MMA

Singapore’s Christian Lee earns 10th ONE Championship win

Kazuki Tokudome, Kemp Cheng, Christian Lee (© ONE Championship)

Kazuki Tokudome, Kemp Cheng, Christian Lee (© ONE Championship)

For the 10th time, Christian “The Warrior” Lee, 20, won inside the ONE Championship cage. He was one of the two mixed martial artists who represented Singapore at “ONE: Heart of the Lion”  on November 9, 2018.

“ONE: Heart of the Lion” took place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. It featured nine mixed martial arts matches, three Muay Thai bouts and one kickboxing contest.

In the co-main event of the evening, Lee faced Kazuki Tokudome, 31, of Japan. They competed in an MMA match at a catch weight of 72 kg.

Referee Kemp Cheng put a stop to the MMA bout between Lee and Tokudome at 3:07 of the first round. The Singaporean contender knocked out his Japanese opponent via strikes.

Losing to Lee downgraded Tokudome’s professional MMA record to 18 wins and 10 losses. It was the Japanese fighter’s second bout and second loss in ONE Championship.

On the other hand, “ONE: Heart of the Lion” marked Lee’s 13th bout in ONE Championship. It was also his 13th professional MMA bout.

Lee defeated his first five opponents in ONE Championship namely David Meak of Australia, Mahmoud Deab Mohamed of Egypt, Anthony “The Archangel” Engelen, 33, of the Netherlands, Carry “The Prince” Bullos, 35, of the Philippines and the late Rocky “The Outlaw” Batolbatol of the Philippines. The first fighter to defeat Lee was Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 29, of Australia and Vietnam.

After the loss to Nguyen, Lee defeated four ONE Championship opponents namely Jianping “Werewolf” Wan, 34, of China, Keanu Subba, 24, of Malaysia, Koketsu “No Face” Boku, 41 of Japan and Kazunori Yokota, 40, of Japan. For the second time, Lee lost inside the ONE Championship cage during his rematch against Nguyen, who is now the reigning ONE Featherweight World Champion.

Winning at “ONE: Heart of the Lion” was a redemptive victory for Lee. Before facing Tokudome, the Singaporean fighter lost to Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly, 34, of the Philippines via disqualification due to illegal suplex.

The MMA catchweight bout between Lee and Tokudome was added on the “ONE: Heart of the Lion” fight card just days prior to the fight night. This was after the original main event was pulled out of the card.

Originally, Lee’s sister Angela “Unstoppable” Lee, 22, was supposed to challenge ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan of China in the main event of “ONE: Heart of the Lion.” However, Angela was not able to compete due to injury.

The original co-main event was promoted to the main event. Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, 31, of the Philippines became the new ONE Bantamweight World Champion by dethroning Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, 38, of Brazil.

Watch all the “ONE: Heart of the Lion” bouts here:

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