ONE: Roots of Honor
Martin Nguyen defends his ONE Featherweight title against former champion Narantungalag Jadambaa on April 12 in Manila. The contest headlines the event billed as “Roots of Honor” taking place at the Mall of Asia Arena. The official kick off press conference was held on Tuesday featuring the main and co-main event fighters, as well as the chairman of the promotion Chatri Sityodtong, who promised “a fantastic show” dedicated to “celebrate Asia’s greatest cultural treasure – martial arts”.
Martin Nguyen makes his fourth appearance in Manila. Defending his strap against former champion Jadambaa he looks to “walk out of the arena still champion”.
“It’s my fourth time competing here in Manila, and I’ve always felt at home here,” said Nguyen. “It’s an honor to share my talent with you all. Thank you to all the fans for the support. Challenging the legend Jadambaa himself, it’s such an honor. I would like to thank ONE Championship for placing their trust in me. I’ll bring a hundred percent into the cage, and god willing, I’ll walk out of the arena still champion.”
Narantungalag Jadambaa thanked the promotion for an opportunity to again challenge for the belt. He held the title in 2014 after defeating Koji Oishi.
“First of all, I would like to thank ONE Championship for the opportunity to compete for the ONE world title once again,” said Jadambaa. “This is not about age, this is about passion. Martial arts is my life and I hold the utmost respect for anyone who has the courage to step inside that cage. I will bring even more courage into the cage this Friday. I respect Martin Nguyen for what he has done for our sport and it is an honor to face him. I will do my best and the best man will walk out of the cage with the title.”
The Martin Nguyen vs. Narantungalag Jadambaa championship bout is scheduled for five rounds.
The co-main event features the defending ONE Srawweight champion Yosuke Saruta up against the challenger (former champion) Joshua Pacio. The pair squares off in a rematch following their encounter early this year when Saruta took a split decision as well as the belt. The bout is also scheduled for five rounds.
The full fight card for ONE: Roots of Honor can be found below. The lineup features a series of MMA, kickboxing and Muay Thai bouts.
Martin Nguyen vs. Narantungalag Jadambaa
Yosuke Saruta vs. Joshua Pacio
Leandro Issa vs. Fu Chang Xin
Ibrahim El Bouni vs. Andrei Stoica
Luis Santos vs. James Nakashima
Edward Kelly vs. Sung Jong Lee
Andre Meunier vs. Anderson Silva (Kickboxing)
Eric Kelly vs. Tang Kai
Saemapetch Fairtex vs. Ognjen Topic (Muay Thai)
Niko Soe vs. Eko Roni Saputra
Lerdsila PhuketTopTeam vs. Kohei Kodera (Muay Thai)
Bi Nguyen vs. Dwi Ani Retno Wulan
Ramon Gonzales vs. Akihiro Fujisawa