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Narantungalag Jadambaa returns to ONE Championship with 5th promotional victory

Narantungalag Jadambaa

Narantungalag Jadambaa

After going on hiatus for more than a year,  former ONE Featherweight World Champion Narantungalag “Tungaa” Jadambaa, 42, successfully returned to ONE Championship. On June 23, 2018, the Mongolian mixed martial artist earned his fifth victory in the promotion by conquering Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly, 33, the third Filipino opponent he encountered in the promotion.

Jadambaa also defeated his first two Filipino opponents in ONE Championship namely Honorio “The Rock” Banario, 28, and Eric “The Natural” Kelly, 35. The Mongolian fighter defeated Banario via unanimous decision at “ONE: Honor and Glory” on May 30, 2014 and knocked out Eric via punch at “ONE: Dynasty of Champions” on July 2, 2016.

Eric is the older brother of Edward while Banario is Edward’s fellow Team Lakay fighter. The featherweight bout between Jadambaa and Edward was the seventh bout at “ONE: Pinnacle of Power,” which took place at the Studio City Event Center in Macau, China.

The other two ONE Championship opponents Jadambaa defeated are both from Japan. The Mongolian fighter defeated Koji Oishi, 41, via unanimous decision at “ONE: Reign of Champions” on August 29, 2014 and Koketsu “No Face” Boku, 41, via shoulder choke submission at “ONE: Ascent to Power” on May 6, 2016.

At “ONE: Pinnacle of Power,” referee Yuji Shimada put a stop to the featherweight bout between Jadambaa and Edward at 4:58 of Round 2. The Mongolian fighter was declared the winner via referee stoppage due to strikes.

After defeating Edward, Jadambaa improved his professional MMA record to 13 wins and 5 losses. On the other hand, Edward’s record downgraded to 10 wins and 5 losses.

Before going on a hiatus and eventually coming back, Jadambaa faced his fellow former ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat “Cobra”Gafurov, 22, of Russia at “ONE: Defending Honor.” The Russian fighter submitted his Mongolian opponent via rear-naked choke in the first round.

“ONE: Pinnacle of Power” marked the seventh time Jadambaa competed in ONE Championship. He has 5 wins and 2 losses in the promotion.

The only fighter to defeat Jadambaa in ONE Championship is Gafurov. Their bout at ONE: Defending Honor” was a rematch.

On November 21, 2015, Jadambaa and Gafurov faced each other for the first time. The Russian contender submitted his Mongolian opponent via rear-naked choke at “ONE: Dynasty of Champions.”

Meanwhile, here is a clip from the bout between Jadambaa and Eric:

 

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