Australian champion Martin Nguyen
Martin Nguyen says he feels like an adopted Filipino and is ready to entertain local fans again on August 2. Credits to ONE Championship.

Australian Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) champion Martin Nguyen has said he cannot wait to again meet Filipino fans when he returns to Manila for his next championship bout.

The ONE Championship card scheduled for August 2 in Manila is stacked with some of the biggest names in mixed martial arts including Filipino MMA heroes Eduard “Landslide” Folayang and Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio.

Martin Nguyen, a finalist for the 2018 Global Martial Arts Hero of the Year Award won by Filipino MMA champion Eduard Folayang, said he is ready to play and entertain local fans once more in his ONE Featherweight World Championship battle at the Mall of Asia Arena.

“There’s no better way to perform than to do it in front of 20,000 people. I know that, having four bouts there already. Going into my fifth, I feel that I’m an adopted Filipino already,” the 30-year-old MMA champion says.

“I’ve always got a sweet spot for the Philippines. Having a Filipino family, with my brother-in-law being a Filipino, I feel like we already have Filipino blood in our family,” Nguyen said in a ONE Championship report.

Nguyen recalls how he even got a warm reception when he stunned national hero Folayang to capture the ONE Lightweight World Title in Manila two years ago.

Even though he had just defeated their hero, the fans applauded his win and respected his performance, which the Hardknocks 365 representative says meant the world to him, and is something that sticks with him to this day.

“In general, the Philippine crowd is one of the most educated crowds in the world,” the MMA champion declared.

SEND cheers of welcome to Martin Nguyen, world MMA champion who loves Filipino fans!

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