Singapore’s Christian Lee is feeling confident ahead of his upcoming title clash with ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya Aoki.
The pair meet on the main event of ONE: ENTER THE DRAGON which takes place this Fri. 17 May 2019 inside Singapore’s Indoor Stadium.
“I am feeling great this is a terrific opportunity for me and to fight for the world title in Singapore it’s a dream come true,” Lee said speaking to Lowkick MMA.
“It’s been a great training camp so far. I have had great preparation, and I feel like that I have all the skills I need to win this match and I am very excited to put on a show.”
Aoki has been on a tear lately, racking up four straight first-round submission victories. The 36-year-old captured the lightweight strap when he defeated Eduard Folayang in the main event of ONE: A New Era.
However, Lee is no stranger to Aoki’s grappling abilities. The pair have worked out together previously when they were both at Evolve MMA.
“The thing about Shinya and I is that we trained together and we are actually quite good friends. So we know each other styles to an extent,” Lee said.
“It’s been few years since we trained together, but we have been really watching each other’s carers evolve and watching our martial arts game adapt and evolve I think the exciting thing about this match is that it’s not going to be anything personal, just skill and will.”
Lee presents a unique challenge to Aoki. He brings to the table impressive stand-up skills backed up by a stellar grappling pedigree. The 20-year is ready to go full five but envisions a short night in the office for the reigning champion.
“I can absolutely see this going five rounds as we are both prepared for it. However, we are both finishers and we both train to finish the fight as quickly as possible. I feel that one of us is going to come away with a first-round victory, that being me.”
Regardless of the outcome of Friday’s contest, Lee still has his sights set on the ONE Featherweight World Title. He fought for the belt last May but fell short in his attempt to dethrone ONE Featherweight World Champion Martin Nguyen when he lost via split decision.
“I still feel like I have unfinished business, but right now my only focus is on the task at hand and winning the lightweight world title.”