Hawaii MMA News: The lightweight championship belt remains in Hawaii!
Christian Lee said that he is the best lightweight fighter in the world; he backs up that statement yesterday with a stunning performance!
The 22-year-old phenom only needed two minutes to kill Timofey Nastyukhin with a brutal counter left hand. That sent the Russian down to the canvas, and despite his best attempt to get back up again, Nastyukhin was just getting blitzed with Lee’s punches. He never had the chance to recover.
The referee had seen enough at 1:13 into the opening round.
Check out the MMA Fighting interview here below:
“I couldn’t have asked for a better story,” Lee said after his latest title defense. “I trained ten tough weeks leading up to this match. This was the most important fight of my life. I’m soon going to become a father, so this fight was dedicated to my baby girl Leah on the way and my wife Katie back at home.
“Timofey, he’s a dangerous opponent. He likes to go in there, and he goes for the knockout. So our game plan was to capitalize on that. Speed and accuracy beat power, so that’s what happened tonight.”
“If I were in his shoes, I would probably be feeling the same,” Lee said about Nastyukhin’s complaints regarding the end of the fight. “I’m sure he felt that he could have continued, but the way I hurt him right there, I was about to take his back and look for a submission. So I feel confident I would have won the fight either way.”
Christian Lee has flourished as a lightweight with four straight wins in the division, including three TKO finishes. ONE Championship boasts a deep lightweight division, but Lee has already taken out a number of the top contenders as he continues to establish himself as one of the world’s top fighters, regardless of promotion.
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