Nguyen knocks out Folayang, claims second ONE Championship belt

Martin Nguyen

Martin Nguyen has shocked the MMA world once again. This time, to become ONE Championship’s first ever two-division champion.

Reminiscent of his stoppage win of Marat Gafurov to claim the featherweight title, Nguyen connected a right hand to knock out Eduard Folayang and win the lightweight belt, silencing the Filipinos in the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City.

Both men started slow, respecting each other’s striking from the opening bell. Nguyen had to overcome Folayang’s size advantage, consistently moving away to avoid the Filipino’s power. Nguyen, however, was able to secure a takedown before the end of the first round.

In the second round, Nguyen caught Folayang on the chin as the Filipino was attempting a spinning kick. Folayang dropped to the canvas unconscious. The fight ended at the 2:20 mark.

In the co-main event, Adriano “Mikinho” Moraes showed young challenger Danny Kingad why he is the flyweight champ, submitting the young Lakay Fighter in the very first round. “Mikinho” waited for the perfect time to take Kingad down before securing his back. Making him tap with 15 seconds left in the first round.

On the bright side for the Filipino fighters, Team Lakay’s Kevin Belingon, Gina Iniong, and Joshua Pacio all picked up impressive wins.

Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon was able to ward off Kevin Chung en route to a decision win. “The Silencer” brought the fans to their feet with his hard-hitting strikes against the Korean.

The former title-challenger Pacio opened the card with fireworks to bounce back from his loss to Hayato Suzuki as he put veteran Roy Doliguez to sleep courtesy of a spinning back fist. Iniong, meanwhile, continues her ascent in her division, as she put away Hertati Lumban Gaol via ground-and-pound.

Additionally, Reece McLaren surprised the Filipino crowd with his grappling wizardry. The Fil-Australian “Lightning” McLaren strapped Anatpong Bunrad with an Anaconda choke before finishing him off with the D’Arce choke in the opening round.

Here are the full results:
Martin Nguyen def. Eduard Folayang (KO, 2nd round)
Adriano Moraes def. Danny Kingad (Sub, 1st round)
Kevin Belingon def. Kevin Chung (Dec)
Alex Silva def. Hayato Suzuki (Sub, 1st round)
Reece McLaren def. Anatpong Bunrad (Sub, 1st round)
Gina Iniong def. Priscilla Lumban Gaol (TKO, 2nd round)
Joshua Pacio def. Roy Doliguez (KO, 2nd round)
Xie Chao def. Kelvin Ong (TKO, 1st round)
Peng Xue Wen def. Phat Soda (KO, 1st round)

Photo courtesy from One Championship

Mike Miguel

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