21 March 2018 – Bangkok, Thailand: Reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes (21-3) of Brazil will defend his title from ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen (10-1) of Vietnam on March 24, 2018 in Bangkok’s Impact Arena in the main event of “ONE: Iron Will.” Also on the card are local stars Kritsada “Dream Man” Kongsrichai, 26, Rika “Tiny Doll” Ishige, 28, Shannon “One Shin” Wiratchai, 29, and Muay Thai legend Dejdamrong Sor “Kru Rong” Amnuaysirichoke, 39.
While Fernandes and Nguyen are wrapping up their preparations and getting ready to ascend the ONE Championship cage, Bangkok is pulsating with excitement. The two martial artists recently spoke to the media ahead of their monumental clash.
The reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion is aware of the magnitude of the challenge in front of him. He said, “Martin Nguyen is a great challenge for me, one of the biggest of my career.”
“Everyone is talking about his power and how he’s going to knock me out,” Fernandes said of Nguyen. “I would like to see if he can. When he won the featherweight and lightweight world titles, it’s was definitely impressive.”
Still, Fernandes is confident that he can successfully defend his title yet again. He declared, “But this is my division. He’s coming into my territory and I will defend it. This challenge really motivates me to be at my best.”
“I’m not just competing for the belt anymore,” Fernandes said. “To me, it’s all about challenges now. I want to challenge myself and see how far my skills have progressed.”
If Nguyen wins at “ONE: Iron Will,” he will become the first ever three-division world champion of ONE Championship. Here is a teaser for the promotion’s upcoming event in Bangkok:
Ticket information for ONE: IRON WILL is available at www.onefc.com.