WATCH: 2019 SEA Games official theme song ‘We Win As One’ performed by Lea Salonga

With the 30th edition of the Southeast Asian Games fast approaching, host nation Philippines recently revealed the official theme song for the esteemed biennial regional event.

Performed by none other than world-renowned singer and actress Lea Salonga, the track “We Win As One” perfectly embodies the drive and passion of the participating athletes from all over the continent.

Filipino National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab reportedly composed the song, while award-winning writer Floy Quintos created the lyrics.

Salonga, meanwhile, is best known for her contributions in musical theatre and rose to global recognition after lending her singing voice to two Disney Princesses (Jasmine and Mulan) in blockbuster animated films.

The 30th SEA Games will run from November 30 to December 11, 2019 in various venues in the Philippines.

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What went wrong for Team USA in shocking defeat to France?

A new champion will emerge in the 2019 FIBA World Cup after defending titlists United States shockingly bowed out in the tournament’s Quarterfinals against the formidable France squad.

READ — France snaps Team USA’s international win streak

The Americans, who saw their 58 international games winning streak come to end, crumbled in the final canto in a closely contested game that featured 12 lead changes.

USA came in the tournament with much less firepower than we’re accustomed to after several big name superstars removed themselves from consideration. France, meanwhile, retained its core of Rudy Gobert, Nicolas Batum, Nando de Colo, Evan Fournier, and the up-and-coming Frank Nkilikina. They bounced back beautifully from an earlier defeat against Australia and secured one of the nation’s biggest wins in the world stage.

With the win, France guaranteed a top 4 finish and will have a chance to advance to the finale if they win against another surprising team in Argentina. USA, meanwhile, will battle Serbia for a 5th place finish.

But first, let’s take a closer look at the factors that led to Team USA’s downfall.

USA’s offense never got it going in the World Cup

Although they still managed to assemble a crew of young stars bannered by the explosive backcourt of Kemba Walker and Donovan Mitchell, Team USA’s high octane offense never picked up steam throughout the entire tournament.

The Americans ranked 10th in average points with just 86 per game on 44 percent shooting from the field and 33 percent from downtown. Mitchell came out with a 29-point output against France, but only Marcus Smart (11 points) and Walker (10) managed to reach double-figures.

They couldn’t rely on their outside game last night either, as the Americans shot 8-for-23 from three (35 percent). The team’s best pure shooter, Joe Harris, only attempted one three in 18 minutes of action.

USA couldn’t stop Rudy on both ends

Team USA was certainly vulnerable in the interior, as Myles Turner and Brook Lopez were the only two legitimate centers in the roster. Gobert took advantage of the Americans’ lack of depth in the middle and produced 21 points (6-of-12 FG) to go along with 16 rebounds, two assists, and three shot blocks.

The “Stifle Tower” was once agin a problem in pick-and-roll situations, while his defensive prowess gave Team USA fits all game long. Sending him to the line did not work either, as Gobert only missed one of his 10 trips to the charity stripe.

He also got ample help from Fournier who fired 22 points, while De Colo and Nkilikina had 18 and 11, respectively.

Team USA couldn’t control the boards

Even while fielding a small ball line-up in multiple stretches, Team USA actually led the tournament in rebounds with 44 per game. But that advantage disappeared last night, as they got outrebounded by Gobert and company 44-28. The French held the advantage on both offensive rebounds (13-9) and defensive boards (31-19).

This also led to more second chance opportunities as they also won that department, 16-10.

(Images from FIBA)

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LIVE: FIBA World Cup – Gilas Pilipinas vs Angola live stream updates, score and results

After two punishing defeats against Italy and Serbia, Gilas Pilipinas’ hopes of entering the next round of the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup is now completely out of reach.

READ — Same issues plague Gilas Pilipinas in disheartening defeat to Serbia

But before the team drops to the 17th-32nd classification phase of the tournament, the Philippines will have a chance to close out the group stage on a winning note, as they take on Angola today at 3:30 pm (Philippine time).

The African team has also been relegated to the classification stage after getting decimated by the two European powerhouse nations in their first two matches in Group D. Although not as established as the Italians and the Serbians in the world stage, Angola has been a consistent dominant force in African basketball.

