SMB, TNT, Blackwater Elite to compete in Terrific 12 East Asia Super League in Macao

East Asia Super League

Now that San Miguel Beer has taken home the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Trophy from TNT, the two Finals protagonists will rekindle their rivalry in a foreign tournament. They will be joined by Blackwater Elite in a 12-team competition that will also include ball clubs from China, Japan and South Korea.

Dubbed The Terrific 12, the FIBA-recognized basketball tournament East Asia Super League features three clubs from the Chinese Basketball Association, four from the B.LEAGUE in Japan, two from the Korean Basketball League and three from the Philippine Basketball Association. It will be held at the Tap Seac Multisports Pavilion in Macao from September 17-22, 2019.

The participating teams in EASL, Asia’s premier basketball tournament, include the Liaoning Flying Leopards, the Shenzhen Aviators, and the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions from China; the Chiba Jets, the Niigata Albirex, the Ryukyu Golden Kings and the Utsunomiya Brex from Japan; the Jeonju KCC Egis and the Seoul SK Knights from Korea and the three PBA teams.

Sixteen games total will be played in three stages: the Group Stage, Semi-Finals and Finals to crown this year’s champion. In the Group Stage, clubs will be divided into four groups of three, with each team playing two games. The top team from each group will advance to compete in the Semi-Finals following a rest day on September 20, 2019. The champion will be awarded USD 150,000, the runner- up will be awarded USD 100,000 and third place will be awarded USD 50,000.

The Super League started in Macao in 2017 with eight teams participating in Summer Super 8. Last year the number of teams grew to 12 and began to be known as the Terrific 12 where the Philippines was represented by a PBA D-League selection called the iECO Green Warriors. This year, the PBA’s top two teams and quarter finalist Blackwater Elite will add more punch to the Philippine representation.

For more information on Terrific 12 2019, please go to eastasiasuperleague.com and follow EAST ASIA SUPER LEAGUE on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other social media accounts. Tickets are available at eastasiasuperleague.com.

IMMAF president Kerrith Brown looks forward to more successful athletes like Reo Yamaguchi

Reo Yamaguchi
Reo Yamaguchi

To consolidate the development of amateur mixed martial arts as a sport in Japan, the Japanese Mixed Martial Arts Federation has announced ambitious will take it to the next level operationally. It plans to introduce training for referees and officials and host of its first All-Japan National Amateur MMA championships on September 2, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.

IMMAF president Kerrith Brown is excited about the plans. He is looking forward to seeing more successful Japanese athletes like International Mixed Martial Arts Federation World and European Junior Silver medallist Reo Yamaguchi, 19, on the IMMAF-World Mixed Martial Arts Association platform.

Yamaguchi was born in Japan on December 5, 1999. He made his amateur MMA debut in 2016 at “Ageo Cage Fight 4″ in Saitama, Japan where he knocked out his fellow Japanese fighter Susumu Inoue.

At the 2019 IMMMA-WMMAA European Senior and Junior Open Championships in Rome, Italy, Yamaguchi has one loss and two wins. He has yet to make his professional MMA debut.

“This is an exciting development from our Japanese MMA Federation and we look forward to watching MMA reach new heights in Japan, one of the founding countries of the contemporary sport,” Brown stated. “We expect the All Japan Amateur MMA Championships to be the first of many and look forward to seeing more Japanese talent follow the successes of IMMAF World and European Junior Silver medallist, Reo Yamaguchi, on the IMMAF-WMMAA platform.”

As the global governing body for MMA working for the development, recognition and regulation of the sport, the IMMAF- WMMAA has a seven-year track record of organising international amateur MMA Championships and developing the sport globally. It currently has 110 member federations with National Olympic Committee recognition in around 50 countries.

The IMMAF-WMMAA has a democratically elected board, audited accounts, General Assemblies, a robust anti-doping programme and a qualifying number of recognized members. Its governance is subject to independent audit by the Sport Integrity Global Alliance.

