MMA, martial arts

How weight cut affects Martin Nguyen’s strength, speed, timing for ‘ONE: Iron Will’

Martin Nguyen, Fari Salievski

Martin Nguyen, Fari Salievski

On March 24, 2018, ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 28, will make an attempt to win a third world title. 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.

In preparation for the historic bout, Nguyen has methodically followed a strict diet to meet bantamweight division limit of 65.8 kilograms. He declared, “My weight is on track. Everything is on track.”

“My nutritionist has my body going up and down on a calorie deficit diet, and the kilos have been dropping off the past couple of months,” Nguyen explained. “I have dropped from 72kg to 68kg.”

Nguyen admitted that he could already feel the effect of the weight cut in training. On the other hand, he asserted that he trusts the entire process of his stringent diet plan.

“I am much more shredded, and my speed and cardio has picked up,” Nguyen said. “You have to lose a little bit of strength though. You’ve got to give and take.”

“But we are working on my strength at the moment, so I do not lose too much,” Nguyen added. “But as far as my speed and my timing go, it is on point, and when I start peaking, everything will fall into place.”

In August 2017, Nguyen earned his first world title by dethroning then ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat Gafurov, 33, of Russia. In November 2017, Nguyen dethroned then ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 34, of the Philippines, which made the Vietnamese-Australian fighter the first ever dual titleholder of ONE Championship.

Here is a clip featuring a short interview with Nguyen before he became a two-division champion of ONE Championship:

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