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Wrestling legend Bruno Sammartino dies at 82

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Wrestling legend Bruno Sammartino died on Wednesday, April 18. He was 82. World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) announced the news on its website . Born in Italy, Sammartino was WWE's biggest star during the 1960s and 1970s, when the company was known as World Wide Wrestling Federation or WWWF ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerApr 19th, 2018

Wrestling legend Bruno Sammartino passes away

The Wrestling industry is mourning the loss of Bruno Sammartino, who died on April 18 at the age of 82. The World Wrestling Entertainment made the announcement.  Sammartino was knownThe post Wrestling legend Bruno Sammartino passes away appeared first on DZRH News......»»

Category: newsSource:  dzrhnewsRelated NewsApr 19th, 2018

Wrestling legend Vader dies at 63

MANILA, Philippines – Wrestling legend and multiple-time world champion Vader died on Monday, June 18. He was 63 years old. One of his children posted on Wednesday, June 20, through Vader's Twitter account that the massive yet agile wrestler passed away on Monday at around 7:25 pm. "Around a month ago my ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 21st, 2018

ONE Championship: Eduard Folayang relishing opportunity to train in US

For the last month or so, former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang has been putting in work in one of the most renowned mixed martial arts gyms in the world, the Jackson-Wink MMA Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  There, Folayang has been able to work with the likes of world champion producing mentors like Greg Jackson, Mike Winklejohn, and Brandon Gibson, as well was train with the likes of world-class MMA stars such as Carlos Condit, Holly Holm, Diego Sanchez, Michelle Waterson, and more.          View this post on Instagram                   One thing can change everything. A win. A loss. A smart decision. A bad review. A season of success. A season of failure. The color of your skin. According to the world, at least, it seems that one thing can determine who u are-or make u question it. #TimTebow Learning from the great @gregjacksonmma #jacksonwinkmma #teamlakay2018 #onechampionship @the.landslide @jayanthony714 A post shared by Eduard Landslide Folayang (@the.landslide) on Sep 7, 2018 at 1:10pm PDT           View this post on Instagram                   Selfie with the “natural born killer” @carloscondit to wrap the day😉 @jacksonwink_mma @onechampionship @the.landslide A post shared by Eduard Landslide Folayang (@the.landslide) on Aug 28, 2018 at 6:19pm PDT            View this post on Instagram                   “The Preacher’s daughter” @hollyholm #jacksonwinkmma #landslide2018 #albuquerque #newmexico #roadtoredemption @jayanthony714 A post shared by Eduard Landslide Folayang (@the.landslide) on Sep 13, 2018 at 11:42am PDT A proud representative of the Benguet-based Team Lakay stable - which has been regarded as one of the best MMA teams in Asia - Folayang has relished the opportunity of being able to learn and train in one of the most decorated gyms in the world.  The Jackson-Wink MMA Academy of course, has also been home to world champions such as Georges St-Pierre, Jon Jones, Rashad Evans, and many others.  "It was a good experience, I learned a lot of things, especially in the areas where we are still growing and learning, like the wrestling and the ground game." Folayang shared with ABS-CBN's Steve Angeles.  "Of course we also sharpened my striking." added Folayang, who's known for his thunderous punches, kicks, and elbows.  "Napaka-ganda, nabu-boost yung confidence, lalo na pag nakikipag-sabayan ka sa training sa mga nakikita mo na mga malalaki yung pangalan sa MMA, and you experience na makipag-laro sa mga nandito, so it’s really a big experience and a big learning lesson for me." he added.  Considered as the face of Philippine MMA, Folayang has been competing in MMA professionally since 2007, getting his start in the Philippine-based promotion URCC. Folayang was also one of the pioneer members of the Singaporean-based Asian MMA juggernaut ONE Championship, which held their first event in 2011, with Folayang as one of the featured stars.  In 2016, five years after debuting for the promotion, Folayang finally captured the ONE Championship Lightweight World title, defeating Japanese MMA legend and long-time champion Shinya Aoki via third-round TKO.  Folayang would defend the title successfully once, before losing to Martin Nguyen just a day shy of a year after winning the championship.  Since then, Folayang has bounced back impressively, picking up two consecutive wins against a pair of tough, unbeaten Russian grapplers.  The 33-year old Folayang is considered as one of the top contenders in the lightweight division, and could be next in line to challenge Nguyen for the title.  While there's no word yet on what's next for the Team Lakay star, Folayang maintains that it's best to be prepared just in case the call for a world title shot comes once again.  "I’m hoping that I can be able to regain what I had lost, so the best thing to do right now is to prepare, fix those areas where I lack, and sharpen those areas where I am strong." Folayang said. "Yun naman yung pinaka-the best na gagawin kasi wala pa naman yung schedule, hindi natin alam kung kailan darating yung schedule, pero ang pinaka-maganda ay handang-handa tayo whenever the title shot is given, hindi tayo malayo sa pag-kamit ng nawala sa atin." Right now, Folayang is just one of the many willing and deserving contenders in ONE Championship's talent-rich lightweight division.  Names like Aoki, Ev Ting, Timofey Nastyukhin, and Amir Khan are all looking to show that they too are deserving challengers to Nguyen's title.  "There’s a lot, it’s a stacked division in the lightweight division, and yung pinaka-maganda ay nakikita mo kung sino ang umaangat, sino ang nag-iimprove doon sa laban so yung talagang pinaka-magandang gawin talaga ay paghandaan kung sino yung mga magiging kalaban, and then of course you prepare well, kasi anytime they can give you the best." Folayang returns flies back to Manila on Tuesday.    H/T: Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

