Being able to win fights is one thing but being able to finish opponents in the first round is quite another. Christian Lee’s mixed martial arts (MMA) career is still in its infancy but the 17-year-old phenom has already put away three different fighters inside the opening five minutes.
He only made his pro debut last year but Lee is already a multiple time Pankration world champion and says that aggression has always been a big part of his game.
“I have always been an aggressive fighter. When I get in there to fight I have only one goal, and that’s to finish my opponent as quickly as possible.”
Pankration tournaments don’t attract much publicity but Lee has been thrust straight into the spotlight by Asia’s biggest MMA promotion. He’s competing at ONE: “Ascent to Power” this Friday (May 6, 2016) at the Singapore Indoor Stadium and a crowd in excess of 10,000 people is expected.
It’s a big step up for the teenager to make but he says the lessons he learned competing in submission grappling and Pankration have served him well.
“I treat it (professional MMA) exactly the same. The stakes are much higher but I still come in with the same focus and intensity as all of my past fights.”
He is going up against Cary Bullos on Friday, an experienced Filipino fighter who was a champion in his homeland before signing for ONE Championship. Sooner or later Lee will probably encounter an opponent good enough to go the distance with him but he doesn’t expect that this will be the week.
“I think Cary Bullos’s main strength is the fact that he goes out on his shield. In all of his fights he’s either finished his opponent or been finished, so I know that he’ll be coming for the kill.”
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Source:: mma mania