Christian Lee is determined to set the record straight on Friday night when he finally gets the opportunity to avenge his controversial decision loss to Ok Rae Yoon 11 months ago. The match was intended to be rebooked on a couple of occasions before finally being confirmed for ONE 160.

Lee made no secret of his frustration at the judge’s decision to award the fight to Ok after it appeared that he had gotten the better of proceedings. He definitely succeeded in breaking his opponent’s orbital bone which is why the matchup has been repeatedly postponed.

After becoming lightweight champion Ok was named as ONE Championship’s 2021 ‘Male MMA Fighter Of The Year’. Some were calling him the ‘legend killer’ because he beat Marat Gafurov and Eddie Alvarez.

Lee was definitely not one of them and thinks that Ok was fortunate with the judging on all three occasions,

I wouldn’t really say (he) is much of a killer. He got very lucky in his first three fights in ONE. You know, winning decisions. In my opinion, I think those are three fights he lost.”


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Numerous records

Lee holds numerous records in ONE including the most finishes in the promotion’s history with 14. Having only gone the distance on three occasions in his career he admitted to having stamina issues during the first fight but seems to think he is better prepared this time around,

“I still plan on finishing Ok in the first round. However, I’m very confident in my conditioning. And I know that if it takes five rounds to (win) I’ll be pushing from start to finish,” he said.

But don’t expect Lee to make a patient start in order to conserve energy,

“I have a really straightforward approach to this fight. I plan on bringing the fight to him, walking forward, hitting him, and putting him down.”


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Rubber match

If Lee were to win then the two fighters would be tied at 1-1. That would potentially necessitate a rubber match but both men have made it clear they won’t want to walk down that road.

Lee hopes to finish the fight in such an emphatic fashion that there will be no talk of a trilogy,

“If everything goes to plan and I go forward and I finish Ok, then I don’t think there will be a need for another rematch. If it doesn’t go to decision, and I finish him, then that’s two wins for me against him in my mind. I don’t see any need for a third fight.”