Mixed Martial Arts

Hong Kong dojo Team Grips eyes success at Abu Dhabi

Erick Buthsombat and Rodrigo Caporal in training at the JAB MMA gym in Central. Photo: David Wong

A large black dragon curls its way over the sculpted torso of Rodrigo Caporal, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and one of Asia's best mixed martial artists. This week, he is hoping the victorious serpent will inspire others, as he leads a dedicated team of grapplers at the World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championships in Abu Dhabi.

Sunday, 7 April, 2013, 4:18am

Staring down the bullies

Eddie Ng is a rising star on the mixed martial arts scene.

Growing up in the northeast of England was tough for Hong Kong-born Eddie Ng Gar-wei. Because of his Asian heritage while living in Chester-le-Street, a small town near Newcastle, Ng was bullied almost daily.

17 Mar 2013 - 4:44am

Cain Velasquez reclaims UFC heavyweight title from Junior Dos Santos

Junior dos Santos of Brazil (left) and Cain Velasquez trade blows during their bout for the UFC heavyweight championship at UFC 155. Photo: AP

Velasquez reclaimed the UFC heavyweight title Saturday night, thoroughly battering Dos Santos on the way to a lopsided unanimous decision in UFC 155.

30 Dec 2012 - 5:22pm

Cung Le knocks out Franklin at UFC Macau

Rich Franklin (right) takes a hit from Cung Le of Vietnam. Photo: AP

Kickboxing champion Cung Le let his fists do the talking for once with a devastating one-punch knockout of Rich Franklin in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s first event in Macau early on Sunday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

UFC makes China debut and all hell breaks loose

China's Zhang Tiequan is under a tight choke hold in his defeat by Jon Tuck. Photo: www.qq.com

Bruce Lee might have finished it off with just one kick. But then the father of mixed martial arts was something special, or at least made to appear so by the world of celluloid. There was no such luck for the fighters in yesterday's 10-card UFC Macau bust-up at The Venetian's Cotai Arena.

12 Nov 2012 - 6:47pm

Fighter Rich Franklin ready to rumble at UFC Macao

Rich Franklin (right), former UFC middleweight champion, shows sparring techniques ahead of the Macau event. Photo: Nora Tam

Former world middleweight champion Rich "Ace" Franklin will put friendship aside to compete against Cung Le in the main event of Saturday's UFC extravanganza in Macau.

The 38-year-old American said in Hong Kong yesterday it would be the third time he had fought a friend in the Octagon.

8 Nov 2012 - 3:17am

UFC's rise from 'barbarity' to 'fastest-growing sport' didn't come easy

Lorenzo J. Fertitta

Growing up in Las Vegas meant Lorenzo J. Fertitta was surrounded by the fight game. The sparkling Nevada desert wonderland is steeped in its rich history and through his formative years, Fertitta not only found himself ringside for bouts but - like the whole of Vegas - he became caught up in the pure theatre, the passion and the hype whenever a big fight comes to town.

16 Sep 2012 - 2:56am

MMA fever proves highly contagious in Hong Kong

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Speak to the athletes and it soon becomes apparent the attraction of mixed martial arts is universal.

On the sidelines of the launch of the UFC Macao - held inside the Epic MMA Club in Central - both fighters headlining the November 10 card talked about the physical challenge the sport provides and of the constant need for fighters to improve their skills, and to develop new ones.

16 Sep 2012 - 3:34am

Epic MMA Club

Unsure what to expect from a Brazilian jiu-jitsu class, I came away from a visit to Epic MMA (mixed martial arts) Club with my seven-year-old son surprised and enthused. The vast 15,000 sq ft club, expertly equipped, made a good first impression. But as I scanned the boxing ring and cage fighting area, I questioned if this really was a place for children.

27 May 2012 - 12:00am

Fighting for a cause

Jimmy Kong's mobile phone is running low on batteries as he receives his umpteenth call for the day. He's busy organising the White Collar MMA Championship when he really ought to be in the gym getting in shape.

4 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

This regimen really packs a punch

Last year the mixed martial arts scene in Hong Kong was thriving, as it was in the US. Shows from multiple organisations were held every other month locally and in Macau. Hongkongers were jumping on the bandwagon, with martial arts gyms offering classes for men, women and children of all ages.

1 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Quest for crowns at Asia World-Expo

Alex Lee, instructor in Muay Thai, will make his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) debut tonight at Asia World-Expo. The nine-bout Legends IV event will see the 28-year-old from Tsuen Wan up against Mark Eddiva, 24, of the Philippines in a featherweight (66kg) clash. The Hong Kong-based promotion aims to build a stable of MMA fighters.

27 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Tigress in the ring

Saori Ishioka is the first to admit looks can be deceiving.

When first we meet, the 23-year-old from Hiroshima appears like your average young Japanese woman, taking in the sights at the Venetian Macao. There's the boots and the beads, a sort of nouveau hippy chic that's capped off by a shawl wrapped over her shoulders, keeping the air-conditioner's shrill blasts at bay.

19 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Yeung defiant after choke-hold loss

There was blood and sweat aplenty but no tears as a defiant Kenny Yeung vowed to be back on the mixed martial arts circuit after a brave defeat against Yang Zhou at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre last night.

25 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Bloody cage fighting packs a la carte punch

An auburn-haired woman smartly dressed for evening dinner at a five-star hotel has reason to look pensive. She is standing next to an octagon-shaped cage wherein two fighters are exchanging jabs and kicks.

Suddenly one scoops in to seize both legs of his opponent and raises him to shoulder height.

23 May 2010 - 12:00am