April 29, 2021

Eduard Folayang Loses to Shinya Aoki by Submission

Shinya Aoki has always been considered as one of the greatest grapplers to ever compete in mixed martial arts. Of his 47 wins as an MMA fighter, 30 were via submissions. He proved once again on Thursday morning why he's a feared specialist when he submitted Eduard Folayang in the opening round of their bout at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The two legends fought in the undercard of ONE on TNT 4.

When the cage door was closed and the bell was rung, the Japanese fighter wasted no time in taking the bout to the ground. He slowly worked his way to find submission openings. He found what he was looking for and ended the bout with an arm bar.

This is the third time that Aoki and Folayang shared the cage. They first fought in 2016 in a competitive bout which the Filipino won via knockout in the third round. They had their rematch in 2019 which the Japanese won by submission in the first round.

With the win over Folayang, Aoiki extends his winning streak to 4 after losing to Christian Lee, the reigning ONE Championship lightweight king. His record now stands at 47 wins and 9 losses.

Folayang on the other hand sees his stock drop with 22 wins and 11 losses. A former One Championship lightweight titleholder, Folayang has lost 5 of his last 6 fights. 

After his victory and during his post-fight interview, Aoki said that he is more than interested to face Folayang again for the fourth time. He also called out Sage Northcutt and Yoshihiro Akiyama.

The main event for ONE on TNT 4 was a light heavyweight title bout between Reinier De Ridder and Aung La N Sang. De Ridder dominated Sang to capture the belt.

March 4, 2021

John Lineker to Welcome Stephen Loman to One Championship

A few weeks ago, it was announced that Brave FC bantamweight champion Stephen Loman has vacated his belt and that he has cut ties with the organization. Shortly after, it was announced by his gym (Team Lakay) that he has signed a contract with One Championship.

His decision to leave Brave FC and sign with One Championship shouldn't be a surprise to anyone familiar with Asian MMA. Nearly all Team Lakay fighters fight for One Championship. It was just a matter of time before Loman joined his team mates there.

Immediately after the contract signing, it was announced that Loman's first opponent in the organization will be no other than former UFC bantamweight top contender John Lineker. After leaving the UFC in 2019, Lineker signed with One Championship and has so far notched two impressive wins. His most recent outing was a knockout win over Kevin Belingon, a Team Lakay fighter.

It goes without saying that Lineker is going to be Loman's toughest opponent to date. Lineker is a strong and crafty veteran with a record of 33 wins and 9 losses. Loman on the other hand has 13 wins and 2 losses. Lineker is way ahead when it comes to cage experience.

And let's not forget to take into account each fighter's level of competition. Loman may have worn a strap around his waist but he did so in a small organization. The caliber of the fighters he has faced can't even come close to Lineker's. Lineker has locked horns with the likes of Cory Sandhagen, Marlon Vera, TJ Dillashaw, and John Dodson.

Lineker also has the better punching power. 15 of his wins were via knockouts. In comparison, 4 of Loman's victories came by knockout. If they decide to stand and trade blows inside the cage, Loman will likely be the first to go down. 

Chin strength is also going to be a huge factor in this fight. Lineker has never been knocked out. All his losses were either via decision or submission. Loman has two knockout losses. This is despite the fact that Lineker has double the number of Loman's total fights.

Needless to say, Lineker is going to be the favorite in this matchup. He is more experienced. He is stronger. And he has the tougher chin. In many ways, it boggles the mind why One Championship decided to feed Loman to Lineker in his debut. They should've built his name first with lesser caliber fighters.

The only way I can see Loman winning this fight is if he fights on the outside, use movement to pick his shots, and take the fight to a decision victory. If he has any advantage over Lineker, it's that he's quicker. He should watch the Dillashaw-Lineker fight. That right there is the blueprint to beating Lineker.

October 30, 2020

Eduard Folayang Loses to Antonio Caruso Via Unanimous Decision

Filipino mixed martial artist Eduard Folayang bowed to Antonio Caruso of Australia in their bout at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore on Friday night. The fighter from Team Lakay wasn't able to fend off the Australian's takedowns in the first two rounds. Folayang also got knocked down in the second round.

Folayang rallied in the third round and was able to score with his boxing and with his trademark leg kicks. But this wasn't enough to sway the judges. Caruso was awarded a unanimous decision victory.

With the victory, the younger Caruso improves his record to 8 wins and just 1 loss. His only loss was to Pieter Buist which was incidentally his debut fight on One Championship last year.

With the loss, Folayang's record slides to 22 wins and 10 losses. He has lost 4 of his last 5 fights. The two-time One Championship lightweight champion has previously faced the best fighters in the division including Shinya Aoki, Eddie Alvarez, and Martin Nguyen.

Folayang is widely considered as the pioneer of MMA in the Philippines. He's the first MMA star to come out of the republic. His success inside the cage has paved the way for other fighters to shine in the sport, most of whom also train at Team Lakay.

Team Lakay, a homegrown team and gym which is currently based in La Trinidad, Benguet has produced multiple world champions like Joshua Pacio and Geje Eustaquio. The fighters train under Mark Sangiao, the team's head coach.

June 13, 2020

First COVID-19 Case Recorded In Kiangan, Ifugao

The town of Kiangan in Ifugao has recorded its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on Saturday (June 13). The patient is an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who came from Saudi Arabia. He arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on June 4. He checked in at the Diamond Hotel in Manila on June 9. He went through swab testing and the result was negative.

