SINGAPORE – He is “totally” quick to give blended combative techniques (MMA) fans the battle they need, however Christian Lee will just protect his One Championship lightweight world title against Eddie Alvarez if the previous UFC star procures the chance.
In a media phone call on Wednesday (Sept 8) in front of his title safeguard against South Korean warrior Ok Rae Yoon at One’s Sept 24 Revolution occasion at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, Lee was inquired as to whether he would have favored battling somebody with a “more prominent”, like 37-year-old American Alvarez.
Lee, who has a Singaporean dad and South Korean mother and battles under the Singapore banner in One, said: “Eddie Alvarez, he was a major name coming over from the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship).
“At the point when One marked him, he had a great deal of foothold behind him, however he hasn’t done what’s necessary to assemble himself an approach the title.
“I’m actually looking out for Eddie to begin winning a couple of battles and afterward we can get down to business… be that as it may, for the time being I’m glad to confront Ok, I believe he’s the main meriting competitor.”
Alvarez, a previous lightweight hero in top American associations the UFC and Bellator, has had little to celebrate since getting paperwork done for One in late 2018. He was taken out in his first battle, won his second, excluded in his third – this was subsequently toppled and controlled a no-challenge – and afterward lost to Ok by means of consistent choice in his fourth, in April.
In May, after Lee excused Alvarez’s offered for a shot at the title, the American tweeted, saying the 23-year-old was “all around secured” by One, adding that he would “finish you at whatever point I needed”.
On Wednesday, Lee ignored the verbal thorns, blaming his American opponent for “attempting to work up dramatization”.
“We see each other in the passage of (an occasion) and… all is well,” said Lee. “There’s no genuine dramatization between us, yet I surmise online there is. I don’t invest my energy following it so I don’t know what’s said out there, yet any junk talk that has been said by any of my adversaries, is only a joke to me.”
Lee has intrigued in his two title safeguards up until this point, with first-round knockout successes over Iuri Lapicus and Timofey Nastyukhin, and triumph over Ok would solidify his status in the lightweight (up to 77kg) division.
He is now looking at a move forward to welterweight (up to 84kg) in 2022 and intends to be a two-division champion, however said he would postpone those plans if Alvarez works his direction into lightweight title conflict.
“Totally,” said Lee. “That is certainly a battle the fans have been needing to see. All we’re truly sitting tight for will be for Eddie to win a battle, then, at that point we’ll get it going.”
The new year will likewise see a re-visitation of the enclosure for Lee’s sister and One atomweight ladies’ hero Angela Lee, who brought forth her first youngster in April. She is planned to return in February to confront the champ of the atomweight Grand Prix. Four female contenders are left and Lee tips either Thai warrior Stamp Fairtex and India’s Ritu Phogat to come out tops.
Lee, 25, said parenthood was “astonishing” and has “certainly transformed me”.
She has started to prepare close by her kin Christian and Victoria – who will likewise be in real life on Sept 24 – subsequent to finishing a preparation program explicitly for competitors who have conceived an offspring.
“After this occasion in September, we will get it going and kick my fend camp off, so I’m exceptionally energized for that,” she said, having initially designated a re-visitation of activity before the finish of 2021.
“I imagine that battling in February will be incredible for me. It will give me considerably more opportunity to return significantly more grounded, so I’m truly invigorated for it.”
She did, notwithstanding, have an irritable trade with a Filipino columnist who blamed her for taking a “two-year get-away” to have a kid while declining to clear her title. Lee’s last battle was a fruitful title safeguard in October 2019.
She said “these aren’t ordinary occasions” due to the worldwide pandemic, and commended One Championship’s CEO Chatri Sityodtong for his help.
“It’s not on the grounds that I’m the banner young lady, this is on the grounds that… I’ve endeavored to get to the position I’m at,” she said.
“Since I get pregnant and I need to have a child, I shouldn’t be deprived of my title. One Championship has shown this is the thing that the standard ought to be – when a lady gets pregnant, in her work she is upheld and she has something important to return to a while later.
“I’m extremely fortunate and I realize it’s going to accompany a great deal of analysis and a ton of disdain yet I realize how hard I’ve functioned for this and I’m not simply going to have that taken from me.”