The team is bannered by the steady play of 6’4 guard Carlos Morais, while Yanick Moreira and Paulo Leonel have also impressed so far in the tournament.

RELATED — Standing in Gilas Pilipinas’ way: Angola won’t be a walk in the park

Gilas, on the other hand, is still seeking for a better performance from Andray Blatche, who has mightily struggled in the team’s last two contests. World Cup neophyte CJ Perez has been the lone bright spot for the Yeng Guiao-mentored team, and he will look to continue the same impressive performance against the Angolans.

READ — Grading Gilas players’ performance vs Serbia

FOX Sports Philippines provides you with the play-by-play updates of the highly anticipated Philippines vs Angola match-up.

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LIVE: FIBA World Cup – Gilas Pilipinas vs Serbia live stream updates, score and results

It’s time for David to finally meet Goliath.

After getting blown out by the Italians in the opener of the 2019 FIBA World Cup tournament in Foshan, China, Gilas Pilipinas will look to put up a much better performance this time around against the number two ranked team in the world Serbia tonight at 7pm (Philippine time) at the Foshan International Sports & Cultural Arena.

The Yeng Guiao-mentored squad certainly failed to live up to expectations in their first game, as they got outplayed, outmatched, and outclassed for the entire 40 minutes en route to a demoralizing 108-62 defeat.

RELATED — These 3 factors caused Gilas Pilipinas’ nightmare defeat to Italy

Naturalized center Andray Blatche had a rough going against the Azzuris, while youngsters CJ Perez and Robert Bolick impressed despite the losing effort.

READ — Who was hot, who was not? Grading Gilas players’ performance vs Italy

Serbia, meanwhile, came out with flying colors in their first match as they easily dispatched the Angola side, 105-59. Boban Bogdanovic led the Serbians with 24 markers, while Nikola Jokic displayed his all-around game with 14 points, five rebounds, and six dimes.

RELATED – Standing in Gilas Pilipinas’ way: With or without NBA stars, Serbia still Group D favorites

FOX Sports Philippines provides you with the play-by-play updates of the highly anticipated Philippines vs Serbia match-up.

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LIVE: FIBA World Cup – Gilas Pilipinas vs Italy live stream updates, score and results

Gilas Pilipinas takes on its first challenge in the FIBA World Cup’s dreaded Group D, as they battle against Italy today at 7:30 pm (Philippine time) at the International Sports & Cultural Arena in Foshan, China.

READ — Gilas Pilipinas vs Italy live stream, when and where to watch, time, score, updates

After being plagued by injuries in their final roster and getting mixed results in their tune-up matches, the Filipinos once again embrace the role as underdogs against the mighty Azzurris.

Gilas holdovers Andray Blatche, Gabe Norwood, June Mar Fajardo, and Japeth Aguilar banner the Final 12, as they are backstopped by talented scorers in Paul Lee, RR Pogoy, and Troy Rosario. The youthful trio of Kiefer Ravena, CJ Perez, and Robert Bolick bring a new wave of talent to the team, while defensive stoppers Raymond Almazan, and Mark Barroca round up the roster assembled by head coach Yeng Guiao.

RELATED — No Middle Ground: Gilas Pilipinas – The team we need

The 13th-ranked Italians, on the other hand, will go as far as their two NBA players will take them. Oklahoma City Thunder’s newly-acquired do-it-all forward Danilo Gallinari will be at the forefront of the Italians’ offense, while gifted shooter Marco Bellineli of the San Antonio Spurs will indeed pose problems for the Philippines with his limitless range.

RELATED — Standing in Gilas Pilipinas’ Way: Could Gallinari, Belinelli offset Italy’s thin frontline?

Only the top two teams from each group will advance to the next stage of the tournament, while the bottom two teams will proceed to play in the classifications round.

FOX Sports Philippines provides you with the play-by-play updates of the highly anticipated Philippines vs Italy match-up.

 

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FIBA World Cup: Gilas Pilipinas vs Italy live stream, when and where to watch, time, score, updates

The time has come for Gilas Pilipinas to once again carry the flag in the world stage.

The Philippine national men’s basketball team are currently in Foshan, China to participate in the prestigious 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup. The Philippines is bracketed in Group D, where they will tussle against Italy, Serbia, and Angola in the group phase of the tournament.

