Ok Rae Yoon Wants to Erase All Doubt, Dominate in Rematch With Christian Lee

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It’s been weeks since ONE: REVOLUTION. With the ONE Lightweight World Title changing hands for the first time since 2019, South Korean superstar Ok Rae Yoon is now the reigning World Champion.

Ok went against the grain and shocked the world by defeating longtime titleholder Christian Lee to win via unanimous decision, lifting the lightweight belt.

Obviously his Hawaiian opponent wasn’t happy. Lee believes he dominated every category of ONE Championship’s scoring criteria, but the judges felt otherwise. That’s when Lee took the mic at the center of the Circle, addressed the audience, and uncharacteristically aired his frustrations on live TV.

“In my opinion, Christian Lee didn’t offend me at all. I still respect him as a person and as an athlete. I get why he did that, it was right after the fight, you still have your adrenaline pumping, you still have that rush in you and it was a close fight. It wasn’t really one-sided,” Ok said in a recent interview with South China Morning Post.

However, Ok didn’t view Lee’s actions as a sign of disrespect. Rather, he understood where the 23-year-old was coming from. The South Korean feels the matter can easily be resolved with the inevitable rematch, and he’s gunning for a more decisive victory.

“He (Lee) wasn’t showing any disrespect towards me. I don’t have any ill feelings towards him, nothing like that at all. My job now is to go into the rematch, totally dominate the fight and make it one-sided so that there won’t be any controversy at all,” Ok said.

“Nobody will talk about this first fight and it [will] just end right there, that’s what I’m focusing on right now.”

Being the new king at lightweight, there’s a whole host of options for Ok’s next opponent. But the 30-year-old, who now finds himself on a five-fight winning streak, says Lee is still the most deserving.

“Christian Lee who [was] the champion is actually the most active fighter out there. I think the only thing that makes sense right now is that Christian Lee gets the rematch because I didn’t beat him one-sided. If I dominated him and if it was a one-sided fight, maybe not, but it wasn’t that,” Ok said.

“It was a close fight so I think Christian Lee is the one who deserves that rematch.”

After winning the World Title, Ok admitted that the feeling of being the new ONE Lightweight World Champion didn’t instantly sink in until after a few days of reflection.

Interestingly enough, ONE Championship did, in fact, honor Lee’s request for the result to be reviewed by the competition committee. But the decision was upheld and Ok remained the World Champion.

“I actually have the belt in my home right now. I’m holding it and people are calling me a champion. It feels good but I just don’t know how to explain this [feeling],” Ok said.

“It feels like I just signed with ONE Championship, the time really didn’t pass but I’m already a champion. And it feels like the time passed by so quickly like it flew by. So even now, from time to time, it feels so surreal.

“I sometimes don’t know if I’m dreaming or if I’m not. I don’t know if this is real or not. But what I know is this is real and it really happened, it feels really good.”

Up next, catch all the action at ONE: NEXTGEN on Friday, 29 October, by downloading the ONE Super App.

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