11 Apr - 
Video: ONE Championship 93 news conference with two title fights in Manila

ONE Championship returns Friday with a pair of title fights in the Philippines.

“ONE Championship 93: Roots of Honor” takes place at Mall of Asia Arena in Manila. The main card streams on B/R Live following prelims on Facebook and Twitter.

In the main event, featherweight champion Martin Nguyen (11-3) will put his title on the line against challenger and former champ Narantungalag Jadambaa (14-5). And in the co-feature, the men’s strawweight title will be up for grabs when champ Yosuke Saruta (19-8-3) meets Joshua Pacio (16-3) in a rematch.

Nguyen is a former two-division champion who held titles at both lightweight and featherweight at the same time. An injury forced him to vacate the 155-pound title this past November, but now he’s set to return at featherweight.

Jadambaa won ONE’s featherweight title in 2014 with a decision win over Koji Oishi. But he dropped the belt in his first defense against Marat Gafurov in 2015. After two wins, he lost a rematch to him in 2016 for the strap. But now, again two wins later, he’ll fight to try to win back the title.

Pacio won the strawweight title with a unanimous decision over Yoshitaka Naito this past September. But in January, Saruta took the belt from him with a split-decision win to snap his four-fight winning streak.

Now the two have an immediate rematch on the books, and Pacio will get a chance to try to reclaim the title in front of his home fans and hand Saruta his first loss in the promotion. Saruta has won nine of his past 10 fights, including both his bouts in ONE Championship.

Ahead of Friday’s card, check out the highlights from ONE’s news conference for the event in Manila.

The ONE Championship 93 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (B/R Live, 8:30 a.m. ET)

  • Champ Martin Nguyen vs. Narantungalag Jadambaa – for featherweight title
  • ChampYosuke Saruta vs. Joshua Pacio – for strawweight title
  • Gustavo Balart vs. Tatsumitsu Wada – flyweight grand prix quarterfinal
  • Leandro Issa vs. Fu Chang Xin
  • James Nakashima vs. Luis Santos
  • Edward Kelly vs. Sung Jong Lee

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, Twitter, 6 a.m. ET)

  • Eric Kelly vs. Won Il Kwon
  • Xie Bin vs. Ahmad Qais Jasoor
  • Eko Roni Saputra vs. Niko Soe
  • Bi Nguyen vs. Ani Retno Wulan
  • Akihiro Fujisawa vs. Ramon Gonzales

For more on ONE Championship: Roots of Honor, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.