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Midnight Mania! One Championship Lightweight kingpin Christian Lee defends title via brutal first-round knockout

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One Championship might just have a phenom on their hands. Christian Lee, the promotion’s 22-year-old “Warrior,” looked to defend his Welterweight crown earlier tonight opposite Timofey Nastyukhin.

The match didn’t last long.

After a patient start from the champion, Lee found his opening. Nastyukhin jumped forward to engage, but Lee timed him with a left hand that rocked the Russian. When Nastyukhin tried to change things up with a takedown attempt, Lee punished him with a positively violent barrage of strikes.

Check it out below:

The victory marked his second title defense, as well as his sixth win in a row. Despite his recent controversial disqualification loss, Eddie Alvarez may be next in line for a shot at Lee’s crown. It would be a tremendous match up of experience vs. youth and athleticism, and definitely one of the more high-profile title fights One could book in the near future.

For complete One on TNT 2 results and play-by-play, click HERE!

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