To this day, former ONE Lightweight World Champion Christian Lee believes he won his first encounter with current titleholder Ok Rae Yoon.
Now he'll face the South Korean again and try to take back the ONE World Title he once held in the main event of ONE 160: Ok vs. Lee II on 26 August at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Though Lee will be the challenger in this showdown, he still claims to be the favourite to win their second meeting. But while he is confident in defeating Ok this time, he praises his rival’s durability.
“If you look at ONE Championship’s scoring criteria, I won in every area. If we go on near finish and you go on the damage done, I broke his orbital in the first round, dropped him big in the third round, and came close to getting two submissions. That speaks for itself,” Lee said.
“The only credit I give him is being able to last all five rounds and having the cardio to keep a good pace throughout all five rounds. So, in my opinion, I still won the fight, but I’m not going to go into the [rematch] with the same game plan.”
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Lee has learned his lesson, so this time he will seek an early finish. He has the skill and power to do so, given his 14 finishes in 15 fights. He doesn’t want to leave any doubt, and that’s why he doesn’t want a decision victory.
“I believe that I’m going to win this fight. If it is a close decision, I can see how they can set up a trilogy fight, but if the fight goes how I plan on it going – I’m going to take him out quick and finish him – then there’s going to be no need for a rematch,” Lee said.
Aside from their rematch, ONE Featherweight World Champion Thanh Le will defend his World Title against top-ranked contender Tang Kai in the co-main event ONE 160.
In the main event, ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano Moraes will defend the crown in his rematch against mixed martial arts legend Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson. Nong-O Gaiyanghadao will also put the ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Title on the line against British striker Liam Harrison.
ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon will also compete with Savvas Michael in the semifinals of the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Grand Prix. Also fighting on the card are Marcus “Buchecha” Almeida, Jonathan Haggerty, and Itsuki Hirata.