Ok Rae-Yoon stuns Christian Lee to win ONE lightweight belt in controversial clash

Ok Rae-Yoon stuns Christian Lee to win ONE lightweight belt in controversial clash

Ok Rae-Yoon shocked MMA fans with a title-clinching win over Christian Lee. ONE Championship (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--For the second straight fight card, controversy struck in a ONE Championship bout as Ok Rae-Yoon shocked Christian Lee to win the ONE lightweight title in the main event of ONE: Revolution on Friday night at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Ok, ranked number three by ONE among the contenders in the 170-pound division, prevented Lee from sweeping the entire ONE challenger list by winning the five-round showdown.

The fans at the arena and those watching the fight live on television and live stream, however, thought it should have been the other way around.

Ok actually delivered the fight's first glaring moment by connecting on a flying knee to Lee, but the latter responded with a takedown that slowed down action a bit.

While flinching on him, Lee scored on knee strikes even as he delivered solid strikes later in Round 1.

Action slowed down a bit in Round 2, but Lee still landed some significant strikes to Ok.

Ok once again scored on a flying knee only for Lee to once again take him down afterward even as the latter came close to a rear naked choke that the former successfully stopped before the end of the second period.

Ok then turned the tides in the third round, staggering Lee with a right hook that sent him down to his knee before unleashing more offense in the striking game.

Lee, however, seemingly regained control of the match by tagging Ok with a right hook of his own that knocked the latter before the former tried for a submission again.

Ok bounced back with a three-strike combo on Lee even as he closed out Round 3 on a high note with a kick to the body.

After things settled down again in Round 4 except for a series of knee strikes from Ok late in the round, Lee turned it on again in Round 5, hitting Ok with a right hook late in the round that wobbled him a bit.

Despite Lee's last hurrah, Judges Rosenberg Rosete, David Wee, and Olivier Coste all handed the win to Ok, who moved up to 16-3.

Lee, on the other hand, dropped to 15-4.

In the other title bout in the fight card, Asanan "Capitan" Praanekpanansri kept his ONE kickboxing bantamweight title after edging Mehdi Zatout via unanimous decision.

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