Because he tested negative for the initial swab testing, he was allowed to travel back home. He was fetched by the Kiangan police on June 10 at Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya. Upon arriving in Kiangan, he was brought and admitted at the municipal quarantine facility. Rapid and swab tests were administered on the same day.

The rapid test result was non-reactive but the patient complained of an irritated throat which prompted the town's health officials to conduct further testing. The results arrived on June 13 and these were positive.

Photo credit: Shubert Ciencia

The patient has been transferred to the Region II Trauma and Medical Center in Bayombong for close monitoring. In light of this development, Kiangan Mayor Raldis Bulayungan is urging the town's residents to observe extra precautions in defense against the threat of the COVID-19.

June 10, 2020

First COVID-19 Positive Case Recorded In Lagawe, Ifugao

The first COVID-19 positive case has been recorded in the town of Lagawe in Ifugao. According to initial reports, the patient is a male overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who came from Dubai in the Middle East. He arrived in Lagawe on June 7, 2020.

He was placed at the Municipal Community Quarantine Facility. A rapid test was done and he was found out to be reactive. He was swabbed and the town received the results of the test on Wednesday (June 10).

The patient is stable and being closely monitored by the town's health services. Contract tracing is also being conducted at the moment.

Because of the development, the town is calling on residents to stay at home and avoid physical interaction with people. The town has released an advisory today.

May 23, 2020

Viral Video: Pasay City Councilor Arnel Moti Arceo Berating Health Workers And Frontliners

A video of a man berating health workers and frontliners for using a city session hall for rapid testing purposes has gone viral online. As of this writing, the video has been shared more than six thousand times and counting. The 5-minute video shows a man berating health workers and frontliners at the Pasay City Hall. The uploader of the video identified the man as Pasay City councilor Arnel Moti Arceo.

According to the post, the video was taken in May 19, 2020. The video was filmed by councilor Arceo himself. It's unclear how the video transferred from Moti into the hands of the uploader. She simply stated that the video was sent to her by a friend.

According to the uploader, med-techs of Pasay City were conducting rapid testing at the session hall when Arceo arrived. Angered by what's happening at the session hall, Arceo started berating the workers. He angrily paced the hallway outside the session hall, all the while hurling insults at the workers. He shouted at them for wearing masks and PPEs. Obviously affected by the councilor's insults, some of the workers started taking off their PPEs.

Who is in the wrong here? Are frontliners not allowed to use city session halls as rapid testing venues? It became clear that the frontliners were following directives. In short, they were just doing their jobs. There was a memo from the head of the HR department that "there will be a rapid testing for the skeleton workforce" at said venue and date. The memo was signed by Maverick S. Sevilla.

Furthermore, according to the uploader, the aggrieved med-techs decided to file a legal complaint but they were allegedly discouraged by the City Health Department. So now, they are afraid to push through with the complaint because doing so might cost them their jobs.

May 22, 2020

Tenet Movie Trailer Explained: What Is Christopher Nolan Up To?

At its core, Tenet is an action-suspense-thriller movie about secret agents trying to prevent World War III. And because this is a Christopher Nolan movie, it involves a lot of mind-boggling twists. As shown in the brand new trailer, Tenet is going to feature time-travel twists. At this point, time-travel in cinema is already kind of overdone. A cliche almost. We've seen a bunch of time-travel movies and they are always the same. But it's Nolan we are talking about here. If anyone can make time travel cool again, it's him. The guy has never made a bad film.

Why is the movie called Tenet? Nolan has never really explained why he chose this as the title for his new film. Tenet is defined as "a principle or belief, especially one of the main principles of a religion or philosophy." Get what you can from that definition. Maybe we are overthinking in trying to understand why the movie has this particular title.

From the trailer, we see several scenes of time running back. There are bullets detaching themselves from a target and going back into the gun. There are mirrors unbreaking themselves. There are crashed cars uncrashing themselves. Time is being bent back to the past and forward into the future.

Tenet is a film about international espionage and the bending of time. However, the trailer is reluctant in using the term time-travel. It prefers the term inversion. Inversion is defined as the action of inverting something or the state of being inverted.

A dialogue from the trailer:

"He can communicate with the future."
"Time travel?"
"No, inversion."

So what I get from this is that the secret agent gets a picture of the future through inversion. This is a complete reversal of what we usually see in time-travel movies wherein a character travels to the future to learn about the future. In Tenet, the character travels back in time to communicate with the future. This is a very interesting twist indeed.

Another quote from the trailer:
"All I have for you is a word...tenet. It will open the right doors. Some of the wrong ones too. Use it carefully."

This is of course expected to create tension and conflict in the plot. The tenet has to go into the hands of bad people who use it for the wrong reasons. Maybe use it to start World War III. So here's what I understand from what I've seen from the trailer. The good guys want to use the tenet to stop World War III. The bad guys want to use it to make sure that World War III happens.

There are also scenes in the trailer showing people suspended in time. That is they've stopped moving and seemingly put to sleep. However, those with the tenet can still move around. This scenes would remind viewers of scenes from another Nolan film, Inception.

Tenet stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Michael Caine, Kenneth Branagh, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Martin Donovan, Aaron Taylor Johnson, Sean Avery, and Denzel Smith.