"I'm here to make history" - Martin Nguyen eyeing third world championship
Santino Honasan on Nov 16, 2017 02:27 PM
"I’m not only here to win, I’m here to make history...Bibiano is the next step." - Martin Nguyen
When Martin Nguyen knocked out Eduard Folayang for the ONE lightweight world championship at ONE: Legends of the World in Manila, the Viet-Australian made ONE Championship history.
Nguyen is ONE Championship's only two-division titleholder in history, and has quite possibly cemented his place among the legends of the promotion.
He isn't done, however. Not by a long shot.
When the possibility of going after a third world championship in as many weight divisions came up, 'The Situ-Asian' was all about it. According to him, the next title on his sights is the bantamweight crown.
"‘Very possible’ is 100%. I’m not only here to win, I’m here to make history, as I did tonight. I won two titles, and Bibiano [Fernandes], is the next step. He’s the man I’m after." Nguyen said during the post-fight press conference.
Lofty ambitions from the new lightweight king, but then again, he's already taken down two world champions in Folayang and Marat Gafurov. Why not make it three? Fernandes is the longest reigning champion in ONE history, having defended the bantamweight title six times. Seven if you include the unification bout.
"I want Bibiano 100% next year. If [Kevin] Belingon doesn’t get him, I want him."
While it would be another superfight in the making, should ONE Championship book it, Nguyen versus Fernandes could be least priority, as Nguyen will now have two titles to defend.
If he doesn't get Fernandes, the double-champion still has a detailed plan in mind for his upcoming fights.
"I’ll put it in order. If that third title isn’t up, what I wanna do next year, I’ll beat Shannon Wiratchai in Thailand, I’ll defend my title against [Kotetsu] Boku in Japan, and if that’s not a statement enough, I don’t know what I’ll do from there."
It's unclear what the future holds for Nguyen right now, but whatever it is, it'll surely be some must-watch mixed martial arts action.