But if all goes well this Friday, 24 September, at ONE: REVOLUTION, the 23-year-old Lee will be able to say he’s cleared out the entire lightweight elite.
The titleholder certainly respects his opponent, but he expects to come out on top once again.
“I think that Ok has good striking. He utilizes his range very well, and he’s got good timing when he strikes. But I feel confident in my own skill set that I’m better in every range,” Lee said.
“I feel that I’m a better striker, I feel that I’ve got better wrestling, and I feel that I have better jiu-jitsu. I know that Ok is going to be bringing the fight to me. He’s going to be fighting with all that he has, but I think that I have more.”
Lee has already fought – and emerged victorious – against a myriad of fighters, from tough-as-nails #1-ranked Saygid “Dagi” Guseyn Arslanaliev to Japanese grappling icon and #2-ranked Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki.
But against the South Korean upstart, he may need to switch up his game plan.
“It’s definitely going to be a different style, a different fight entirely when I go in there against Ok Rae Yoon. Because [he’s] different from my last two opponents, they were coming forward and trying to take my head off right away. I think Ok is going to take a little different approach,” Lee said.
“He’s more of a counterstriker. He likes to go in there and pick opponents off with his accuracy and his timing, and then he likes to stuff those takedowns and tire his opponents out. So I think he’s going to be, in some ways, the complete opposite of the last two opponents I faced.
“I have to be a little bit more careful not to rush into one of his counters. But I think it’s going to be a good style for my style.”
With 14 finishes in 15 career wins, Lee and his opponents rarely make it to the final bell.
However, the reigning king has been training to go the full 25 minutes on Friday – not because he’s doubting his finishing skills, but because he knows the challenger will present the hardest test he’s faced in recent times.
“In this matchup against Ok, I’m fully prepared to go five hard rounds with him. I’m prepared to go the distance because he’s a resilient guy. He’s a tough fighter, and I think his best strength is his resilience, his toughness,” Lee added.
“But if everything goes according to plan, I plan on taking this guy out in the first round. [I plan on] taking him down quick and submitting him.”
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