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Evolve MMA’s Christian Lee on Shinya Aoki: We’re true martial artists

Shinya Aoki, Christian Lee (© ONE Championship)

Shinya Aoki, Christian Lee (© ONE Championship)

Christian “The Warrior” Lee, 20, of Singapore will challenge reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Japan of  “ONE: Enter the Dragon” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on May 17, 2019. It is the main event of the evening.

Lee and Aoki  had their official face-off during the “ONE: Enter the Dragon” press conference at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center at the Bayfront Avenue in Singapore on May 14, 2019. In his speech, the Singaporean challenger said, “At the end of the day, it’s just going to be me and Shinya in the ring.”

Both Aoki and Lee are training out of Evolve MMA in Singapore. The latter is also training out of United MMA in Hawaii, United States with his sister, reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee, 22.

“There’s nothing weighing me down in this fight,” Christian stated. “We’re teammates and friends. But above all else, we’re true martial artists. When we step into that ring, there will be no emotions.”

“It’s just a complete test of skill and will,” Christian continued. “We’ll see who the better fighter is. It’s been a year since my first world title fight and I learned and grew a lot from that.”

“I’ve grown a lot over the past year,” Christian added. “I’ve taken everything I could learn from my experience and now I’m back, stronger than ever. I think everyone will see the improvements I’ve made to my game.”

In the co-main event of “ONE: Enter the Dragon,” Nieky “The Natural” Holzken, 34, and Regian “The Immortal” Eersel, 25, will compete for the inaugural ONE Lightweight Kickboxing World Championship. They are both fighting out of the Netherlands.

Including Singapore, Japan and the Netherlands, 19 countries will be represented at “ONE: Enter the Dragon.” The other countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, the Republic of Moldova, the Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine and the U.S.

Here is a clip from the “ONE: Enter the Dragon” press conference:

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