As ONE Championship grows, it keeps on introducing new things to fight fans. Right after Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 28, became the promotion’s first ever two-division world champion, Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong confirmed that the Vietnamese-Australian fighter may face another champion for his third title.
On March 24, 2018, Nguyen will challenge ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, 37, at “ONE: Iron Will” at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. Recently, the Brazilian fighter shared how he received the news that his next opponent is a two-division world champion.
“When Chatri Sityodtong called me and asked me what I thought about facing Martin Nguyen,” Fernandes recalled. “I said it would be great. If that is what he wants, I will do it because that is my job. I have to defend my belt. It does not matter who it is. I am willing to face anyone.”
“I have already beaten everybody in the weight class, so when Chatri said Nguyen wanted to come for my belt, I was open to the idea,” Fernandes said. “Now, I do not have to face anybody that I have already beaten. I think this is a very good opportunity. It is not only good for me, but it is also good for the organization and good for the business.”
Success has been synonymous to Fernandes’s name as he has been cleaning out the rest of the division. Still, he does not still give a room for complacency against Nguyen, who is one of the most talked about martial artists in the world today.
“I am a motivated guy,” Fernandes explained. “I do not need someone to motivate me to face him. I do not work like that. I am just here to do my job as a professional martial artist. It is not about motivation, but it is about the challenge.”
“For me, Nguyen is a challenge,” the reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion added. “Let’s see how good he is, let’s see how tough he is, and let’s see how good his skills are. I want to see that.”
In November 2017, Nguyen notched a scintillating knockout victory over the Philippines’ Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 34. This made the Vietnamese-Australian the first man in ONE Championship history to hold two world titles simultaneously in two different weight divisions.
Watch a short clip of Nguyen here: