Month: April 2019
Martin Nguyen discusses training at Hard Knocks 365, love-hate relationship with Filipino fans, and TJ Dillashawhardknocks365 April 05 2019 (0) Comment
Martin Nguyen (11-3) is ready and raring to defend his ONE Championship featherweight title.
The featherweight champion is one of the most exciting figures in the promotion and was the first fighter to hold two belts in two different weight classes. On top of this, he became the first athlete in the history of any major mixed martial arts promotion to challenge for a third title, when he lost a close split-decision to legend Bibiano Fernandes. Not long ago, “The Situ-Asian” made the decision to vacate his lightweight title in order to wipe out his own division.
On April 12, “The Situ-Asian” will defend his featherweight title against former champion Narantungalag Jadambaa at ONE: Roots Of Honor, in Manila, Philippines. He spoke to John Hyon Ko of The Body Lock about his upcoming fight, switching camps and competing in the Philippines for the fourth time.
Martin Nguyen last competed in July 2018, where he battled Bibiano Fernandes for the bantamweight championship. Although the Australian never claimed the third title he was so desperately seeking, the loss to Fernandes has helped refocus his mind onto what’s most important: his featherweight championship.
MMA veteran Eric Wisely will return to the UFC for the first time in seven years, when he faces Brazilian powerhouse Gilbert Burns at UFC Fort Lauderdale on April 27, first reported by Combate.
Eric Wisely (33-9-1) returns to the UFC on an 11-fight win streak. Wisely fought last weekend at Cage Aggression 24, when he defeated short-notice replacement Will Shutt via second-round TKO. The 34-year-old fighting out of Clinton, Iowa, is not only the #1 ranked lightweight in Iowa, but he is also the #1 ranked lightweight in the United States (that was not signed to a major promotion) per Tapology. Wisely has not lost since Bellator 119 in 2014, and fought four times in 2018.
Gilbert Burns (14-3) is also in good form as of late. The Brazilian has won three of his last four bouts inside the Octagon. Most recently, Burns dominated Canadian Olivier Aubin-Mercier for three rounds to win a unanimous decision last December. Burns also holds wins over Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira, Dan Moret and Christos Giagos throughout his UFC career. Burns will be fighting at home as he fights out of Boca Raton, Florida, and trains out of Hard Knocks 365. The 32-year old is ranked 25th in the world at lightweight per Tapology.
On Saturday night, on the main card of UFC Philadelphia, former lightweight contender Michael Johnson partook in his latest featherweight bout, taking on the dangerous Josh Emmett.
Unfortunately for Johnson and his fans, this fight did not go as planned, as he found himself on the receiving end of a 2019 Knockout of the Year contender late in the third round.
Despite this undeniably brutal loss, Michael Johnson seems to be in good spirits.
The featherweight fighter issued a quick statement about the loss on Instagram, assuring that he’ll be back soon.
“Great fight and hats off to Emmett,” Johnson wrote on his official Instagram account. “I’ve slipped and fell in the game several times, and I’m always back on feet. See ya guys soon
With this tough setback, Michael Johnson returns to the loss column after a pair of victories over Artem Lobov and Andre Fili. Prior to these wins, he lost three in a row against Darren Elkins, Justin Gaethje and Khabib Nurmagomedov. The Hardknocks 365 fighter is now 19-14 overall.