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Quest For Greatness Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen Beat Marat "Cobra' Gafurov

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The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), once again electrified the iconic Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with another evening of authentic world-class martial arts action. ONE: QUEST FOR GREATNESS delivered a series of compelling bouts, performed by the absolute best in local and international martial arts talent. In the main event, Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen shocked the world by stopping Marat “Cobra” Gafurov in their rematch to become the new ONE Featherweight World Champion.

In the main event of ONE: QUEST FOR GREATNESS, Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Australia completed his journey through ONE Championship’s featherweight ranks by upsetting previously-unbeaten Russian champion Marat “Cobra” Gafurov via knockout within two rounds to clinch the highly-coveted ONE Featherweight World Championship. Gafurov dominated the first round with his magnificent grappling arsenal, but Nguyen found his groove in the second frame as he tore apart his Russian foe with his striking. Recognizing an opening, Nguyen countered Gafurov’s jab with an overhand right that knocked out the now former champion at the center of the ONE Championship cage. Nguyen’s remarkable conquest of Gafurov earned him the “GoDaddy Knockout of the Night”award.

Martin Nguyen, newly crowned ONE Featherweight World Champion, stated: “I just want to dedicate this fight, not only to Malaysia for being so welcoming and having such a beautiful country. This is for my dad. 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.”

Quest For Greatness Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen Beat Marat "Cobra' Gafurov

In the co-main event of the evening, former world title challenger Ev “E.T.” Ting of Malaysia 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.

22-year-old Agilan “The Alligator” Thani of Malaysia authored one of the most dominant performances of the night, placing himself back on the winning track with a unanimous decision victory over Sherif “The Shark” Mohamed of Egypt. Showing off new skills and techniques that he learned from training with the world-famous Team Quest, Thani swamped Mohamed with his wrestling while stifling his opponent with submission attempts. 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.

Filipino knockout artist Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon completed yet another scintillating finish, his second in a row, by defeating Australian submission specialist Reece “Lightning” McLaren by knockout. Belingon finished the job in just 62 seconds, dropping his Australian opponent with a hard right straight before punctuating with follow-up strikes on the ground to compel referee Olivier Coste to step in and halt the contest. The revered Team Lakay veteran recorded his seventh knockout win as a professional with the impressive triumph over McLaren.

In a clash of high-caliber flyweights, Malaysia’s Gianni Subba captured a hard-earned victory in front of a jubilant hometown crowd by routing Japan’s Riku “The Outsider” Shibuya. Subba showcased his pinpoint accurate striking early on, peppering Shibuya with stinging right hands and spinning back-kicks in the first round. Although Shibuya easily converted his takedown attempts in the succeeding rounds to avoid striking exchanges, Subba kept himself active on the canvas, fishing for submissions while landing the more telling blows. In the end, Subba’s efforts were rewarded with a unanimous decision.

“Mighty” May Ooi of Singapore scored a major victory in her ONE Championship debut by submitting Malaysian female martial arts superstar Ann “Athena” Osman in the first round. After surviving a huge right hand from Osman, Ooi took matters to the canvas, where she maneuvered her cage counterpart with ease courtesy of her impeccable ground game. The 41-year-old Singaporean executed a flawless transition into a rear-naked choke that left Osman no choice but to tap out.

Former ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke of Thailand brushed off a lackluster start to topple Robin “The Ilonggo” Catalan of the Philippines via second-round technical knockout. Showcasing tremendous power with every strike and drawing cheers from the crowd after each landed blow, Dejdamrong’s thunderous knees proved too much for Catalan as the Filipino lost his footing, forcing the referee to wave it off and award the victory to the celebrated Thai kickboxer.

Christian “The Warrior” Lee of Singapore exhibited stellar form, proving himself a top featherweight contender in ONE Championship by scoring 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 of the United States made a triumphant promotional debut in ONE Championship by edging out Team Lakay stalwart Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly of the Philippines in their 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.

Kicking off ONE: QUEST FOR GREATNESS was a strawweight encounter between wushu practitioner Rene Catalan of the Philippines and Chinese grappling prodigy Bu Huo You Ga. After dropping his opponent with a clean left straight in first round, Catalan secured top control and went to work. With a dominant top game, Catalan notched his third straight victory, defeating Bu Huo as all three judges saw the bout in favor of Catalan to win by unanimous decision.

Official results for ONE: QUEST FOR GREATNESS
·         ONE Featherweight World Championship bout: Martin Nguyen defeats Marat Gafurov by Knockout at 1:27 minutes of round 2
·         Lightweight bout: Ev Ting defeats Nobutatsu Suzuki by TKO (Strikes) at 3:29 minutes of round 1
·         Welterweight bout: Agilan Thani defeats Sherif Mohamed by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
·         Bantamweight bout: Kevin Belingon defeats Reece McLaren by Knockout at 1:02 minutes of round 1
·         Flyweight bout: Gianni Subba defeats Riku Shibuya by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
·         Women’s strawweight bout: May Ooi defeats Ann Osman by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:27 minutes of round 1
·         Strawweight bout: Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke defeats Robin Catalan by TKO (Strikes) at 0:46 minutes of round 2
·         Featherweight bout: Christian Lee defeats Keanu Subba by Submission (Armbar) at 1:11 minutes of round 3
·         Featherweight bout: Emilio Urrutia defeats Edward Kelly by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
·         Strawweight bout: Rene Catalan defeats Bu Huo You Ga by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

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World Amateur Golf Championship 2017 Malaysia Di Sertai Lebih 800 Pemain Golf Amatur

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Kejohanan Golf Amatur Dunia (WAGC) yang berprestij Kejohanan Golf Amatur Antarabangsa, akan datang ke Malaysia. Kali ini, negara kita Malaysia dan akan menjadi tuan rumah kepada 800 pemain golf amatur dari 47 buah negara.

