By: Nick Portella
What’s good fight fans? Today I had the chance to sit down with undefeated Muay Thai fighter Julian Nguyen. Julian was 15-5 as an amateur and had his first pro appearance at Lion Fight 36 which he won. Let’s have a seat with Julian and find out a little more about him.
Nick: What does it mean (to you) to be a fighter?
Julian: To be a fighter is an extraordinary thing. It requires years of hard work, sacrifice, and a different mentality than the average person. As fighters, we must have the courage, heart, and discipline to overcome challenges, adversity, our own fears, doubts, and insecurities. Having faith and believing in a dream that no one else sees but us.
Nick: At what age did you begin to train martial arts?
Julian: I started officially training at 9 years old. I have always loved martial arts for as long as I can remember.
Nick: What disciplines have you trained since you began in combat sports?
Julian: As a kid, I trained in Taekwondo and Kung Fu. Later on, I got into San Shou (Chinese Kickboxing), American Boxing and a little bit of Wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Not being able to find many competitions in the US for San Shou, a friend introduced me to Muay Thai and I fell in love in what I feel is the most effective martial art in the world. I’ve dedicated myself entirely to the art and sport since.
Nick: What camp do you train out of and how long have you been with them?
Julian: I have been training and fighting out of Team Link Muay Thai (Worcester, MA) for 7 years now.
Nick: What do you think your best attribute is as a fighter?
Julian: My best attribute as a fighter is my work ethic. I love Muay Thai. Love the discipline, training, the improvement, and progression every fight. I’m grateful all the support from my coach, training partners, family, and friends. I am able to live out my dreams and passion so all of this makes it easy to train and brings out the best in me.
Nick: April 28 at Lion Fight 36 you faced a tough opponent in Trevor Ragin. You landed several blows including some big kicks. He came out strong but your patience scored you the decision victory. Prior to getting in the ring did you think you would get the finish or did you prepare to go the distance?
Julian: Going into this fight, we were prepared for both. Trevor’s a tough opponent, hats off to him and his team. Thanks for the opportunity and fun fight.
Nick: You are now 1-0 as a professional Muay Thai fighter. When do you hope to get in the ring again?
Julian: I hope to get back in the ring as soon as I can!
Nick: If you could have one dream fight with anyone, who would it be and why?
Julian: Connor McGregor. I would love a chance to shut him up and take home some of that prize money!
Thank you to everyone reading and Nick Portella @The MMA Takeover for this opportunity!
I would like ot wish Julian the best of luck in his career. He is highly skilled with infinate potential. I am sure his fans and the Muay thai community will be excited to see him in the ring once again. Signing off for TheMMATakeOver.com this is Nick Portella. @NickPortellaMMA