ONE 160 is set for the Singapore Indoor Stadium on August 26th and it has a new main event. Lightweight champion Ok Rae Yoon will be rematching Christian Lee.
The first fight between Yoon and Lee was extremely controversial. The Korean won by decision but at the end of the five rounds most people were expecting the Hawaiians hand to be raised.
Yoon (16-3) suffered a broken orbital during the win over Lee and has been out of action ever since. But he had a stellar 2021 beating Marat Gafurov and Eddie Alvarez to extend his winning streak to five.
Lee (15-4) stated after that defeat that he would not fight anyone except Yoon and was prepared to wait as long as it took for the Korean to recover. That loss snapped a six fight winning streak for the 24 year old.
🚨 BREAKING 🚨 Ok Rae Yoon and Christian Lee run it back for the ONE Lightweight World Championship! Plus, knockout artists Thanh Le and Tang Kai battle for the ONE featherweight crown 👑👑
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) July 5, 2022
As previously announced the co-main event will be a featherweight title fight with champion Thanh Le defending his belt against challenger Tang Kai.
Le has won five fights out of five since signing for ONE Championship with every single victory coming inside the distance. He will be making the second defence of the featherweight title he won in 2020.
The champion is coming off a very impressive first round win over Garry Tonon at ONE: ‘Lights Out’. He needed less than a minute to defeat the previously unbeaten BJJ black belt.
— ONECHAMPJP (@ONECHAMPJP) March 12, 2022
Kai is the #1 ranked contender. The Chinese fighter is riding a nine fight winning streak that includes six victories for ONE Championship. He is currently based at Tiger Muay Thai and earned his title shot after knocking out Jae Woong Kim.
Le says he is excited to face the #1 ranked Chinese fighter,
“I’m super excited to face one of China’s best fighters. Another main event, another tough and skilled opponent. He’s got great feet, he’s quick, powerful. He’s knocked a few people out.”
Meanwhile Kai sounds extremely confident,
“I’ve been dreaming of this for a long time. I’ve got 100% confidence for this upcoming fight. I respect him [Le] a lot, but he’s also 36 years old, and I think he should really be considering retirement. I think this could be his retirement fight, maybe. He has a beautiful family. After this one, he should go back to them and have a normal life.”
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The card will also feature the first semi final of the flyweight Muay Thai Grand Prix with Superlek Kiatmoo9 taking on Walter Goncalves. In the alternate bout Panpayak Jitmuangnon takes on Sherzod Kabutov.