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.
Eduard Folayang was on a tear at ONE Championship. He had been with the organization since their very first card in 2011. Since then, he climbed and climbed his way to the top, amassing the most wins in the organization’s history. Finally, Folayang got his crowning moment last year. In a fight for the ONE lightweight title, Folayang upset legend Shinya Aoki to become the new champion.
Before this history-making confrontation, Martin Nguyen stacked up first-round stoppage wins in four fights, including taking out the next young superstar, Christian Lee. His performances are what earned him a rematch against the last fighter to beat him, Marat Gafurov. Nguyen knocked him out in the second round back in August to become the new ONE featherweight champ. His latest win over Folyang puts him on a six-fight win streak and makes him the first simultaneous two-division champion in ONE’s history.
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.