Don’t anticipate two-division ONE world champion Christian Lee to hop aboard the Halil Amir hype prepare anytime quickly.
After decimating Kiamrian Abbasov in his final outing, the ONE light-weight and welterweight world titleholder is predicted to return to the 170-pound division to defend his throne.
Christian Lee, nonetheless, has refuted Amir’s declare as a high contender, stating that he solely has one battle underneath the promotion.
The 28-year-old heavy-hitter rose to No.4 within the ONE light-weight rankings after viciously knocking out former world title challenger Timofey Nastyukhin at ONE on Prime Video 2 final September.
Whereas Lee was admittedly impressed by Amir’s efficiency and insane KO energy, he believes the Turkish slugger should face different contenders within the high 5 to solidify his case for a world title shot.
‘The Warrior’ instructed ONE Championship in an unique interview:
“I feel that he did an incredible job going into the scene knocking out Timofey [Nastyukhin], however you understand we’ve seen him battle one time, very spectacular efficiency. I feel that now he’s within the high 5, it might be good to see him a bit of bit extra energetic and see him battle not less than yet one more man within the high 5 earlier than he will get a title shot.”
Christian Lee, after all, is keen to battle anybody at any given time, so it’s not shocking to see him scoff at fighters who’re inactive.
Earlier, the United MMA and Evolve MMA product additionally addressed a doable rematch with No.1-ranked light-weight fighter Dagi Arslanaliev, on the situation that he fights somebody from the highest 5 first.
In the meantime, most followers and pundits alike would like to see a doable world title eliminator showdown between Amir and Arslanaliev to find out who will get a crack at Lee.
Christian Lee plans to return to light-weight for his first world title protection of the 12 months
Contemplating there’s no clear-cut contender at welterweight for the time being, plainly all indicators level to Christian Lee dropping again right down to light-weight for his subsequent battle.
In spite of everything, it was truly the 24-year-old celebrity’s to chop weight first and carry out his duties as a dual-world champion all alongside.
In a separate interview with ONE Championship, Lee bared his need to welcome all challengers for his 170-pound gold strap to start the brand new 12 months.
“The order that I’m going to defend my belts, I really feel is gonna be crucial as a result of I plan to defend the belt at light-weight first.”
“Proper now I want to arrange, I have to work my weight right down to the light-weight division, nevertheless it’s nonetheless very doable. I really feel that after I put together to defend my belt on the welterweight division, it’s gonna be totally different.”