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Australia’s Martin Nguyen earns 11th ONE Championship win with TKO victory over Ukraine’s Kirill Gorobets

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Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 33, of Australia and Vietnam was one of the winners at “ONE: Lights Out.” It was his 11th victory in ONE Championship, a martial arts organization based in Singapore.

Featuring two Muay Thai fights, three kickboxing contests and five mixed martial arts matches, “ONE: Lights Out” was held at the Singapore Indoor Arena in Kallang, Singapore. In the eighth bout of the evening, Nguyen fought Kirill Gorobets, 28, of Ukraine in the featherweight division.

Referee Mohamad Sulaiman stopped the featherweight contest after 2 minutes and 18 seconds in the third round. He raised the hand of Nguyen, who won via technical knockout via punches.

Martin Nguyen (© ONE Championship)
Martin Nguyen (©ONE Championship)

“It’s been three years since I got a win,” Nguyen said in his post-fight interview with Mitch Chilson. “I was at my lowest of low.”

“(I was) even contemplating ‘Do I have what it takes anymore?’ and I’ll be straight up honest,” the former two-division ONE Championship world champion continued. “I’m honest from the heart. If it was not for my wife and my kids, I tell what, I would not be here today.”

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Gorobets made his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Lights Out.” Losing to Nguyen downgraded the Ukrainian MMA fighter’s professional MMA record to 11 wins and 2 losses.

On the other hand hand, Nguyen now has 14 wins and 5 losses. The recent win broke his two-bout losing streak.

Amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19), Nguyen lost his ONE Featherweight World Championship belt to Thanh Le of the United States and Vietnam at “ONE: Inside the Matrix” on October 30, 2020. On September 24, 2021, Nguyen was knocked out via punches by Jae Woong Kim at “ONE: Revolution.”

In the main event of “ONE: Lights Out”, Thanh successfully defended the ONE Featherweight World Championship title for the first time. He knocked out Garry Tonon of the U.S. via punches.

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Fighting professionally since July 28, 2012, Nguyen made his ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Battle of Lions” where he submitted the late Rocky Batolbatol of the Philippines via rear-naked choke. The Vietnamese-Australian MMA fighter defeated Edward Kelly of the Philippines at “ONE: Pride Lions” on November 13, 2015 and Li Kai Wen of China at “ONE: Global Rivals” on April 15, 2016 both via technical knockout.

On August 13, 2016, Nguyen submitted Christian Lee of Singapore at “ONE: Heroes of the World.” In their rematch at “ONE: Unstoppable Dreams” on May 18, 2018, Nguyen won via split decision.

Nguyen knocked out Kazunori Yokota of Japan at “ONE: Quest for Power” on January 14, 2017, Marat Gafurov of Russia at “ONE: Quest for Greatness” on August 18, 2017, Eduard Folayang of the Philippines at “ONE: Legends of the World” on November 10, 2017 and Narantungalag Jadambaa of Mongolia at “ONE: Roots of Honor” on April 12, 2019. On August 2, 2019, Nguyen earned his 10th ONE Championship with a technical knockout victory over Koyomi Matsushima of Japan at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes.”

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