ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 28, seeks to make history again as he squares off with ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, 37, putting all the stops as he attempts to snare a third world title. The latter recently shared his assessment of his opponent at “ONE: Iron Will” on March 24, 2018 at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.
“His main strength is that he is a one-punch guy,” Fernandes said of Nguyen. “If you watch his matches, he has one-punch power. He waits to throw that punch.”
Fernandes is coming into the scheduled five-round championship contest as the heavy favorite. Still, many cageside observers believe that a tough test awaits him in the stand-up exchanges due to his opponent’s knockout power.
However, Fernandes asserted that he has a fair share of knowledge in terms of delivering blows from a toe-to-toe stance. He said, “I faced so many guys in my career with hard punches, and I handled those guys.”
“He has good power,” Fernandes said of Nguyen. “But I have good power as well. People think I am a Jiu-Jitsu guy, but if you look back at my matches, I have dropped people and I finish people. I do everything.”
While his list of preys includes talented bantamweights like Toni Tauru, Kevin Belingon, Reece McLaren and Andrew Leone, Fernandes credits all of his accomplishment to hard work and in-depth preparation. The reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion noted, “I train hard. Confidence in my training is more important.”
“Training makes me win. I always say that,” Fernandes pointed out. “I am confident that I will bring a good fight. That is how I am. That is always what I do. I can bring the victory, for sure.”
“I push the fight,” the Brazilian fighter added. “If he won’t fight, I’ll make him fight. It’s always the same for everybody.”
Here is a short clip featuring Fernandes, Nguyen and other ONE Championship champions: