Vietnam and Mongolia were among the 18 countries represented at “ONE: Roots of Honor.” It was the second ONE Championship event in 2019 held in the Philippines.
The fighters on the main card of “ONE: Roots of Honor” had their face-off during the press conference at the City of Dreams Manila in Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines on April 9, 2019. Led by ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong, the panel included representatives from sponsors namely Holcim Philippines Inc. senior vice president and head of sales William C. Sumalinog, City of Dreams Manila senior vice president and chief operating officer Kevin Benning and Grab Philippines transport team head Chris Taylor.
Featuring two kickboxing contests, two Muay Thai bouts and 11 mixed martial arts matches, the “ONE: Roots of Honor” fight night took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on April 12, 2019. In the main event, Narantungalag “Tungaa” Jadambaa, 43, of Mongolia challenged reigning ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 29, of Australia and Vietnam.
Jadambaa started his martial arts training in judo and karate. From Mongolia, he moved to Japan and trained in kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and grappling.
From August 29, 2014 to November 21,2015, Jadambaa reigned as the ONE Featherweight World Champion. “ONE: Roots of Honor” marked his seventh ONE Championship bout.
Born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia to Vietnamese parents, Nguyen started his martial arts journey at the age of 21. He joined ONE Championship in 2014 and eventually became the first ever two-division champion of the promotion.
“ONE: Roots of Honor” marked Nguyen’s 12th ONE Championship outing. He has been reigning as the ONE Featherweight World Champion since August 18, 2017.
Olivier Coste served as the referee of the ONE Featherweight World Championship bout between Nguyen and Jadambaa. The referee put a stop to the contest after 1 minute and 7 seconds in the second round when the Vietnamese-Australian defending champion knocked out his Mongolian challenger via flying knee.
It was Nguyen’s second successful title defense as the reigning ONE Featherweight World Champion. The victory at “ONE: Roots of Honor” improved his professional MMA record to 12 wins and 3 losses.
On the other hand, Jadambaa now has 14 wins and 6 losses. It was his third loss in ONE Championship.
“ONE: Roots of Honor” Co-Main Event
In the co-main event, Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 23, of the Philippines challenged reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Yosuke “The Ninja” Saruta, 31, of Japan in a rematch. The Filipino challenger knocked out the Japanese defending champion in the fourth round.
Afghanistan, Brazil, China, Cuba, Indonesia, Japan, Morocco, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and the United States were also represented at “ONE: Roots of Honor.” Check the complete results on Conan Daily.