Martin Nguyen wins ONE Championship featherweight title with faceplant KO of Marat Gafurov

Facing the biggest test of his young MMA career, Martin Nguyen didn’t, ahem, choke.

On Friday, “The Situ-Asian” challenged featherweight titleholder Marat Gafurov in the main event of ONE Championship 59 at the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, and he dethroned the undefeated fighter in spectacular fashion with a thudding second-round knockout.

Gafurov’s last seven wins came by way of rear-naked choke and it looked like it would be business as usual for the 32-year-old...

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