John Nguyen ready to let his hands do the talking at BFL 68

John Nguyen
John Nguyen in action at BFL 67. (Photo by Joel Griffith)

As 2021 starts to wind down, Canada’s MMA scene is heating up once again.

John Nguyen (2-2) will share the cage with Josh Kwiatkowski (5-3) in a highly-anticipated featherweight bout this Thursday at BFL 68 in Vancouver, B.C.

Looking to right the ship after back-to-back losses, Nguyen, 29, said there wasn’t much he took from his last two outings other than motivation.

Nguyen said he’s more than ready to get back in the win column against an opponent he has a lot of respect for.

“I learned that I hate losing and I got to win my next one. I made a couple technical mistakes, but nothing really changes too much heading into this next one,” Nguyen said in an interview with MMA Empire.

“I’m here to win and Josh is in front of me. He’s a good opponent and I’m ready to make a statement. All I can do is just focus on the moment, and try to do my job and execute.”

To prepare for Thursday’s showdown, Nguyen has been in Calgary splitting time between Kodokan and Dunamis MMA.

Nguyen said he’s feeling great about his training camp and there’s a good chance we’ll see his full toolkit on display in his next outing.

“They’ve been great, I have some great coaches sharpening my tools and adding to my game as well,” Nguyen said.

“I think the best part of my game is my IQ and the ability to mix it up. I haven’t been able to show everything I have yet but I think I will in this fight. I’m learning and growing everyday and becoming the best I can be.”

Nguyen said he won’t reveal too much regarding his game plan, but he is definitely keen to see what his opponent brings to the table.

Kwiatkowski has lived up to his nickname of “The Juggernaut” by constantly moving forward in the cage and putting on exciting fights. Nguyen is excited to test himself against another top prospect.

“Josh has power and he’s got grit. He comes to fight every time and I’m definitely looking forward to matching up with him in the cage,” Nguyen said.

“I can be the aggressor or I can be the counter striker; it just depends how everything plays out and what he gives me. It’s a fight, so anything can happen. I just have to adjust accordingly.”

No matter the occasion, the focus is always inward for “The Dragon”.

Knowing the importance of every win at this stage in his career, Nguyen is always looking to put on his best possible performance and add to his highlight reel.

“I just focus on myself and being as well-rounded as possible. I just need to be the best I can be,” Nguyen said.

“I don’t like to focus on my opponent too much because sometimes you can overthink things. I’d love to get another knockout, but every win is a big win and I don’t want to lose no matter where I’m fighting or where it’s broadcasted.”

Nguyen’s Shoutouts

“Thanks to all my coaches and teammates, friends and family, and WestcannaBC.” Follow Nguyen on social media: INSTAGRAM