Another great history just made at ‘One Legends of the World’ at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. In the headline, Filipino One Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang took on with Vietnamese-Australian One featherweight world champ Martin Nguyen, and one of them is hoping to leave with two belts.
In the second round, Nguyen landed a vicious right hand to counter a spinning back kick that knocked out Eduard Folayang. Now Martin Nguyen is ONE Championship’s featherweight and lightweight champion.
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) November 10, 2017
Ahh Sorry, Conor McGregor, now Nguyen can call himself the ‘champ champ’ as well.
Martin Nguyen pic.twitter.com/N0jwCbfKnb
— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) November 10, 2017
Eduard Folayang had been with the organization since their very first card in 2011. Till then, he climbed his way to the top, amassing the most wins in the organization’s history. At last, Folayang got his crowning moment last year.
Before this history, Martin Nguyen stacked up the first-round stoppage wins in his four fights, including taking out the next young superstar, Christian Lee. Nguyen stunned the world by knocking out Marat Gafurov in second-round back in August to become the new ONE featherweight champ.
Nguyen’s win over Folayang puts him on a six-fight win streak and makes him the first simultaneous two-division champion in ONE’s history. He was speaking with yahoo sports earlier this month:
“When ONE Championship flew us to Netflix headquarters in L.A., that’s when Eduard [Folayang] had just won the world title, and we just walked around Hollywood and spent five days together. From breakfast, lunch to dinner, it was me, Eduard, and Peter Davis, and we were just chilling out every day. The friendship grew, and the respect came from there. After we came to our terms and agreements, it’s just like any other fight. We said the things we had to say; we are martial artists at the end of the day, once all that was said and done. He just became an opponent in my eyes, and we’re ready for another opponent. My ultimate goal was just to win a world championship title. Now I have the opportunity to win two and be the first in ONE history. The idea of becoming a two-time world champion is just so mesmerizing.”
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) November 9, 2017