One particular Championship featherweight titleholder Martin Nguyen claims he’ll be much better than at any time when he steps into the cage with streaking challenger Thanh Le on Oct 30.
The bout will be Nguyen’s initial since August, 2019, and the champion is unsurprisingly quite fired up to get back into the cage—particularly when so numerous athletes are not able to compete in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s certainly a blessing, gentleman,” Nguyen informed BJPENN.com ahead of his departure for Singapore, the place the struggle with Le will go down. “Everything is emotion good. I can definitely say this is the best camp I’ve had.”
While Nguyen is experience very good, he is not underestimating the obstacle forward of him.
Le has nevertheless to lose in One particular Championship, owning stopped Yusup Saadulaev, Kotetsu Boku and Ryogo Takahashi—all sound foes—in his first 3 bouts with the promotion. Nguyen is impressed with what he’s witnessed from his challenger, and is expecting a rough combat.
“He’s a terrific opponent,” Nguyen explained of Le. “He’s a excellent athlete. He moves nicely. He’s received a lot of electrical power. He’s carried out all the things proper to have earned this title shot against me.
“I’ve got to observe out for anything. At the finish of the working day, it is combined martial arts. I can not just be targeted on just one factor and be caught off guard by anything else. I have obtained to be ready for all the expertise he possesses.
“He’s the optimum caliber kind of fighter, it is up to me as an athlete to regulate.”
Nguyen, an Australian of Vietnamese heritage, has been making ready for this obstacle at Sanford MMA in South Florida. Whilst worldwide travel is really difficult through the ongoing pandemic, he was ready to journey to the United States thanks to an exemption from the Australian government. He’s grateful for that exemption, as it’s authorized him to get ready for Le together with some of the finest fighters in the world, these as former Bellator winner and new UFC star Michael Chandler.
“It’s been a blessing,” Nguyen stated of his time at Sanford MMA. “Michael Chandler has been one of my main instruction associates since coming over below. He’s definitely obtaining ready for his combat, as a fill-in [for the UFC 254 main event], and receiving prepared for all the things in normal. He’s absent with wrestlers, he’s gone with strikers, he’s absent will all types of athletes.
“For me, to be capable to move all-around with him has been a blessing. I was kind of star struck at 1st, but Mike’s a good guy.”
With a sound camp in achieving its conclusion, Nguyen promises that he’ll be superior than ever in advance of when he steps on to the canvas on October 30—which is definitely a sobering thought for Le.
“You’re going to see the ideal model of me in there,” the featherweight winner said. “I say this just about every one time, but each individual one time I get improved and much better.
“It’s likely to be fireworks. I can promise that. I’m heading to pour the strain on, and we’ll see who breaks.”