The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), recently held the official ONE: IMMORTAL TRIUMPH Open Workout featuring Vietnamese martial arts athletes. The event was held at the Hotel Nikko Saigon last Tuesday, 3 September, just three days before ONE Championship’s inaugural event in Vietnam.
Putting together a demonstration of their skills for select media were Vietnamese athletes Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat and Nguyen Thanh Tung, as well as Vietnamese-English striker Michael “The Beast from the East” Pham, Vietnamese-Australian Chris Nguyen, and Vietnamese-American Bi “Killer Bee” Nguyen.
Bi Nguyen, ONE Championship athlete, stated: “I’m excited to compete in ONE Super Series. This organization has so much talent, and the opportunities for athletes are endless. One of the biggest reasons why I love being in ONE Championship is because I can fully test my abilities in all areas of fighting. I am in no way taking my opponent, Puja Tomar, lightly. I’ve prepared very well to counter her strengths and what she brings to the table. I expect a great performance for the both of us, and the fans happy with the action they get to see. I’m definitely going for the finish if it presents itself!”
Michael Pham, ONE Championship athlete, stated: “I’m pumped and ready to make my ONE Championship debut. Being part of the promotion’s inaugural event in Vietnam, it’s such a huge honor on my part. I’ve always dreamed of coming back here and showcasing my skills. It’s a privilege that I get to put on a show for the Vietnamese people. I just want to make the fans happy with my performance. Anyone who has seen me fight knows I always bring it and I never back down from a challenge. I’m looking forward to getting my hand raised this Friday night.”
Chris Nguyen, ONE Championship athlete, stated: “I’ve trained long and hard for this moment. Getting this opportunity to compete with the world’s best striking talents in ONE Super Series, it’s going to be amazing for my career moving forward. This is the world’s top proving ground for martial arts and the competition is definitely fierce. But I believe it’s my time to shine, and I’m surely aiming for the ONE World Title. Right now however, I’m focused on one thing only, and that’s beating Yukinori Ogasawara decisively.”
Nguyen Tran Duy Nhat, ONE Championship athlete, stated: “I am so happy and thankful that ONE Championship has finally come to Vietnam, my beloved home country. For the past few years, it has been my dream to compete in front of my friends and family here in Ho Chi Minh City. Now, to get to do so under the bright lights of ONE Super Series — the greatest platform in the world for striking martial arts — it excites me to no end. I’m laser focused in putting together the best performance of my career this Friday. Hopefully the fans come out and we can rock the stadium.”
Nguyen Thanh Tung, ONE Championship athlete, stated: “ONE Championship is an incredible organization. The work they have done to bring martial arts to the mainstream and elevate the entire local and international industry, it’s nothing short of awe-inspiring. Because of ONE, athletes like myself are given the chance to shine on the global stage. I plan on making the best of my chance to prove to the world that Vietnamese martial artists are a cut above the rest. I am coming into this organization in the best shape of my career and I can’t wait to come out this Friday night and put on a show.”