Prolific U.S. playwright Neil Simon dies at 91

NEW YORK, USA – Prolific US playwright Neil Simon, who won more combined Oscar and Tony nominations than any other writer, died Sunday, August 26, aged 91, according to reports. A legend of American theater, he was responsible for such works as "The Odd Couple," "The Sunshine Boys," ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 27th, 2018

ONE: Kevin Belingon targeting history against Martin Nguyen as well

If making history as the first three-division world champion in mixed martial arts is what Martin Nguyen is after in his highly-anticipated encounter against Kevin Belingon, the Filipino spitfire could likewise establish a new record for the Philippines in ONE Championship should he win over his Vietnamese-Australian foe. Both men are slated to face each other in the main event of ONE: REIGN OF KINGS, which takes place at the 20,000-seater SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines on July 27. ONE Championship has raised the stakes of the scheduled five-round clash between Belingon and Nguyen as the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Championship will be up for grabs. If Belingon succeeds in securing the gold-plated strap at the expense of Nguyen, the Philippines will set a record of most championship wins in the seven-year history of the promotion. “The main goal for Filipino martial arts athletes like me is to bring pride, honor and glory to our country. This match against Marin Nguyen on July 27 is another opportunity to hoist the Philippine flag aloft on the world stage of this beautiful sport,” he said. To date, there have been four Filipino world champions under the ONE Championship banner since 2013. Honorio Banario became the first Philippine-rooted competitor to notch a huge prize in ONE Championship when he defeated compatriot Eric Kelly by fourth-round stoppage for the inaugural ONE Featherweight World Championship in February 2013. It was followed by Brandon Vera, who crowned himself as the first ONE Heavyweight World Champion by knocking out Paul Cheng in 26 seconds with a high kick in December 2015. Meanwhile, Eduard Folayang pulled off a major upset victory over Japanese legend Shinya Aoki in November 2016 to capture the ONE Lightweight World Championship. Geje Eustaquio joined the list of Filipino world titleholders this past January, claiming the ONE Interim Flyweight World Championship with a split decision win over Kairat Akhmetov in a rematch before becoming the undisputed division kingpin in his second meeting with Adriano Moraes last June. With the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Title on the line, having his hand raised would symbolize so much to Belingon. Ever since losing to Bibiano Fernandes for the bantamweight crown in January 2016, Belingon has won five consecutive matches, routing the best contenders that the division has to offer. For Belingon, he could finally become a mixed martial arts world champion on July 27, which is the goal that he has been chasing ever since he launched his career in June 2007. “Becoming the champion has been my goal since my career started. It is a lifelong dream for me. I need to win my next bout to turn my dream into a reality,” he stated. “This is going to be a very exciting match. To take on an elite athlete like Martin, it will only be good for my experience. I look forward to testing my skills against him,” Belingon added. Sharing the cage with a dynamic knockout artist like Nguyen, Belingon asserted that he likes his chances versus the two-division world champion and shared his thoughts as to how things would play out at ONE: REIGN OF KINGS. “Martin has very good, high-level skills. His wrestling is very strong, and so is his boxing. He is aggressive, and he punches with power. There is no underestimating this guy,” he explained. “But I think his biggest weakness is his speed, especially in this fight. He is not faster than me. I think this will come down to who gets there first.” Although he is known for his explosive striking, massive knockout power, and fearlessness to engage, Belingon assured that he is prepared to go the distance with Nguyen. “I am training very hard to make sure I am well-equipped with everything I need to face any situation. If I have the opportunity to finish him, I will not hesitate to grab that chance. But I am prepared for this fight to go full five rounds as well,” he concluded......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Professional wrestler ‘Vader’ passes away at 63

