December 13, 2021 8:34 p.m.
Filipino ONE Championship newcomer, 19-year-old Jhanlo “The Machine” Sangiao, son of legendary Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao, will be stepping into the Circle against Indonesia’s very own Paul “The Great King” Lumihi.
The two fighters will go head-to-head in a bantamweight MMA clash at ONE: Winter Warriors II, a previously recorded event from the Singapore Indoor Stadium set for broadcast via tape delay on Friday, 17 December.
Sangiao comes from Team Lakay fame — the Philippines’ most prolific martial arts outfit. Lumihi, meanwhile, is a ONE Championship veteran looking to turn his career around. Needless to say, there’s definitely a lot at stake in this incredible bout.
In a recent interview with ONE Championship, the younger Sangiao shared his thoughts on the Lumihi fight.
“I think he’s the oldest fighter I’ve faced,” Sangiao said of Lumihi, who is 14 years his senior.
“I’ve faced older men in the amateurs but not this old, they’re like 28. But I feel like youth is an advantage of mine. I feel like I’m stronger, I’m younger and I can beat him.”
The 33-year-old Lumihi is a former OPMMA Featherweight Champion with years of fighting experience at the professional and amateur level. He is well-versed in martial arts styles such as kung fu, taekwondo, wushu, Muay Thai, and the like. It’s certainly safe to say that Lumihi represents the toughest challenge of Sangiao’s blossoming career thus far.
Breaking down their stylistic matchup, Sangiao believes he holds several key advantages that he says will be the difference in this fight.
“Based on what I’ve seen, he’s more of a striker but he tends to struggle when the fight hits the mat, he either gets submitted or gets punished on the ground. But it doesn’t matter, wherever this match goes, I feel like I can take him on. But of course, I don’t want to be overconfident,” Sangiao said.
“Of course I am the better striker. I feel like I have the edge over him in a lot of stuff. I’m younger, much more powerful and I get to train with some of the best strikers in the world. World champions like Joshua Pacio, I get to train with Danny Kingad and of course my sparring partner is the most lethal striker in ONE in Kevin Belingon.”
Being a member of Team Lakay, obviously Sangiao has access to some of the most talented and experienced world champions in ONE Championship. Guys include former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, former ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, and reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, among others.
“That’s why I am confident that I am better than him at striking,” Sangiao said.
Lumihi feels equally as confident of victory. But no matter who has the advantages in this fight, it’s all about imposing the will and game plan. For the young “Machine,” he’s expecting the unexpected, and will be looking to capitalize on every opportunity.
“Anything can happen, but of course I want to get that bonus whether that submission or knockout. When that opportunity comes I’ll be taking it,” Sangiao said.
ONE: Winter Warriors II is the final event for ONE Championship in 2021, and is the second of the “Winter Warriors” series. In the main event, #2-ranked flyweight contender Danny “The King” Kingad takes on #4-ranked contender Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhmetov
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USA back on top; Germany takes Top 3 spot in FIBA World Ranking
September 15, 2023 1:28 p.m.
MIES (Switzerland) – The recent completion of the prestigious FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 has produced some eye-catching positive climbs in the latest FIBA World Ranking Men, presented by Nike.
USA reclaim pole position with 786.6 points after benefiting from their consistency at major tournaments over the last three summers. Finishing in fourth place at the FIBA Basketball World Cup where they outperformed former number one nation Spain, their run to the Semi-Finals came off the back of winning an Olympic title at Tokyo in 2021 and also taking bronze at the FIBA AmeriCup 2022.
Recently crowned FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 champions Germany have another slice of history to enjoy as they step into the top three of the rankings for the very first time after moving up a massive eight places and onto 759.7 points. Their stunning success made all the more incredible because of the fact they made the journey to the top step of the podium without tasting defeat.
Canada also have another reason to celebrate too, with their maiden FIBA Basketball World Cup medal fueling an even bigger rise of nine spots. They now occupy sixth position with 745.5 points.
Serbia performed in outstanding fashion to make the title game and their second-placed finish gave their fans something to be proud of. Those supporters can also now enjoy and reflect on their country being a top five nation again as they move up a place and into fifth position on 755.6 points.
Meanwhile, when it comes to the scale and impact of climbing the rankings in the upper echelon, nobody can match Latvia. They have rocketed up a staggering 22 places and into the top 10 after their heroic underdog displays which ensured they took fifth place at the FIBA Basketball World Cup. They now sit in 8th position on 743.7 points.
There were many other teams who impressed at the flagship event, including Brazil who recorded three wins in five games and moves up a place into 12th in the rankings on 660.5 points. The Americas region can also boast a nice move upwards of five places into 16th for Puerto Rico on 611.1 points, while Dominican Republic rise six spots into 18th place on 561.9 points.
There were also notable improvements for Georgia who move up 10 positions and into 23rd on 465.9 points, Japan jump 11 spots to 26th on 432.2 points and Lebanon claim an uplift of 16 places into 28th on 423.3.
One nation that truly made everyone sit up and take notice at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 were first-timers South Sudan. They made history by beating China to claim a first win at the event, then pushing on to beat the Philippines and Angola. This has resulted in a sensational climb of 32 spots in the rankings. They now find themselves in 31st place with 375.5 points.
For more information about the method used in the calculation of the FIBA World Ranking Men, please refer to the “How It Works” section.
Click here to view the full FIBA World Ranking Men, presented by Nike.