News

Christian Lee Knocks Out Shinya Aoki To Win ONE Lightweight World Title

May 18, 2019

On a night of incredible upsets at ONE: ENTER THE DRAGON, the biggest one may have come from Christian “The Warrior” Lee, who moved up a division to take the ONE Lightweight World Title from Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki.

Christian Lee STOPS Shinya Aoki in the second round to win the ONE Lightweight World Title! ????

Christian Lee STOPS Shinya Aoki in the second round to win the ONE Lightweight World Title! ????TV: Check local listings for global broadcast

Posted by ONE Championship on Friday, 17 May 2019

The Singaporean had to defy a colossal deficit in experience to make an incredible comeback and make history by becoming the youngest male World Champion in mixed martial arts history on Friday, 17 May.

Aoki started the bout by putting the young challenger under extreme pressure. He pushed Lee back against the ropes and eventually, after some clinch work, the reigning World Champion took the 20-year-old to the mat and landed in full mount.

The Japanese icon methodically went to work on the ground and, as Lee attempted to escape from the bottom, “Tobikan Judan” saw his opportunity to transition to a tight armbar.

UNBELIEVABLE toughness from "The Warrior!" ????

UNBELIEVABLE toughness from "The Warrior!" ????TV: Check local listings for global broadcast

Posted by ONE Championship on Friday, 17 May 2019

He torqued his rival’s arm into an unnatural position, but incredibly, despite his clear discomfort, Lee managed to withstand the pain and also find his way out of the position. As he got back to his feet, he was met with a huge ovation from the crowd inside the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The bell to signal the end of the round rang seconds later, and the challenger went back to his corner looking like a man who had made it through the early storm.

When the action restarted, “The Warrior” looked to keep things in the stand-up realm in the second stanza as he fended off Aoki’s attempts to impose his ground game again.

When your little bro achieves his lifelong dream ????

When your little bro achieves his lifelong dream ????TV: Check local listings for global broadcast

Posted by ONE Championship on Friday, 17 May 2019

Once the Singaporean challenger had created some space between himself and the Japanese World Champion, he found his rhythm and turned the tables.

Lee came forward and connected with a flurry of punches, and two clean left hands sent Aoki down in the corner of the ring. “The Warrior” followed his opponent to the mat and unloaded ground strikes as referee Olivier Coste dived in to wave off the action after 51 seconds of round two.

It meant Lee had earned his 12th career victory, defeated a legend, bettered his teammate, and captured the ONE Lightweight World Championship.

???? POST-BOUT INTERVIEW ???? Christian Lee and Shinya Aoki share a moment after their epic main event clash! ????‍♂

???? POST-BOUT INTERVIEW ????Christian Lee and Shinya Aoki share a moment after their epic main event clash! ????‍♂TV: Check local listings for global broadcast

Posted by ONE Championship on Friday, 17 May 2019

His sister – ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee – was watching ringside, and she was quick to rush in to congratulate her sibling after his post-bout speech.

They are now the first ever brother-sister duo to hold mixed martial arts World Titles at the same time.