Belingon eyes May 29 return vs Lineker in Manila

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MANILA, Philippines—Raring to get back inside the cage, Kevin Belingon already has a potential opponent in mind for his next fight.

Belingon, the former ONE world bantamweight champion has set his sights on a dangerous foe in Brazil’s John Lineker.

The 32-year-0ld Belingon (20-7) was once atop the bantamweight division when he beat Bibiano Fernandes to become the undisputed champion in November 2018 but his trilogy against the mighty Brazilian ended in two straight losses.

The Team Lakay stalwart, though, wants to make a splash in his return and a match against Lineker (32-9) is a solid prospect for him.

“It will be exciting if they give me John Lineker. It will be a very good match,” said Belingon in ONE Championship’s official website.

“You see how he fights? He has excellent striking, and he is really good. So if we cross paths, it will be a barn burner, for sure.”

Belingon’s last two fights in the promotion both ended in losses, a disqualification and a submission defeat, against Fernandes while Lineker handled Muin Gafurov via unanimous decision in his debut in October 2019.

Before jumping to ONE Championship, Lineker enjoyed a brilliant career in the UFC, racking up a 12-4 record.

Belingon added that he wants his comeback to happen on May 29 in ONE Infinity 1 at Mall of Asia Arena.

“The most important thing is to get back to my winning ways and compete for the title once more. That’s the goal – to get back on top and get the belt.”

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Sangiao fits bill as contestant in The Apprentice: ONE edition

Mark Sangiao. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/

MANILA, Philippines—The Apprentice: ONE Championship edition is set to air in the second half of 2020 though, there’s no official lineup of contestants yet.

There is, however, at least one person who appears to be a perfect candidate for it and he’s more than willing to welcome the opportunity when it comes knocking.

“More than a hundred percent I would say yes if given the chance. I would do anything that would be good for me, my family, my athletes, Team Lakay, and future warriors. An opportunity like that would be hard to say no to,” said Team Lakay head coach Sangiao on the thought of him joining the hit reality TV series.

Sangiao has already proven to have a strong grasp of business and leadership when he founded and led Team Lakay to become the Philippines’ most prolific martial arts outfit.

It can also be argued that Team Lakay is one of Asia’s best training grounds after producing five ONE world champions including four at the same time in 2018 with Eduard Folayang, Joshua Pacio, Kevin Belingon, and Geje Eustaquio all ruling their respective divisions.

Sangiao, like anyone who pursues a sport, started to build himself from the ground up while overcoming adversities along the way.

“Early in my martial arts career, I would borrow money countless times just so I could travel from Baguio to Manila every time I had a fight. Life was hard. I started from zero. I had nothing,” said Sangiao.

“When I was teaching martial arts, I used to jog six kilometers everyday both ways from La Trinidad to Baguio City since I had no money to pay for my jeepney fare. Some students would help me by giving me five pesos so I didn’t have to travel

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Harlem Globetrotters great Fred ‘Curly’ Neal dies

DENVER – DECEMBER 08: Legendary Harlem Globetrotter Curly Neal helps Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky spin a basketball during a game against the Miami Heat on December 8, 2006 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the term and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Curly Neal

Fred “Curly” Neal, whose trademark shaved head and dazzling dribbling skills delighted audiences of the Harlem Globetrotters, died Thursday at the age of 77.

Neal died at his home near Houston, according to an announcement on the official webpage of the exhibition team, which brought basketball to a global audience with its entertaining blend of comedy and athletic skill.

“It was Curly’s magical ball-handling, shooting, charismatic smile and iconic bald head in more than 6,000 games in 97 countries, that made them start to play and fall in love with the game,” the Globetrotters said of Neal, who played for the Globetrotters from 1963-85.

“One of the truly magical dribblers and shooters in basketball history, Neal fittingly played for 22 seasons in the red, white and blue, wearing No. 22.”

“We have lost one of the most genuine human beings the world has ever known,” Globetrotters general manager Jeff Munn said. “Curly’s basketball skill was unrivaled by most, and his warm heart and huge smile brought joy to families worldwide.”

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