Christian Lee is expecting a short night against Timofey Nastyukhin at ONE on TNT II.
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Lee (14-3) defends his ONE Championship lightweight title against Nastyukhin on Wednesday at Singapore Indoor Stadium. The main card airs on TNT following prelims on B/R Live.
Having only gone the distance once in his career, Lee will be in search of his second title defense when he meets fellow finisher Nastyukhin (14-4), who picked up a first-round TKO over former UFC lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez in the ONE grand prix quarterfinal.
But Lee is confident that he’ll have the edge wherever the fight goes.
“Timofey and I, we are similar in a sense that we both go for the finish,” Lee said. “However, I feel that my skills are much greater in every area, so what I’m going to do is mix it up, play through the full range of mixed martial arts, and I feel that my game will match up with his, and I’ll be able to exploit a weakness.”
He continued, “I’m very confident to defend my work title. I train every day, and I push myself so extremely hard. I know I’m the best fighter in the world.”
A 22-year-old soon-to-be-father, Lee is not only anticipating a finish over Nastyukhin, but he expects to make quick work of him.
“I think the fight is going to start very quickly,” Lee said. “There’s going to be a lot of action early on, and I’m going to end the fight in the first round with a finish.”
The Singapore-based MMA promotion, ONE Championship, returns to TNT for the second fight in their ONE on TNT series. The second installment is a tape-delayed airing of ONE on TNT 2: Christian Lee vs. Timofey Nastyukhin for the promotion’s lightweight title.
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ONE Championship and Turner Sports announced a four-part event series that will air during prime time in the United States this April. In addition to the Adriano Moraes vs. Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez vs. Iuri Lapicus fights already scheduled for April 7, Christian Lee, Aung La N Sang and Timofey Nastyukhin will also be in action that month on TNT.
“We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we have expanded our partnership with Turner, the leader of premium sports content in the United States, to deliver our first action-packed season of ‘ONE on TNT’ events to our fans in America and around the world,” said ONE chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong. “We look forward to showcasing the incredible talent of the greatest martial artists on the planet live on U.S. prime time.”
On April 14, lightweight world champion Lee defends his title against No. 3-ranked lightweight Nastyukhin.
Lee has dominated the division, defeating three of the top four ranked contenders and needing only a win against Nastyukhin to effectively clean out the ONE lightweights. It won’t be easy, though, as the Russian is coming off wins over Pieter Buist and most notably Eddie Alvarez by first-round knockout.
A week later, ONE light heavyweight world champion Sang drops down to middleweight to face rival Vitaly Bigdash in a trilogy bout to determine the division’s No. 1 contender. They fought twice in 2017 when Bigdash defended his middleweight belt by decision before Sang redeemed himself and won the title just five months later.