Andy Nguyen returns to the cage at the PAWFC 1 event on Saturday January 15, 2022, when she takes on undefeated Laura Fontoura for the inaugural strawweight championship.
Laura Fontoura (6-0-0) was originally scheduled to take on another opponent, however visa issues forced a change of plan. During a recent chat with WMMA Rankings, Nguyen explained how the opportunity to fight the highly-touted Fontoura at such a historic event came about.
“I checked out Pallas Athena’s website and registered as a fighter just to see what opportunities can happen. Charmaine Tweet , another vet who I met at Invicta, contacted me & welcomed me into the promotion. Originally I was going to get on their second card but I told Charmaine that I’ll stay ready just in case someone gets injured. I’m vaccinated & I have a passport. LFG!” she laughed.
“Laura Fontoura is undefeated, young, beautiful & talented. This won’t be easy but since when do I shy away from tough fights? Her opponent had visa problems so I was given the opportunity to fight Laura for the inaugural strawweight world title. You never know til you try.” she continued.
Nguyen (6-9-0) has not fought in professional MMA competition since December 2019 when she took on Ai Shimizu at the Bellator 237 event. Despite two years away from the sport, Nguyen is confident there will be no ring rust as she has still remained very active in the combat sports world, having fought in Muay Thai and Bareknuckle MMA competition.
“I was away from MMA because I was signed to the best Muay Thai promotion in the world. Lion Fights. Then Covid happened and there was no more traveling to Japan for RIZIN. I stayed active as a striker & my last fight on October 1st 2021 was Bareknuckle MMA. To me, there will be no ring rust since I trained for MMA last year.” she explained.
The 39-year-old, also known as ‘The CrAsian’, has been competing in combat sports for over a decade now but is still having a lot of fun and has no intention of hanging it up anytime soon.
“I can’t believe it’s 2022 already. Opening up the year with a BANG! My goal is to compete as much as possible with no injuries so I can fight another day. To train safely for the longevity of this career. I’m just having fun & doing what I love for over a decade now.” she said. “I’m thankful to all my family, friends, sponsors & supporters from all over the world. It’s been a hell of a ride. I’m not retiring anytime soon. As long as my heart is still beating, you can’t get rid of The CrAsian that easy.”
PAWFC 1 takes place on Saturday January 15, 2022, from the Grey Eagle Events Centre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The event will be aired live on pay-per-view from 9pm ET.