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Silva avenges friend’s loss, beats Naito for ONE strawweight title

first_imgJo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano ONE strawweight champion Alex Silva. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/INQUIRER.netBANGKOK — Even as he carried the ONE strawweight championship on his shoulders, Alex Silva is still in disbelief after his stunning unanimous decision win over Yoshitaka Naito in the main event of ONE: Warriors of the World at Impact Arena here.“I still feel it’s like a dream. Don’t wake me up,” he told reporters after five grueling rounds on Saturday. “I don’t believe that I’m here in Bangkok and I got this belt here.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene But for Silva (7-1), his title win could also be seen as redemption as he got back at Naito (12-1), who took the title away from his Evolve MMA teammate Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke last year.“The last time I was here, he took the belt away from my friend and my team. I told myself that when I get back here, I will get the belt for my team and I’m just very happy and blessed,” said the Brazilian jiu-jitsu expert.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseFortunately for Silva, all of his hard work bore fruit as he now sits at the top of the strawweight division.Now a champion, the 35-year-old turns from the hunter to the hunted as a bevy of contenders are out for his belt. Among those in pursuit of his crowd is Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio. Osenio offers no excuse for loss to Chinese foe OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Silva welcomed the idea of a possible duel with the Filipino upstart, but reiterated that after chasing this belt all his career, any challenger will have to give it their all in hopes to get past him.“(Pacio) is a good fighter. He’s a young kid, but this is my time and this is just the beginning. I respect every single fighter, but I feel untouchable and I feel I prove everyday that I am the champion since day one,” he said. “Now that I have this belt, I will protect this for my whole life. Everyone who steps against me will have a hard time. I’m hungry. This is just the beginning.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img

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