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Christian Lee (martial artist)

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Christian Lee
BornChristian Lee
June 21, 1998 (age 21)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Nickname(s)The Warrior
ResidenceWaipahu, Hawaii, United States
NationalityCanadian and American
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78m)
Weight170 lb (77.1 kg; 12.1 st)
DivisionFeatherweight
Lightweight
StylePankration, Taekwondo, BJJ, Muay Thai, Folkstyle Wrestling
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofTanjong Katong, Singapore
TeamEvolve MMA
United MMA
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.[1]
Years active2015-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total16
Wins13
By knockout8
By submission4
By decision1
Losses3
By submission1
By decision1
By disqualification1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

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Christian Lee (Chinese: ?? , Korean: ??, born June 21, 1998) is a Canadian mixed martial artist of Singaporean Chinese and Korean heritage who competes in ONE Championship under the Singapore flag.[2] He is the current ONE Lightweight World Champion and the 2019 ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix Champion.

Born in Vancouver to a Chinese-Singaporean father and a Korean mother, Lee moved to Hawaii when he was five years old. As both his parents are decorated martial artists, Lee started training in the sport from a young age.[3] Lee’s older sister Angela (born July 8, 1996, in Vancouver) is also an MMA fighter with ONE Championship and his two younger siblings, Victoria and Adrian (born in Waipahu), also train in martial arts.

At the 2012 USA Pankration national championships, Lee won two national titles and one silver medal.[4][5] He also won the World Championship in the MMA division at the 2012 World Athlima Pangration Federation championships.[6][7]

On May 17, 2019, Lee defeated Shinya Aoki to win the ONE Lightweight (170 lbs) World Title and became the youngest-ever male mixed martial arts world champion.[8]

Lee trains out of United MMA in Waipahu, Hawaii and Evolve MMA in Singapore, alongside his teammate and sister, Angela and her husband, Bruno Pucci, who also competes in ONE Championship’s bantamweight division.

Martial Arts Career[edit]

Lee made his amateur debut in 2015 at Star Elite Cage Fighting, where he defeated Avery Sanchis via first-round submission.[9]

ONE Championship[edit]

At the age of 17, Lee signed with ONE Championship and made his promotional debut at ONE Championship: Spirit of Champions on December 11, 2015, earning his first career win with a 29-second TKO of David Meak.[10]

Lee followed that up by submitting Mahmoud Deab Mohamed in the first round with a kimura at ONE Championship: Clash Of Heroes in January 29, 2016.[11]

On March 18, 2016, he earned another first-round win against Anthony Engelen at ONE Championship: Union of the Warriors with a TKO stoppage by punches and elbow[12]

At ONE Championship: Ascent To Power on May 6, 2016, Lee improved to 4-0 when he submitted Cary Bullos in the opening round with a brabo choke.[13]

Lee continued his streak of first-round finishes when he stopped Rocky Batolbatol by TKO at ONE Championship: Kingdom Of Champions in May 27, 2016.[14]

In his next match on August 13, 2016, Lee suffered his first professional defeat to rising featherweight Martin Nguyen at ONE Championship: Heroes of the World, losing in the first-round via a guillotine choke.[15]

Lee rebounded by defeating Wan Jianping with a first-round TKO at ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny on April 21, 2017.[16]

For the first time in his career, Lee was pushed to three rounds before finally submitting Keanu Subba with an armbar at ONE Championship: Quest for Greatness on August 18, 2017.[17]

On December 9, 2017, at ONE Championship: Warriors of the World, Lee defeated former ONE Lightweight World Champion Kotetsu Boku in the first round by TKO.[18]

Lee submitted Kazunori Yokota in the second round at ONE Championship: Visions of Victory in March 9, 2018 to clinch his fourth straight win.[19]

After his strong run of performances, Lee would earn a title shot against ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin Nguyen at ONE Championship: Unstoppable Dreams on May 18, 2018.[20]

Following a five-round back-and-forth battle, Lee fell to a narrow split-decision loss against Nguyen, marking his second defeat to the Vietnamese-Australian featherweight.[21]

Lee dropped another match against Filipino Edward Kelly at ONE Championship: Beyond the Horizon on September 8, 2018 after he was disqualified under the promotion’s global martial art ruleset.[22] During his takedown of Kelly, Lee was judged to have used an illegal belly-to-back suplex that caused Kelly to land on his head and neck.