Professional wrestler Leon White, more popularly known as "Vader," passed away on the evening of June 18. White's death appears to have been caused by a severe case of pneumonia. A tweet posted on June 20 by the wrestler's son on White's Twitter account said he was diagnosed around a month ago. Despite making progress to recover since then, White's heart eventually gave out at around 7:25 p.m. on June 18. World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. (WWE) paid tribute to the fallen legend with a statement that summarized his career in the world of sports-entertainment. Leon "Vader" White entered the world of professional wrestling in the mid-1980s after retiring from the National ...Keep on reading: Professional wrestler ‘Vader’ passes away at 63.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 21st, 2018

Brazilian net legend Bueno dies

SAO PAOLO, Brazil– Maria Bueno, the Brazilian “queen” of tennis, who won three Wimbledon and four US championship singles titles, died Friday in Sao Paulo at age 78, the hospital where she was being treated said. She had been suffering from mouth cancer since last year and was hospitalized in May. Nicknamed the “Sao Paulo […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 9th, 2018

Bollywood legend Sridevi dies at 54 of cardiac arrest

NEW DELHI — Indian actress Sridevi, arguably Bollywood’s first female superstar, died in Dubai after cardiac arrest, media reported on Sunday. She was 54. Sridevi is survived by her husband — producer Boney Kapoor — and daughters Jhanvi and Khushi. She was in Dubai to attend a family wedding and died late on Saturday. In […] The post Bollywood legend Sridevi dies at 54 of cardiac arrest appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2018

Dick Enberg, sportscasting veteran of 60 years, dies at 82

MANILA, Philippines – Sportscasting legend Dick Enberg has passed away Thursday, December 21 (Friday Manila time) in Boston after an apparent heart attack. He was 82. According to an article by Bleacher Report, Enberg's wife Barbara learned of his death when he did not get off a flight in Boston ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2017

Richard Corminal happy to be fighting on the same card as idol Ben Askren

Not everyone can say that they've gotten the chance to meet their idols.  Even less can say that they'll be fighting on the same card as their idols.  On Friday night at ONE Championship: Immortal Pursuit at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, Corminal can say that he's part of the latter, as he'll be fighting on the same fight card as his idol and main eventer Ben 'Funky' Askren.  "Malaking pagkakataon ‘to para makapag-selfie selfie." Corminal said with a laugh.  (This is the perfect chance to get a selfie.) Askren, who'll be coming out for his retirement bout, will be main eventing Friday's fight night in Singapore, putting his ONE welterweight world championship on the line against MMA legend Shinya Aoki.  Corminal meanwhile, will be fighting in the undercards, taking on returning Arnaud Lepont. According to the The Malaysia-based Pinoy, he idolized Askren because of the unbeaten American's grappling prowess.  "Magaling yung wrestling niya talaga, yun yung pinaka-[gusto] ko talaga, yung wrestling niya. Ang galing niya mag-control ng tao sa ground." (His wreslting's really good, that's what I really like about him, his wrestling. He's so good with controlling people on the ground.) And when asked if he's gotten to talk to Askren during fight week, Corminal says that he hasn't had the chance to do so.  "Hindi pa naman, kasi laging salisi kami sa hotel." (Not yet, we always just pass each other at the hotel) Hopefully, Corminal gets a chance to finally meet and talk to Askren after the fights.    Legends collide as Ben Askren defends his ONE welterweight championship against former ONE lightweight champion Shinya Aoki at ONE: Immortal Pursuit.  Catch the exciting MMA action LIVE on Friday, November 24th, 8:30 PM on S+A channel 23! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2017

Ben Askren versus Shinya Aoki is simply two of the best testing themselves against each other

