MMA Odds and Ends for Wednesday: Bibiano Fernandes vs. Martin Nguyen Official For ONE Championship Iron Will
ONE Championship has released the full card for its upcoming ONE: Iron Will event, which takes place Saturday, March 24 at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, and it's a very good card on paper, featuring an incredible main event between two of the promotion's champions.
The headliner sees ONE bantamweight champion Bibiano Fernandes (21-3) put his belt on the line against Martin Nguyen (10-1), the current ONE lightweight and featherweight champ, who is looking to make history and become the first three-division champion in MMA history. Beating Fernandes will be no easy feat, though. He has won 13 fights in a row including a perfect 10-0 record in ONE. Though Fernandes is now 37, he's still fighting at an elite level. Nguyen on the other hand is 7-1 in ONE including his current six-fight win streak that's seen him capture both the featherweight and lightweight belts. It remains to be seen how he will look moving down to 135, but either way, this is a great matchup and ONE should be commended for putting on a great fight for the fans. Look for Fernandes to open as the favorite as usual, but it's an intriguing matchup either way.
As well, BJJ champion Garry Tonon (0-0) is making his MMA debut when he takes on Richard Corminal (4-3). Tonon is one of the top grapplers in the world and it will be interesting to see if he can translate his skills on the mat to MMA. ONE has set him up with a very winnable fight here, as Corminal has lost three of his last four fights, including a submission loss in his last outing. Despite Tonon making his MMA debut here, you can still expect him to be the favorite in this bout.
The complete lineup for the card is below:
Bibiano Fernandes vs. Martin Nguyen -- for ONE bantamweight title
Garry Tonon vs. Richard Corminal
Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke vs. Jeremy Miado
Alain Ngalani vs. Ariunbold Tur-Ochir
Rahul Raju vs. Shannon Wiratchai
Jake Butler vs. Gilberto Galvao
Rika Ishige vs. Angelie Sabanal
Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev vs. Tetsuya Yamada
Kaji Ebin vs. Sunoto Peringkat
Kristsada Kongsrichai vs. Robin Catalan
Waqar Umar vs. Zhao Zhikang
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