He got back on the win sheet against former Pancrase Lightweight Champion Kazuki Tokudome at ONE Championship: Heart of the Lion on November 9, 2018, defeating the Japanese in the first-round via TKO.[23]

In his anticipated rematch against Edward Kelly at ONE Championship: Eternal Glory on January 19, 2019, Lee stopped Kelly via first-round TKO and pushed his overall record to 14-3.[24]

Lee agreed to an open challenge for the title from ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki.[25][26] On May 17, 2019, at ONE Championship: Enter The Dragon, Lee survived an armbar submission attempt to upset the Japanese grappling legend in the second-round via TKO finish and win his first mixed martial arts world title.[27][28] His victory also made him the youngest ever male mixed martial arts world champion.[29]

On September 26, 2019, ONE Championship Chairman and founder Chatri Sityodtong announced that Lee had accepted an offer to serve as a late-notice replacement for the injured Eddie Alvarez in the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix Championship Finals.[30]

Lee faced fellow Turkish finalist Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev at ONE Championship: Century Part I on October 13, 2019. He dominated Arslanaliev by unanimous decision to win the ONE Lightweight Word Grand Prix Championship.[31]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Amateur pankration[edit]

  • World Pangration Athlima Federation World Championships:
    • 2012 Agon Men, cadets, 60 kg - Champion.[32]
  • USA Pankration National Championships
    • 2012 Youth, Boys, Ages 12 - 13, 125 - 153 lbs, Silver.[33]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • ONE Championship
    • ONE Lightweight World Champion (one-time, current)
    • 2019 ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix Champion

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 13–3 Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev Decision (unanimous) ONE Championship: Century Part 1 October 13, 2019 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Won the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix Championship.
Win 12–3 Shinya Aoki TKO (punches) ONE Championship: Enter The Dragon May 17, 2019 2 0:51 Kallang , Singapore Won the ONE Lightweight World Title.
Win 11–3 Edward Kelly TKO (punches) ONE Championship: Eternal Glory January 19, 2019 1 2:53 Jakarta, Indonesia
Win 10–3 Kazuki Tokudome TKO (punches) ONE Championship: Heart of the Lion November 9, 2018 1 3:07 Kallang , Singapore
Loss 9–3 Edward Kelly DQ (illegal suplex) ONE Championship: Beyond the Horizon September 8, 2018 1 2:19 Shanghai, China
Loss 9–2 Martin Nguyen Decision (split) ONE Championship: Unstoppable Dreams May 18, 2018 5 5:00 Kallang , Singapore For the ONE Featherweight World Championship.
Win 9–1 Kazunori Yokota Submission (Guillotine Choke) ONE Championship: Visions of Victory March 9, 2018 2 4:34 Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia
Win 8–1 Kotetsu Boku TKO (punches) ONE Championship: Warriors of the World December 9, 2017 1 3:24 Bangkok, Thailand
Win 7–1 Keanu Subba Submission (armbar) ONE Championship: Quest for Greatness August 18, 2017 3 1:11 Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia
Win 6–1 Jianping Wan TKO (punches) ONE Championship: Kings Of Destiny April 21, 2017 1 4:50 Manila, Philippines
Loss 5–1 Martin Nguyen Submission (guillotine choke) ONE Championship: Heroes of the World August 13, 2016 1 4:30 Macau , China
Win 5–0 Rocky Batolbatol TKO (punches) ONE Championship: Kingdom of Champions May 27, 2016 1 2:14 Bangkok, Thailand
Win 4–0 Cary Bullos Submission (brabo choke) ONE Championship: Ascent to Power May 6, 2016 1 2:07 Kallang , Singapore
Win 3–0 Anthony Engelen TKO (punches and elbows) ONE Championship: Union of Warriors March 18, 2016 1 4:14 Yangon, Myanmar
Win 2–0 Mahmoud Deab Mohamed Submission (kimura) ONE Championship: Clash of Heroes January 29, 2016 1 2:20 Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia
Win 1–0 David Meak TKO (punches) ONE Championship: Spirit of Champions December 11, 2015 1 0:29 Manila, Philippines

