its inaugural MMA event at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum on July 30, called the WSOF-GC 3: Philippines vs The World.

There will be ten explosive fights on the stacked card, with action beginning at 6pm. Three of the fights will be involving female fights, with a fourth of the participating fighters overall being Pinoy and are ready to show their wares to their "kababayans."

Tickets are already available at TicketNet for at least PhP 300 for General Admission, with the chance to be able to win PhP1M in the raffle draw. Ringside seats are available for PhP 4000. In addition, the ticket will ensure free entrance at the after-party that will take place at the Palace Pool Club, with open bar for all ticket holders starting from 10pm to 12am.

WSOF-GC 3: Philippines vs The World is sponsored by the Araneta Center, SMART-Araneta Coliseum, Novotel Manila, Palace Pool Club, Lifestyle Salon by Louis Kee, Jam 88.3, Fox Sports, and TicketNet Online.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Philippines represented in the FIBA-Asia 3X3 U18 Championships

The Philippine 3x3 U18 squads w/ SBP Exec. Director Sonny Barrios and SBP Deputy Exec. Director Butch Antonio.
The Philippines is participating in both the men's and women's edition of the FIBA-Asia 3x3 U18 championships this weekend.

Being held inside the Gem-In shopping mall at Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia, the Pinoys are one of twelve men's and twelve women's teams competing in the tournament, which is put together by both FIBA and the Malaysian Basketball Association (MABA). NBL Asia is helping out with the organization of the tournament.

The Gilas boys are the defending champions in the men's division, although they will not have someone like Creighton-bound Kobe Paras backstopping the team. Instead, the foursome of Kyle Christian Tan, John Lloyd Clemente, John Martin Galinato and Rhayyan Amsali will attempt to carve their own name into FIBA history.

The Perlas girls, who all hail from Dagupan, are led by Kristine Cayabyab, who is one of the finalists who took part in the Philippine version of the Nike Rise project. Completing the quartet are Mary Ann Cayabyab, Jenilyn Gamboa, and Cristel Mae Dizon.

Serving as coaches for the teams are Anton Altamirano and Mark Solano, while SBP Region I Director Edilberto Abalos and coach Jethru Yao also serve as part of the Philippine delegation.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Brandon Knight and Dee Brown highlight NBA FIT Week in the Philippines

NBA Philippines celebrates NBA FIT Week this upcoming week, which highlights the importance of healthy and active lifestyles. It centers on three essential pillars: being active, eating healthy, and playing together.

The centerpiece of NBA FIT Week is the third edition of the Gatorade NBA Training Center, which features Phoenix Suns guard Brandon Knight and former Denver Nuggets Player Development Coach and former NBA Slam Dunk champion Dee Brown.

Set to take place at the Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong on July 19, The Gatorade NBA Training Center gathers experts in basketball, fitness and conditioning, and nutrition in order to share best practices and learnings with elite local athletes and coaches. Both Knight and Brown will handle a basketball clinic, while Brown will share his philosophies and know-how from being a former assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons and Sacramento Kings, as well as a former head coach of the Orlando Miracle and San Antonio Stars of the WNBA and the Springfield Armor of the NBA Development League in a coaches session.

“Being a great player is the product of maintaining good workout, eating and sleeping habits,” said Knight.  “I’m looking forward to participating in NBA FIT Week and teaching talented young players in the Philippines the importance of fitness and nutrition both on and off the court.”

“I’m excited to visit the Philippines for the first time and experience the passion that Filipino fans have for basketball,” said Brown.  “Having had the opportunity to work in the NBA, WNBA, and NBA D-League, I look forward to sharing my coaching knowledge and providing valuable insights on fitness and conditioning to help athletes and coaches elevate their games to the next level.”

Other NBA FIT Week activities include an interactive fan event at the BGC Amphitheater on July 20 featuring Globe Telecom's sports ambassadors, a NBA Cares clinic at the TriNoMa Activity Center on July 21 with the participation of the Special Olympics Philippines. There will also be a full-day health and wellness event that the NBA Store sponsors.

For more details on the Gatorade NBA Training Center Philippines, check out the Gatorade Philippines' Facebook page (