Gilas will be challenged early on, as only the top two squads will advance to the second round, while the bottom two will drop to the 17-32nd Classification stage.

After testing their might against several formidable teams in exhibition matches in Guadalajara, Spain and Manila, coach Yeng Guiao assembled his final 12 which includes Andray Blatche, Gabe Norwood, June Mar Fajardo, RR Pogoy, Troy Rosario, Japeth Aguilar, Paul Lee, Kiefer Ravena, Robert Bolick, CJ Perez, Raymond Almazan, and Mark Barroca.

RELATED — No Middle Ground: Gilas Pilipinas – The team we need

When and were to watch it:

Gilas’ quest begins on Saturday, August 31, when they try to begin the tournament on a winning note against the formidable Italians at 7:30 pm (Philippine time). They will plunge right back to action on Monday, September 2, against the number two ranked Serbian national team also at 7:30 pm.

The Philippines will have a day to rest before they close the group stage against African powerhouse Angola on Wednesday, September 4, at 3:30 pm.

All games will be broadcasted live on ESPN 5 and will be available for stream on their website and Facebook page.

The live feed will also be available on FIBA’s official Youtube channel. Follow FOX Sports Philippines’ live blog of the game for real-time updates of the live action.

ALSO READ — How can Gilas score some wins in the World Cup? Yeng Guiao reveals

Full list of participating countries:

The competitors are bracketed into eight groups composing of four teams each. A total of 32 nations will vie for the top spot, with five teams coming from Africa, eight from Asia and Oceania, twelve from Europe, and seven from Americas.

Group A: Ivory Coast, Poland, Venezuela, China

Group B: Russia, Argentina, South Korea, Nigeria

Group C: Spain, Iran, Puerto Rico, Tunisia

Group D: Angola, Serbia, Italy, Philippines

Group E: Turkey, Czech Republic, United States, Japan

Group F: Greece, New Zealand, Brazil, Montenegro

Group G: Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Jordan

Group H: Canada, Senegal, Lithuania, Australia

WATCH: Teen prodigy Kai Sotto easily dunks over dad Ervin

Kai Sotto

Standing at 7’2 with pterodactyl-like wingspan, it doesn’t take much for Kai Sotto to dunk a basketball.

Currently undergoing an intensive skills training in the United States, Sotto recently gave us a glimpse of his dunking prowess by jumping over a 6’7 grown man.

As seen in a Facebook video shared by Theia Sports on Facebook, his dad Ervin willingly played “victim” as he stood still while his 16-year-old offspring leaped over him for an impressive finish during what appears to be a lull during Kai’s practice.

The father and son duo arrived in Atlanta earlier this month for a 60-day training at the Emory Sports Medicine Complex.

READ — Kai Sotto shares sneak peek of training facility in Atlanta

Aside from basketball related activities, the younger Sotto has also been working on his strength and conditioning to prepare himself for bigger and more physical competition down the line.

RELATED — Andray Blatche’s trainer shares clips of workouts with Kai Sotto

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UFC Fight Night 149: Alistair Overeem vs. Alexey Oleinik live stream, fights, full card, date, time, TV info, how to watch

A Heavyweight encounter of epic proportions takes place this Sunday (Manila time), as former title challenger Alistair Overeem (44–17 -1) will look to start another winning streak by taking on the durable Alexey Oleynik (57–11–1) in the main event of UFC Fight Night 149.

With over 100 fights between them, the veteran fighters will be looking for an impressive finish in order to be on the short list of challengers to face the current champion, Daniel Cormier.

After back-to-back setbacks, Overeem bounced back big time in his last bout, finishing Sergey Pavlovic in just under a round. Oleynik, meanwhile, is on a two-fight winning streak, with impressive submission victories over Junior Albini and Mark Hunt.

When and where you can watch it:

UFC Fight Night 149: Overeem vs. Oleynik is scheduled on Sunday, April 21, 2019 (Manila time) inside the Yubileyny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. The preliminary card starts at 10:00 pm (Saturday, April 20 in Manila) followed by the main card at 1:00 Am.

You can watch the whole event on FOX+, which is FOX Networks Group Asia’s video-streaming service. It is available on Android and iOS devices as well as on Apple TV and select Android TVs. A free 30-day trial is also available for new subscribers.

