Survivor’s Bi Nguyen joins One Championship MMA in Singapore

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Perhaps taking a step back from Survivor: David vs. Goliath was the smart move for Bi Nguyen, as she signed on with the One Championship group.

No matter how you slice it, Survivor: David vs. Goliath’s Bi Nguyen sustained a non-life-threatening injury that would have affected her ability to recover a month away from the end of the game with no perceivable path to victory. Her decision to quit was heavily justified, but it was a choice to quit the game in order to protect the rest of her career.

It looked to be the smart decision in the long term, as our parent site FanSided reports that Bi Nguyen has been signed to an MMA contract with the One Championship organization. Previously, “Killer Bee” had been fighting under the ownership of King of the Cage, where she has earned the majority of the bouts of her 4-3 professional record.

“I’m so excited to announce that I’ve finally signed with ONE Championship … I’m ready to represent America and Vietnam well,” Bi wrote on her Instagram account concerning the news. One Championship is based out of Singapore; a long distance away from the United States where she has fought for the entirety of her professional career.

Where they filmed Survivor: David vs. Goliath in Fiji is about a 10-hour flight away to Singapore; the same distance away from Los Angeles where the players fly out to compete each season. Considering that the CBS show has aired seasons competing in Cambodia, Thailand and the Philippines (all neighboring countries), it’s quite surprising the show hasn’t made its way to that region.

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Regardless, funnily enough, the story brings a bit of closure to Bi’s arc on David vs. Goliath. She took her lumps, rolled with the punches but could not overcome the risk to a major ligament, effectively giving up a shot at a show prize over the prize of an MMA card’s winner purse. Now we can see it was a smart decision.