Andy Nguyen is a woman who likes making history. She is the first professional Vietnamese/American female MMA fighter, the first and reigning King of the Cage atomweight world champion and now she has her sights set on becoming the first female winner of the RIZIN Fighting Federation Grand-Prix tournament.
The Japaneze promotion announced that they will host their first ever female tournament later this year, exclusively for the 105-pound atomweight division. Although they have not officially announced all the participants just yet, Nguyen’s participation has been widely assumed and has even been teased by the organization on social media. The tournament is expected to commence in October, with the finals being held at the organization’s tradional New Years Eve event.
“The CrAsian” (5-3-0) revealed she is “excited” by the thought of becoming the first female RIZIN tournament winner. She is coming off arguably one of the biggest wins of her career this past weekend when she successfully avenged a previous loss to Bi Nguyen. The 35-year-old won the fight by way of unanimous decision. She won the inaugural KOTC world title back in April 2016, knocking out Elane Santiago in the third round. She has since gone on to defend the belt twice. She expects to make her third title defense around July/August, before flying out to Japan in October to take part in the RIZIN tournament.
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