ONE CHAMPIONSHIP

  • Martin Nguyen determined to make history at ONE: LEGENDS OF THE WORLD

    Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen completed his climb to the apex of ONE Championship’s competitive 70.3-kilogram weight class by clinching a prestigious martial arts gold against a fierce Russian rival.

    The 28-year-old Australian standout knocked out the previously unbeaten Marat “Cobra” Gafurov and laid claim to the featherweight crown in the main event of ONE: QUEST FOR GREATNESS this past August.

  • Martin Nguyen looks to continue reign in featherweight and lightweight divisions

    After coming up short in his two bids to become a three-division world champion in ONE Championship, two-division titleholder Martin ‘The Situ-Asian’ Nguyen has decided to bid goodbye to the bantamweight division.

    The reigning ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion first tried to wrestle the ONE Bantamweight World Championship from reigning champion Bibiano ‘The Flash’ Fernandes at ONE: IRON WILL in Bangkok back in March, only to lose via split decision.

  • Martin Nguyen pays tribute to late father after winning world title in Kuala Lumpur

    Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen completed his climb to the top of ONE Championship’s competitive 70.3-kilogram weight class by clinching a prestigious martial arts gold against a fierce Russian rival.

    The 28-year-old Australian standout knocked out the previously unbeaten Marat “Cobra” Gafurov in their rematch and laid claim to the featherweight crown in the main event of ONE: QUEST FOR GREATNESS last Friday, 18 August at the iconic Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

  • Martin Nguyen sacrifices Christmas family time in pursuit of future title shot

    Sacrifice means to give up something cherished in order to get something even more valuable in the future. This concept also applies to mixed martial arts (MMA) as the path to becoming a world champion is paved with much sacrifice.

    To set foot on the pinnacle of success, all fighters must go through blood, sweat and tears in training. Moreover, MMA athletes have to be separated from their families for months to dedicate their lives to the craft that they seek to perfect.

  • Martin Nguyen’s sacrifices pays off as he gets much-deserved title shot

    Sacrifice means to give up something cherished in order to get something even more valuable in the future. This concept also applies to the constantly-evolving world of martial arts as the path to becoming a celebrated world champion is paved with much sacrifice.

    To set foot on the pinnacle of success, all competitors must go through blood, sweat and tears in training. Moreover, martial artists have to be separated from their families for months to dedicate their lives to the craft that they seek to perfect.

    Vietnamese-Australian standout Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen had to undergo the same process as had to give up numerous special occasions with his family and friends to fully focus on his training.

    “The life of a professional martial artist is difficult, but I understand that in order to be the best, we have to make certain sacrifices. Spending time away from friends and family to train isn’t easy,” Nguyen said.

    Nguyen admitted the most painful sacrifice is the separation from his family, but he knows that there is a reward waiting for him.

    “It’s part of being a professional martial artist. A lot of sacrifices have been made. Training in December was one of them. I had to give up Christmas celebrations for this fight. I missed a lot of family activities such as birthdays and reunions,” he stated.

    “If I want to consider myself as a championship-quality athlete in this sport, I have to make that sacrifice. In the end, I will reap the fruits of my labor. Hard work cannot be denied forever,” Nguyen added.

    Nguyen’s sacrifices inside the ONE Championship finally paid off as he is set to vie for prestigious gold in his upcoming bout.

    The 28-year-old Vietnamese-Australian stalwart is booked to square off with with Marat “Cobra” Gafurov of Russia in a rematch for the ONE Featherweight World Championship in the main event of ONE: QUEST OF GREATNESS, which takes place at the iconic Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 18 August.

    Nguyen earned his much-deserved shot at Gafurov’s coveted gold-plated strap after notching a remarkable first-round knockout victory over Japanese journeyman Kazunori Yokota last January.

    After nearly two years of trying, Nguyen finally found himself back in a contest for the ONE Featherweight World Championship title.

    “I am back. I really worked hard for this. I know you hear it from many athletes that their dream is to become a world champion. I would say the same. It’s the main objective of every martial artist in this sport,” he articulated.

  • MMA: ONE Championship announces 2017 schedule, set for KL in Feb

    KUALA LUMPUR: Asia's largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, ONE Championship today announced the schedule for its 2017 tour across the region, making Kuala Lumpur as one of its early stops.

    ONE Championship has delivered world-class MMA action to iconic Asian cities, breaking into new Chinese markets including key Asian destinations.

    The promotion also successfully held a live event at the Cotai Arena in Macau, and became the first-ever major MMA promotion to hold a live event in Bangkok, Thailand.

  • Muhammad Aiman Ruins Chen Lei’s Perfect Record

    “Jungle Cat” Muhammad Aiman played the spoiler on Saturday, 8 September.

    The Malaysian became the first man to defeat “Rock Man” Chen Lei at ONE: BEYOND THE HORIZON.

  • Nguyen hit overconfident champion Folayang with 'lucky' punch

    By Elishah Pangilinan

    It doesn't quite have the ring of " "The Flash"," but it holds true. becoming the first two-division champion in the promotion’s history. The ONE Featherweight World Championship Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen knocked out Eduard “Landslide” Folayang in the second  round of their encounter at ONE: LEGENDS OF THE WORLD on Saturday night in Mall of Asia , shocking 17, 280 Fans.

  • OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST JOSEPH SCHOOLING TO FLY SINGAPORE FLAG ALONGSIDE ANGELA LEE AT ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES

    ANGELA LEE SET TO DEFEND HER ONE WOMEN’S ATOMWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST ISTELA NUNES

    28 March 2017 – Singapore: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced that Olympic gold medalist swimmer Joseph Schooling will accompany ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee to the cage as part of her entourage during the main event of ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES. The youngest world champion in mixed martial arts history, Lee is scheduled to face Brazil’s Istela Nunes in a five-round bout which will headline a stacked fight card. ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES is set to hit the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 26 May.

  • Olympic heartbreak drives Askren

    ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren defends his world title against Malaysia’s Agilan Thani at ONE: Dynasty of Heroes May 26, Friday in Singapore.

    The unbeaten Askren says his heartbreaking elimination during the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games which shattered his childhood dream fuels his drive to be the best in his sport.

  • ONE CHAMPIONSHIP ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL BOUTS FOR ONE: KINGS & CONQUERORS

    24 July 2017 – Macao, China: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced three additional bouts to ONE: KINGS & CONQUERORS, set for the Cotai Arena at The Venetian Macao on 5 August. The main event features ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes of Brazil who will defend his title against top contender Andrew Leone of the United States. In addition to the blockbuster headlining bout, Kairat Akhmetov will face Adriano Moraes to crown the undisputed ONE Flyweight World Champion in the evening’s co-main event. Also added to the card is Toni Tauru and Leandro Issa, who will be competing in a bantamweight contest, as well as middleweights Marcin Prachnio and Gilberto Galvão.

  • ONE CHAMPIONSHIP ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL BOUTS FOR ONE: SPIRIT OF A WARRIOR SET FOR YANGON ON 29 JUNE

    AUNG LA N SANG TO DEFEND ONE MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST KEN HASEGAWA

  • ONE CHAMPIONSHIP ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL BOUTS FOR ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM

    15 February 2017 – Bangkok, Thailand: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced additional bouts for ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM. The blockbuster event is set to rock the 12,000-capacity Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, on 11 March. In the main event, ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee will defend her title against top contender Jenny Huang of Chinese Taipei.

  • ONE CHAMPIONSHIP ANNOUNCES COMPLETE CARD FOR ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS

    12 January 2017 – Kuala, Lumpur: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), in partnership with Tune Talk, has just announced additional bouts to complete a spectacular card at ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS. The blockbuster event will feature the absolute best in local and international mixed martial arts talent, accentuating a tremendous main event bout between hometown hero Ev “E.T.” Ting and lightweight veteran Kamal Shalorus.

  • ONE CHAMPIONSHIP ANNOUNCES FULL 2018 CALENDAR FEATURING 24 EVENTS ACROSS ASIA

    The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced its blockbuster 2018 calendar featuring 24 massive events taking place in iconic cities across Asia. The promotion continues to set the bar for authentic world-class martial arts, bringing a unique experience to fans all over the region. Apart from events previously held in major Asian cities, ONE Championship also introduces inaugural events in new markets South Korea and Japan.

  • ONE CHAMPIONSHIP ANNOUNCES FULL BOUT CARD FOR RETURN TO JAKARTA ON 16 SEPTEMBER

    7 September 2017 – Jakarta, Indonesia: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced additional bouts for ONE: TOTAL VICTORY, set for the Jakarta Convention Center on 16 September. In the main event, former ONE Flyweight World Champion Kairat Akhmetov of Kazakhstan takes on Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio of the Philippines. In addition to the blockbuster headline bout, a series of compelling matchups have been put together featuring the absolute best in local and international martial arts talent.

  • ONE CHAMPIONSHIP ANNOUNCES ONE: QUEST FOR GREATNESS FOR KUALA LUMPUR ON 18 AUGUST

    ONE FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPION MARAT GAFUROV DEFENDS TITLE AGAINST MARTIN NGUYEN

    10 July 2017 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced another blockbuster evening of authentic martial arts action. ONE: QUEST FOR GREATNESS is set to return to the iconic Stadium Negara on 18 August for another spectacular showcase of Asia’s top martial arts talent. In the main event, undefeated ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat “Cobra” Gafurov of Russia puts his world title on the line against top contender Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Australia.

  • ONE CHAMPIONSHIP ANNOUNCES TWO ADDITIONAL BOUTS TO ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES

    09 May 2017 – Singapore: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced two additional bouts to complete a stacked fight card at ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES set for the Singapore Indoor Stadium this 26 May. Former world title challenger Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio of Baguio City, Philippines is scheduled for a highly-anticipated rematch against Anatpong “Mak” Bunrad of Thailand. Also, Indonesian National Grappling Champion Jeremy Meciaz makes his ONE Championship debut against Chen “Rock Man” Lei.

  • ​​ONE CHAMPIONSHIP ATHLETES FACE OFF IN GUANGZHOU AHEAD OF ONE: BATTLE FOR THE HEAVENS

    The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship (ONE), recently held the ONE: BATTLE FOR THE HEAVENS Official Face-Off at the Roof Top Bar of the Park Hyatt on Wednesday, 4 July. ONE Championship athletes stood and faced off with each other for the first time ahead of all the action this Saturday night.

  • ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong explains why he ‘really wouldn’t’ sign Conor McGregor

    ONE Championship CEO and founder Chatri Sityodtong is not at all interested in having Conor McGregor be part of his roster of fighters.

    Singapore-based promotion company ONE Championship has so far welcomed a number of marquee names that were formerly part of the UFC roster. Two of them were ex-champions Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson, and most recently, former top prospect Sage Northcutt has joined the mix.