RIZIN FF 4: Andy Nguyen talks upcoming fight, training with Karate Mafia, career goals and more

The King of the Cage 105lb atomweight champion “The CrAsian” Andy Nguyen returns to MMA competition this Saturday at RIZIN 4 to take on Miyuu Yamamamoto in a non-title bout.

The 34 year old “CrAsian” (3-3-0) from South Carolina has finished all her wins via TKO and hopes to do the same on Saturday. Ahead of the bout she talks to us about the upcoming fight, as well as revealing what it’s like to train at Karate Mafia, why she begun fighting,  goals for the rest of her career and much more.

Check out the full transcript of the interview below.


Related imageHow did you get in to the sport?
I got in to MMA 7 years ago when I saw two female strawweights compete in a sold out event in Myrtle Beach SC.

Who is your biggest inspiration?
My inspiration is now my best friend Andrea KGB Lee. I look up to her skills.

What’s your favourite things about training with Karate Mafia?
One of my favourite things about training with my team is making them laugh after a perverted joke during our drills. It throws their combos off and make everyone loosen up. Just living, life goes way too fast to not joke around.

When you’re not training what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love family time in my spare time because I’m always gone and so busy.

What are your opinions on your opponent Miyuu Yamamoto and do you see any holes in her game?
Miyu is a phenomenal wrestler. I’ve never faced someone as high-leveled as her and I’m honored to share the same ring with her under the RIZIN banner. Everyone has holes in their game so I’m sure she sees mine also.

You currently compete in the Atomweight division, is this the weight class you feel most comfortable at?
I’m still learning how my body works as an atomweight competitor, however my last cut was by far the best cut I’ve ever had.

Women’s MMA pioneer Ronda Rousey returns this Friday to challenge Amanda Nunes for the UFC Bantamweight Championship. What are your thoughts on this match-up, will Ronda return the same?
Ronda Rousey has never lost in her MMA career. Losing is not bad. It is if you’re not used to it and take a whole year off. When I lose a fight, I want another fight right away. Thats the difference with us. That break was way too long and Nunes is good.

With a win over Yamamoto, what do you hope is next for you as we head into 2017 ?
If I win this fight against Miyu, I would hope Rizin want me back to fight in shoot boxing or MMA in 2017.

What do you want to be remembered for at the end of your career?
I would like for people to remember me as “that hot crazy funny Asian chic” when I end my MMA career.


Andy Nguyen takes on Miyuu Yamamoto this Saturday 31st December at RIZIN 4 from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The event will air for free, live on EverSport.TV from 1am EST.

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