MMA, martial arts

Edward Kelly: Christian Lee isn’t the first knockout puncher I’m fighting

Edward Kelly, Hua Fung Teh, Christian Lee (photo by Dux Carvajal)

Edward Kelly, Hua Fung Teh, Christian Lee (photo by Dux Carvajal)

Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly, 34, of the Philippines will fight Christian “The Warrior” Lee, 20, of Singapore at “ONE: Beyond the Horizon” at the Baoshan Arena in Shanghai on September 8, 2018. Recently, the Filipino challenger explains why he is confident about defeating his Singaporean opponent.

“Christian is an aggressive finisher with solid grappling skills,” Kelly said in an interview with ONE Championship. “I am fully aware of his ability to attack and end fights quickly but he isn’t the first knockout puncher I’ll be in the ring with, nor will he be the best grappler.”

“He’s talented,” Kelly said of Lee. “But he has a long way to go and I think my experience will play a huge role in how this bout plays out.”

Kelly knows no fear at this stage in his career, especially when it comes to facing the biggest and baddest featherweights in ONE Championship. He is representing Team Lakay while Lee is representing EVOLVE MMA.

In Kelly’s most recent bout, he lost to former ONE Featherweight World Champion Narantungalag Jadambaa of Mongolia. Now, the Team Lakay fighter is determined to get back on the winning track after a knockout loss but to do so, he will have to get past the equally dangerous Lee.

“Christian Lee is a talented young man with a lot of potential,” Lee acknowledged. “I have seen his fights, he’s very good and has an amazing team behind him. It’s definitely going to be one of my hardest challenges.

Compared to Lee’s body of work, Kelly would seemingly have the edge in overall experience. The Filipino fighter has seen it all in his five years so far with the promotion and has faced some of ONE Championship’s toughest featherweights.

According to Kelly, he learned a lot in his last bout against Jadambaa. For the Filipino fighter, his experience in squaring off against some of the division’s best including the Mongolian MMA veteran will pay dividends.

“I made some key strategic mistakes and got lured into fighting at Jadambaa’s pace instead of my own,” the Team Lakay warrior explained. “I wasn’t able to stick to the game plan and as a result, he was able to take me down and finish me. I won’t make that same mistake again. This time, I will dictate the pace.”

Here is a clip featuring Kelly:

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