Gafurov rematches Nguyen in defense of FW belt at One Championship

One Championship’s second-longest reigning champion Marat Gafurov defends the featherweight title for the third time by rematching Martin Nguyen.  One Championship “Quest for Greatness” takes place August 18th at the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with an iPPV through the promotion’s website.

For almost two years Marat Gafurov had held the featherweight title since defeating Narantungalag Jadambaa in November 2015.  Since then Gafurov defended the belt against Kazunori Yokota and Jadambaa in a rematch leaving his record still perfect at 15-0 over the course of seven years.  Martin Nguyen enters this bout 8-1 with his only loss being to Gafurov in September 2015 by rear-naked choke.  Since then Nguyen defeated Edward Kelly, Li Kai Wen, Christian Lee, and most recently Kazunori Yokota.

In the co-main event 13-4 Ev Ting takes on 11-2-2 Nobutatsu Suzuki.  Ting’s four-fight win streak was halted in his last fight as he lost a unanimous decision to Eduard Folayang in April while his previous loss was to Gafurov in May 2015.  Suzuki hasn’t fought since August 2014 when he lost to current One Championship and former Bellator champion Ben Askren.

Fight card

  • Rene Catalan vs. Bu Huo You Ga
  • Edward Kelly vs. Emilio Urrutia
  • Keanu Subba vs. Christian Lee
  • Robin Catalan vs. Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke
  • Ann Osman vs. Moy Ooi
  • Gianni Subba vs. Riku Shibuya
  • Kevin Belingon vs. Reece McLaren
  • Agilan Thani vs. Sherif Mohamed
  • Ev Ting vs. Nobutatsu Suzuki
  • FW title: Marat Gafurov vs. Martin Nguyen