ESPN will also show the preliminary fights and will have a pay-per-view for the main card.

Who are the other fighters on the card?

Main Card

(Heavyweight) Alistair Overeem vs. Alexey Oleynik

(Lightweight) Islam Makhachev vs. Arman Tsarukyan

(Heavyweight)Sergei Pavlovich vs. Marcelo Golm

(Light Heavyweight) Ivan Shtyrkov vs. Devin Clark

(Women’s Flyweight) Roxanne Modafferi vs. Antonina Shevchenko

(Middleweight) Krzysztof Jotko vs. Alen Amedovski

Preliminary Card (ESPN+)

(Bantamweight) Movsar Evloev vs. Seung Woo Choi

(Welterweight) Sultan Aliev vs. Keita Nakamura

(Lightweight) Alexander Yakovlev vs. Alex da Silva Coelho

(Heavyweight)Marcin Tyburavs. Shamil Abdurakhimov

(Light Heavyweight) Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Michał Oleksiejczuk

(Lightweight) Magomed Mustafaev vs. Rafael Fiziev

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UFC 236: Max Holloway vs. Dustin Poirier 2 live stream, fights, full card, date, time, TV info, how to watch

UFC 236

The interim UFC Lightweight title will be up for grabs as current 145-lb. titleholder Max “Blessed” Holloway will look to avenge his earlier loss to the surging Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier at the main event of UFC 236.

Holloway and Poirier, who are both riding the momentum of lengthy winning streaks, first locked horns at UFC 143 back in 2012. Porier got the better of that fight, forcing the Hawaiian to tap via a nasty mounted triangle armbar in round 1.

Both fighters have evolved since then, with Holloway tallying the longest active winning streak in the promotion (13 straight victories), while Poirer has found a new breath in the 155-lb. division by finishing impressive names like Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje, and Eddie Alvarez in his last three fights.

An interim Middleweight title scrap between Kevin Gastelum and Israel Adesanya will take place in the co-main event.

When and where you can watch it:

UFC 236: Holloway vs. Poirier 2 is scheduled on Sunday, April 14, 2019 (Manila time) inside the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The early preliminary card starts at 6:15 Am, followed by the main card at 10:00 Am.

You can watch the whole event on FOX+, which is FOX Networks Group Asia’s video-streaming service. It is available on Android and iOS devices as well as on Apple TV and select Android TVs. A free 30-day trial is also available for new subscribers.

ESPN will also show the preliminary fights and will have a pay-per-view for the main card.

Who are the other fighters on the card?

(Lightweight) Max Holloway vs. Dustin Poirier

(Middleweight) Kelvin Gastelum vs. Israel Adesanya

(Light Heavyweight) Eryk Anders vs. Khalil Rountree Jr.

(Welterweight)Alan Jouban vs. Dwight Grant

(Light Heavyweight) Ovince Saint Preux vs. Nikita Krylov

Preliminary Card (ESPN)

(Lightweight) Jalin Turner vs.Matt Frevola

(Flyweight) Wilson Reis vs. Alexandre Pantoja

(Welterweight) Max Griffin vs. Zelim Imadaev

(Bantamweight) Boston Salmon vs. Khalid Taha

Early Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)

(Welterweight) Curtis Millender vs. Belal Muhammad

(Bantamweight) Montel Jackson vs. Andre Soukhamthath

(Women’s Flyweight) Lauren Mueller vs. Poliana Botelho

(Bantamweight) Brandon Davis vs. Randy Costa

 

WATCH: Andray Blatche’s trainer shares clips of workouts with Kai Sotto

Kai Sotto

The grind has started for Kai Sotto.

In order to realize his dream of becoming the first homegrown Filipino NBA player, the 16-year-old prodigy has stepped away from his comfort zone and is currently undergoing intensive training at the renowned Emory Sports Medicine Complex in Atlanta, Georgia.

RELATED — Kai Sotto shares sneak peek of training facility in Atlanta

As seen in a couple of videos shared by American personal trainer Rory Jones on Instagram, the lanky teenager performed several physical workouts that would help him improve his frame and increase his strength.

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@kzsotto Keep grinding its a process enjoy it lol bro.

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Jones, who also works with Gilas Pilipinas naturalized player Andray Blatche, was also impressed by Sotto’s manners after their workout.

