Kim Jae Woong halted former multi-division ONE titleholder Martin Nguyen at ONE: Revolution.
The emphatic stoppage over one of the company’s most accomplished fighters sent ripple effects through the MMA world on September 24th from Singapore Indoor Stadium.
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) September 24, 2021
I spoke with Woong, through the aid of a translator, at the ONE Championship post-event presser.
The excerpts from our interaction are below.
Kim Jae Woong
The Martin Nguyen fight being scrapped multiple times at the last minute earlier in the year and the closure/ relief of this contest finally happening
“Afer our second try got canceled a few months ago…I was actually very sad. And very depressed, I suffered a bit of depression. Actually, that was a very hard time for me. I didn’t know what I was doing, I didn’t know where I was or what I was doing. And actually, even the day before the fight which was yesterday, I was still scared and worried that the fight might get canceled last minute. But surprisingly when I woke up today, fight day, I was so excited. My heart was burning, and I was just ready to go. It was a very special moment for me. This happened. The result was good so I’m very happy. And I’m fired up.”
Who Woong thinks he’ll be fighting from the Garry Tonon vs Thanh Le title fight set for ONE X in December
“I can’t say anything about the prediction because I believe every fight is 50-50. Everybody has a 50% chance because it’s a fight. I do know that before my fight against Martin tonight, I know that most of the people thought Martin was going to win. But I didn’t believe in that because I myself thought I have 50% chance of beating Martin Nguyen. And it’s the same as Garry Tonon versus Thanh Le. They both have a 50-50 chance because it’s a fight. You know I can’t say. But one thing I can say is whoever wins that fight, I’m ready for both. None of them will give me a problem.”
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