Australian Martin ‘The Situ-Asian’ Nguyen defended his One Championship Featherweight title this Friday night, in Manila, Philippines.
Nguyen finished his Japanese opponent Koyomi Matsushima with punches in the second round.
The Australian seemed to struggle early on finding his distance against the Karate fighter, in the first.
Though, in the second, Nguyen looked visibly more confident seemingly finding his rhythm and landing some big shots that stunned Matsushima early.
The Aussie followed Matsushima around the cage before stuffing a takedown from the Japanese fighter that ended with both fighters on the ground and Nguyen on top. From there ‘The Situ-Asian’ made quick work of his opponent, ending the fight with ground and pound.
ONE featherweight king 👑 Martin Nguyen called his shot and came through with a stunning second-round knockout of Koyomi Matsushima! @MartinNguyenMMA #WeAreONE #DawnOfHeroes #Manila #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/K2ZGd1RCrZ
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) August 2, 2019
In a press conference after the fight, Ngyuen called out rival Marat Gafurov for a possible trilogy fight, and thanked his family and team for “everything going as planned.’
Fellow Australian Reece McLaren also competed at One Championship: Dawn of Heroes, but fell short in his bout suffering a split decision loss.
Bangkok, Thailand based freelance journalist, I grew up in Brisbane hitting pads and getting choked out, when I’m not watching fights, I’m researching fights, writing about fights and pretending I can fight.