A few weeks have passed since Christian “The Warrior” Lee’s much debated unanimous decision loss to dangerous South Korean Ok Rae Yoon. But the feeling of unease still remains for the 23-year-old former ONE Lightweight World Champion.
Lee surrendered the lightweight World Title to Ok at ONE: REVOLUTION, which took place in late September. It was a close contest that pushed both men to the limit across five intense rounds of action.
Many felt Lee had done enough to win on the scorecards, while a small number of people, including the judges sitting Circleside thought Ok outperformed his younger opponent.
Almost immediately after the decision was read, Lee grabbed the mic, addressed the audience, and demanded a formal review of the result. ONE Championship ended up granting his request, but it upheld the decision, and Ok remained the World Champion.
Now back home in Hawaii, Lee shared his thoughts on the whole ordeal.
“I trained very hard leading up to this fight. I trained [for] 11 hard weeks leading up to the match. When I went in there, I put my heart out on the line, fighting those five rounds, pushing the pace from start to finish,” Lee told ONE Championship.
“I really put a lot into what I do, and so to know that I won the fight and it was being handed out to the challenger, it’s very upsetting and I just wanted to get my point across, you know, give my thoughts on the fight to everyone across the world because I felt that I was robbed of my title. And I felt that those judges scored very wrongly so I just wanted to get my thoughts out there.”
Lee still believes he won the fight, regardless of what the competition committee at ONE Championship collectively decided. The 23-year-old says the World Title still belongs over his shoulders, and he will stop at nothing to beat Ok in the rematch, which is all but inevitable at this point.
“In my mind, I’m still the champion. I’m still the best fighter in the world. However, I cannot control this decision that was made and I’m going to respect that. All I can do moving forward is to call for an immediate rematch and take the belt back myself by finishing this time,” Lee said.
“Right now, I have a singular focus on getting my belt back. I’m ready to fight Ok Rae Yoon today. If he wants to fight, if he wants to do the rematch we can do it as soon as possible. But if Ok is not ready, I’ll wait until he’s ready, and there’s no one else that I want but him.”
Ok is taking some time off to heal from injuries he sustained throughout a very active 2021, including an orbital bone injury he suffered in the fight against Lee. After beating Lee, former ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat Gafurov, and former UFC Lightweight World Champion Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez, Ok has definitely earned a bit of rest.
But you can be assured that when the South Korean is ready to step back into the Circle, “The Warrior” will be ready to meet him at a moment’s notice.
Lee is adamant that his next fight is against Ok, and he won’t accept anything less.
“You know, I have no bad feelings towards Ok Rae Yoon. You know, I hope that he can go back home to his family. Rest up, heal up, and get ready for another war,” Lee said.
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