MMA, martial arts

Bi Nguyen makes successful ONE Championship debut, beats Dwi Ani Retno Wulan in the Philippines

Bi Nguyen, Olivier Coste, Dwi Ani Retno Wulan (© ONE Championship)

Bi Nguyen, Olivier Coste, Dwi Ani Retno Wulan (© ONE Championship)

Training out of Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket, Thailand, Bi “Killer Bee” Nguyen, 29, successfully made her ONE Championship debut at “ONE: Roots of Honor.” She represented both Vietnam and the United States.

Featuring two kickboxing contests, two Muay Thai bouts and 11 mixed martial arts matches, “ONE: Roots of Honor” took place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on April 12, 2019. In the second bout of the evening, Nguyen faced Dwi Ani Retno Wulan , 20, of Nguluhan, Central Java, Indonesia in an MMA match in the women’s atomweight division with Coste as the referee.

Early in the opening round, Nguyen was relentless as she took Wulan down to the mat. From there, the Vietnamese-American ONE Championship debutante seamlessly transitioned into full mount and punished her opponent with strikes from the top.

Coste put a stop to the atomweight contest after 3 minutes and 55 seconds in the second round. Nguyen knocked out Wulan via strikes.

Winning at “ONE: Roots of Honor” improved Nguyen’s professional MMA record to 5 wins and 3 losses. On the other hand, Wulan now has 1 win and 1 loss.

Before joining ONE Championship, Nguyen competed in the 37th season of “Survivor,” making her the first MMA fighter to compete in the CBS reality series. A daughter of Vietnamese refugees, she was 8 years old when she and her family moved to the U.S.

Including Vietnam, the U.S. and Indonesia, 18 countries were represented at “ONE: Roots of Honor.” The other countries were Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, China, Cuba, Japan, Mongolia, Morocco, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.

Wulan was one of the two fighters who represented Indonesia at “ONE: Roots of Honor.” Nguyen was one of the two fighters who represented the U.S. and one of the two fighters who represented Vietnam.

Meanwhile, here is a short interview with Nguyen prior to the “ONE: Roots of Honor” fight night:

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