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South Korea’s Ok Rae Yoon beats Christian Lee, who claims to be world’s best lightweight MMA fighter

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Christian “The Warrior” Lee, 23, of Singapore and the United States claimed to be the best lightweight mixed martial artist in the world before “ONE: Revolution.” After the ONE Championship event, he had his fourth loss as a professional MMA fighter.

Featuring one Muay Thai match, two kickboxing contests and eight MMA bouts, ONE Championship held “ONE: Revolution” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on September 24, 2021. In the main event of the evening, Ok Rae Yoon, 30, of Busan, South Korea challenged Lee, the then reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion.

Justin Brown served as the referee. The judges were Rosete Rosenberg of the Philippines, David Wee of Singapore and Olivier Coste of France.

After five five-minute rounds, the title bout was left in the hands of the judges. In the end, Brown raised the hand of Ok, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

The victory improved Ok’s professional MMA record to 16 wins and 3 losses. On the other hand, Lee now has 15 wins and 4 losses.

Lee has been competing in ONE Championship since 2015 and “ONE: Revolution” marked the second time he reached the fifth round. The first one was at “ONE: Unstoppable Dreams” on May 18, 2018 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium where he lost via split decision to former two-division champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 32, of Australia and Vietnam.

Nguyen was also on the “ONE: Revolution” card. He was knocked out by “The Fighting God” Kim Jae Woong, 28, of South Korea.

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“ONE: Revolution” marked Ok’s third consecutive ONE Championship fight and win. He defeated Marat “Cobra” Gafurov, 36, of Dagestan, Russia at “ONE” on TNT 3” on April 21, 2021 and Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez, 37, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA at “ONE: on TNT 4” on April 28, 2021 both via unanimous decision.

Ok has been competing professionally since 2014. Before joining ONE Championship, he competed in Sun FC, WBK, Wu Lin Feng, Heat, Angel’s Fighting, Neo Fight and Double G Fighting Championship.

“I have a lot of respect for Ok Rae Yoon,” Lee said after losing to Ok. “He’s a warrior. He’s a very tough fighter but I won that fight.”

“I have absolute respect for Ok Rae Yoon but let’s bring it to the board,” Lee emphasized. “I want an instant rematch. That was bullshit, okay?”

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