In just seven years Martin Nguyen has become one of the best mixed martial artists in the world.
Last weekend Mr Nguyen, also know as ‘The Situ-Asian’, won the World Championship Featherweight title.
The Narellan Vale resident took on former foe Marat Gafurov to win the title.
“I versed him two years ago and I lost pretty quickly but I think nerves got the best of me then,” he said.
“But I came into this fight on a four-fight winning streak and I had gained more experience.”
Mr Nguyen said he started training in martial arts in 2010.
“I was a little fat boy, I had just finished high school and retired from rugby league because of an injury,” he said.
“I had gained a fair bit of weight so I joined martial arts to lose weight.
“I started doing Brazilian Bujitisu.”
Mr Nguyen said he started competing after only a year and a half of training, and he won his first Australian title at the end of 2013.
“From there I was noticed by my sponsor One Championship and then I won the world title,” he said.
Mr Nguyen trains at KMA Martial Arts in Liverpool.
“It’s where I started and I still train there,” he said.
“I train twice a day for about 45 minutes to an hour before work and about an hour after work.”
Mr Nguyen said he was taking a well-deserved break from the cage.
“I am going to rest it out for a while and focus on family,” he said.
“I’ll make a comeback before the end of the year.”