Narellan Vale fighter takes world title

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.”

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