Representing Vietnam and Australia, Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 29, of Australia and Vietnam is still the reigning ONE Featherweight World Champion. He successfully defended his belt at “ONE: Roots of Honor.”
Featuring two Muay Thai matches, two kickboxing contests and 12 mixed martial arts bouts, “ONE: Roots of Honor” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on April 12, 2019. In the main event of the evening, former ONE Featherweight World Champion Narantungalag “Tungaa” Jadambaa, 43, of Mongolia challenged Nguyen.
Olivier Coste served as the referee. He put a stop to the “ONE: Roots of Honor” main event after 1 minute and 7 seconds in the second round when Nguyen knocked out Jadambaa via flying knee.
To celebrate inside the ONE Championship cage, Nguyen was joined by his wife Brooke Nguyen, his coach Chrysler Esma de Castro, reigning ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight World Champion “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang, 33, of Myanmar and Burmese-American ONE Championship athlete “The Dragon Leg” Tial Thang, 25, of Myanmar. For “ONE: Roots of Honor,” Martin trained with Aung and Tial at Hard Knocks 365 in Fort Lauderdale in Florida, United States.
“This camp has been a very grueling camp,” Martin said during his post-fight interview with Mitch Chilson inside the cage. “I’ve sacrificed so much. I wanna dedicate this victory to my man, Aung La N Sang, to Tial Thang, Henri Hooft, if you’re watching, I love you, Coach! Aung and I have the same coach but… I love you, Greg Jones, Kami Barzini and the main man, Chrysler de Castro.”
“Look, I came out and I said what I was gonna do,” Martin continued. “Jadambaa, many would say they would fight him but when it comes to the crunch, no one would come down and bite it. This is my division. That’s it. Bottom line.”
Here is Martin with Aung and Tial during the “ONE: Roots of Honor” post-fight press conference: