Two of ONE Championship's top Featherweight fighters are set to collide in Macau on Saturday night (Aug. 13, 2016). And Christian Lee says it will be the biggest fight of his career to date. The Singaporean-Korean teenager is booked to face Martin Nguyen at Cotai Arena in what he anticipates will be an explosive encounter.
"This is the biggest fight of my career to date. I think that Martin is a dangerous and exciting fighter, similar to my style, so this fight should be a treat for the fans."
Lee's five professional fights to date have all taken place inside the ONE Championship cage and he's won them all inside a round. He's been training at Evolve MMA in Singapore to prepare for this fight and feels he is at the peak of his powers.
"A typical trading day for me consists of weight training in the morning, sparring at noon, teaching in the evening, and specific training at night. My preparation this camp has been excellent. All that's left is to fight."
ONE: "Heroes of the World" will be the promotion's first-ever event in Macau. Lee was in Hong Kong for a press conference recently and is looking forward to fighting in one of Asia's most iconic casinos.
"I enjoyed the Hong Kong press conference very much. It was nice speaking to the local reporters and being able to share my thoughts on this upcoming fight. I am very excited to be fighting in Macau. I will be fighting a new opponent, in a new city and I can't wait to deliver my performance."
"Seeing my sister become world champion definitely motivated me to work harder to become a champion myself. I am hungry for that featherweight title, however I am willing to pay my dues and let the title shot come to me."
The reigning Featherweight champion is undefeated Marat Gafurov, but Lee believes he has what it takes to inflict a first ever career loss on the Russian.
"Gafurov is a very skilled fighter and a great champion, however, when my time comes, I will be ready for him."
Angela will be in Macau to compete at the grappling competition ONE Championship is organizing at the Venetian. Her brother might have a big fight booked that night, but he says that won't stop him from being there to support his sister.
"My sister and I support each other in everything we do so I will be there to watch her grappling competition."
Lee says he's watched plenty of Footage of Nguyen, who has three ONE Championship wins to his name. Between them they have 12 fights and neither man has ever been to a decision so the smart money is on this one not going the distance.