MMA, martial arts

Bibiano Fernandes is a tough opponent: Martin Nguyen

Eduard Folayang, Martin Nguyen

Eduard Folayang, Martin Nguyen

ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 28, is putting all the stops as he attempts to snare a third world title on March 24, 2018. He will drop down in weight to challenge ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, 37, for his title in the main event of “ONE: Iron Will” at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

“He is an all-around martial artist, and he is a tough opponent,” Nguyen said of Fernandes. “Not only do I want this match, but the fans want to see it.”

“He has knockout power,” the Vietnamese-Australian champ continued praising his Brazilian “ONE: Iron Will” opponent. “He has slick Jiu-Jitsu. He has great cardio. He has it all. He is as complete of a martial artist you would want.”

The Vietnamese-Australian dual titleholder is one of the most talked about martial artists in the world today. He earned his first world title by defeating Russia’s Marat Gafurov, 33, in August 2017 and his second world title after scoring scintillating knockout victory over the Philippines’ Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 34, in November 2017.

This made Nguyen the first man in ONE Championship history to hold two world titles simultaneously in two different weight divisions. Now, he seeks to make history again as he shares the ONE Championship cage with Fernandes, who is widely considered one of the best martial artists in the world regardless of promotion.

For the past several months, Nguyen has been vocal about his desire to test his mettle against Fernandes. Since Fernandes made his ONE Championship debut in 2012, he has remained unbeaten.

Here is a short clip featuring Fernandes:

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