Martin Nguyen to defend ONE Featherweight World Championship in Manila

By Santino Honasan on Jul 03, 2019 02:38 PM

Martin Nguyen returns to Manila to defend his title against Koyomi Matsushima at ONE: Dawn of Heroes this August 2nd

ONE Championship’s already massive offering for Manila this August 2 just got another boost, as the Singapore-based promotion announced that reigning ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Australia will be defending his title on the card as well. 


Nguyen will be putting his title on the line against Japanese challenger Koyomi Matsushima in what will serve as the new main event of ONE: Dawn of Heroes at the Mall of Asia Arena. 


The 30-year old Nguyen, 12-3 in his career, captured the featherweight title back in 2017 with a stunning KO win over then-champion Marat Gafurov. Since then, Nguyen has defended his title twice, against current ONE Lightweight World Champion Christian Lee, and most recently against former titleholder Narantungalag Jadambaa, via first-round KO. 


A former title contender in Pancrase, Matsushima, 11-3 in MMA, has won five of his last six bouts and is undefeated in his first two bouts under ONE Championship. 


Koyomi’s biggest win to date is a first-round TKO win over former champion Gafurov. He followed that up with a decision win over Kwon Won Il.


The Nguyen-Matsushima bout headlines an already-stacked card that features Jonathan Haggerty defending his ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship against Thailand’s Rodtang Jitmuangnon in the co-main event, and a must-see lightweight matchup between two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang of the Philippines and former UFC and Bellator Lightweight World Champion Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez of the United States. 


Also on the card will be both ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix semifinal matchups, with former UFC Flyweight World Champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson of the USA facing Tatsumitsu Wada of Japan and the Philippines’ own Danny “The King” Kingad facing former ONE Flyweight World Champion Kairat Akhmetov of Kazakhstan. 


The final spot in the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix will also be decided, as former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario of the Philippines faces Russian knockout artist Timofey Nastyukhin. 


Don’t miss ONE: Dawn of Heroes on Friday, August 2 LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! 


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