ONE Championship made some main strikes in 2018 with the additions of Eddie Alvarez, Demetrious Johnson, and Sage Northcutt amongst others. Along with these large names, ONE Championship additionally signed atomweight Bi Nguyen, a JacksonWink MMA product and a contestant on the final season of the hit actuality TV sequence Survivor.
Sadly for Nguyen, she suffered a knee harm which pressured her to drag out of the favored TV present. Though the docs stated she might nonetheless compete, Nguyen didn’t need to danger struggling additional damager to her knee.
“It was extra of a shock than something. I had torn my ACL earlier than then and I needed to pull out of a struggle,” Nguyen stated to BJPENN.com. “When you have ever had an harm to then re-injury it’s scary. After that problem, I walked off and instantly knew one thing was fallacious. I used to be like ‘Jeff, we have to test my knee.’ When the physician checked my knee he stated it’s hyperextended, however not torn but. The factor is, occupied with my profession and simply tearing it, I needed to (pull out of the sport). I really like Survivor and needed the million, however that is my life. Knee surgical procedures you may’t actually return from.”
Though having to drag out of Survivor was devastating, Nguyen ended up signing with ONE Championship after the present. She had hoped the UFC would open an atomweight division, however after rallying for it to no avail, she determined to signal with ONE.
“I truly needed to signal with them for some time however hoped the UFC would begin an atomweight division,” she stated. “I’ve been rallying for atomweights within the UFC for a very long time now. I assume, as I obtained into the sport extra and obtained older, I simply realized I needed to transfer on. ONE Championship is doing superb issues with atomweights with Angela Lee. After they provided me a contract I jumped on the alternative.”
The best way they promote Lee is one thing Nguyen notices and hopes they’ll do the identical for her. She believes the Asian market respects atomweights, which was another excuse why she determined to signal with ONE.
“It was so essential. I simply love how they’re selling Angela Lee and the way a lot they love martial arts,” she stated. “There aren’t any gimmicks. I do know that could be a cause why ‘Mighty Mouse’ went to ONE. Simply coping with them now, I get the impression they’re concerning the struggle sport and never the gimmicks. I additionally obtained a profitable deal because of my managers.”
Nguyen is aware of ONE isn’t about trash speaking or the gimmicks as she says which is welcomed. She is aware of they don’t like trash speaking, and it received’t get you fights. That manner the very best is all the time preventing the very best, one thing Nguyen acknowledges.
“Yeah, for certain. I’m not a lot of a trash-talker, I’m not like Conor McGregor,” Nguyen stated. “I feel it’s good what Conor has carried out, however for me, it’s extra concerning the preventing. I feel my preventing is thrilling sufficient. Simply to be centered on my skill-set and my struggle, they usually have sufficient talent to keep away from the gimmicks and I’m enthusiastic about it.”
In the end, Bi Nguyen is able to make her ONE debut during which she has been instructed a date however no opponent but.
“They’ve me booked for April 12 within the Philippines, however we’re searching for an opponent,” Nguyen stated. “They’ve a full card however they need to squeeze me in there. So simply searching for an opponent, they might discover one tomorrow or it might take one other month. As for now, I’m mentally and bodily getting ready for April 12.”
For now, Nguyen is coaching at JacksonWink however can be heading to Thailand for a part of her coaching camp at Tiger Muay Thai. The preparation is underway and she or he is simply excited to be lastly make her ONE debut.
This text first appeared on BJPenn.com on 1/26/2019