Christian Lee is again on prime of the light-weight world and he did that by way of pure combined martial arts mastery.
The Singaporean-American famous person pulled off full domination of Okay Rae Yoon to regain the ONE light-weight world title at ONE 160, thus beginning his second reign with the golden strap.
Lee pulled no punches when he took on Okay of their rematch and confirmed the trademark aggression he’s been recognized for in his fights. That being stated, ‘The Warrior’ definitely took it up a notch. Lee’s dominance was at such an unstoppable tempo that the referee had no different alternative however to name a halt to the combat mere seconds into the second spherical to save lots of Okay from additional hurt.
At simply 24 years outdated, Lee is already on a legendary run that solely a choose few within the sport have achieved. The United MMA star turned the ONE light-weight world champion for the primary time when he was simply 20 years outdated, beating Japanese icon Shinya Aoki at ONE: Enter the Dragon in Could 2019.
Of his 4 world title wins, none have gone previous the second spherical, with all 4 ending in highlight-reel knockouts of Aoki, Iuri Lapicus, Timofey Nastyukhin and, most just lately, Okay.
He additionally nabbed the ONE Light-weight World Grand Prix Championship when he beat Dagi Arslanaliev in the midst of his first world title reign.
Christian Lee virtually swept by way of the primary era of elite lightweights in ONE Championship and will proceed his reign by way of the following. That stated, listed here are three opponents who may presumably be subsequent for ‘The Warrior’.
#3. Christian Lee vs. Dagi Arslanaliev
Dagi Arslanaliev was on the precipice of combined martial arts glory, however then bumped into Christian Lee. Arslanaliev and Lee met within the closing of the ONE Light-weight World Grand Prix and the 2 light-weight killers placed on an on the spot basic.
Lee, who was already the ONE light-weight world champion on the time, took on the accountability of going through Arslanaliev within the closing spherical, slotting in for the injured Eddie Alvarez on brief discover.
Regardless of his loss to Lee, Arslanaliev stays one of the harmful lightweights, with all eight of his wins in ONE Championship ending in both a knockout or tap-out.
Arslanaliev, the No.2-ranked light-weight contender, has since bounced again from his loss to Lee and knocked out Timofey Nastyukhin at ONE: Winter Warriors in December 2021.
The 2 light-weight contenders went to battle throughout their match nevertheless it in the end turned evident that Arslanaliev was the higher man. Together with his opponent’s power slowly fading away, Arslanaliev clocked Nastyukhin with a few proper fingers earlier than ending the combat on the canvas barely a minute into the third spherical.
#2. Christian Lee vs. Saygid Izagakhmaev
ONE Championship’s light-weight division is suffering from killers and one in every of them made his presence felt in simply his debut with the promotion.
Saygid Izagakhmaev is a protege of combined martial arts legend Khabib Nurmagomedov, and the Russian brawler is nothing in need of an intimidating bodily power within the circle.
Izagakhmaev ragdolled James Nakashima in his January 2022 debut, finally taking a second-round submission win. It was a one-sided domination from begin to end.
Christian Lee is not any stranger to the combat sport, however Izagakhmaev presents a complete completely different menace to the light-weight king. ‘The Warrior’ has by no means confronted anybody with the wrestling pedigree of Izagakhmaev and that alone is sufficient to create an intriguing matchup for Lee.
Plus, with Khabib in Izagakhmaev’s nook, a person Lee swore he may beat not too way back, it provides an fascinating dynamic to the combat.
#1. Christian Lee vs. Eddie Alvarez
Christian Lee is arguably one of the best light-weight on the planet. So why not make a match between him towards one of many biggest lightweights of all time and a person who’s the final remaining holdover from the previous era’s biggest fighters?
A matchup between Lee and American MMA legend Eddie Alvarez has all of the makings of a “passing of the torch” second between two transcendent abilities. It has additionally been a very long time coming.
Lee is just 24 and though he’s already completed a lot in his profession, he’s but to succeed in his athletic prime. Alvarez, who’s 14 years Lee’s senior, continues to be one of many prime names within the sport and is without doubt one of the most revered fighters of all time.
Alvarez stays the one particular person to win world titles in Bellator and the UFC. Whereas he’s but to seize the ONE light-weight world title, ‘The Underground King’ is absolutely able to profitable the gold strap earlier than he formally hangs up the gloves.
Nevertheless, a string of unlucky setbacks have quelled Alvarez’ pursuit of the belt. However with the division all however cleared, Lee would possibly see it in his greatest curiosity to tackle the growing older legend earlier than time runs out.