With Olympian leaders coming from judo, IMMAF- WMMAA fully respects Olympic values. Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring Yamaguchi:

[PHOTOS] Vietnam vs Japan: Martin Nguyen, Koyomi Matsushima fight at ‘ONE: Dawn of Heroes’ in the Philippines

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Vietnam, Australia and Japan were represented at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” on August 2, 2019. It was the third ONE Championship event in 2019 that took place in the Philippines.

Featuring 12 mixed martial arts matches and two Muay Thai matches, “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. In the main event of the evening, Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 30, of Vietnam and Australia faced Koyomi “Moushigo” Matsushima, 26, of Japan.

Including Australia, Vietnam and Japan, 12 countries were represented at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes.” The other countries were Brazil, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Nguyen was one of the two fighters who represented Australia but solely represented Vietnam. Matsushima was one of the six representatives of Japan.

Blue Corner

Matsushima is training out of Pancrase ISM Yokohama in Naka-ku,  Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. Born in Yokohama on October 8, 1992, he has been competing professionally since 2015.

“ONE: Dawn of Heroes” marked the third ONE Championship outing of Matsushima. He was coming out of a unanimous decision victory over “Pretty Boy” Kwon Won Il, 23, of South Korea.

Red Corner

Nguyen is training out of Hardknocks 365 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. He has been competing professionally since 2012.

“ONE: Dawn of Heroes” marked Nguyen’s 13th ONE Championship outing. He was coming out of a knockout victory over Narantungalag “Tungaa” Jadambaa, 43, of Mongolia.

Results

Matsushima challenged Nguyen for the ONE Featherweight World Championship title. Olivier Coste served as the referee.

Coste put a stop to the title bout after 4 minutes and 40 seconds in the second round. Nguyen knocked out Matsushima via ground and pound.

Winning at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” improved the professional MMA record of Nguyen to 13 wins and 3 losses. On the other hand, Matsushima now has 11 wins and 4 losses.

Check the complete “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” results on Conan Daily. Meanwhile, here is a clip from the press conference:

[PHOTOS] Brazil vs Japan: Leandro Issa, Daichi Takenaka fight at ‘ONE: Dawn of Heroes’ in the Philippines

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Brazil and Japan were represented at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” on August 2, 2019. It was the third ONE Championship event in 2019 that took place in the Philippines.

Featuring 12 mixed martial arts matches and two Muay Thai matches, “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. In the sixth bout of the evening, Leandro “Brodinho” Issa, 35, of Brazil faced Daichi Takenaka, 29, of Japan.

Including the Brazil and Japan, 12 countries were represented at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes.” The other countries were Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.

Issa was one of the two fighters who represented Brazil. Takenaka was one of the six representatives of Japan.

Blue Corner

Takenaka is training out of Paraestra Izumi in Izumi, Osaka, Japan and HybridFighter in Tokyo, Japan. He has been competing professionally since 2012.

“ONE: Dawn of Heroes” marked Takenaka’s third ONE Championship outing. He was coming out of a doctor stoppage loss to Mark “Tyson” Abelardo, 27, of New Zealand.

Red Corner

Issa is training out of Evolve MMA in Singapore. Born in Ubatuba, Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 19, 1983, he has been competing professionally since 2006.

“ONE: Dawn of Heroes” marked Issa’s 10th ONE Championship outing. He was coming out of an armbar submission victory against Fu Chang Xin, 26, of China.

Results

Issa and Takenaka competed in an MMA match in the bantamweight division. Kemp Cheng served as the referee.

Cheng put a stop to the bantamweight contest after 1 minute and 39 seconds in the third round. Takenaka knocked out Issa.

Winning at “ONE Dawn of Heroes” improved the professionally MMA record of Takenaka to 12 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw. On the other hand, Issa now has 17 wins and 8 losses.

Check the complete “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” results on Conan Daily. Meanwhile, here is a clip from the press conference: