Christian Lee not looking past Timofey Nastyukhin in a pivotal lightweight bout.
Reigning and defending ONE Lightweight Champion Christian “The Warrior” Lee is full of confidence heading into his next world title defense. The 22-year-old from Hawaii will defend his title against No. 3-ranked lightweight contender Timofey Nastyukhin in the main event of ONE on TNT 2 a pre-recorded event from the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore which airs this Wed., April 14.
Speaking to ONE Championship, Lee detailed what makes Nastyukhin such a legitimate threat to his title reign.
“He’s a great fighter. One thing I like about his style is that he’s a finisher. I know that he’s going to bring the fight. We are similar in the sense that we both go for the finish,” said Lee. “He’s one of those guys that, if you sleep on him, he’ll go in there and put you to sleep. I’m not going to be looking past him. I’m not going to take him lightly. I’m going to go in there and give it my one hundred percent.”
Lee continued on to say he felt he was still better than Nastyukhin virtually everywhere.
“However, I feel that my skills are much greater in every area. What I’m going to do is mix it up, use the full range of mixed martial arts.”
If he can defeat Nastyukhin, Lee will be one step closer to completely clearing out the top of his division. Heading into the contest, Lee believes he has put in enough work at the gym to get through this monumental hurdle.
“My main strategy in preparing for this bout against Timofey is to work harder than I’ve ever worked in my whole life, and to work harder than he could possibly be working,” said Lee.“I feel that we’re both great fighters, but the hard work that I’m putting in at the gym will set us apart on fight night.”
Lee is brimming with confidence ahead of what many are calling the toughest test of his young career.
“It’s much easier to win the belt than it is to remain the champion. The reason is, on the way up, you’re hungry. You want that belt, you want it so bad. Once you’re at the top, it’s up to you whether you want to keep that same drive, and that same motivation. For me, that motivation has never left,” said Lee. “I’m still hungrier than ever, and I still consider myself the hungry young contender that I once was.”
The ONE on TNT series airs every Wednesday in the United States from April 7 for four weeks.
ONE on TNT 2 is the second of a four-part event series broadcast from the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Also on the card in the co-main event, ONE Atomweight Kickboxing World Champion and No. 2-ranked atomweight Muay Thai contender Janet “JT” Todd faces No. 3-ranked contender “Ninjaline” Anne Line Hogstad in a Muay Thai contest.
Each week will include a lead card digitally streamed exclusively on Bleacher Report, B/R App, B/R MMA Twitter, B/R Live YouTube, and B/R Live, followed by main card fights televised exclusively on Bleacher Report and the B/R app.