Martin Nguyen continued his reign over ONE Championship’s featherweight division with a second-round TKO win over Koyomi Matsushima in Manila.
Matsushima put the pressure on Nguyen early in the opening round with his solid ground game. The champion was able to make the necessary adjustments in the second round, however, as he picked apart a tired Matsushima with a barrage of strikes to get the stoppage win and successfully defend his title for a third time.
In the co-main event, Rodtang Jitmuangnon dethroned English striking sensation Jonathan Haggerty via unanimous decision to become the new flyweight Muay Thai champion.
Haggerty utilised his length in the early going, using front kicks to keep the challenger at bay. Rodtang picked up steam in the succeeding rounds and managed to drop Haggerty twice. After five rounds of explosive action, it was Rodtang who walked away with the victory and the prestigious ONE World Title.
Alvarez gets the win
In the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix Semi-finals, Eddie Alvarez recorded his first victory with ONE with a rear-naked choke of former lightweight champion Eduard Folayang.
Folayang attacked Alvarez with a blitz of strikes to open the contest and a low kick brought “The Underground King” to the mat. Alvarez, however, was able to sweep Folayang to wind up in mount. From there, Alvarez took Folayang’s back, fished for the submission, and forced the tap.
Wada pushes DJ to three rounds
In the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Semi-finals, Demetrious Johnson outlasted Tatsumitsu Wada to take home a three-round unanimous decision.
After a brief exchange on the feet in the first round, Wada was able to take Johnson to the mat and secure his back.
Johnson however defended very well. Action continued in the second round with Johnson dominating the grappling exchanges. In the third and final round, Johnson appeared to have Wada figured out and took control of the bout to cruise to a unanimous decision victory.
Filipino flyweight star Danny “The King” Kingad secured his spot in the Flyweight Grand Prix Finals with a split decision win over Australian Reece “Lightning” McLaren.
Kingad survived a number of precarious situations in the first two rounds to rally back in the final round. In the last two minutes of the bout, Kingad dominated a fading McLaren as he was able to land a couple of takedowns and unload some ground-and-pound to swing the decision in his favor.
Kingad will now meet Johnson in the Flyweight World Grand Prix finals in Japan.
Official results ONE: Dawn of Heroes
Martin Nguyen def. Koyomi Matsushima
TKO (Strikes) at 4:40 of R2
Rodtang Jitmuangnon def. Jonathan Haggerty
Eddie Alvarez def. Eduard Folayang
Submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:16 of R1
Demetrious Johnson def. Tatsumitsu Wada
Danny Kingad def. Reece McLaren
Rodlek defeats Andrew Miller
Knockout at 0:49 of R3
Yuya Wakamatsu def. Geje Eustaquio
Knockout at 1:59 of R1
Dae Sung Park def. Honorio Banario
Daichi Takenaka def. Leandro Issa
TKO (Strikes) at 1:39 of R3
James Nakashima def. Yushin Okami
Xie Bin def. Edward Kelly
Miao Li Tao def. Pongsiri Mitsatit
Ayaka Miura def. Samara Santos
Submission (Americana) at 0:39 of R2
Muhammad Aiman def. Sunoto