ONE Championship titleholders Martin Nguyen and Joshua Pacio left no doubt that they deserve to have gold around their waist.
At Friday’s Roots of Honor show in Manila, Philippines, Nguyen and Pacio closed out their respective title bouts with two of the year’s most vicious knockouts.
It was Pacio (17-3) who looked to have the highlight of the night locked up when he reclaimed the 125-pound title from Yosuke Saruta (19-9-3) in a rematch from January. Saruta won the first outing by a narrow split decision and Pacio guaranteed that the scorecards wouldn’t be necessary this time around, catching Saruta with a head kick in round four that caused the Japanese fighter to awkwardly fall face down on the canvas.
Pacio’s effort was arguably topped one fight later in the evening’s main event, when Nguyen (12-3) clobbered Narantungalag Jadambaa (14-6) with a game-over flying knee in the second round.
RIGHT ON TARGET— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) April 12, 2019
Martin Nguyen clinches a scintillating flying knee knockout victory to retain the ONE Featherweight World Title! @MartinNguyenMMA #WeAreONE #RootsOfHonor #Manila #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/EF2ShIBQmm
This marked Nguyen’s second consecutive defense of his 155-pound title.
In other notable action, Tatsumita Wada (21-10-2, 1 NC) edged out a unanimous decision win over Gustavo Balart (8-2) to move into the semifinals of the ONE Championship Flyweight World Grand Prix where he will next face former UFC champion Demetrious Johnson, and former Legacy Fighting Alliance welterweight champion James Nakashima improved to 11-0 with a TKO-win (via injury) over veteran Luis Santos (65-12-1, 1 NC).
See the full results below:
Martin Nguyen def. Narantungalag Jadambaa via KO at 1:07 of R2
Joshua Pacio def. Yosuke Saruta via KO at 2:43 of R4
Tatsumitsu Wada def. Gustavo Balart via unanimous decision
Leandro Issa def. Fu Chang Xin via submission (armbar) at 3:03 of R1
Andrei Stoica def. Ibrahim El Bouni via unanimous decision - kickboxing
James Nakashima def. Luis Santos via TKO (injury) at :56 of R2
Edward Kelly def. Sung Jong Lee via TKO at 2:51 of R2
Anderson Silva def. Andre Meunier via KO at 1:14 of R1 - kickboxing
Kwon Won Il def. Eric Kelly via TKO at :19 of R1
Saemapetch Fairtex def. Ognjen Topic via majority decision - Muay Thai
Xie Bin def. Ahmad Qais Jasoor via submission (D’Arce choke) at 2:27 of R2
Niko Soe def. Eko Roni Saputra via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 3:03 of R1
Lerdsila Phuket Top Team def. Kohei Kodera via unanimous decision - Muay Thai
Bi Nguyen defeats Dwi Ani Retno Wulan via TKO at 3:55 of R1
Ramon Gonzales def. Akihiro Fujisawa via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:19 of R1