Five months ago, no one knew the name Ok Rae Yoon as he prepared to make his ONE debut against Marat Gafurov. Now, Ok is now the ONE Lightweight Champion.
The fight was very close, with fighters having their moments. Christian was nearly able to finish a rear-naked choke in the 2nd round but slipped off. In the 3rd round, both fighters landed a knockdown on each other. Come round 4, Ok is controlling the striking as Lee tires. Finishing the fight off, both fighters threw everything they had left at their opponent. When it went to the judges’ decision, all three judges scored the fight for the challenger, Ok Rae Yoon.
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) September 24, 2021
Defeating Christian “The Warrior” Lee who was on a 6-fight win streak, Ok secured the title he was seeking even before joining ONE Championship. This win puts the new champion on a 5-fight win streak with wins over former champions Marat Gafurov, Eddie Alvarez, and Christian Lee.
Was it the right decision?
However, there are many people who disagree with the decision, especially Christian Lee.
“I have a lot of respect for Ok Rae Yoon. He’s a warrior. He’s a very tough fighter. But I won that fight. I have absolute respect for Ok Rae Yoon, but let’s bring it to the board. I want an instant rematch. That was bullshit. Okay? I won that fight. I know my skills. I believe in my skills. I think it deserves an instant rematch. Let’s bring it to the board, make that decision, overturn it. Do whatever it takes to get a rematch. Because look at each round, I came the closest to getting a finish, and I dropped him in the last round, I outstruck him, I took him down, I controlled him on the ground, and I came the closest to getting a finish. So every single one of the ONE Championship scorecard criteria, I won. I am the champion and I will stand behind my word. This is not right and I want to bring it to the board.”
– Christian Lee in his post-fight interview
For those unfamiliar, ONE judges MMA fights in their entirety rather than round by round. The judging criteria are listed in order from most to least significant below:
- Near KO or Submission
- Damage (Internal, Accumulated, Superficial)
- Striking combinations and cage generalship (Ground control, Superior positioning)
- Earned takedowns or takedown defense
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Watch ONE: Revolution
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You can also watch ONE: Revolution in VR in the Oculus Venues tomorrow, 9/25/21 at 9 pm EST.