Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes of Brazil is confident that he will still be the ONE Bantamweight World Champion after his clash with ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Vietnam on March 24, 2018 at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand at “ONE: Iron Will.” Still, the Brazilian fighter acknowledges the strengths of his Vietnamese-Australian opponent.
“I know he has a powerful right hand and a good left hook, so I’m excited to experience them,” Fernandes said of Nguyen. “I’ve studied him and I understand his movements. I’ve seen it all before in my career.”
“Everyone says he is going to knock me out, but we’ll see,” Fernandes continued. “I have been training very hard each day. I don’t go out, I don’t party.”
Nguyen became the first ever two-division world champion of ONE Championship on November 10, 2017 at “ONE: Legends of the World” in the Philippines after dethroning then ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang. For Fernandes, Nguyen’s performance at the time was “definitely impressive.”
Fernandes is thankful for the opportunities ONE Championship has given him to see the world, travel all across Asia and now to perform in Thailand. For him, it is an honor and he will do everything he can to keep the belt and give the best performance of his life.
“I’m a family man,” Fernandes shared. “I get up in the morning, train, rest, spend some time with my family, and then train some more. This is my life. I have complete focus on preparing for this bout.”
For the reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion, “ONE: Iron Will” is going to be one of the biggest events in the history of martial arts in Asia, and he plans to be on the winning end of it. Watch a teaser for the promotion’s upcoming event in Bangkok:
Ticket information for ONE: IRON WILL is available at www.onefc.com.