Behind every great fight is a good backstory, and Friday night's megabout between reigning and defending ONE welterweight world champion Ben Askren and former ONE lightweight world champion Shinya Aoki certainly as a lot of interesting backstories behind it.  For Askren, the narrative has been about this being his retirement fight, and this being a chance to cement his legacy as one of the best to ever set foot inside the ONE Championship cage. It's also a chance for him to end his career as a champion, and being a champion is something that Askren knows a lot about, having had stellar world title runs in Bellator and now in ONE Championship. Askren says that for him, it hasn't been about 'chasing' gold.  "Obviously, the best is a symbol of what I have achieved, but for me, it’s always one fight at a time. You can’t win the next fight until you win the one you have coming up, right?" Askren said during the pre-fight press conference, Wednesday. "Because I’ve been able to string a bunch of those wins together in a row, I’ve ended up with a lot of belts in my life." For the reigning and defending champion, Friday's title defense isn't about defending the championship. It's about finding a way to defeat a fellow world-class talent in Aoki.  "Belt is put on hold. Friday, it’s about me fighting Shinya, me executing a gameplan and me proving that I have the skills and the ability to take him out." As for Aoki, Friday night's fight is a chance to make history as only the second fighter to hold a ONE world title in two weight divisions.  Much like Askren however, Aoki sees the belt as a bonus of sorts. For the Japanese MMA icon, Friday night's fight is about getting into the cage with someone he considers a legend.  "Yes, Friday night is a title bout, and if I can get a champion’s belt, that would be great," said Aoki. "What I’m really, really looking forward to is that I’m going face a legend in Ben Askren Friday night, and I just want to get a big win against him, and also survive." For these two men, it's not about wrestling versus judo or jiu-jitsu. It's not about retiring a champion or being two-division titlist. All of that is just outside noise. For them, it's simply about testing yourself against the best of the best, and on Friday night, in front of a raucous crowd at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, indeed, it's going to be two of the best testing themselves against each other. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2017

Waiter-turned-MMA fighter Richard Corminal hopes to be an inspiration to Filipino youth

It's an all too familiar story, especially in the Philippines.  In search of greener pastures and a better life for one's self and family, many Filipinos have decided to take their chances far away from home. Richard Corminal is one such Pinoy who has been able to find better opportunities overseas. "Kasi yung buhay sa atin, medyo mahirap, kaya kailangan magtrabaho sa ibang bansa." Corminal shared with the media during the pre-fight press conference of ONE Championship: Immortal Pursuit in Singapore.  (Life back home is hard, that's why I needed to find work in a different country.) Corminal is one of two Filipinos fighting on the card, Friday night at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. And while he'll be flying the Tricolor come fight night, Malaysia has been home for Corminal for the last six years, where he works as a children's MMA and Muay Thai Instructor.  The Novaliches-native however, hasn't always been about the fight life. Before making a living out fighting and teaching kids, Corminal waited tables back home, and even when he moved to Malaysia.  "Nagtuturo na ako ng mga bata sa gym, pero dati waiter lang ako. Ngayon nagtuturo na ako ng mga bata ng Muay That at MMA." (I teach kids Muay Thai and MMA, but I used to be a waiter.) Corminal says watching Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao sparked his interest in combat sports, but when he got to watch mixed martial arts, he fell in love with the sport.  In Malaysia, Corminal found his way to Muay Thai, and it just grew from there. When the opportunity to make a living out of it came, he felt it was the right time to do so.  " p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica; color: #454545} Siguro dahil nabigyan ako ng oras. Siguro ito na yung timing para sa akin, kaya sinungaban ko na." Corminal said. "Nagsimula ako sa Muay Thai, tapos paunti-unti sa boxing, jiu-jitsu, wrestling." (When the opportunity came, I felt that it was the right time for me, so I grabbed it. I began with Muay Thai, then eventually got in to boxing, jiu-jitsu, and wrestling) Now at 35 years old, Corminal is no longer an up-and-coming young prospect. While he does hope to someday reach the heights of Pinoy MMA stars like Eduard Folayang and Eric Kelly, at the end of the day, he hopes to be an inspiration, especially to the Filipino youth.  "Gusto ko lang maging inspirasyon sa kabataan, lalo na sa atin, iwas sa masamang bisyo, ganun." (I just want to be an inspiration for the kids, especially back at home, and draw them away from vices.) While a career in combat sports isn't always lucrative, Corminal says that his decision to move has paid off.  "Medyo nakaluwag-luwag na nag kaunti, nakakasuporta na sa pamilya. Guminhawa na ng onti yung buhay natin." (Things are better now, I can already support the family. Life has gotten a bit more comfortable.) Friday night, Corminal welcomes French standout Arnaud Lepont back to the ONE Championship cage. A win over an established name like Lepont will surely give the Pinoy some exposure, and as long as he keeps finding success, the more he'll be able to provide, and the more he'll become a source of inspiration.     Legends collide as Ben Askren defends his ONE welterweight championship against former ONE lightweight champion Shinya Aoki at ONE: Immortal Pursuit.  Catch the exciting MMA action LIVE on Friday, November 24th, 8:30 PM on S+A channel 23! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2017

Wrestling legend ‘Superfly’s’ granddaughter making Snuka name proud in vball

It’s just Penina Snuka’s first time in the Philippines, but she has been treated like she has been here for long. “Everyone has been so nice and accommodating, but it’s funny because everybody thinks I’m Filipino,” she told reporters. “I’ve had a lot of people just come up to me and just start speaking in your language. It’s such a beautiful language, but I’m looking at them with wide eyes and say, ‘I’m not from here.’” Of course, the Generika-Ayala reinforcement is not a Filipina. She is an American of Samoan descent who played setter for the University of Arizona. While she may not be a Filipina, Snuka still stands out – if you are familiar with her storied surname. “My last name is Snuka and I come from a big wrestling family starting with my grandfather and then my father,” she shared. “I have an auntie and an uncle who are wrestling right now. And of course, also, my uncle is ‘The Rock.’” Penina’s grandfather is the late Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka who was a wrestling star in the ‘80s and ‘90s before being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Her father is Sim Snuka who was a former WWE Tag Team Champion. Current WWE superstars Roman Reigns and Tamina are her uncle and aunt, respectively. And then, there’s Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson who is also her uncle. Indeed, the now 22-year-old comes from a big wrestling family. For her, however, wrestling was never an option. “(Me and my brothers and sisters), as kids, we weren’t really into wrestling. We did a lot of sports – we did basketball, my brothers did (American) football, and I just kind of got into volleyball,” she said. She then continued, “Ever since I got into volleyball in sixth grade, I always loved it. I never wanted to do anything else but volleyball. Volleyball is my whole life.” And so, after a stellar career as in the University of Arizona where she was hailed as Pac-12 Setter of the Year in 2016, Snuka took the opportunity to showcase her skills in a country that is only falling more and more in love with the sport. “(Ayala-Generika) was the first to offer me. I talked to my parents about it and I did a little research, I really got to know them and the Philippines,” she said. She then continued, “I really felt this was a good place. I really felt blessed to be here.” Don’t make the mistake of thinking, however, that she has forgotten that she’s a Snuka – granddaughter and niece to wrestling legends. “I feel really honored that I come from this family. I’m someone who’s very close to my family so leaving them was kinda hard, but knowing that I’m taking that name with me out here, hopefully, I can make a good name for them,” she expressed. In that case, we all better get ready for another Snuka to make a “Superfly Splash.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2017

Music legend Tom Petty dies

Music legend Tom Petty dies.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsOct 5th, 2017

PH hoops legend Loreto Carbonell dies at age 84

PH hoops legend Loreto Carbonell dies at age 84.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 24th, 2017

U.S. comedy legend Jerry Lewis dies at 91

U.S. comedy legend Jerry Lewis dies at 91.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 21st, 2017

Pro wrestler Ric Flair out of surgery and resting, says WWE

ATLANTA — World Wrestling Entertainment says pro wrestling legend Ric Flair is out of surgery and resting after being hospitalized......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 15th, 2017

Music legend Gregg Allman dies at 69

Music legend Gregg Allman dies at 69.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsMay 28th, 2017

Rock n roll legend Chuck Berry dies at 90

NEW YORK (AP) — Chuck Berry, rock 'n' roll's founding guitar hero and storyteller who defined the music's joy and rebellion in such classics as "Johnny B......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 19th, 2017

WWE legend Jimmy Snuka dies at 73

WWE legend Jimmy Snuka dies at 73.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017