Unbeaten Christian feels unstoppable ahead of 5th fight

Christian Lee
Christian Lee

It will be a contest of contrasting styles when Christian Lee battle Filipino boxer-turned-mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Rocky Batolbatol this evening at One Championship's Kingdom of Champions event in Bangkok.

On paper, the odds would favour the 17-year-old teenager, who is the brother of 19-year-old MMA sensation Angela, the world champion.

Both siblings boast unblemished career win-loss records. While Angela is 6-0, likewise, Christian has gone 4-0 in a span of just six months since he made his professional bow last December.

His perfect streak in the cage is made even more impressive because the Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) specialist did not need to go the distance for all his four wins, as the bouts ended in the first round.

His previous fight took place just three weeks ago on May 6 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, where he easily submitted another Filipino Cary Bullos just 2min 7sec.

So Christian, who has a Singaporean father and a Korean mother and has American and Canadian citizenships, enters the fight night at Impact Arena feeling unstoppable and brimming with confidence.

THAT WINNING FEELING

I do feel like this is my time and no one is going to stop me.

CHRISTIAN LEE, MMA fighter, on his fledgling career.

He said: "I do feel like this is my time and no one is going to stop me."

And his best years are still yet to come, as he "devotes all of my time and energy towards my MMA career right now".

Christian is now fully focused on developing his professional career, following his graduation from high school last Sunday and he has put his university plans on hold.

His featherweight opponent, a former professional boxer who switched to MMA in 2011, is almost twice Christian's age. But even though the 31-year-old Filipino's record stands at 5-2, his last triumph was two years ago.

Christian, a member of the Evolve Fight Team, said: "It won't be easy. He's experienced and he's a boxer. He's going to give everything he's got to fight and find a chance to knock me out."

But the BJJ brown belt holder will be looking to capitalise on his opponent's weakness.

He said: "I will counter Rocky's boxing style by using my footwork and my reach to hit him before he has the chance to fire."

Alvin Chia

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 27, 2016, with the headline 'Unbeaten Christian feels unstoppable ahead of 5th fight'. Print Edition | Subscribe