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Martin Nguyen wins 7th ONE Championship win at ‘ONE: Unstoppable Dreams’ in Singapore

Hua Fung Teh, Martin Nguyen, Michael Phelps

Hua Fung Teh, Martin Nguyen, Michael Phelps

On May 18, 2018, ONE Championship was in its home country Singapore for “ONE: Unstoppable Dreams,” which featured both mixed martial arts and ONE Super Series bouts. In one of the two co-main events of the evening, two-division world champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Australia and Vietnam defended his ONE Featherweight World Champion title from Christian “The Warrior” Lee of Singapore.

With Yuji Shimada as the referee, Nguyen and Lee competed in the featherweight division. After three five-minute rounds, the bout was left in the hands of the judges who gave a split decision victory to Nguyen.

This is the second time Lee lost to Nguyen. Their first encounter took place on August 13, 2016 at “ONE: Heroes of the World” where the Vietnamese-Australian fighter submitted his Singaporean opponent via guillotine choke.

“ONE: Unstoppable Dreams” marked the seventh time Nguyen won inside the ONE Championship cage. When he made his promotional debut on November 7, 2014, he submitted the late Rocky Batolbatol of the Philippines via rear-naked choke at “ONE: Pride of Lions.”

On September 27, 2015, Nguyen competed inside the ONE Championship cage for the second time. He was submitted by former ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat Gafurov of Russia via rear-naked choke at “ONE: Odyssey of Champions.”

On August 18, 2017, Nguyen and Gafurov had their much awaited rematch. The Vietnamese-Australian challenger became the new ONE Featherweight World Champion after knocking out his Russian opponent via punch at “ONE: Quest for Greatness.”

The other ONE Championship opponents defeated by Nguyen were Edward Kelly, Li Kai Wen, Kazunori Yokota and Eduard Folayang. Aside from Gafurov, the only fighter to defeat Nguyen is reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes of Brazil.

After defeating Lee, Nguyen now has 11 wins and 2 losses. On the other hand, Lee’s record downgraded to 9 wins and 2 losses.

In the second co-main event of “ONE: Unstoppable Dreams,” Sam-a Gaiyanghadao of Thailand and Sergio Wielzen of the Netherlands competed for the inaugural ONE Super Series Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship. The Thai martial arts veteran won via knockout in the second round.

In the main event, Angela “Unstoppable” Lee of Singapore defended her ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion title from Mei “V.V.” Yamaguchi of Japan in a rematch. The Singaporean champion kept the title and her undefeated record by defeating her Japanese challenger via unanimous decision.

Here is a “ONE: Unstoppable Dreams” recap by Michael Schiavello and Mitch Chilson:

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