Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen is eager to regain the form that took him to the pinnacle of his MMA career as a two-division ONE World Champion. 

However, the Australian slugger, who has endured a run of mixed results in his past nine outings, wants to progress gradually from one stage to the next before getting his name back into the World Title conversation. 

His mission to scale to the top of the featherweight ranks again begins against Shamil Gasanov at ONE Fight Night 7: Lineker vs. Andrade II on Prime Video next Friday, February 24. 


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His experience and skillset could pose a serious threat to the undefeated Russian star, but Nguyen doesn’t want to get carried away by thinking he’ll leave the Circle with his hand raised without difficulty. 

Eyes on the prize, but with caution

“I don’t really know [what a victory over Gasanov would mean to me], man. I don’t care. To be honest, a win is a win for me,” the 33-year-old said.

“And whoever I fight next is just one step closer to getting my title back. That’s the main focus.”

One of the obvious advantages that “The Situ-Asian” holds over his upcoming rival is his ability to shut down opponents with his heavy hands – specifically, his right.

A large portion of his 10 career knockouts have come from his trademark punch. And when that doesn’t get the job done, his knees and elbows are a constant threat too. 

Nguyen is aware of Gasanov‘s skill set, though, and knows he’ll try to nullify his advantages by making their fight dirty on the canvas instead of fighting on the feet.

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“I feel like his strengths are obviously his grappling. He’s coming from Russia, they’re strong guys, they love their wrestling, and on the flip side of his wrestling, he’s got jiu-jitsu,” He pointed out.

Martin Nguyen is ready to put on a show

The Australian-Vietnamese slugger has been sharpening his weapons on the mats in preparation for this, meaning Gasanov could be in for a surprise if he tries to play from top or guard. 


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Ultimately, the former ONE Featherweight and Lightweight World Champion isn’t too concerned about what unfolds in his upcoming fight.

The only thing he’s focused on is leaving with the win. And in a perfect world, he’d like to get another highlight-reel finish to kick off his ascent to the top of the featherweight division in style.


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“Expect fireworks and expect me pushing buttons and turning it off on his end,” Nguyen warned.