Exclusive: ONE’s Thanh Le Excited About Martin Nguyen Featherweight Title Bout

Since arriving at ONE Championship, Louisiana’s Thanh Le has lived up to his reputation as an electric striker. Le’s three appearances inside the ONE Circle have resulted in highlight-reel victories for the former LFA Lightweight Champion and have earned him a shot at Martin Nguyen’s featherweight title. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has forced ONE to […]

Since arriving at ONE Championship, Louisiana’s Thanh Le has lived up to his reputation as an electric striker. Le’s three appearances inside the ONE Circle have resulted in highlight-reel victories for the former LFA Lightweight Champion and have earned him a shot at Martin Nguyen’s featherweight title.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has forced ONE to shut up shop temporarily, but the promotion is aiming to be up and running shortly. The company has a backlog of fights waiting to take place, but arguably the most anticipated is the Nguyen-Le clash.

Nguyen’s relocation to Sandford MMA, where he trains under the highly-regarded Henri Hooft, has seen the 31-year-old reach new heights as a martial artist, and it’s the Nguyen-Hofft dynamic that has Le’s competitive juices flowing.

“Basically, I’ve got [two] matchups me vs. Martin and me vs. Coach Hooft. So we will see how that plays out,” Le said when speaking to LowKickMMA.

“It’s really easy to get excited for a team like that. In football, you have the Brady-Belichick thing that gets guys amped up. You know that those two guys are going to get everybodys best when they look at the schedule, and they see their matchup with those guys. That’s the week they are preparing for, that’s the leadup that’s the apex.

“It’s really cool to go against a team like that. They obviously work well together, both guys do their thing extremely well, so it’s cool to see how that has matured and evolved as fighter-coach get closer and closer. It’s going to be interesting.”

Le’s promotional debut saw him paired with Russian submission artist Yusup Saadulaev. In the opening stanza, Saadulaev — who is currently ranked No.3 in the ONE bantamweight division — took Le to the ground but found himself frustrated by the Vietnamese-American before being stopped in the second.

It was an impressive performance from Le. One which demonstrated that behind all his stand-up pyrotechnics is a well-rounded fighter capable of mixing it up wherever the fight lands. Nguyen will be aware of Le’s strengths and will no doubt be working on a gameplan to unsettle the latest challenger to his throne.

“I see it [the fight] going a couple of ways,” Le said when talking about his matchup with Nguyen.

“I know Martin is confident in his ground-game and his wrestling and obviously his striking and his knockout power. I think they hang their hat on having that right hand connect. What I think is going to throw a little bit of a loop for them is that I am not very easy to hit.

“We do a lot of movement a lot of playing at different ranges. I think they are going to come and try and see if that right hand can land, but when that doesn’t connect right away, and I start playing with different ranges, I am interested to see where they decide to go and that’s something my coaches and I are keeping close to the chest.

“If he wants to try and bring some pressure and tire us out and attack us in the later rounds, awesome. If he wants to bring it to the ground and see what we have there, we 100 percent welcome that. It’s a pretty cool dynamic.”

Le has the name of his next opponent, now all he is waiting on is the date and location of the fight. The fact that Singapore has started lifting its restrictions means that hopefully he will not be waiting too much longer.

EXCLUSIVE | Marlon Vera Wants The Jose Aldo Treatment After Being ‘Robbed’

Marlon VeraBantamweight contender Marlon Vera supports former featherweight king Jose Aldo getting a title shot despite the fact he lost against Marlon Moraes in his divisional debut. ‘Scarface’ was on the end of a controversial decision loss against his compatriot, something UFC president Dana White and the now-retired former champion Henry Cejudo disagreed with. He was […]

Marlon Vera

Bantamweight contender Marlon Vera supports former featherweight king Jose Aldo getting a title shot despite the fact he lost against Marlon Moraes in his divisional debut. ‘Scarface’ was on the end of a controversial decision loss against his compatriot, something UFC president Dana White and the now-retired former champion Henry Cejudo disagreed with. He was supposed to meet Cejudo for the bantamweight belt at UFC 250 but the ongoing global pandemic ended all hopes of that and Aldo is now expected to face Petr Yan for the title later this summer.

