I first stepped into the blue basement of the legendary Renzo Gracie Academy in early 2005 when I lived in…
Honor In Defeat
I always say that you can tell a lot about a man’s character by watching him in the face of both victory and defeat. In the last 12 months, the world has seen Martin Nguyen both conquer two divisions in ONE Championship, and also lose to the legendary Bibiano Fernandes and the incredible Kevin Belingon. Through all of the fame, success, and heartbreak, Martin has remained the same person. In his quest for greatness, he has always exemplified the true meaning of humility in victory and honor in defeat.
Most people don’t know that Martin used to struggle in poverty, earning only $250 a month (of which he gave $100 to his mom). Today, he is living the life of his dreams. He is where he is today because of his values and because of his insatiable work ethic. Martin has shut up the haters, doubters, and naysayers with his strategic fight IQ and his pinpoint accurate KO power. To be frank, he even shut me up when he beat both Marat Gafurov and Eduard Landslide Folayang via one punch KOs. In my eyes, Martin was a heavy underdog for both fights, and he shocked the world – twice. Let me also add that Martin will genuinely fight anyone, anywhere. He is a true warrior. Martin has never turned down a fight that Matt Hume has offered, or even asked for a different opponent. (There are tons of fighters who publicly say they will fight anyone, but always turn down fights if an opponent is too risky or too tough).
Above all though, Martin is a wonderful human being who exemplifies integrity, humility, respect, honor, courage, discipline, and compassion. He is not only a World Champion, but he is a role model for all of us. He is a caring father to 3 amazing children and a loving husband to a wonderful wife in Brooke Nguyen. Win or lose, Martin is a real-life superhero to the world. #gratitude
Chatri Sityodtong is a self-made entrepreneur and lifelong martial artist from Thailand. His rags-to-riches life story has inspired millions around the world on BBC News, CNN, Financial Times, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Channel NewsAsia, and other major media. He is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of ONE Championship, Asia’s largest global sports media property in history with a global broadcast to over 1.7 billion potential viewers across 136 countries around the world. Forbes most recently selected Sityodtong as one of Asia’s next generation tycoons. He was also named “Asia’s King of Martial Arts” by the Financial Times and the “3rd Most Powerful Person in Sports in Asia” by FOX Sports. He is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD, Europe’s top business school. Sityodtong holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Tufts University.