Emotions will be at an all-time high when Edward Kelly and Christian Lee square off once again in the ONE Championship cage.
The two warriors intend to settle some unfinished business between them when they lock horn at ONE: ETERNAL GLORY at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia on Jan. 19.
Kelly won the first time he faced Lee, although that did not come without any controversy.
Facing off for the first time at ONE: BEYOND THE HORIZON, September of last year, Lee's suplex was deemed illegal by the referee, giving Kelly the victory via disqualification in the first round.
Though raring to go at it, both men know that they are gonna have to control their emotions the moment the opening bell rings.
“I plan on leaving all emotions outside the cage,” Lee said.
“When I go in there, I’m going to treat it like any other fight. I’m going to go out there and execute my game plan, and I plan on finishing him in the first round,” Lee added.
Like Lee, Kelly will be threading this match very carefully, understanding the Singaporean’s strengths, and trying to use it against him.
"We know that Lee is aggressive and he likes to finish people, but against me, he won’t be able to get that easily. Of course, I’m going for the win as well. The pressure is on us, but we need to stay focused," said Kelly.
"I’ll try my best not to get trapped in those submissions. I think his aggressiveness could also be his downfall. I added some additional skills and escapes. Let’s see how effective it will be in the match."
Given the result of their first match, Kelly's anticipation of Lee is pretty accurate, with the 20-year-old Evolve MMA standout looking to get his point across in this match.
“I feel absolutely in my heart that I won the fight by TKO, but it is what it is. You can’t change that, “ Lee said.
“It will forever show that Edward Kelly has a win over me, and I’m not OK with that. That’s why this rematch means so much to me. Now I’m just looking to rewrite the story, and finish him this time.”