Even though Martin Nguyen has a healthy regard for Garry Tonon, his opponent at ONE 165, he is not going to let that deter him from making every effort to destroy “The Lion Killer” on the day of the fight.
‘The Situ-Asian’ will make his first appearance of 2024 when he travels to Ariake Arena in Tokyo, Japan, for a significant featherweight fight against Garry Tonon, a submission expert who has previously challenged for the title. Both Nguyen and Tonon will be trying to make a statement in front of a boisterous audience in The Land of the Rising Sun. This is because the fight has the potential to serve as a title eliminator.
“You know, we’re going to be trying to punch each other’s head off or rip each other’s bones off,” Nguyen said in an interview with the South China Morning Post. “We’re going to be trying to do either of those things.” In conclusion, we have mutual regard for one another. But there is no doubt that we are going to make an effort to pull each other’s heads off.
Nguyen is coming into this fight having recently won his most recent fight, which took place at ONE Fight Night 7 in the previous year, by way of a unanimous decision. His opponent was Leonardo Casotti.
Martin Nguyen and Garry Tonon are two of featherweight’s fiercest finishers
With ‘The Situ-Asian’ having an 83% finish percentage and ‘The Lion Killer’ walking into ONE 165 with an astonishing 88% finish rate, the fight between Martin Nguyen and Garry Tonon has the potential to be an early candidate for the title of Fight of the Year. However, the ways in which they win are frequently quite distinct from one another.
A total of eight of Nguyen’s opponents, including renowned names such as Marat Gafurov, Eduard Folayang, and Kirill Gorobets, have been knocked out by him in his twelve career victories under the ONE Championship championship banner.
Garry Tonon, on the other hand, has eight victories in ONE Championship, five of which came by means of submission. To add insult to injury, he has been a substitute in both of his most recent two tournaments.
It goes without saying that when these two featherweight finishers enter the Circle, it is going to be either a tap, a snap, or a nap when they go inside.
A live broadcast of ONE 165: Superlek vs. Takeru will take place on Sunday, January 28, and it will be accessible to viewers all over the world through pay-per-view at watch.onefc.com.