Christian Lee will fight Martin Nguyen at ONE: UNSTOPPABLE DREAMS in Singapore on 18th May for the Featherweight ONE World Championship title. This fight will be the second fight where they meet each other. The first fight was at ONE: HEROS OF THE WORLD on 13 August 2016, where Martin Nguyen handed Christian Lee his only loss to date in a great fight via 1st round Guillotine Choke.
Martin Nguyen VS Christian Lee at ONE: Heroes of the World
Since that fight, Christian Lee has won all four of his fights and Martin Nguyen has become two division ONE Champion in Featherweight and Lightweight. Martin Nguyen lost his last fight against the Bantamweight Champion Bibiano Fernandes via split decision to become a three-division champion. Now Christian Lee has worked his way up the Featherweight rankings and has been paired with Martin Nguyen for the second time.
One year ago we took an interview with the 18-year-old Christian Lee a few days before he fought Jianping Wan at ONE: Kings of Destiny, his first fight after the loss to Nguyen. Because of the rematch between Christian Lee and Martin Nguyen we are going to repost the interview here below:
Despite the fact that you are only 18 years old. You have fought 6 professional fights and the first one was in December 2015 when you were 17 years old. When did you start training martial arts and what is your background in combat sports?
– I began training in mixed martial arts at the age of four, under my father who is a martial arts master. My background is mixed martial arts.
Your sister Angela Lee is the youngest person ever to win a world title in MMA, when she won the women Atomweight(115lbs) title at the age of 19. Is your plan to become champion quicker (younger) than she did?
– I plan to continue winning my fights in devastating fashion. I’m in no rush to beat her record.
You obviously come out of big martial arts family you and Angela have two your siblings that are training martial arts. Can you tell us a little bit about your family from the martial arts perspective?
– My entire family train in martial arts. My father and mother coaches my sister and I and in turn, we coach our two younger siblings. On a normal day, you will see all six of us on the mats training.
How has your training camp been and did the late change of opponent have any effects on your camp?
– My training camp for this fight has been great. The last-minute Opponent change will make no difference to what I’m going to do to him.
How do you see your next fight going, you have yet to taste how it feels to go to the 2nd round in your career will your opponent be done in the first?
– I plan on finishing the fight whenever it presents itself to me. Whether that’s in the first or last round, I will wait until the moment presents itself.
You had your first loss in your career in your last fight, how did that feel and what was the most important learning lesson from that fight?
– I learned a lot from my last fight and I feel that I’ve grown as a martial artist and as a person.
What are your aims and goals in the mixed martial arts world?
– My goal is to be the best martial artist in the world.
Is there something that you would like to say to your fans and followers of MMA On ICE?
– Thank you all for your support! I appreciate all of my fans and followers. This next fight is going to be a good one, so don’t miss it!
We hope to get an interview with both fighters before they fight at the ONE: Unstoppable Dreams