Lee willing to face Folayang
ONE lightweight world champion Christian Lee expressed his desire to defend his title against the biggest names his stacked division has to offer.
The 22-year-old Singaporean sensation is coming off a huge victory following a unanimous decision nod over Saygid “Dagi” Arslanaliev last October.
Lee, who is also the ONE lightweight world grand prix champion, is setting his sights on former Bellator and UFC world lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.
“Eddie has done enough in his career to make him a legend of this sport, so I would love to share the ONE Circle with him when the time comes. I think that our styles would make for an exciting fight for the fans,” stated Lee.
“I think that Eddie is a very well-rounded mixed martial artist. He has great striking, wrestling, and just recently displayed great Jiu-Jitsu in his last outing against Eduard Folayang,” he added.
“He’s a very complete fighter who does not have too many weaknesses. It would be a big mistake to underestimate his skill set.”
Another name that Lee is hoping to test his mettle with is two-time ONE lightweight world champion Eduard Folayang of Baguio City’s Team Lakay.
Touted as the face of Philippine mixed martial arts and is easily one of the most recognizable faces in Asian combat sports landscape, Lee sang praises for the Filipino warrior then said that he is willing to stake his title against the former champion.
“I would love to share the ONE circle with Eduard Folayang,” he quipped.
“I have a lot of respect for all that he’s accomplished in his career, and I think that we could put on a great show for the fans.”
Lee went on to elaborate on what makes Folayang such a dangerous foe.
“Eduard is a very good striker, and is now rounding out his wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu. However, I feel that his main strengths are his heart and his killer instinct,” he explained.
“He’s the two-time former ONE Lightweight World Champion, so he doesn’t have many weaknesses. I think he’s a great fighter.”
Folayang, for his part, dropped a razor-thin split decision loss in his last outing against Pieter Buist this past January at the Mall of Asia Arena.
While there is not a doubt that Folayang would be willing to face Lee in a heartbeat, it remains to be seen if it is a matchup that would actually happen in the near future.
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