“Just got done working out and he’s picking up the cones. I’m telling you, I don’t know many seven-footers like this,” he said in a separate video.

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Grind don’t stop😎🇵🇭🤘🏾#gilaspilipinas

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Sotto and his family are currently reviewing multiple offers from European ball clubs to play overseas. He is expected to suit up for the Philippines in the FIBA Basketball U-19 World Cup slated on June 29 to July 9.

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LOOK: Manny Pacquiao agrees to sign with Japanese promotion Rizin

Following the footsteps of his rival Floyd Mayweather Jr., WBA (Regular) welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has struck a deal with Japanese mixed martial arts organization Rizin.

The development was confirmed by the promotion’s CEO and founder Noboyuki Sakakibara on Monday through his official Twitter account.

“I’m here in the Philippines,” Sakakibara captioned a photo of the eight-division champion signing the contract. “RIZIN.15 will have this man involved in a way. We will be ready to announce as I get back to Japan!”

As of writing time, Pacquiao’s level of involvement with Rizin remains unclear. The promotion has an upcoming event slated in Yokohama, Japan on April 21. Pacquiao last fought in January, when he breezed through American challenger Adrien Broner en route to a convincing unanimous decision victory.

Sakakibara, on the other hand, founded Rizin in 2015, after the success of his former promotions Pride Fighting Championships and Dream Stage Entertainment. He briefly lured Mayweather out of retirement and pitted him against kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in Tokyo last New Year’s Eve.

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LOOK: Kai Sotto shares sneak peek of training facility in Atlanta

Much to the delight of Filipino basketball fans, Kai Sotto finally took a step forward to chasing his NBA dream by announcing his decision to train in foreign soil.

ALSO READ — Kai reaches for the sky

Along with his father Erwin Sotto, Kai left Manila earlier this week to begin his two-month intensive basketball training in Atlanta, Georgia.

In an Instagram story, the 16-year-old wunderkid shared an image of his sanctuary for the next 60 days — Emory Sports Medicine Complex, which just so happens to be the practice facility of the Atlanta Hawks. The move was made possible by Atlanta-based East-West Private agency, the same agency that represented Gilas Pilipinas in the past.

The 7’2 teen also seems to be settling in to his new environment, as he also shared clips of him grocery shopping and enjoying some time on the golf course.

Sotto is currently fielding multiple offers from established European clubs to play overseas.

The entire country will certainly be watching eagerly on his next decision. But for now, the young prospect seems to be solely focusing on honing his basketball skills and reach his full potential.

(Images from Kai Sotto‘s Instagram stories)

RELATED — Where should Kai go? A closer look at the European clubs interested in Sotto

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5 NBA teams that would love to have Zion Williamson

Zion Williamson

Apart from the whole ‘exploding sneakers’ fiasco, Zion Williamson truly justified the hype in what most likely be a one-and-done collegiate career.

Shortly after the Duke Blue Devils were defeated by the Michigan State Spartans in the NCAA Elite Eight, the 18-year-old phenom confirmed that there’s a high chance he will enter the 2019 NBA Draft. Let’s face it, all 30 NBA teams would love to get their hands on probably one of the most promising prospects to ever enter the league in recent years.

Zion Williamson

After all, rarely will you ever see a 6’7 freak of nature that’s built like a defensive lineman but blessed with agility and monstrous bounce. In four NCAA Tournament games, he normed 26 points and 8.5 rebounds. Williamson even broke several collegiate records—punctuated by becoming the only freshman to ever win ACC Player of the Year and ACC Tournament MVP awards.

With mock drafts already picking Zion as the first player to be picked come June, FOX PH lists five NBA teams that would love to draft Williamson.

New York Knicks

Knicks

Cold fact: The Knicks need all the help they could get if they will ever escape the pit of mediocrity that’s haunted the city for years. Along with Phoenix and Cleveland, NY currently has a 14 percent chance of landing the number one overall pick, according to the latest lottery odds.

RJ Barrett and Ja Morant’s stock might rise even more in the coming months, but the massive upside of a healthy Williamson might just be too good to pass up at number one. The Knicks would definitely make a leap back to prominence with a talent like Williamson.

And with NY rumoured to be possible destinations of upcoming free agents like Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, the “mecca” of basketball will surely make a lot of noise in the East.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Cavs

The devastation of LeBron James’ second departure continues to linger in Cleveland. The city desperately needs another savior — and Williamson certainly looks like the second coming of “The King”.

A player of Zion’s caliber will indeed accelerate Dan Gilbert’s rebuild, and will also help the franchise escape LeBron’s shadow for good.

Phoenix Suns

Suns

The Phoenix Suns have a budding superstar in Devin Booker, plus a dominant force in the paint in rookie DeAndre Ayton. Still, the team has found itself in lottery yet again and are in prime position to add another vital building block.

Booker’s effortless scoring, Ayton’s inside presence, and Williamson’s freakish athleticism will indeed be scary for the rest of the league. The squad is also in need of a wing player who can also handle the ball in stretches — a role perfect for Williamson.

Chicago Bulls

Bulls

Unlike the three earlier teams, the Bulls only have a 12.5 chance to land the first pick, which dampens their chances on acquiring the services of Williamson. The team has promising pieces in Zach LaVine, Wendell Carter Jr., Lauri Markkanen, and Kris Dunn, but they have a glaring hole in the wing position.

The Jabari Parker experiment did not work, while Otto Porter is serviceable but it appears he won’t be a superstar anytime soon. Zion’s verticality will indeed be welcomed in the Windy City and bring the excitement back that was last seen from the days of his “Airness”.

Los Angeles Lakers

Lakers

This scenario might be a stretch, considering the Lakers only have a 1.7% chance of securing the top pick. Still, the team has plenty of young assets, plus a flexible cap space, which they could offer in case they decide to go all in on acquiring a generational talent like Zion.

With LeBron getting up there in age, Magic and Rob Pelinka will indeed move heaven and earth to get him more help. Don’t be surprised if the Lakers will indeed take the route that leads to Williamson.

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UFC on ESPN: Edson Barboza vs. Justin Gaethje live stream, fights, full card, date, time, TV info, how to watch

UFC

An explosive stand-up war is set to erupt this Sunday (Manila time), as feared Lightweights Edson Barboza and Justin Gaethje duke it out to see who moves in closer to a shot against current 155-lb. king Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Both endeared by fans for their exciting style of fighting, Barboza and Gaethje are proven finishers who could end a fight in an instant. The two combatants also share the same fate as of late, coming off impressive wins after dropping their last two bouts in shocking fashion.

The Brazilian muay-thai powerhouse lost to decorated wrestlers Nurmagomedov and Kevin Lee, but bounced back beautifully by overwhelming Dan Hooker in his last bout.

The American, on the other hand, was KO’ed by Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier, but got back on the winning track by putting James Vick to sleep in his last match.

When and where you can watch it:

UFC on ESPN: Barboza vs. Gaethje (UFC on ESPN 2) is scheduled on March 31, 2019 (Manila time) inside the Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania . The early preliminary card starts at 3:30 Am, followed by the preliminary card at 5:00 Am. The main card kicks off at 7:00 Am.

You can watch the whole event on FOX+, which is FOX Networks Group Asia’s video-streaming service. It is available on Android and iOS devices as well as on Apple TV and select Android TVs. A free 30-day trial is also available for new subscribers.

ESPN will also show the preliminary fights and will have a pay-per-view for the main card.

Who are the other fighters on the card?

Main Card

(Lightweight) Edson Barboza vs. Justin Gaethje

(Middleweight) David Branchvs. Jack Hermansson

(Featherweight) Josh Emmett vs.Michael Johnson

(Women’s Strawweight) Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Michelle Waterson

(Light Heavyweight) Paul Craig vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu

(Featherweight) Sheymon Moraesvs. Sodiq Yusuff

Preliminary Card (ESPN)

(Women’s Strawweight) Marina Rodriguez vs. Jessica Aguilar

(Lightweight) Ross Pearson vs. Desmond Green

(Featherweight) Enrique Barzola vs. Kevin Aguilar

(Middleweight) Kevin Hollandvs. Gerald Meerschaert

Early Preliminary Card (ESPN+)

(Bantamweight) Ray Borg vs.Casey Kenney

(Women’s Flyweight) Maryna Moroz vs.Sabina Mazo

(Bantamweight) Alex Perez vs. Mark De La Rosa