Martin Nguyen KOs Marat Gafurov, Wins ONE Championship Featherweight Title

Marat Gafurov had never lost a fight and had already beaten Marting Nguyen once ahead of ONE: Quest for Greatness. So the Russian was understandably confident, but he underestimated the challenger who scored a devastating second-round knockout to snatch the featherweight title from the undefeated Russian.

In the opening round at Stadiun Negara on Friday night (local time), Gafurov seemed to be enjoying himself. Despite having won all six of his ONE Championship fights by rear-naked choke, the champion looked in no hurry to get the contest to the canvass, as he tried to test his striking against Nguyen.

A right uppercut from Gafurov hurt Nguyen and he capitalized to take the back of his dazed opponent. The Russian looked incredibly confident as he worked for what would have been a seventh rear-naked choke win in a row, but his opponent survived and escaped.

Martin Nguyen KOs Marat GafurovGafurov had a broad grin on his face during the ensuing striking exchange and timed an overhand right from Nguyen to score a second takedown. The round finished with the Russian taking the back and working for a rear naked choke.

In the second stanza, Gafurov secured an early takedown, but Nguyen worked his way out. The Russian attacked with an inside left low kick, but the challenger, who had been switching stances all night, countered with an overhand right that landed flush.

Gafurov was left face down on the floor with his hands hanging limply by his side. The referee let Nguyen land a couple of follow-up shots before diving in to save the previously undefeated champion from further punishment.

The Russian protested the decision and appeared to storm out of the ring. But he clearly wasn’t intelligently defending himself and Nguyen was declared the winner with the finish coming just 1:27 into the second round.

The win takes the newly crowned champion to 9-1, while Gafurov drops to 15-1 after tasting defeat for the first time in his career. It represents a second successive defeat for an undefeated Russian titleholder in ONE Championship after Vitaly Bigdash lost his belt in June.

In the co-main event, lightweight Ev Ting (14-4) never looked like losing against Nobutatsu Suzuki (11-3-2). The difference in speed was immediately apparent and when the Malaysian got a takedown in the opening round, he wasted no time in finishing the Japanese veteran with a barrage of ground and pound.

Agilan Thani (8-1) didn’t manage such a dramatic finish, but the Malaysian welterweight dominated Sherif Mohamed (8-4) for 15 minutes to claim a lopsided decision win. There was also a very impressive victory for Kevin Belingon (16-5) who stopped Reece McLaren (9-5) with strikes in the opening round.

ONE: Quest for Greatness Full Results

  • Featherweight Championship: Martin Nguyen defeats Marat Gafurov by Knockout at 1:27 minutes of round 2
  • Lightweight bout: Ev Ting defeats Nobutatsu Suzuki by TKO (Strikes) at 3:29 minutes of round 1
  • Welterweight bout: Agilan Thani defeats Sherif Mohamed by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  • Bantamweight bout: Kevin Belingon defeats Reece McLaren by Knockout at 1:02 minutes of round 1
  • Flyweight bout: Gianni Subba defeats Riku Shibuya by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  • Women’s strawweight bout: May Ooi defeats Ann Osman by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:27 minutes of round 1
  • Strawweight bout: Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke defeats Robin Catalan by TKO (Strikes) at 0:46 minutes of round 2
  • Featherweight bout: Christian Lee defeats Keanu Subba by Submission (Armbar) at 1:11 minutes of round 3
  • Featherweight bout: Emilio Urrutia defeats Edward Kelly by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  • Strawweight bout: Rene Catalan defeats Bu Huo You Ga by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

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Floyd Mayweather: Mayweather vs. McGregor Media Conference Call Replay




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Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson vs. Jorge Masvidal Targeted for UFC 217

Two of the top strikers at 170 pounds are about to face off at UFC 217 in New York

Two-time title contender Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson is expected to meet Jorge Masvidal on Nov. 4 at the card taking place in Madison Square Garden.

Sources close to the matchup confirmed the news to MMAWeekly.com on Thursday. Masvidal also teased the bout via his Twitter account as well.

Thompson (13-2-1) is making his return to action following two fights against welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. While Thompson fought to a draw with Woodley in their first fight, he came up short in the rematch so now he’ll look to climb back into the title picture when he fights in November.

Prior to his two fights with Woodley, Thompson had won seven in a row including victories against Rory MacDonald, Johny Hendricks and current interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker.

Masvidal (32-12) has enjoyed new life since moving to 170 pounds after spending the majority of his career as a lightweight.

The American Top Team fighter has gone 3-1 in his past four fights including a devastating knockout against fan favorite Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone with his only recent loss coming by way of split decision to former title contender Demian Maia.

Thompson vs. Masvidal is the latest fight headed to UFC 217, which will feature two title fights as Georges St-Pierre makes his long awaited return to action against middleweight champion Michael Bisping while Cody Garbrandt puts his bantamweight belt on the line against former teammate T.J. Dillashaw.

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Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw Official for UFC 217 in New York

UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt got his wish.

The Ohio native had asked for a fight on Nov. 4 and now he’ll face former teammate T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 217 inside Madison Square Garden in New York.

UFC officials announced the matchup on Thursday night.

Garbrandt had been campaigning to land the Nov. 4 card after a back injury prevented his return to action earlier this year when he was scheduled to meet Dillashaw in July.

With rehabilitation on his back nearly finished, Garbrandt had targeted November for his first title defense after defeating former champion Dominick Cruz last December to win the belt.TJ Dillashaw Post UFC 200

Dillashaw will get his first crack at Garbrandt and second shot at the title after reigning as bantamweight champion for two defenses between 2014 and 2015.

Dillashaw is very familiar with Garbrandt after the two fighters were teammate at Team Alpha Male in Sacramento for several years before he split from the gym to relocate to Colorado to work full time with coach Duane “Bang” Ludwig.

Now the former friends will face off on Nov. 4 with the bantamweight title up for grabs in one of the most highly anticipated fights of 2017.

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Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez, Angela Hill vs. Nina Ansaroff Set for UFC Fight Night in Virginia

Two new fights have been added to the upcoming UFC Fight Night card in Norfolk, Virginia on Nov. 11 including the return of Matt Brown as he faces “Ultimate Fighter” season one winner Diego Sanchez while Angela Hill takes on Nina Ansaroff.

The new fights were announced via “UFC Tonight” on Wednesday.

Brown (20-16) will return to action for the first time in nearly a year as he looks to re-establish himself in the welterweight division.

The Ohio native has gone just 1-5 in his past six fights, but that streak came after he won seven bouts in a row to climb up the welterweight rankings.

Sanchez (27-10) not only books his next fight, but also gets back to the welterweight division after spending several bouts at both lightweight and featherweight in the UFC.

Sanchez has bounced back and forth between wins and losses over his past six fights while remaining one of the most exciting competitors on the UFC roster.Angela Hill

In the women’s strawweight division, former Invicta FC champion Angela Hill (7-3) will look to build on her last win over Ashley Yoder when she takes on Nina Ansaroff (7-5), who picked up her first win in the UFC in January with a submission victory against Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger.

The two new fights will be added to a card headlined by former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis taking on Dustin Poirier in a battle at 155 pounds with the card airing live on FS1.

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