ONE Championship 64 results: Martin Nguyen becomes 2-division champ with highlight-reel KO

Eduard Folayang attempted to put Martin Nguyen on his highlight reel with a knockout via spinning kick. The result, however, was a crushing knockout defeat that caused him to lose his ONE Championship lightweight title.

ONE Championship featherweight titleholder Nguyen (9-2) moved up to 155 pounds for the champion-vs.-champion affair, which headlined today’s ONE Championship 64 event. That decision paid off, and he added a second belt to his collection with a second-round knockout of Folayang (18-6) in the online pay-per-view bout at Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.

Folayang entered the contest as the betting favorite, and in the early going, the odds seemed justified. His size and range gave Nguyen some troubles, but he figured out the solution to the puzzle going into the second round.

During a striking exchange in the second frame, Nguyen perfectly countered the spinning attack of his opponent and caught Folayang with a clean right hand. He went down in a heap, and just like that a new 155-pound champion was crowned and history was made (via Twitter):

Moraes taps Kingad to defend 125 belt

Adriano Moraes (16-2) continued his dominant run in the ONE Championship flyweight division when he earned his first title defense with a first-round submission of an overmatched Danny Kingad (7-1).

It was a classic performance from Moraes, who spent the first few minutes of the fight engaging with his opponent on the feet. He waited for Kingad to throw a lazy kick and caught it to secure a takedown. Once he was on top, Moraes went to work.

Moraes broke down Kingad on the mat and threatened from a number of positions. Moraes found his way to the back, and once there, he locked in a rear-naked choke to get the tap at the 4:45 mark of Round 1.

“This is my house, this is my belt, and this is my class,” Moraes said after his victory. “Thank you very much.”

Chung survives Belingon’s power

Kevin Belingon (17-5) proved why he’s one of the most prolific strikers in ONE Championship history when he put on another display of striking violence with a unanimous-decision victory against Kevin Chung (4-1).

The heat behind Belingon’s strikes was too much for Chung to handle in the bantamweight bout. He consistently rocked his opponent with hard punches and kicks, and though Chung managed to survive the pressure and sprinkle in some moments of success, he couldn’t thwart Belingon’s offense, and he lost on the scorecards.

With the victory, Belingon improved to 5-1 in his past six fights. Chung, meanwhile, suffered his first career loss.

Complete ONE Championship 64 results included:

Main card (Online pay-per-view, 7:30 a.m. ET)

  • Martin Nguyen def. Eduard Folayang via knockout (punch) – Round 2, 2:20 – to win lightweight title
  • Champ Adriano Moraes def. Danny Kingad via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:45 – to defend flyweight title
  • Kevin Belingon def. Kevin Chung via unanimous decision
  • Alex Silvadef. Hayato Suzuki via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 1:22
  • Reece McLaren def. Anatpong Bunrad via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 1, 4:52
  • ZhiKang Zhao def. Thai Rithy via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:31

Preliminary card (Facebook, 6 a.m. ET)

For more on ONE Championship 64, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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ONE Championship 60 highlights: Ben Askren maintains title, perfect career mark

ONE Championship welterweight title holder Ben Askren (17-0) is still unbeaten more than nine years into his professional career.

The “Funky” one returned to action at Saturday’s historic ONE Championship 60 even in Shanghai, manhandling Swedish challenger Zebaztian Kadestam (9-4) en route to a second-round TKO finish. Askren is now 5-0 under the ONE Championship banner. The former Bellator champion also stands at No. 6 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings.

To see highlights of Askren’s win, as well as other key results from the card, check out the video above, courtesy of ONE Championship.

Full ONE Championship 60 results included:

MAIN CARD (Online pay-per-view, 7 a.m. ET)

PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised, 5:30 a.m. ET)

For more on ONE Championship 60, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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ONE Championship 60 results: Champ Ben Askren defends again, secures another stoppage

With his third straight title defense and 17th consecutive victory, ONE Championship welterweight champion Ben Askren had another relatively easy day of work.

Askren (17-0) dominated Swedish challenger Zebaztian Kadestam (9-4) in today’s ONE Championship 60 headliner.

“ONE Championship: Shanghai” took place at Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in China, and it streamed as an online pay-per-view in North America.

Askren, a former Bellator champion who’s No. 6 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, cruised with a ground-geared attack.

Things didn’t start well for Kadestam, a 26-year-old striker who has seven knockouts in nine career wins, and they never got much better. In the opening moments of the fight, Askren, a former NCAA Division I national wrestling champion and Olympian, went to his roots and scored a big takedown (via Twitter):

Askren’s domination, which came from mount and while affixed to Kadestam’s back, continued through the first round and into the next.

Ultimately, a barrage of ground-and-pound from the mount, which came late in the second round, forced a merciful stoppage to the lopsided fight (via Twitter):

Askren picked up his 10th stoppage in 17 career wins. And the 33-year-old, who’s previously been criticized for a grinding and not-so-fan-friendly fighting style, now has stoppages in six of past seven fights.

Full ONE Championship 60 results included:

MAIN CARD (Online pay-per-view, 7 a.m. ET)

PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised, 5:30 a.m. ET)

For more on ONE Championship 60, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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