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Aug 8, 2015
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Ronda Rousey started off this sporting month well with her right hand after knocking out trash-talking opponent Bethe Correia in just 34 seconds at UFC 190. Hours later, our very own Manila North team bannered by PBA players Calvin Abueva and Vic Manuel clinched a spot in the 2015 FIBA 3x3 World Tour final after a runner-up finish against NoviSad Alwahda in the Manila Masters tournament.

Video via FIBA3x3's YouTube channel

The two events were eagerly anticipated but there are still plenty of sporting jousts to unfold this month. And because we don’t want you to miss out on any of these, we rounded up nine must-watch sports events for the rest of August. Plot these dates on your calendar, chill the beer(s), and get your adrenalin fix—whether you watch it live or in front of your big-ass TV!


Philippine Superliga Beach Volleyball Finals, The Sands SM by the Bay
(2:30 PM)

Video via Sports5's YouTube channel

Why watch it: The finals match between Gilligan’s and Foton Tornadoes should be competitive as both teams went through thrillers to earn their respective spots. There will also be classification games before the championship (We suggest you check out the Petron XCS pair of Gretchen Ho and Charo Soriano playing for 5th place). The games are free to the public so go out there and see it live.

English Premiere League Season Opener
(Check your local listings)

Video via Avtex Sports' YouTube channel

Why watch it: Intense football action from the UK is back in full swing this month! Reigning titlists Chelsea are favored to repeat, but they're expected to face tough competition from contenders Manchester City and Arsenal. One thing’s for sure, expect to be puyat starting this month if you’re a fan of any of the English clubs.


UFC Fight Night Texeira vs. St. Preux
(Check your local listings)

Video via UFC - Ultimate Fighting Championship's YouTube channel

Why watch it: The main event fight between Glover Texeira and Ovince St. Preux will be an old-fashioned suntukan. Both are knockout artists who prefer to throw bombs with their fists. With the winner inching closer to a light-heavyweight title shot, expect an explosive MMA fight.


Shakey’s V-League Playoffs, San Juan Arena

Video via Just Volleyball's YouTube channel

Why watch it: The current conference of the Shakey’s V-league is a good preview of how strong college teams are for their respective tournaments. In the playoffs, expected to figure prominently are UAAP teams, FEU, NU, and Ateneo. A possible match up to watch for: V-League defending champs FEU versus UAAP champs Ateneo.



Belgian Grand Prix
(Check your local listings)

Video via Allianz's YouTube channel

Why watch it: The story of this F1 season has been centered on the rivalry of Petronas-Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. With both currently occupying the Number 1 and 2 spots in the standings respectively, this race will show us motorsport fans up to what extent the teammates will go to just to notch more points on the board and one-up the other.


UFC Fight Night 74 – Holloway vs. Oliveir
(Check your local listings)

Video via UFC - Ultimate Fighting Championship's YouTube channel

Why watch it: Yes, this will be shown on a Monday but here are three reasons to catch it. First, a cute and undefeated female fighter by name of Maryna Moroz opens the televised card versus Valerie Letorneau. Meanwhile, the co-main event probably won’t last that long with Brazilian knockout artist Erick Silva squaring off against powerful wrestler Rick Story at welterweight. The main event will feature surging featherweight Max Holloway versus grappler Charles Oliveira. One thing’s for sure, it should make for an entertaining morning.


Shane Mosley vs. Ricardo Mayorga II
(Check your local listings)

Video via HBO's YouTube channel

Why watch it: Mosely and Mayorga fought six years ago and Sugar Shane knocked out El Matador in the last round to secure the win. Now, both of these guys are old and graying but when both guys carry KO power in their fists, it’s always going to be entertaining. Plus, Mayorga’s brash tactics are always fun to watch.


2015 US Open
(Check your local listings)

Video via Vakk Tennis' YouTube channel

Why watch it: The men’s singles division is interesting, to say the least. Novak Djokovic has been in three grand slam finals this year and won two of them. In the fourth tournament of such variety, can anyone derail his quest for a fourth straight final appearance? Serena Williams is also on a tear, too. The late night telecasts will be worth watching—even if you’re one of those na gusto silang matalo (aka hater).