By M.A. Mañez
PASAY–One Featherweight kingpin Martin Nguyen shocked the Mall of Asia Arena as he decked cold erstwhile Lightweight kingpin Eduard ‘Landslide’ Folayang at One: Legends of the World, Friday night.
Though both fighters appeared to be on even terms, Folayang had most of the advantage, using his strength and unleashing serious blows to Nguyen.
But it was Nguyen, who had the last laugh as he threw out a vicious counter right hook smack to the cheek of ‘Landslide’, forcing referee Olivier Coste to call it a halt with 2:40 remaining in round 2.
“Last year, I set my goals,” he explained. “I said to myself, ‘This year, I want to rematch Marat [Gafurov], take the belt off of him, and become a two-division champion.’”
Folayang, meanwhile, was wheeled out of the arena causing him not to attend the post-fight conference with the media.
The immaculate knockout shocked the packed crowd, who had cheered their fellow countrymen all evening, and were hoping to round off a spectacular night with a hometown victory.
In the co-main event, Adriano ‘Mikinho’ Moraes struck lightning as he choked out Danny Kingad for the ONE Flyweight belt, successfully defending it in the process.
Kingad appeared to have the advantage on the champion, showcasing his wushu skills for most of the first round before getting tangled out by Moraes’ signature jiujitsu moves. The fight was called off with only 15 seconds left in the very first round.
“This night was amazing for me,” he said in a post-match. “Danny, you have a big future, but now is my time.” He added.
In other bouts, Kevin Belingon made sure he will please the Filipino crowd with his wide-open unanimous decision over South Korean Kevin Chung.
Chung took matters with his floor mastery but Belingon trapped the former with his ground-and-pound prowess, flooring his opponent for most of the match.
In more undercard fights before, Alex Silva survived a game yet sluggish Hayato Suzuki via armbar in the opening stanza; Reece McLaren making short work of Anatpong Bunrad and Zhao Zhikang sending Thai Rithy to submission.
Peng Xue Wen over Phat Soda (K.O., R1, 2:17)
Xie Chao over Kelvin Ong (Cuts, R1, 1:48)
Joshua Pacio over Roy Doliguez (K.O., R2, 0:38)
Gina Iniong over Priscila Lumbangaol (Strikes, R2, 2:11)
Zhao Zhikang over Thai Rithy (Submission, R1, 1:45)
Reece McLaren over Anatpong Bunrad (Choke, R1, 4:52)
Alex Silva over Hayato Suzuki (Armbar, R1, 1:23)
Kevin Belingon over Kevin Chung (Unanimous Decision)
Adriano Moraes over Danny Kingad (Submission, R1, 4:45)
Martin Nguyen over Eduard Folayang (K.O., R2, 2:20)
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