Christian “The Warrior” Lee, 20, of Singapore and Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez, 35, of the United States are two of the top mixed martial artists competing in ONE Championship’s lightweight division. The former currently holds two belts as the reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion and the grand winner of the inaugural ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix.
Alvarez was supposed to compete for the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix championship at “ONE: Century 世紀” at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan on October 13, 2019. However, he had to pull out from the fight due to injury and was replaced by Lee.
Taking the fight on two weeks’ notice, Lee faced Saygid “Dagi” Guseyn Arslanaliev, 23, of Turkey in one of the co-main events of the first part of “ONE: Century 世紀.” The Singaporean contender won via unanimous decision.
“As a champion, I believe that I should be ready to face any opponent at any time and that’s what I did,” Lee told Miesha take in a post-fight interview. “I stepped in here against a dangerous opponent and I won in three rounds.”
When Tate asked Lee who he sees as his potential number one contender, the reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion and ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix Champion mentioned Alvarez. The Singaporean fighter said, “I think that the fans would be very excited to see a match with Eddie Alvarez in the U.S. and I would love to be the first person to bring ONE Championship to the United States.”
Apparently, Alvarez is willing to take the challenge. On October 14, 2019, he retweeted the video of Tate’s interview with Lee:
Lee currently holds a professional MMA record of 13 wins and 3 losses. On the other hand, Alvarez has 30 wins, 7 losses, 0 draw and 1 No Contest.
Featured at “ONE: Century 世紀” were 28 world champions from across various martial arts and seven world title bouts in two full-scale events. Each of the events had 11 bouts.
Broadcast live in the United States via TNT and B/R Live, the first part started from 9:00 a.m. JST on October 13, 2019 or 8:00 p.m. EST on October 12, 2019. On the same day, the second part was broadcast live across more than 140 countries worldwide and streamed to 2.6 billion potential viewers through the world’s largest television networks starting from 5:00 p.m. JST.
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Bittersweet tonight as @onechampionship makes it’s US tv debut . The goal from the start was to win the tournament and to bring ONE to the USA to showcase myself and this amazing show to everyone in the here at home . His 🙏🏼 plan not mine , but I will continue to work and get healthy and win the One championship title to #TeamAlvarez Good luck to Dagi and Lee , May the best man win … I’ll see one of you soon 👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼 #alldabelts #ugk #thnq 🇺🇸