ONE Championship has a new lightweight king.
The 20-year-old Christian Lee (12-3) TKO’d Shinya Aoki (43-9) to get a big win in Singapore.
The lightweight championship bout was the main event of Friday’s ONE: Enter the Dragon, which took place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
As the opening bell rang, Aoki wasted no time surging forward and quickly took the fight to the ground.
The Japanese star came close to finishing Lee, but he managed to survive and get back to his feet.
As the second round kicked in, Aoki attempted to take his opponent to the mat, but Lee was able to defend and from there took control of the fight.
Lee cracked Aoki with two big shots that sent him crashing down. At 51-seconds into the second round, referee Olivier Coste jumped and the fight was over.
Lee vs. Aoki was surprising for a number of reasons.
Firstly, they are Evolve MMA teammates. They’re friends. Aoki just won back his title in March and Lee typically competes a featherweight.
With the Lightweight GP in full swing and a new champion in town, things in ONE’s stacked lightweight division are bound to become intriguing.
Northcutt’s debut goes South
Muay Thai and kickboxing veteran Cosmo “Good Boy” Alexandre made quick work of the debuting “Super” Sage Northcutt with a jaw-dropping one-punch knockout win.
Alexandre made good on the first big punch he landed, blasting Northcutt with a massive overhand right hook that put the American out on his feet.
The Brazilian striker landed one more left hook to finish Northcutt off in just 29 seconds.
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Further down the card and Saygid “Dagi” Guseyn Arslanaliev knocked out Amir Khan to earn the first spot in the Lightweight GP final, while grappling ace Garry Tonon kept his unblemished MMA record intact, with a swift victory over Japan’s Yoshiki Nakahara.
Full Results for ONE: Enter the Dragon
Christian Lee defeats Shinya Aoki via TKO at 0:51 of round two to claim the ONE Lightweight World Title
Regian Eersel defeats Nieky Holzken to claim the inaugural ONE Lightweight Kickboxing World Title
Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy defeats Giorgio Petrosyan via split decision (ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix)
Samy Sana defeats Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex via unanimous decision (ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix)
Cosmo Alexandre defeats Sage Northcutt via knockout at 0:29 of round one (mixed martial arts — welterweight)
Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev defeats Amir Khan via knockout at 2:56 of round one (ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix Semifinal)
Geje Eustaquio defeats Kim Kyu Sung via unanimous decision (mixed martial arts — flyweight)
Miao Li Tao defeats Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke via knockout at 4:09 of round one (mixed martial arts — strawweight)
Jo Nattawut defeats Sasha Moisa via TKO at 1:24 of round three (ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix)
Yoshitaka Naito defeats Alex Silva via unanimous decision (mixed martial arts — strawweight)
Garry Tonon defeats Yoshiki Nakahara via submission (heel hook) at 0:55 of round one (mixed martial arts — featherweight)
Dzhabar Askerov defeats Enriko Kehl via unanimous decision (ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix)
Mei Yamaguchi defeats Laura Balin via submission (armbar) at 3:46 of round one (mixed martial arts — atomweight)
Iurie Lapicus defeats Shannon Wiratchai via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:10 of round three (mixed martial arts — lightweight)
Daniel Dawson defeats Brown Pinas via split decision (ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix — Alternate)
Rahul Raju defeats Richard Corminal via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:43 of round one (mixed martial arts — lightweight)