Reigning ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 30, of Vietnam and Australia is defending his title for the third time. He will be challenged by Koyomi “Moushigo” Matsushima, 26, of Japan at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on August 2, 2019.
Nguyen has become one of the most prolific Asian martial arts talents over the past few years, winning 8 of his last 10 contests. In 2015, he embarked on an unprecedented six-bout winning streak. Along the way, he captured both the ONE Featherweight and ONE Lightweight World Titles to become a simultaneous two-division ONE World Champion.
After falling to injury, however, Nguyen was prompted to vacate the lightweight belt in September 2018. After Nguyen fully recovered from injury, the Vietnamese-Australian sensation returned to action against dangerous veteran Narantungalag Jadambaa, delivering a flying knee knockout victory.
The 26-year-old Matsushima is one of the fastest rising martial artists from Japan. Hailing from Kanagawa prefecture located in the Kantō region of Japan, Matsushima has put together a handful of solid performances while competing in local Japanese martial arts promotions Pancrase and Shooto.
In his ONE Championship debut last September, Matsushima scored a stunning first-round technical knockout victory over former ONE World Champion Marat Gafurov, announcing his arrival on the global stage of martial arts competition. In his most recent outing last June, Matsushima dominated top Korean featherweight Kwon Won Il to win by unanimous decision.
Here is a “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” promo:
Ticket information for ONE: DAWN OF HEROES is available at www.onefc.com.