Marlon Vera Wants Big Fight After Song Yadong Defeat

Speaking exclusively to LowKickMMA, ”Chito’ expressed his support for Aldo getting a title shot on the back of a defeat as he is hoping for a similarly big fight despite the fact he suffered a controversial loss to Song Yadong a couple of weeks back.

“Being real about it Petr Yan deserves it (a title shot). (Jose) Aldo, even if he got robbed, I got robbed – we lose at the end of the day,” Vera said. “If they are going to serve us as winners after we lost I’m going to support that because I wanna get that too. Realistically I thought the fight was (Aljamain) Sterling and Petr Yan. I think was the real title fight but, we know how the game goes it’s not about who deserves it, it’s about who sells. No offence to Sterling but how many people really watch him fight? On the other side Cory Sandhagen he’s really good but you guys have no name. I’m not saying that’s what I want – I don’t want to become a clown but (its) what the UFC and the fans want. They don’t want see sometimes the most skilled fight, they want to see (the fight) that puts on the better show.

‘Chito’ understands the UFC want to put on the biggest fights rather than the most skilled or deserving. Without former bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw in the picture he accepts Aldo vs. Yan is the biggest fight that can be made right now, he said.

“In that division right now TJ (Dillashaw) was the big name but he hasn’t come back yet. Besides TJ I don’t think there’s anybody with a big name. Aldo is have a big name. Yan, he doesn’t speak English but the way he fights is pretty good so he put on a show all the time…I think that’s why the Petr Yan, Jose Aldo fight makes sense because they need to sell it.”

Do you agree with Marlon Vera? Is Jose Aldo a worthy title challenger at bantamweight?

EXCLUSIVE | Marlon Vera Calls For Dominick Cruz Fight Next

Marlon VeraUFC Bantamweight Marlon “Chito” Vera believes he should face former champion Dominick Cruz in his next fight. Speaking to Ryan Galloway in a LowKick MMA exclusive, Vera explained why this matchup makes the most sense for him following his recent controversial loss to Song Yadong. “I think Dominick Cruz paper wise make the most sense. […]

Marlon Vera

UFC Bantamweight Marlon “Chito” Vera believes he should face former champion Dominick Cruz in his next fight.

Speaking to Ryan Galloway in a LowKick MMA exclusive, Vera explained why this matchup makes the most sense for him following his recent controversial loss to Song Yadong.

“I think Dominick Cruz paper wise make the most sense. We are like two or three rankings apart, he’s coming off a loss, I’m coming off a loss. I feel that’s the perfect fight to make right now.

Vera also shared that he would be interested to face Uriah Faber should he decide to fight again.

“If Uriah have the balls to actually fight for real instead of just making a show for weigh-ins and acting like a guy that will do it any time, he won’t. He’s broke. his last fight he got destroyed and I’m sure he don’t want to get that feeling again because he don’t train anymore. But if he got the balls to do it one more time, I’ll put him out for sure. I will send a message to him ‘Hey you don’t belong here anymore’. But that’s not the main focus, he is doing it for the social media. He have a team, he have a name so he has to do it so often just to stay relevant so I get it.”

When asked, Chito shared how he believes a fight with Cruz would play out.

“I think I put the pressure on him, and I break him. I’m a younger better version and I still have enough tools. His wrestling is pretty good so if this fight goes to the ground he’s not going to hold me there I think I can tap him out too, I’m pretty confident that I can beat him up in the stand-up and on the ground so I hope that fight happens.”

At this stage, neither Vera nor Cruz has scheduled opponents or dates for their respective returns.

Check out the full interview at the link below.

Who would you like to see Vera face next?

