Christian Lee is determined to get a $50,000 bonus in his upcoming rematch against Ok Rae Yoon next month. After a controversial loss to Ok at ONE: Revolution last year, Lee hopes this time it will be a golden night to remember.
While many athletes rack up bonuses of up to $100,000 overnight, as interim world heavyweight champion Anatoly Malykhin did at ONE: Bad Blood earlier this year, Christian ‘The Warrior’ Lee expects to win its own bonus prize in August. 26.
He told Sportskeeda MMA’s Andrew Whitelaw:
“Absolutely. It’s exciting that they gave bonuses, and I really feel like my fighting style is good for that. So I hope to get a good performance and maybe also a good bonus when of the next fight.
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This is the first year in ONE’s history that the promotion has awarded performance bonuses at every event. This includes extra money not only for winners, but also for fighters who failed but put in heroic effort. Danielle Kelly, for example, received a $50,000 bonus for her incredible grappling performance at ONE X, despite the fight ending in a draw.
The main criterion for awarding a performance bonus is “playability”, which means that the fighter in question gave it his all until the very last second of a fight. If Christian Lee regains his world title via a stupendous knockout or a memorable submission, his performance could well be in contention for a bonus.
Christian Lee Focuses On Picking Up The Pace If He Goes The Distance With Ok Rae Yoon
Christian Lee said he’s focused on picking up the pace if he can’t finish against Ok Rae Yoon at ONE 160 early.
In his third world title defense against Ok, Christian Lee failed in the eyes of the judges at the end of the fight in five rounds. The 24-year-old was quickly losing momentum after the third round due to earlier submission attempts, which required a lot of energy.
In the championship rounds, Ok looked the fresher fighter, which may have given him the edge over Christian Lee to win the belt.
The Singaporean-American fighter is determined to right the wrongs of the past. He said SCMP MMA:
“I’m going to make sure I can pick up the pace for 25 minutes without breaking a sweat. And I plan to finish it a lot sooner than that. But if it goes on for five laps, it definitely won’t happen again.”
Watch the interview below: