Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 30, and Reece “Lightning” McLaren, 27, are the two representatives of Australia at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes.” It is the third ONE Championship event in 2019 to take place in the Philippines.
The other countries that will be represented are Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States. The event will take place the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines on August 2, 2019.
On the fight card are 13 MMA matches and two Muay Thai matches. The 11th bout of the evening is between McLaren and Danny “The King” Kingad, 23, of the Philippines in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix semi-finals.
Originally, McLaren was set to fight Yuya “Little Piranha” Wakamatsu, 24, Japan at “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” while Kingad’s opponent on the same card was Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhmetov, 31, of Kazakhstan. However, the Kazakh contender withdrew from the tournament due to injury so he was replaced by McLaren.
McLaren is training out of Potential Unlimited Mixed Martial Arts in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. He is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and he has been competing in ONE Championship since 2015.
In the main event of “ONE: Dawn of Heroes,” Nguyen will defend his title as the reigning ONE Featherweight World Champion. His challenger is Koyomi “Moushigo” Matsushima, 26, of Japan.
Aside from Australia, Nguyen is also representing Vietnam. He is the sole representative of the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula.
Nguyen was born to Vietnamese parents in Sydney, Australia. He started his martial arts training when he was 21 years old and he is currently training out of Hardknocks 365 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.
In 2017, Nguyen became ONE Championship’s first ever two-division world champion. He owned the ONE Lightweight World Championship belt but he had to vacate the title in 2018 due to a knee injury.
Get to know Nguyen, his wife and their children here: