Two-division world champion Christian Lee thinks nerves got the better of Roberto Soldic at ONE on Prime Video 5.
“Robocop” Roberto Soldic made his highly anticipated debut in December, facing undefeated welterweight Murad Ramazanov in a potential world title elimination bout.
The thrilling match, however, turned sour when Ramazanov accidentally landed a groin knee. The Croatian superstar had five minutes to recover but unfortunately couldn’t. The match was immediately called off, with the referee declaring a no contest.
Despite the unforeseen circumstances, new ONE welterweight world champion Christian Lee had seen enough movement from Soldic to convince him that “Robocop” would have struggled with Ramazanov’s fight in the long run.
Breaking down the details, he told ONE Championship:
“I think there could have been a couple of things that led to the early withdrawal. He could have fought on a different platform. It was his first time fighting in ONE Championship, maybe a little nervous, who knows. But I really think if the fight continued, Ramazanov would have had a lot of success with his fight.
With the welterweight division on hold, Lee will likely have no choice but to return to his natural weight class as a lightweight to defend his world title for the fifth time.
Khabib Nurmagomedov protege Saygid Izagakmaev, who recently destroyed Shinya Aoki last November for a world title shot, is looking forward to a fight with the champion.
Christian Lee says championship rounds at welterweight are exhausting, relies on instinct to claim crown
Christian Lee, 24, has finally gotten a taste of being in the championship rounds at the 185-pound weight class in 2022.
At ONE on Prime Video 4, “The Warrior” challenged wrestling stylist Kiamrian Abbasov for the world welterweight title. Holding the record for most finishes in ONE Championship history, Lee’s cardio is rarely tested in championship rounds.
Fighting 15 pounds heavier than usual, Lee was visibly exhausted by the end of the first round. He was knocked down early with a left hook, exerting a tremendous amount of energy to get back up and recover before Abbasov completed his act.
Recalling that arduous experience and how he overcame exhaustion, Christian Lee told ONE:
“Being in the championship heats is something different. It takes practice, having the cardio to move forward when the time comes. But it also takes tremendous mental toughness not to give yourself a second to doubt your cardio, to not even take a second to overanalyze the fight. Just go with pure instinct and pure drive.
Watch the full fight below:
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