Martin Nguyen will chase history this coming March when he takes on Bibiano Fernandes for the ONE bantamweight championship.
Nguyen is already the ONE lightweight and featherweight titleholder, becoming the first man in the Asian promotion to hold two titles at once. The two meet at ONE: Iron Will from the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand for the bantamweight belt.
“He is a legend. How I see it is he is at the top of the mountain. He is at the pinnacle of his career, and is one of the top bantamweight athletes in the world. I only want to test myself against the best,” he said. “Although I faced Eduard (Folayang) and won the second world title, I have to face the best now. I see Bibiano at the top of the mountain, and I am the underdog, like in every match. I am the lone wolf, and it is the lone wolf who is always hungrier, so I want to get to the top of the mountain and take him out.”
Fernandes enters the bout on a seven-year unbeaten streak that includes 13 consecutive wins.
“He is an all-around martial artist, and he is a tough opponent. Not only do I want this match, but the fans want to see it,” Nguyen said. “He has knockout power, he has slick Jiu-Jitsu, he has great cardio – he has it all. He is as complete of a martial artist you would want.
“I am much more shredded, and my speed and cardio has picked up. You have to lose a little bit of strength, though — you’ve got to give and take. But we are working on my strength at the moment, so I do not lose too much. But as far as my speed and my timing go, it is on point, and when I start peaking, everything will fall into place.”