ONE Championship 64 highlights: Martin Nguyen is a 2-division champ due to this crazy KO

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Dann StuppONE Championship now has a two-division titleholder of its own.

This past Friday in ONE Championship 64’s headliner, Martin Nguyen (9-2) scored a stunning knockout of Eduard Folayang (18-6).

With the victory, which streamed online from Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines, featherweight champ Nguyen added the lightweight title to his collection.

Check out the dazzling knockout, which came during a counter to a spinning attack, above.

Here’s another look at it (via Twitter):

Sure, it does’t exactly put Nguyen in the same company as two-division UFC titleholders Georges St-Pierre, Conor McGregor, B.J. Penn and Randy Couture, but it’s still a solid achievement for the fighter – and a nice selling point for ONE Championship’s future events with the 28-year-old Australian, who now has seven knockouts in 10 career wins.

Check out all of the “ONE Championship 64: Legends of the World” video highlights above.

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

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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's November lineup? Open-weight fight, champ-vs.champ, retirement title bout

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By all measures, November could be the biggest month for ONE Championship, which boasts a handful of can’t-miss fights.

The Asian promotion recently released the above trailer to highlight the November slate of events and fights.

Here’s what’s on tap for the shows, all of which stream as online pay-per-views in North America:

Nov. 3 – “ONE Championship 63: Hero’s Dream” at Thuwunna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar

In the headliner, which is billed as “the world champion vs. the giant,” middleweight titleholder Aung La N Sang (20-10) takes on muay Thai heavyweight champion Alain Ngalani (3-3), who recently scored an 11-second win at ONE Championship 61.

Nov. 10 – “ONE Championship 64: Legends of the World” at Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines

The headliner is a champion-vs.-champion bout as lightweight titleholder Eduard Folayang (18-5) takes on featherweight champ Martin Nguyen (9-1). Folayang’s lightweight belt is on the line.

Nov. 24 – “ONE Championship 65: Immortal Pursuit” at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore

This card features two big title fights. In the headliner, women’s atomweight champion Angela Lee (8-0) rematches Mei Yamaguchi (16-10-1), who’s the only fighter to take the champ the distance. And in the co-headliner, 170-pound champ Ben Askren (17-0), who’s No. 6 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, fights for the final time when he takes on big-show vet and Japanese notable Shinya Aoki (39-7) in his retirement fight.

For more on ONE Championship 63, ONE Championship 64 and ONE Championship 65, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Titleholder vs. titleholder fight set for ONE Championship 64 on Nov. 10

It’ll be champion vs. champion in a November headliner at ONE Championship 64.

Officials today announced a fight between lightweight titleholder Eduard Folayang (18-5) and featherweight champ Martin Nguyen (9-1).

The bout will be contested at 155 pounds, with Folayang’s belt on the line. It’s the first cross-division champion-vs.-champion fight in ONE Championship history.

“ONE Championship 64: Legends of the World” takes place Nov. 10 at Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines, and it streams as an online pay-per-view in North America.

Folayang, a 32-year-old Filipino fighter, will be the clear crowd favorite as he looks for his fight straight win and second straight title defense. The former URCC champion and longtime ONE Championship fighter scored a TKO victory over Shinya Aoki to pick up the ONE Championship belt in 2016, and he then posted a successful title defense in April with a grueling decision victory over Ev Ting.

He takes on Nguyen, a 28-year-old Australian fighter who claimed his featherweight belt with a second-round knockout of Marat Gafurov in August. It marked his fifth straight win, all of which came via stoppage. In fact, in nine career wins, he has nine stoppages, including six knockouts and three submissions.

Additional ONE Championship 64 bouts will be announced in the coming weeks.

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

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