EXCLUSIVE | Leon Edwards Thinks Jorge Masvidal Is ‘Running’ From A Title Shot

Leon EdwardsLeon Edwards thinks it’s bizarre that Jorge Masvidal is seemingly passing up on a title shot against Kamaru Usman. The British fighter has never seen anything like this before and is hoping to get the call to fill in for ‘Gamebred’ and get his chance at UFC gold. The UFC has been trying to negotiate […]

Leon Edwards

Leon Edwards thinks it’s bizarre that Jorge Masvidal is seemingly passing up on a title shot against Kamaru Usman. The British fighter has never seen anything like this before and is hoping to get the call to fill in for ‘Gamebred’ and get his chance at UFC gold.

The UFC has been trying to negotiate a fight between bitter rivals Masvidal and Usman all year. However, it appears those negoations have come to a standstill as the BMF belt holder offered to “run it back” with Nate Diaz last week.

Speaking exclusively to LowKickMMA Edwards revealed his amazement at seeing Masvidal pass on a title shot in favour of a fight with Diaz who admits is a bigger name but shouldn’t be pursued over the chance to become a champion.

“It’s weird,” Edwards said. “It’s very weird. In the history of the sport I’ve never known someone to turn down a title shot. Like, literally running away from a title shot, it’s weird. He’s either outbidding himself or just now saying he’s fighting (Nate) Diaz. I know he’s probably a bigger name but as far as technically when it’s all said and done you want to be a champion don’t you? And he does want to be a world champion so it’s weird, I don’t know, I don’t know how to take it.”

If Masvidal does pass up on fighting Usman the Birmingham native is hopeful he’ll be next in line for a shot at the champ, despite talk of a potential fight between ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ and Conor McGregor.

“I am 100 percent next in line,” Edwards said. “Dana (White) came out yesterday, or the day before and said the Conor (McGregor) fight isn’t happening. It’s either me, Masvidal or Colby (Covington). I don’t know why he put Colby in there because Colby aint getting nothing. It’s just us two really. Either me or Masvidal is going to get the shot. I’ve done enough work to deserve a shot and I cannot wait.”

If Edwards doesn’t get a title shot he believes a fight with one-time UFC title challenger Covington will be next, he said.

“At the moment they (UFC) are saying it’s either Colby or a title shot. I know Colby got kicked out of his gym, so he probably won’t fight now for a while. So, I think it’s going to be a title shot, hopefully, this summer.

Do you think Leon Edwards will get the next shot at welterweight champion Kamaru Usman?

EXCLUSIVE | Marvin Vettori Explains Karl Roberson Hotel Altercation

Marvin VettoriMiddleweight contender Marvin Vettori has had the unluckiest start to 2020 of anyone in MMA. The Italian has been the victim of two late notice fight cancellations. The first was a supposed fight against Darren Stewart at UFC London in March. Unfortunately, the entire event was scrapped just a few days out from fight night […]

Marvin Vettori

Middleweight contender Marvin Vettori has had the unluckiest start to 2020 of anyone in MMA. The Italian has been the victim of two late notice fight cancellations. The first was a supposed fight against Darren Stewart at UFC London in March. Unfortunately, the entire event was scrapped just a few days out from fight night due to the ongoing global pandemic.

Vettori was instead booked to fight Karl Roberson on May 13 and that fight was called off on the day of the event. Roberson had missed weight the day prior and then fell ill afterward meaning he was unable to compete, much to the annoyance of his fight hungry opponent.

Speaking exclusively to LowKickMMA Vettori talked through his emotions after hearing his fight had been called off at extremely late notice, he said.

“I was fuming. I was pissed. Obviously, it was the day of (the fight). The day f*cking of! I’m like ok he missed weight and you’re recharging and then I woke up the day of, the day of man. That’s something I don’t even wish to my enemies something like that. Not even to my worst enemy. It’s f*cked up! You wake up, you’re ready to rumble then they f*cking tell you it’s off. What the f*ck? The day f*kcing of because the guy is that much of a pussy.”

