Lee destroys Nastyukhin to retain ONE lightweight world title

Published April 15, 2021, 8:12 PM

by Manila Bulletin Sports

Christian Lee is still the ONE lightweight world champion (ONE Championship)

Reigning ONE lightweight world champion Christian Lee put together another spectacular performance and finished No. 3 lightweight contender Timofey Nastyukhin in the first round of ONE on TNT II main event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium Wednesday night, April 14.

Both fighters cautiously kept their distance early, showing respect for each other’s finishing abilities. Lee was first to engage, throwing a quick right hand and then shooting for a double-leg takedown. However, Nastyukhin was able to read the offense and defend against it.

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But as Nastyukhin pushed forward with a combination, Lee caught him on the inside with a short left hand, visibly rocking the Russian.

Sensing his opponent was hurt, Lee immediately jumped on Nastyukhin and rained down a barrage of punches to the head until the referee stopped the bout.

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In the co-main event, ONE atomweight kickboxing world champion and second-seeded atomweight muay thai contender Janet Todd scored an emphatic finish over No. 3 fighter Anne Line Hogstad in the third round of their ONE Super Series Muay Thai contest.

Todd came out firing in the opening frame, operating at a furious pace while making use of her speed advantage. As the bout wore on, she grew more comfortable mixing up her strikes.

Hogstad tried to use her height and length, but Todd was able to read her opponent well. In the final round, Todd folded Hogstad with a crushing body kick to the liver, which forced the referee to halt the contest.

In the lead cards, Yoshiki Nakahara took a victory by disqualification over ONE Warrior Series product Shinechagtga Zoltsetseg due to an illegal kick to a grounded opponent’s head in the second round, Wang Shuo knocked out Kim Kyu Sung with a spectacular elbow in the third and final round of their flyweight bout, and Shuya Kamikubo forced ONE Championship newcomer Mitchell Chamale to tap out via second-round rear-naked choke in their bantamweight clash.