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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:
Christian Lee retains the ONE Lightweight World Title with a first-round stoppage of Timofey Nastyukhin! @ChristianLeeMMA @tntdrama @BleacherReport @BR_MMA @brlive #WeAreONE #ONEChampionship #ONEonTNT2 pic.twitter.com/mxxy1ZRF8S— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) April 15, 2021
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!
I would say the Floyd Mayweather fight definitely isn’t going to happen for Henry Cejudo, but then, Mayweather did beat up Tenshin Nasukawa in Japan!
Hey @FloydMayweather I’m excited to fight you. Not as excited as Conor was..but still looking forward to it. @danawhite pic.twitter.com/wijrBGHfwA— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) April 13, 2021
Speaking of, it anyone shocked that Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor already agreed to fight again?
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Dan Hooker honestly sounds like a terrific fight for both men.
.@danthehangman is open for a return fight with RDA:— Submission Radio (@SubmissionRadio) April 14, 2021
“Anyone ranked above me would be a good fight for me. But yeah, fights that make sense. I like the RDA fight. Like, former champ, I respect his skillset, I respect the way he carries himself”
It’s been an odd year.
We're only 4 months in. pic.twitter.com/tZocgkamFa— MacMally (@MacMallyMMA) April 14, 2021
Petr Yan responds to a challenge from Sean O’Malley, and “Suga” fires back.
Are you high again Shaun? https://t.co/1dTG4DoA51— Petr “No Mercy” Yan (@PetrYanUFC) April 14, 2021
Yes bud. Higher than you on your tippy toes. Jk no short jokes. @HenryCejudo might get mad. Are you really 5’4 tho ? https://t.co/qey1hyIaIz— Sean O'Malley (@SugaSeanMMA) April 14, 2021
Rose Namajunas is going a bit over-the-top in the lead up to her fight with Weili Zhang.
April 14, 2021
Jake Paul wants to be Conor McGregor so bad.
Have you seen an open workout quite like @JakePaul's? #TrillerFightClub | Full video: https://t.co/ejYsu8QoXV pic.twitter.com/nbeOv77Dco— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) April 14, 2021
Slips, rips, and KO clips
This cage side view (plus the sound of the knee!) makes it extra clear how badly Adriano Moraes’ knee crushed Demetrious Johnson.
Good luck beating THIS as ONE’s Knockout of the Year! @adrianomkmoraes @tntdrama @BleacherReport @brlive #WeAreONE #ONEChampionship #ONEonTNT pic.twitter.com/3Jc1lPPqCR— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) April 9, 2021
Another ring side clip for good measure:
The ringside view of the moment @RAMIREZBOXING became a unified Junior Welterweight champ just never. gets. old. pic.twitter.com/2oJM4YOo9y— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) April 14, 2021
Gordon Ryan is consistently unbearable on social media, but I continue to follow him for the technical insight posts, which are pretty unmatched.
Black Mamba vs. Mongoose!
Midnight Music! Hot take: Nebraska is the best Bruce Springsteen album.
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.