ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 28, was born and raised in Sydney, Australia to Vietnamese parents. On February 28, 2018, he had a sweet homecoming as ONE Championship™ (ONE) held an open workout for him at the Saigon Sports Club in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
During the event, the Vietnamese-Australian fighter expressed his gratitude to his supporters and gave them an idea of what to expect from him in his upcoming bout at “ONE: Iron Will” on March 24, 2018 at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. In the main event, he will challenge ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, 37, of Brazil.
“It is an honor for me to be able to showcase my skills in front of all the fans who believe and support in me,” Nguyen said. “I am working extremely hard for my upcoming bout against Bibiano Fernandes, making sure that I leave no stone unturned in this camp.”
“You will all see a newer, faster, and more diverse Martin Nguyen,” the reigning ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion stated. “We all know my bouts don’t go the distance, and I don’t plan for this one to go the distance either. Thank you everyone for following my career and for allowing me to share my talents with you all.”
Fernandes is widely considered one of the best martial artists in the world regardless of promotion. He made his ONE Championship debut back in 2012 and captured the bantamweight world title in 2013.
Showcasing tremendous striking and grappling ability, and an unwavering will to win, Fernandes has remained unbeaten inside the ONE Championship cage since his promotional debut. In his most recent bout, he made quick work of top contender Andrew Leone, submitting the American with a rear-naked choke in the very first round.
Currently, Fernandes has 21 wins and 3 losses overall while Nguyen holds a record of 10 wins and 1 loss. Meanwhile, here is a short interview with Nguyen days before he became a two-division champion: