ONE Championship: Martin Nguyen relinquishes ONE Lightweight World Championship

Santino Honasan on Sep 28, 2018 01:08 PM
Nguyen relinquishes ONE Lightweight World Championship
The Vietnamese-Australian star has sustained an injury to the knee and will therefore be unable to defend the lightweight strap, as originally planned. (File Photo)

ONE Championship's lightweight throne is once again up for grabs, as now-former titleholder Martin Nguyen has been forced to relinquish the ONE Lightweight World Championship. 

In a post on Facebook by ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong, he announced that the Vietnamese-Australian star has sustained an injury to the knee and will therefore be unable to defend the lightweight strap, as originally planned. 

"It is with mixed feelings that I make this announcement. Two-division world champion Martin Nguyen has relinquished his lightweight world title," Sityodtong's post read, "He recently suffered a serious knee injury, and is unable to defend his lightweight title as originally planned."

"Martin has chosen to do the honorable thing by clearing the world title path for his fellow athletes in the lightweight division," the post continued. 

Nguyen, 29, stunned the world by knocking out then-champion Eduard Folayang to capture the title in Manila back in November of 2017. 

Already the promotion's featherweight titleholder at that point, the lightweight title win made Nguyen ONE's first two-division world champion. 

As Sityodtong mentioned on the post, Nguyen has been unable to defend the lightweight crown since he captured it back in November. 

Nguyen will remain as the promotion's featherweight king, as he has managed to successfully defend the title within the last year. 

With the lightweight title back up for grabs, a handful of contenders are more than willing to get their hands on the gold. 

Among the frontrunners as top contenders are former champions Folayang and Shinya Aoki, Ev Ting, Amir Khan, and quite possibly even Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev, who stunned contender Timofey Nastyukhin via KO in Jakarta earlier this month.

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