See also[edit]

  • List of current ONE fighters

References[edit]

  1. "Christian Lee - Assistant Instructor, Evolve MMA". Evolve MMA. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  2. "Christian Lee Profile". Sherdog.
  3. Figg, Jack. "FAMILY TREE MMA siblings Angela and Christian Lee went from training age six to both becoming world champions and competing on the same ONE Championship bill". The Sun.
  4. Paz, Reagan. "Continuing a legacy: The Lee siblings fight their way to gold at world pankration tournament". Trojan Times.
  5. Danilewicz, Jack. "Mililani's Lee Ohana Keeping Alive Ancient Greek Combat". MidWeek.
  6. "United MMA Instructors". United MMA.
  7. "2012 World Pangration Championship". World Pangration Athlima Federation.
  8. Lee, David. "MMA: Christian Lee beats Japan's Shinya Aoki to become One Championship's youngest world champion". The Straits Times.
  9. "SEC STAR ELITE CAGE FIGHTING". Sherdog.
  10. Knapp, Brian. "Brandon Vera KOs Paul Cheng, Claims Inaugural One Championship Heavyweight Crown". Sherdog.
  11. Knapp, Brian. "Ev Ting Guillotine Submits Eric Kelly in One Championship 'Clash of Heroes' Main Event". Sherdog.
  12. Knapp, Brian. "Aung La N Sang Guillotines Mohamed Ali in One Championship 'Union of Warriors' Main Event". Sherdog.
  13. Knapp, Brian. "Angela Lee Takes Atomweight Title in FOTY Contender at One Championship 42". Sherdog.
  14. Icasiano, Nissi. "ONE FC: Pinoy MMA bet Rocky Batolbatol yields to Christian Lee". Rappler.
  15. Critchfield, Tristen. "Adriano Moraes Submits Tilek Batyrov, Claims Interim 135-Pound Crown at One Championship 45". Sherdog.
  16. "MMA: Philippines' Eduard Folayang retains championship on home soil". ChannelNewsAsia.
  17. "Christian Lee submits Keanu Subba in third round of featherweight battle". AsiaOne.
  18. Nichols, Jake. "Christian Lee stops Kotetsu Boku with an incredible slam KO". The Body Lock.
  19. "Christian Lee defeats Kazunori Yokota, makes history in Malaysia". Stadiumastro.
  20. Maralit, Kristina. "Martin Nguyen makes quick ONE return in match vs. Christian Lee in Singapore". SnippetX.
  21. "Martin Nguyen edges Christian Lee at One: Unstoppable Dreams". FightNewsAustralia.
  22. Carroll, Peter. "ONE Championship results: Christian Lee DQ'd for spiking Edward Kelly on his head". MMA Fighting.
  23. "Christian Lee finishes former King of Pancrase Kazuki Tokudome". ASIAMMA.
  24. Giongco, Mark. "ONE: Team Lakay's Edward Kelly stopped by Christian Lee in 1st round of rematch". Inquirer.net.
  25. "Shinya Aoki stares down Christian Lee in Singapore". ASIAMMA.
  26. Jennings, Leon. "Shinya Aoki Surprised By Surprised Reaction To Christian Lee Call Out". Asian Persuasion MMA.
  27. Cruz, Guilherme. "Christian Lee survives armbar scare, knocks out Shinya Aoki to win ONE Championship title". MMA Fighting.
  28. Atkin, Nick. "One Championship: Christian Lee stuns Shinya Aoki to win lightweight title on night of huge shocks in Singapore". South China Morning Post.
  29. Lee, David. "MMA: Christian Lee beats Japan's Shinya Aoki to become One Championship's youngest world champion". The Straits Times.
  30. "Christian Lee replaces injured Eddie Alvarez in ONE lightweight World Grand Prix final". MMA Fighting.
  31. Tahilramani, Gaurav. "Defeating Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev, Christian Lee became the ONE Lightweight Grand Prix champion". Live Sport Asia.
  32. "2012 World Pangration Championship results". World Pangration Athlima Federation.
  33. "USA Pankration National Championships" (PDF). FightLeague.


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