We’ve got a very exciting championship rematch going down next month, as former ONE lightweight champion Christian Lee aims to reclaim the throne he lost to current ONE lightweight champion Ok Rae Yoon last September.
This bout is to headline ONE 160, going down on August 26, 2022, live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.
After controlling the fight throughout the first round, nearly submitting (rear naked choke) Yoon at the end of the second, the third was a better round for the challenger, though he’d get dropped with a vicious overhand right.
Yoon presumably won the fourth round, and Lee came back strong in the fifth, stunning Yoon with a beautiful boxing combo toward the end of it. Once the five rounds were completed, the judges unanimously chose Yoon as the winner.
Following the claim of the ONE lightweight championship, Yoon aims to make the first defense of his title in this immediate rematch. Lee is getting an immediate rematch because many believed him to be the winner of the first encounter, including himself, as well as a number of fans and media members.
The outcome was so controversial in fact, the ONE Competition Committee reviewed the decision, but ultimately decided to uphold the result, and instead of overturning it, have these two fight once again.
Both men were 15-3 going into their first contest; Yoon coming off a win over former Bellator & UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, and Lee coming in off back-to-back title defenses, both of which saw him victorious via first round TKO.
Lee has the chance to go down as one of the best mixed martial artists the sport has ever seen. He boasts a considerable amount of championships in Pankration prior to his start in MMA, and he’s the youngest world champion in our beloved sports history, as he surpassed Jose Aldo and Jon Jones, first laying claim to the ONE lightweight championship in 2019 at just 20 years of age.
Lee is also already a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, a rank he’s held for a few years now. At just 24 years old, he’s certainly a youth beyond his years.
Of Yoon’s 16 wins (16-3), four come via knockout with one submission and 11 decisions, while of Lee’s 15 wins (15-4), 10 come via knockout with four submissions and one decision.
Who walks out of this lightweight championship rematch the victor at ONE 160?
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