Two-divisional champion and current featherweight titleholder Martin Nguyen (11-3) begins his journey back to the win column Friday in Manila, Philippines for ONE Championship: Roots of Honor. In the cage, he will be up against former champion Narantungalag Jadambaa (14-5) in the five-round main event of a 14-fight card that includes kickboxing and Muay Thai bouts, all set to air online.
Nguyen, 30, is returning from a loss last summer when he was outpointed by Kevin Belingon. The losing effort was Nguyen’s second attempt at becoming MMA’s first three-division title claimant. Vacating his lightweight crown last November, just the featherweight strap will be on the line against Jadambaa.
Jadambaa, all of 43 years old, held that 145-pound belt years ago in 2014 but immediately dropped it in his first title defense.
In the co-feature, strawweight champion Yosuke Saruta (19-8-3) finds himself in a rematch with Joshua Pacio (16-3).
Stream: ONE mobile App and B/R Live
Start time: 8:30 a.m. ET
Martin Nguyen vs. Narantungalag Jadambaa
Yosuke Saruta vs. Joshua Pacio
Tatsumitsu Wada vs. Gustavo Balart
Leandro Issa vs. Fu Chang Xin
Ibrahim El Bouni vs. Andrei Stoica (kickboxing)
Luis Santos vs. James Nakashima
Edward Kelly vs. Sung Jong Lee
Stream: Facebook and ONE FC’s official Twitter
Start time: 6:00 a.m. ET
Eric Kelly vs. Kwon Won Il
Saemapetch Fairtex vs. Ognjen Topic (Muay Thai)
Ahmad Qais Jasoor vs. Xie Bin
Niko Soe vs. Eko Roni Saputra
Lerdsila Phuket Top Team vs. Momotaro (Muay Thai)
Bi Nguyen vs. Dwi Ani Retno Wulan
Ramon Gonzales vs. Akihiro Fujisawa