ONE Championship: Legends of the World — Martin Nguyen Becomes ONE’s First Two-Division Champ

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Featherweight/Lightweight champion Martin Nguyen. Credit: ONE Championship

Less than a week after Georges St. Pierre achieved the feat in the UFC, the MMA world has another two-division champ in a major promotion.

At today’s ONE Championship: Legends of the World event in Manila, Philippines, Australia’s Martin Nguyen made history, becoming the promotion’s first ever two-division champ. The current featherweight champion, he stepped up a weight class in the evening’s main event to take on Eduard “Landslide” Folayang. Catching Folayang with a counter right hand off a spinning back fist in round two, he put Folayang down in an instant, capturing the lightweight crown in the process.

It was the second recent “superfight” for ONE Championship, who pitted middleweight champion Aung La N Sang against the hulking Alain Ngalani earlier this month. The middleweight king was also successful in his efforts.

Also on the Legends of the World card, Adriano Moraes choked out Danny Kingad to retain his flyweight title. Sinking in the rear-naked choke in the first round of their co-main event battle, Moraes left no question as to who the king of the flyweight division is in ONE Championship. The choke was pretty much a buzzer beater, coming just fifteen seconds prior to the buzzer sounding to end the first frame.

Legends of the World continued ONE Champion’s run of stellar finishes, with both a spinning back fist and slam(!) KO’s coming earlier in the night’s action.

Check below for full results from the night’s action.

ONE Championship — Legends of the World Results:

Martin Nguyen def. Eduard Folyang by knockout, Round 2, 2:20
Adriano Moraes def. Danny Kingad by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1, 4:45
Kevin Bilingon def. Kevin Chung by unanimous decision
Alex Silva def. Hayako Suzuki by submission (arm-bar), Round 1, 1:22
Anatpong Bunrad def. Reece McLaren by submission (Brabo Choke), Round 1, 3:08
Zhao Zhi Kang def. Thai Rithy by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1, 2:28

Preliminary Card:

Gina Iniong def. Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol by TKO, Round 2, 2:12
Joshua Pacio def. Roy Doliguez by KO (spinning back fist), Round 2, 0:38
Chao Xie def. Kelvin Ong by TKO (doctor stoppage), Round 1, 1:48
Xuewen Peng def. Phat Soda by KO (slam), Round 1, 2:17