MMA fighter and eight-time world champion Miriam Nakamoto, known as “The Queen of Mean,” is set to star in an action-romance movie.
About the film: The film, titled “Wildwood,” will feature Nakamoto as a young woman running from her mother and hitmen. She stumbles into a small town where she is mistaken for a local woman who mysteriously vanished years ago, according to Deadline.
In his home country of South Korea, Sung Bin Jo is already a pretty big deal.
The dashing 28-year old has looks that can rival any K-Pop star, and that has translated to gigs as an image model on television and magazine ads, as well as appearances on shows such as “Bad Papa” and “Cash Back”.
UFC fighter Joanna Jedrzejczyk has earned criticism online for an Instagram story that many found to be insensitive.
The Polish fighter, who is set to face UFC strawweight champion Zhang Weili in March, made fun of her opponent by making a not-so-subtle reference to the coronavirus.
MMA Champions Angela and Christian Lee Win Fights at the World’s Largest Martial Arts Event in History
Sibling duo Angela and Christian Lee both left the cage victorious at ONE: Century in Tokyo on Sunday.
The One: Century event is said to be the largest martial arts event in history where 44 fighters met for 22 matches for dominance. One Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong explained in July, “I am thrilled to announce that ONE Championship is set to throw the biggest martial arts event in history this October in Tokyo, Japan. The biggest and brightest stars of ONE Championship are ready to shine in Tokyo, and fans will surely not want to miss the festivities.”
Never in the history of mixed martial arts has there ever been concurrent brother-and-sister world champions from a major organization. That all changed earlier this year when Mililani, Hawaii’s Christian Lee joined older sister, ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee, in becoming a world champion.
The 21-year-old athlete of Singaporean and Korean descent stunned fans when he lifted the ONE Lightweight World Championship from Japanese legend Shinya Aoki last May. Lee is at least 15 years Aoki’s junior, but age mattered very little in a battle between two highly-skilled warriors.
MMA has developed a cult-like following across various countries — acknowledged and respected for the physicality of the sport as well as the difficulty of mastering all areas of martial arts.
However, for the uninitiated, the world of MMA is clouded with misconceptions that could deter many from exploring a lesser-known side to the popular sport and their athletes.
Different variations of martial arts are present in every Asian country — it’s practically a part of our DNA.
While UFC has become a hit in the western world, Singapore-based ONE Championship has dominated Asia by showcasing their talented Asian athletes while also respecting the real tradition of martial arts and its values of integrity, discipline, respect, and humility.
Angela “Unstoppable” Lee was only 20 years old when she defeated veteran MMA fighter Mei Yamaguchi, a woman nearly twice her age, making her the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion and the youngest female MMA world champion.
I made sure to remember this when I walked up the steps of her family’s MMA gym in Waipahu, Hawaii to meet the Lees for the very first time.
Two-division ONE World Champion Aung La N Sang is one of the biggest mixed martial arts stars in the world. He’s also a national hero with a statue built in his honor in his home country of Myanmar.
But things weren’t always this way. There was a time when all this was unimaginable. Rarely will you see a transformation and ascension like the one Aung La has had in his career and life.
Some people just have “it.” How do you define “it?” It’s hard to, but “it” is the kind of thing you know when you see “it.”
Japanese-South Korean superstar Yoshihiro “Sexyama” Akiyama has “it” in spades.
Chinese mixed martial artist Zhang Weili became the first Chinese UFC champion after beating Brazilian fighter Jessica Andrade in less than a minute for the strawweight title.
Zhang, 30, also known as “Magnum,” rapidly won the match after defeating her opponent in just 42 seconds by a technical knockout (TKO) at the UFC Fight Night at Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre in Shenzhen, China on Saturday.
The most influential people make their struggles a part of their success story.
Stamp Fairtex is one of those people. She is only 22 years old, but the native of Thailand has already established herself as a martial arts legend. That might sound like an overstatement, but if you consider what she has already accomplished, Stamp doesn’t need to throw another strike to validate her legend status.