Martin ‘The Situ-Asian’ Nguyen retains the ONE Featherweight Championship after finishing Narantungalag ‘Tungaa’ Jadambaa in the main event of ONE: Roots of Honor.
After a relatively slow start, it only took Nguyen a minute and seven seconds in the second round before he decked Jadambaa with a jumping knee to the head, knocking out his veteran opponent.
The reigning champion had slowly worn out Jadamba with lower leg kicks, opening up the opportunity to deal the finishing blow after the challenger appeared to have lost his balance after suffering from repeated hits to the shin.
“This is my division. That’s it. Bottom line,” boldly exclaimed the Vietnamese-Australian champion, crediting his intense preparation for the fight that included training with the reigning ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight Champion Aung La Nsang in Florida, USA.
“We knew Jadambaa has power in his hands, we knew he has a gruelling ground-and-pound, we knew he just had old man strength. For him to go and still go to this day at that age, I tip my hat to him,” remarked Nguyen about the 43-year-old Mongolian warrior.
“He is one of my idols. Unfortunately the way it has to happen, it is what it is. On to the next,” said Nguyen, drawing loud applause from the sold-out crowd in the Mall of Asia Arena for the tremendous respect and sportsmanship towards his veteran opponent.
In the co-main event, Filipino fighter Joshua Pacio also won his title fight via a knockout, usurping Yosuke Saruta in the fourth round to win the ONE Strawweight Championship in front of very delighted home fans.
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