Untuk tahun ini, Malaysia telah dianugerahkan hak untuk menjadi tuan rumah untuk Final World Championship World Amateur Championship 2017 yang akan melibatkan 45 negara, 800 pemain golf, bukan pemain golf dan pasangan berada di sini dari 18h hingga 25hb November 2017, "kata Pengerusi Perodua YBhg Tan Sri Asmat Kamaludin.

Delta Trend Golf & Leisure Holidays Sdn Bhd (DTGLH) bertanggungjawab untuk mempromosikan dan mengurus beberapa pusingan kelayakan di seluruh negara sebelum mengenalpasti juara dari lima (5) kategori kecacatan masing-masing sehingga 2020.

DTGLH memperoleh hak untuk menjadi tuan rumah Kejohanan dari WGC Ltd, yang merupakan badan pentadbir untuk acara ini, melalui perjanjian untuk menjadi tuan rumah kejohanan dari 2012 hingga 2020.

Pencapaian ini menjadi tuan rumah World Championship World Amateur Championship Final 2017 juga telah mendapat sokongan Perdana Menteri, Kementerian Pelancongan dan Kementerian Belia dan Sukan.

Pertandingan Akhir Dunia Dunia Amatur Golfers 2017 juga dilesenkan oleh Pesuruhjaya Sukan dan mendapat kelulusan daripada Persatuan Golf Malaysia.

Untuk menjadikan Kejayaan Akhir Dunia 2017 di Malaysia berjaya, DTGLH memerlukan penajaan yang akan membiayai kira-kira RM10 juta secara keseluruhan untuk perbelanjaan seperti logistik penginapan dan pengangkutan, di atas tempat kejohanan.

"Mengenai penglibatan Perodua, kami berbangga untuk mengumumkan bahawa Perodua telah menjadi penaja tajuk sejak 2012 untuk bab tempatan dan penyertaan pasukan Malaysia di luar negara," kata Asmat

Beliau berkata keputusan untuk menjadi sebahagian daripada acara ini adalah berdasarkan kepada pelanggan Perodua dari semua peringkat masyarakat dan percaya bahawa golf, seperti mana-mana sukan lain menyumbang positif kepada masyarakat kerana ia mempromosikan peningkatan diri.

"Malah, mereka yang berdedikasi sering orang yang mempunyai semangat untuk meningkatkan bukan sahaja dalam sukan pilihan mereka tetapi juga akan memohon semangat dalam kehidupan profesional dan peribadi mereka."

"Dalam konteks itu, kami telah melihat 6,000 pemain amatur yang mengalami kejohanan standard dunia dalam pusingan kelayakan dengan 75 pemain yang ditaja untuk menyertai pelbagai negara di seluruh dunia sejak 2012," kata Asmat.

Saiful Merican To Continue Career Renaissance In ONE Championship

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After falling into a dreadful nightmare over a year ago, Malaysian martial artist Saiful “The Vampire” Merican has brought back the shimmer to his celebrated prizefighting career with a scintillating victory.

In thrilling fashion, Merican trumped Filipino knockout artist Burn “Hitman” Soriano via first-round stoppage in front of his countrymen on the undercard of ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS this past February.

Merican had a calculated attack as he brilliantly picked his shots and rocked Soriano with various perfectly-timed kicks, even backing the Filipino standout up against the renowned ONE Championship cage.

Although Soriano was able to put Merican in a precarious position on the mat, the latter managed to find the escape door and shifted the bout’s momentum to his side again.

When Soriano attempted to get back up, Merican opened up with his full arsenal as he powerfully kneed his opponent in the chin and threw an array of elbows to conclude the opening salvo.

Certainly, the crowd was hyped and ready for the second round, and so was Merican. But Soriano was not as he did not answer the bell, causing the match to be stopped and the win being awarded to the hometown hero to roars of approval from the crowd in attendance.

Merican’s impressive conquest of Soriano sparked a much-needed resurgence in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career after yielding to Filipino fighter Geje Eustaquio by way of first-round knockout in January 2016.

“I am truly honored to get that win in front of my compatriots. It’s a sigh of relief because I wanted that victory so bad. My back was against the wall. I proved that I could make a comeback. It’s a new beginning for me,” said Merican, who opted to sit on the sidelines following his setback to Eustaquio.

“I’ve worked to be in this position again. I am not letting go. I am excited to be in this new journey. I hope everything will turn our great for me in the future,” he added.

His next act will be on 5 August when he clashes with Chinese combatant “Rock Man” Chen Lei at ONE: KINGS & CONQUERORS, which takes place at the glamorous Cotai Arena of The Venetian Macao in Macao, China.

The 28-year-old native of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia stressed that he is looking to add another finish to his growing highlight-reel.

“I am looking forward to put on a great performance for my fans. I have been training hard and going through strategies with my coaches. I hope to give my 101 percent in the cage on August 5th,” Merican stated.

Seeking to prove that his martial arts renaissance is not only good for one night, Merican aims to showcase his explosive fighting style once more versus his Chinese foe.

“I am keenly working with my coaches for this fight because I want to maintain my speed and explosiveness. It has been my trademark ever since. Maintaining my signature traits as a fighter in my upcoming bout will boost my confidence inside that cage,” he asserted.

“I know this will not be easy because I have a tough foe in front of me. But I am confident that I will prevail. For sure, it’s going to be a good fight. It will not go into the three judges’ hands for a decision.

It will have a decisive finish,” Merican ended.