Two-division World Champion. Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen became just that after 2:20 in the second round.
The reigning ONE Featherweight World Champion Nguyen pulled off a stunner as he sent Filipino Pride Eduard “The Landslide” Folayang down and out to clinch the ONE Lightweight title in the ONE Championship: Legends of the World at the MOA Arena, Friday.
Nguyen anticipated a spinning backfist from Folayang happening and when it came, “The Situ-Asian” knew what to do. The moment Folayang went for his signature move, the Vietnamese-Australian countered with a powerful right hook and the rest was history.
“Throughout these whole six weeks, I’ll let everyone know that the amount of spinning back fists and spinning back kicks have come to my head because you could never count, for one to a million, the amount of time the boys (coaches) will find spinning back fists and spinning back kicks so it was all up to me to adjust”, Nguyen said, “And you know what, I timed it perfectly with that right hand. It was meant to be a takedown but, I put that right hand out of instinct then it landed flush”, he added.
This came as a shocker for a jam-packed Arena with mostly Filipino fight fans watching as Folayang was controlling the match right out the gate, being the aggressor until the surprise knockout caught him.
At the end of the day, Nguyen said that it is a bittersweet feeling as he celebrates his new title but at the same time feel ‘hurt’ for his friend.
“Look honestly, it really hurt. I never ever wanna see someone I like or someone I know go through that. Unfortunately, as I said before the fight took off, it was putting our friendship aside. It’s martial artists vs martial artists but I couldn’t help but have that a little bit of ‘hurt’ feeling for Eduard when he got knocked out”, the two-division world champion said.
In the co-main event, Danny Kingad fell short against ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano Moraes.
Kingad wanted to avoid to put the fight on the ground, unleashing kicks to Moraes’ head and body, but the defending champion looked methodological as he knew what to do to send the Filipino down and go for a submission.
Eventually, the match did not go to its full length as the Brazilian caught Kingad in a trap for a rear-naked choke after 4:45 of the first round.
Kingad apologized for his poor showing against Moraes, saying that the change in the fighting style of his foe affected his gameplan, but rest assured that he will not stop training to get better the next time he steps inside the cage and to finally seize the Flyweight crown.
“Medyo pasensya na sa ano (pinakita) natin ngayon kase yun nga, hindi na-expect na ganun pala yung nangyari. Ayun, tuloy pa rin yung training”, Kingad said.
“Talagang it’s not my time talaga pero I will go back to gym again and train and train. Meron din kaming pagkakataon. Kukunin at kukunin namin ‘yang belt (Flyweight) na ‘yan.”
Other Filipino cagers Kevin Belingon, Justin Pacio, and Gina Iniong picked up wins against their respective opponents in dominant fashion.
Belingon pounds on South Korean Kevin Chung to hook the victory via unanimous decision. Pacio downed fellow Filipino Roy Doliguez via knockout at 0:38 of the second round, while Iniong landed a barrage of strikes to Priscilla Lumbangaol’s head that forced the referee to put an end to the fight at 2:12 of round two.
Official ONE: LEGENDS OF THE WORLD results:
ONE Lightweight Championship bout: Martin Nguyen (Australia) defeated Eduard Folayang via KO after 2:20 in round two.
ONE Flyweight World Championship bout: Adriano Moraes (Brazil) defeated Danny Kingad (Philippines) via submission (rear-naked choke) after 4:45 in round one.
Bantamweight bout: Kevin Belingon (Philippines) defeated Kevin Chung (South Korea) via unanimous decision.
Strawweight bout: Alex Silva (Brazil) defeated Hayamoto Suzuki (Japan) via submission (armbar) after 1:22 in round one.
Flyweight bout: Reece McLaren (Australia) defeated Anatpong Bunrad (Thailand) via submission (D’Arce choke) in round one.
Featherweight bout: Zhao Zhi Khang defeated Thai Rithy via submission (rear-naked choke) after 2:31 in round one.
Women’s atomweight bout: Gina Iniong (Philippines) defeated Priscilla Lumbangaol (Indonesia) via TKO (strikes) after 2:12 in round two.
Strawweight bout: Joshua Pacio (Philippines) defeated Roy Doliguez (Philippines) via KO (spinning backfist) after 0:38 in round two.
Featherweight bout: Xie Chao (China) defeated Kelvin Ong (Malaysia) via TKO (stoppage due to cuts) after 1:48 in round one.
Strawweight bout: Peng Xue Wen (China) defeated Phat Soda (Cambodia) via KO (slam) after 2:17 in round one.