After one of the most controversial finishes last year, ONE Lightweight World Champion Ok Rae Yoon and former titleholder Christian “The Warrior” Lee are about to run it back.
The two hard-hitting lightweights are set to meet once again in the main event of ONE 160: Ok vs. Lee II on August 26 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, and fans and athletes alike can’t wait for this rematch.
After their razor-thin first encounter, a lot of people are on the fence about the outcome of this second match, and this includes former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang.
“I can’t really say who wins in this match. There will definitely be adjustments from both camps, especially since they’ve already seen each other’s strengths and weaknesses,” Folayang said.
“Ok Rae Yoon’s advantage [in their first bout] was his reach, and he defended Christian Lee’s advancements really well.”
The first match was as close as it gets. Lee started off strong, making good use of his pace and aggression to frustrate the South Korean challenger.
In the later part of the match, Ok started to adjust, utilizing his size and reach to keep Lee at bay while defending every attempt of the erstwhile World Champion to bring the match to the canvas.
In the end, Ok’s control in the later rounds weighed more in the eyes of the judges, something that Lee vehemently protested afterward.
While Folayang won’t predict a winner, he believes that Lee’s fight experience will play a huge factor in this clash.
“As I’ve said, whoever adjusts better will win, and I see Christian Lee adjusting well and getting the belt back in their rematch,” he said.
Folayang Wants Return To MMA Against American Icon
Folayang had a successful start to the year after beating John Wayne Parr in a Muay Thai match to formally send off the legendary Australian to retirement.
But when asked about his future plans, “Landslide” wants to return to mixed martial arts, and he already has an opponent in mind.
“I hope to get one more fight to compete in MMA before the end of the year. I’d love to face Sage [Northcutt]. That was already scheduled before, so I hope for it to push through,” he said.
“[My focus is] still in MMA, although if I get a good and interesting matchup in ONE Super Series, [like JWP], I won’t let go of that opportunity. I’d take it when it comes.”
In the meantime, catch ONE 159: De Ridder vs. Bigdash live this Friday, July 22, beginning with the lead card on One Sports or One Sports+ at 6 p.m. Philippine Standard Time (PHT). The main card will broadcast live on One Sports and One Sports+ at 8:30 p.m. PHT.