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Lightweight champ Christian Lee ready to prove the doubters wrong in ONE Championship return

MMAJunkie logo MMAJunkie 10/29/2020 Simon Head,MMA Junkie Radio
While older sister Angela Lee was already a ONE Championship star, younger brother was sharpening his own skills with championship ambitions of his own, and now the 22-year-old has two belts to his name.  Lee (12-3) made his professional MMA debut in ONE and has competed under the bright lights ever since. After going 9-1 with the promotion with a 100 percent finish rate in his victories, he earned a featherweight title shot against the only man to defeat him at that point, Martin Nguyen. He lost via split decision, but despite his defeat he showed that he belonged at the very highest level. A disqualification loss to Edward Kelly for an illegal suplex then put him on the first losing skid of his career, but he hasn't lost since.  A pair of first-round TKO victories, including a finish of Kelly in their rematch, earned him a shot at lightweight champion Shinya Aoki, and he finished the Japanese legend early in the second round to capture the title.  He then stepped in as a substitute to defeat the highly-touted Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev in the final of the ONE lightweight grand prix to claim the first decision win of his career and capture the tournament title.  Now he'll take on the dangerous (14-0) in Singapore looking to register his first title defense and cement his place at the top of ONE's lightweight division. © Provided by SMG While older sister Angela Lee was already a ONE Championship star, younger brother was sharpening his own skills with championship ambitions of his own, and now the 22-year-old has two belts to his name. Lee (12-3) made his professional MMA debut in ONE and has competed under the bright lights ever since. After going 9-1 with the promotion with a 100 percent finish rate in his victories, he earned a featherweight title shot against the only man to defeat him at that point, Martin Nguyen. He lost via split decision, but despite his defeat he showed that he belonged at the very highest level. A disqualification loss to Edward Kelly for an illegal suplex then put him on the first losing skid of his career, but he hasn't lost since. A pair of first-round TKO victories, including a finish of Kelly in their rematch, earned him a shot at lightweight champion Shinya Aoki, and he finished the Japanese legend early in the second round to capture the title. He then stepped in as a substitute to defeat the highly-touted Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev in the final of the ONE lightweight grand prix to claim the first decision win of his career and capture the tournament title. Now he'll take on the dangerous (14-0) in Singapore looking to register his first title defense and cement his place at the top of ONE's lightweight division.

ONE lightweight champion Christian Lee is used to being underestimated, but he’s happy to silence the doubters every time he steps into the cage.

Lee (13-3) puts his ONE lightweight title on the line against undefeated Romanian challenger Iuri Lapicus in the co-main event of “ONE Championship 118: Inside the Matrix,” and the Hawaiian champion said he’s ready to drag noted first-round finisher Lapicus into deeper waters and finish him to retain his title.

Ahead of his title fight, 22-year-old Lee chatted to MMA Junkie Radio to talk about dealing with those who doubt him because of his age, shares his thoughts ahead of his title fight with Lapicus and reveals that his martial arts family is set to unleash even more stars onto the big stage to join him and his sister, ONE atomweight champion Angela Lee.


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You can watch the full interview in the video above.

“ONE Championship 118: Inside the Matrix” takes place Friday at Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore. The event streams on B/R Live.

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