“I Deserve the Next Title Shot for Sure” – Kim Jae Woong Is Ready to Face the Winner of Thanh Le vs. Garry Tonon for the Featherweight Title

Published 09/28/2021, 12:59 PM EDT


At ONE Championship: Revolution on Friday, September 24, Kim Jae Woong claimed a dominating first-round KO victory over Martin Nguyen. Now, the fifth-ranked featherweight contender is the next challenger, as his clash against Nguyen was a title eliminator bout.

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Meanwhile, the current ONE FC featherweight champion Thanh Le will defend his title against the third-ranked contender Garry Tonon. The title clash will take place at ONE X on December 5, 2021.

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After his dominating victory over Nguyen, Woong rightfully believes that he deserves a title shot. And he is open to facing anyone who wins the featherweight title clash between Le and Tonnon.

In an interview with SCMP MMA, Woong said – “Right now, what’s next for me is Thanh Le because Thanh Le is the champion right now. Of course, I’m ready for it, but I know that Thanh Le is fighting against Garry Tonon in December, and nobody knows what’s going to happen there.” 

“So if ever Garry Tonon wins that fight, I’ll be ready for Garry Tonon. If Thanh Le defends the belt, I’ll be ready for Thanh Le. I believe I deserve the next title shot for sure because Martin Nguyen is a legend. He has so many records in ONE Championship, and he’s also a two-division world champion here. 

“If you saw my performance today, nobody knocked down Martin Nguyen like that in the first round, only me. I believe that I’m the clear next challenger.” – Woong added.

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Can Kim Jae Woong claim the ONE FC featherweight crown?

Woong has a spectacular professional MMA record of 12-5. He is a knockout artist, having the majority of his victories coming in this manner (8 T/KO). Moreover, he is 4-1 in his last five pro fights.

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As mentioned earlier, he knocked out Martin Nguyen, who is also known for his knockout prowess. Moreover, he holds notable victories over elite fighters, such as Rafael Nunes, Tetsuya Yamada, and more.

He sure has the skills to emerge victorious regardless of whom he fights for the title between Thanh Le or Garry Tonon. Moreover, it will be highly entertaining for the fans to watch Woong back in action.

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What do you make of what Kim Jae Woong had to say about being the next title challenger? Do you agree with him?

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Arman Khan

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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