[PHOTOS] Vietnam vs Japan: Martin Nguyen, Koyomi Matsushima fight at ‘ONE: Dawn of Heroes’ in the Philippines

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Vietnam, Australia and Japan were represented at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” on August 2, 2019. It was the third ONE Championship event in 2019 that took place in the Philippines.

Featuring 12 mixed martial arts matches and two Muay Thai matches, “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. In the main event of the evening, Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 30, of Vietnam and Australia faced Koyomi “Moushigo” Matsushima, 26, of Japan.

Including Australia, Vietnam and Japan, 12 countries were represented at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes.” The other countries were Brazil, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Nguyen was one of the two fighters who represented Australia but solely represented Vietnam. Matsushima was one of the six representatives of Japan.

Blue Corner

Matsushima is training out of Pancrase ISM Yokohama in Naka-ku,  Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. Born in Yokohama on October 8, 1992, he has been competing professionally since 2015.

“ONE: Dawn of Heroes” marked the third ONE Championship outing of Matsushima. He was coming out of a unanimous decision victory over “Pretty Boy” Kwon Won Il, 23, of South Korea.

Red Corner

Nguyen is training out of Hardknocks 365 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. He has been competing professionally since 2012.

“ONE: Dawn of Heroes” marked Nguyen’s 13th ONE Championship outing. He was coming out of a knockout victory over Narantungalag “Tungaa” Jadambaa, 43, of Mongolia.


Matsushima challenged Nguyen for the ONE Featherweight World Championship title. Olivier Coste served as the referee.

Coste put a stop to the title bout after 4 minutes and 40 seconds in the second round. Nguyen knocked out Matsushima via ground and pound.

Winning at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” improved the professional MMA record of Nguyen to 13 wins and 3 losses. On the other hand, Matsushima now has 11 wins and 4 losses.

Check the complete “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” results on Conan Daily. Meanwhile, here is a clip from the press conference:

[PHOTOS] Japan vs South Korea: Koyomi Matsushima, Kwon Won Il fight at ‘ONE: Legendary Quest’ in Shanghai, China

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Japan and South Korea were among the 15 countries represented at “ONE: Legendary Quest.” On the card were both mixed martial arts matches and ONE Super Series contests, featuring both kickboxing and Muay Thai.

ONE Championship held “ONE: Legendary Quest” at the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China on June 15, 2019. The 10th bout of the evening was between Koyomi “Moushigo” Matsushima, 26, of Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan and “Pretty Boy” Kwon Won Il, 23, of South Korea.

Matsushima was one of the three athletes who represented Japan at “ONE: Legendary Quest” while Kwon was one of the three representatives of South Korea. Australia, Brazil, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, Morocco, Myanmar, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Scotland, Thailand and the United Kingdom were also represented.

On June 12, 2019, Matsushima and Kwon had their official face-off during the press conference at Yunspace in Shanghai. The event was graced by ONE Championship Greater China chairman Hua Fung Teh and reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, 31, of China.

Blue Corner

Born in South Korea on July 24, 1995, Kwon is a black belt in taekwondo. As an MMA fighter, he has been competing professionally since 2014.

“ONE: Legendary Quest” marked Kwon’s fourth ONE Championship bout. He is training out of Extreme Combat in Goyang, South Korea and Top Gym BF in Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

Red Corner

Born on October 8, 1992 in Yokohama, Matsushima started his martial arts training with Kyokushin karate. As an MMA fighter, he has been competing professionally since 2015.

Training out of Pancrase ISM Yokohama, Matsushima made his ONE Championship debut on September 22, 2018 and beat former ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat “Cobra” Gafurov, 34, of Makhachkala, Russia. “ONE: Legendary Quest” marked the Japanese fighter’s second bout in the promotion.

Fight Result

Matsushima and Kwon competed in an MMA bout in the featherweight division. Kemp Cheng served as the referee.

After three five-minute rounds, the featherweight bout was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Cheng raised the hand of Matsushima, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

Winning at “ONE: Legendary Quest” improved the professional MMA record of Matsushima to 11 wins and 3 losses. On the other hand, Kwon now has 7 wins and 2 losses.

“ONE: Legendary Quest” Main Events

Agilan “Alligator” Thani, 23, of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia faced ONE Championship debutante Yoshihiro “Sexyama” Akiyama, 43, of Osaka, Japan in an MMA match in the welterweight division. The Malaysian contender won via unanimous decision.

ONE Super Series debutante Alma Juniku, 18, of Australia challenged reigning ONE Atomweight Muay Thai World Champion Stamp Fairtex, 27, of Thailand in the main event. The Thai defending champion won via unanimous decision.

Check all “ONE: Legendary Quest” results on Conan Daily.