Vettori wanted to speak with Roberson to find out why he pulled out on fight night. The Italian eventually tracked down ‘Baby K’ and got the explanation he was after – not that he liked it.

“I just said what happened? What’s going on? Because I saw him all fine, he was just walking and am like what happened? Why did you pull out? His coach started talking and he said a couple of weird stuff. He said after the weigh-in he fainted, and we called the UFC medical team straight away and they pulled him from the fight because they checked his liver values, his kidney values and they were all off. Fainting can mean anything, or it can be nothing. If you really want to fight after you faint you just check yourself a little bit and see what the f*ck happened and go from there. You don’t just call the UFC medical team right away that’s something I definitely wouldn’t do.”

The meeting between the two UFC middleweights eventually descended into chaos and video footage began circulating showing an emotional Vettori trying to physically fight Roberson. However, that was never his intention and Vettori claims he was about to walk away from the conversation before Roberson got confrontational, he said.

“Just before walking away, I said ‘you know you f*cked up right?’ And he said ‘yeah, I f*cked up’. So, after he said that I was about to walk away, I was already half turned. Then he looks at me like in a challenging way, trying to confront me and says, ‘I heard you said I’m scared to fight you’. I’m like ‘f*ck yeah I believe that for sure I do believe that. You were a broken man yesterday; you are a broken man today’. From there he just put his chest out and tried to confront me and that’s where I flipped out. That’s where I freaked out and I’m like fuck this shit! We was supposed to fight in two hours and you fucking pulled out and now you’re trying to fight me right here. Let’s fucking fight. I’m all about f*cking fighting right now because we was supposed to and you pulled out. I wanted to make him pay for it.”

Who wins when Marvin Vettori and Karl Roberson finally face off?

EXCLUSIVE | Mark Hunt Blames ‘D*ckhead’ Dana White For Henry Cejudo Retiring

Mark HuntFormer UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt has blamed “d*ckhead” Dana White for bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo retiring post-fight at UFC 249 on May 9. ‘Triple C’ made the announcement after making a successful first title defence against 135lb great Dominick Cruz. Speaking exclusively to LowKickMMA Hunt wanted to make it very clear he doesn’t support the […]

Mark Hunt

Former UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt has blamed “d*ckhead” Dana White for bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo retiring post-fight at UFC 249 on May 9. ‘Triple C’ made the announcement after making a successful first title defence against 135lb great Dominick Cruz.

Speaking exclusively to LowKickMMA Hunt wanted to make it very clear he doesn’t support the UFC and urges the fans to do the same as the promotion continues to rip off fighters.

“I don’t support the UFC in any way,” Hunt said. “I say to the fans do not support them because they are not supporting the fighters. They’re are not looking after the fighters because they are not even employees, they are sub-contractors.”

“Who gives a sh*t about Fight Island? Fucking Dana (White) is just a d*ckhead trying to rip everyone off. He’s not trying too he is still ripping everyone off!”

Hunt also took time to react to the seemingly premature retirement of former dual weight UFC champion Cejudo, who many believe is walking away from the sport as he’s not earning enough money.

“That’s exactly what I’m talking about and I know this stuff because I was in it,” Hunt said. “I never got the title but if I did I would’ve been exactly like Henry Cejudo and the rest of them – speaking my mind and telling I want more. When you’re a top end prize-fighter or world champion you don’t need to ask more. If that was a boxing champion do you think they would be asking for more? No! Like I said, they’re not sharing the entire revenue, they (fighters) are only getting a small percentage and that’s totally wrong.”

“These fighters should be getting paid accordingly and they’re not and you can see that by guys like a world champion, Triple C, Henry Cejudo saying ‘I need more money’. Why is that Henry? Is there something wrong? ‘Yeah, because I’m not getting my worth. I’m not getting what I’m supposed to be getting.’”

Do you agree with Mark Hunt? Is Dana White trying to rip off fighters and causing guys like Henry Cejudo to retire early?