Vietnamese-American mixed martial artist Bi “KillHer Bee” Nguyen, 28, of Houston, Texas, United States was the first ONE Championship athlete I was able to interview during the “ONE: Roots of Honor” press conference at the City of Dreams Manila in Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines. She and reigning ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 29, will represent Vietnam.
Bi is also representing the U.S. while Martin is also representing Australia. In my brief interview with the “Survivor” alum, I asked her to give some advice to her fellow female fighters.
“To the younger female fighters, all women, we have all good gut instincts so even as an athlete, in your career, if anything goes wrong, if you… just trust your guts,” Bi said. “I have trusted my instinct this whole time and I’m happy and proud of where it got me. So trust yourself, believe in yourself, and yeah, rock it.”
Featuring two kickboxing contests, two Muay Thai bouts and 11 MMA matches, the “ONE: Roots of Honor” fight night will take place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila on April 12, 2019. In the second bout of the evening, Bi will face Dwi Ani Retno Wulan , 20, of Indonesia in an MMA match in the women’s atomweight division.
In the co-main event, reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Yosuke “Tobizaru” Saruta, 31, of Japan and former champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 23, of the Philippines will have their rematch. In the main event, Martin will defend his belt against former champion Narantungalag “Tungaa” Jadambaa, 43, of Mongolia.
Including Vietnam, Australia, the U.S., Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines and Mongolia, 18 countries will be represented at “ONE: Roots of Honor.” The other countries are Afghanistan, Brazil, China, Cuba, Morocco, the Netherlands, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.
Before joining ONE Championship, Bi appeared as a contestant in “Survivor: David vs Goliath,” the 37th season of the CBS reality series “Survivor.” Watch my brief pre-fight “ONE: Roots of Honor” interview with her here: