ONE Championship: Martin Nguyen focused on reigning over the featherweight division, believes Eduard Folayang will regain lightweight title in the future

Santino Honasan on Apr 15, 2019 05:34 PM
Nguyen focused on reigning over the featherweight division
“Like I said, lightweight’s not my division. I’m solely focusing on my division right now, and that’s it.”

Martin Nguyen has the distinction of being ONE Championship’s first-ever two-division world champion after capturing the featherweight and lightweight world championships back in 2017.


The following year, the Vietnamese-Australian star even tried, on two occasions, to become a three-division title holder by challenging Bibiano Fernandes for the bantamweight title and then battling Kevin Belingon for the interim bantamweight crown, coming up short times.


Nguyen ultimately needed to relinquish the lightweight belt, but remains the top guy in the featherweight division, and last Friday at ONE: Roots of Honor at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, the 30-year old solidified his place as the king of the featherweights with a spectacular second-round KO win over former titleholder Narantungalag Jadambaa to retain the belt.


During the post-fight press conference, Nguyen maintained that his focus is on the featherweight division, amid rumours and speculation of him going back up to lightweight to challenge newly-crowned champion Shinya Aoki.


The speculation began after Nguyen was shown on the big screen after Aoki choked out Eduard Folayang at ONE: A New Era in Tokyo back in March 31st.


“Nah,” Nguyen said.


“Like I said, lightweight’s not my division. I’m solely focusing on my division right now, and that’s it.”


Aoki is set to defend his lightweight crown against a challenger that Nguyen is very familiar with in former featherweight star Christian Lee.


Nguyen has faced the Singaporean star twice, coming out victorious on both instances.  


“Moving forward from there, I wish Christian Lee and Shinya the best in their upcoming bout,” Nguyen said, before giving a little shout out to his friend and former two-time champion Folayang.


“Just be aware that Eduard will be coming back and maybe collecting that belt again, so, regardless, both fighters will be putting on a show for everyone in Singapore,” he said.


“In terms of my division, I’ll leave it up to ONE Championship. I just like to lap up the victory now and spend it with my friends and family who have come from the other side of the world to support me,” Nguyen added.


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