ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - Bi Nguyen knows how life can be sweet and bitter at the same time. She got a dose of that this year when she got good news about the show Survivor and bad news about a family member.
"I got the call from the casting director the same time, unfortunately, I got the call that my dad passed away," said Nguyen. "Thinking of my dad, I didn't really know how to answer the question for the show, but thinking of my dad, my dad was always a dreamer so I said yes."
Nguyen used the show sort of like a therapy. "Leaving for the show gave me time to reflect," said Nguyen. "It gave me time to pray and talk to my dad. It gave me time to really process the things that were happening in my life."
Nguyen will get to see her work when the latest series of Survivor runs in September. In the meantime, Nguyen has a title fight to work on. It will be her first as a pro when she meets Jayme Hinshaw for the King of the Cage women's Atomweight title in Ignacio, Colorado July 21.
Hinshaw is one of the victories on Nguyen's 4-2 record. Nguyen won the first fight on a split decision. "My biggest challenge is mental and I am going to go into this fight thinking that she is Goliath," said Nguyen. "I am going to go into this fight overestimating her." She she win, Nguyen would like to use her platform of being a champion to help with her quest of getting the UFC to add a women's atomweight division.
"I'm happy where I'm at and I am happy to fight for whatever promotion. But, my thing is I think we deserve it.," said Nguyen. "I think atomweights are killing it. I think there is tons of active atomweights in the states as well as overseas so I'm just waiting for them to realize it."