It was all eyes on Kuala Lumpur as Marat Gafurov and Martin Nguyen clashed for the second time with the ONE Championship featherweight title on the line at ONE: Quest For Greatness.

The Kuala Lumpur crowd had been treated to a fantastic night of action before Gafurov and Nguyen had made their way to the cage, but as the two touched gloves for the start of the fight the sense of excitement in the air had never felt greater.

Nguyen started aggressively but he over committed with a right hand and Gafurov dipped his legs with a stinging counter. The Russian then looked to pour it on and he took he down against the fence and quickly worked to his back with a body triangle locked in. The end looked nigh, but amazingly Nguyen worked his way out of trouble and back to his feet where the two again began to exchange heavy hooks in the pocket.

Gafurov then had the fight down to the mat again and looked to advance through the Australian’s guard, but once again Nguyen struggled back to his feet and the round ended.

Round two started at a slower pace, but after 40-seconds Gafurov shot for a takedown. Nguyen once again resisted it, but it ate a few knees before he could reset in the centre of the cage.

Then came the moment that shocked the world. Gafurov rushed in looking to land another hook, but this Nguyen slipped it and landed a devastating right hand. Gafurov face planted with his body looking limp, as he lay unconscious on the mat Nguyen rushed in and laid some extra ground and pound. Gafurov woke up from the strikes, but it was way too late. The referee called the fight to an end and Nguyen celebrated on top of the cage as the crowd went crazy.

Martin Nguyen is the new ONE Championship featherweight champion. Speaking afterwards, Nguyen dedicated the fight to his father and his team. It was knockout, it was a night, and it was moment that no one watching will ever forget.

Ev Ting Smashes Through Suzuki And Calls For Folayang Rematch

In the co-main event, Ev Ting took out a former ONE Championship lightweight champion, Nobutatsu Suzuki and then proceeded to call for a rematch with the current champion, Eduard Folayang.

The contest looked evenly matched from the outset as both men pushed forward looking to land heavy strikes. Neither man looked to be dominating the contest, but then Ting took Suzuki to the mat and landed some big ground and pound.

Suzuki did all he could to try thwart Ting’s relentless barrage of strikes, but the Malaysian connected with a clean right hand and the referee called the fight over. Ting then took the mic and called out Folayang for a rematch of their fight from last April where Ting lost via unanimous decision.

Agilan Thani Back In Business

Elsewhere on the card, Agilan Thani returned from his defeat to Ben Askren earlier in the year with a dominant victory over Egyptian, Sherif Mohamed. Thani dominated the contest from start to finish and mixed up his striking and his wrestling well to take Mohamed down to the mat in all three rounds.

Thani pushed for a finish in round three and he landed a huge slam and knee later on to the grounded Mohamed. The knee would’ve finished both men, but to Mohamed’s great credit it never stopped trying to improve his position and muscle out of his predicament. When the fight ended only one man’s hand was ever going to be raised. All three judges awarded the fight to Thani who now improves to 8-1.

There were also big wins for Christian Lee, Kevin Belingon and Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke who all finished their fights inside the distance.

ONE: Quest For Greatness Full Results

Martin Nguyen def. Marat Gafurov via KO (punch), Round 2 – to win the ONE featherweight title
Ev Ting def. Nobutatsu Suzuki via KO (ground and pound), Round 1
Agilan Thani def. Sherif Mohamed via unanimous decision
Kevin Belingon def.  Reece McLaren via KO (punch), Round 1
Gianni Subba def. Asuka Mikami via unanimous decision
May Ooi sef. Ann Osman via submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1
D. Sor Amnuaysirichoke def. Robin Catalan via TKO (strikes), Round 2
Christian Lee def.  Keanu Subba via Submission (armbar), Round 3
Emilio Urrutia def. Edward Kelly via unanimous decision
Rene Catalan def.  Huo You Ga Bu via unanimous decision

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