By The Numbers: Martin Nguyen

By Brian Knapp Oct 6, 2021

Martin Nguyen’s accomplishments in One Championship stack up against virtually any of his peers.

The Sanford MMA representative holds a 10-5 record inside the Singapore-based organization, where he has captured titles in the featherweight and lightweight divisions. However, Nguyen currently finds himself on the first two-fight losing streak of his career. “The Situ-Asian” last appeared at One Championship “Revolution” on Sept. 24, when he was victimized by Jae Woong Kim in a first-round knockout.

As Nguyen awaits word on his next assignment from One Championship matchmakers, a look at some of the numbers that have accompanied him to this point:

32: Years of age for Nguyen, who was born in Sydney on March 5, 1989.

9: Nguyen victories by knockout or technical knockout, accounting for 69% of his career total (13). His list of One Championship victims: Koyomi Matsushima, Narantungalag Jadambaa, Eduard Folayang, Marat Gafurov, Kazunori Yokota, Li Kai Wen and Edward Kelly. Nguyen owns three other victories by submission (23%) and one more by decision (8%).

1: Submission loss on the Nguyen ledger. He tapped to a rear-naked choke from Gafurov just 41 seconds into their One Championship “Odyssey of Champions” main event in September 2015.

10: Consecutive calendar years in which Nguyen has made at least one appearance as a mixed martial artist. He went 2-0 in 2012, 1-0 in 2013, 1-0 in 2014, 1-1 in 2015, 2-0 in 2016, 3-0 in 2017, 1-2 in 2018, 2-0 in 2019 and 0-1 in 2020. Nguyen owns a 0-1 record in 2021.

1,169: Days spent by Nguyen as undisputed One Championship featherweight titleholder. He laid claim to the crown with a second-round knockout of Gafurov on Aug. 18, 2017 and successfully defended it on three occasions before relinquishing it in a third-round technical knockout loss to Thanh Le on Oct. 30, 2020.

3: Two-division titleholders, including Nguyen, in One Championship history. Aung La N Sang and Reinier de Ridder are the others. In addition to his aforementioned featherweight reign, Nguyen laid claim to the One Championship lightweight title with a second-round knockout of Folayang on Nov. 10, 2017.

5: First-round finishes on the Nguyen resume, four of which have taken place under One Championship auspices. He forced a doctor stoppage against Kelly in 4:17 at “Pride of Lions” on Nov. 13, 2015, cut down Wen with punches in 4:44 at “Global Rivals” on April 15, 2016, choked Christian Lee unconscious with a guillotine in 4:30 at “Heroes of the World” on Aug. 13, 2016 and punched out Yokota in 3:36 at “Quest for Power” on Jan. 14, 2017.

134: Combined victories between the nine men Nguyen has beaten since joining the One Championship roster in 2014: Matsushima, Jadambaa, Folayang, Gafurov, Yokota, Wen, Kelly, Lee (twice) and Rocky Batolbatol. They boast a cumulative winning percentage of .698 (134-55-3).

7: Countries in which Nguyen has competed as a mixed martial artist. He has gone 4-1 in the Philippines, 3-2 in Singapore, 3-0 in his native Australia, 1-1 in Indonesia, 1-0 in China, 1-0 in Malaysia and 0-1 in Thailand.

.789: Cumulative winning percentage between the five men—Kim, Le, Gafurov, Kevin Belingon and Bibiano Fernandes—who have defeated Nguyen. They sport a combined record of 86-23.
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