Aussie fighter Martin Nguyen has put an end to Marat Gafurov’s unbeaten 15 win streak to claim ONE Championship’s featherweight world title in spectacular style.

The finish came at 1 minute and 27 seconds into the second round as Gafurov inched forward and threw a sloppy jab only to have his lights turned out when Nguyen countered with a perfectly timed overhand right that knocked out the now former champion.

Gafurov dominated the opening stanza, but Nguyen found his groove in the second frame as he tore apart his Russian foe with his striking.

Martin Nguyen featherweight ONE Malaysia

“This is for my dad,” newly crowned featherweight world champion said. “He was my inspiration for the whole camp when I mentally broke. (He and) the boys kept me together. I’ve got a deadly overhand right, but it’s not my only weapon. Thank you to Marat [Gafurov] for giving me the opportunity.”

Speaking backstage in Kuala Lumpur, Nguyen said he would now turn his attention to the next challenge – facing bantamweight champion Bibiano Fernandes before the year’s end.

In the co-main event of ONE: Quest for Greatness, former world title challenger Ev Ting placed his name back in the winner’s column by overwhelming Japanese veteran and former ONE Welterweight World Champion Nobutatsu Suzuki to win by devastating technical knockout.

From the opening bell, Ting paced himself well, keeping Suzuki at range with his accurate striking before executing the end sequence. After staggering Suzuki with a combination, Ting swarmed his opponent to score the referee stoppage.

Ev Ting vs Nobutatsu Suzuki

Also back in winning form was Agilan Thani, who authored one of the most dominant performances of the night with a unanimous decision victory over Sherif Mohamed of Egypt. The former world title challenger finished the three-round welterweight contest on a strong note, delivering crisp ground strikes to the delight of his roaring countrymen.

Kevin Belingon showed again how he earned his nickname “The Silencer” when he knocked out Australian submission specialist Reece McLaren in just 62 seconds of the opening bell. Belingon dropped his Australian opponent with a hard right and then went to work with several huge shots before referee Olivier Coste stepped in to halt the contest. The revered Team Lakay veteran recorded his seventh knockout win as a professional with the impressive triumph over McLaren.

Making her debut in Kuala Lumpur, May Ooi silenced the overwhelmingly pro Malaysian crowd with a big win over Ann Osman in the first round. After surviving a huge right hand from Osman, Ooi took matters to the canvas and executed a flawless transition into a rear-naked choke that left Osman no choice but to tap out.

May Ooi defeats Ann Osman

Christian Lee demonstrated why is ferocious featherweight contender with an impressive submission over Malaysia’s Keanu Subba. Both highly-touted prospects started out aggressively, but it was Lee who showed a more capable set of grappling skills. Lee spun a web of crafty grappling to overwhelm Subba as the 19-year-old Singaporean standout was able to get the submission finish in the third round, making Subba tap from a wrenching armbar.

Emilio “The Honey Badger” Urrutia made a triumphant promotional debut in ONE Championship by edging out Team Lakay stalwart Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly of the Philippines in a three-round featherweight encounter. Urrutia relied on his solid ground game to pacify his Filipino opponent’s firepower in the stand-up trade, wearing down Kelly and steering him to a decisive victory by way of unanimous decision.

Emalo Urrutia

Official results for ONE: Quest for Greatness

Featherweight World Championship bout
Martin Nguyen def. Marat Gafurov
Knockout at 1:27 minutes of round 2

Lightweight bout
Ev Ting defeats Nobutatsu Suzuki
TKO (Strikes) at 3:29 minutes of round 1

Welterweight bout
Agilan Thani defeats Sherif Mohamed
Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

Bantamweight bout
Kevin Belingon defeats Reece McLaren
Knockout at 1:02 minutes of round 1

Flyweight bout
Gianni Subba defeats Riku Shibuya
Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

Women’s strawweight bout
May Ooi defeats Ann Osman
Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:27 minutes of round 1

Strawweight bout
Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke defeats Robin Catalan
TKO (Strikes) at 0:46 minutes of round 2

Featherweight bout
Christian Lee defeats Keanu Subba
Submission (Armbar) at 1:11 minutes of round 3

Featherweight bout
Emilio Urrutia defeats Edward Kelly
Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

Strawweight bout
Rene Catalan def. Bu Huo You Ga
Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds