ONE Championship: Victoria Lee baffled by brother Christian’s lightweight title loss to Ok Rae-yoon
- ‘I don’t understand the reasoning behind the judges’ decision,’ says the 17-year-old, after Ok’s shock victory in Revolution main event
- ‘The Prodigy’ keeps rolling with third straight victory in ONE, and insists ‘I’ll keep improving for my next match’
After racking up a third victory of her burgeoning career, Victoria Lee was left scratching her head after seeing her older brother Christian Lee lose his ONE Championship lightweight title on Friday night in Singapore.
“The Warrior” surrendered his belt via a unanimous decision defeat by South Korean Ok Rae-yoon in the ONE: Revolution main event, and called for the result to be overturned.
The 17-year-old “Prodigy” (3-0) had earlier got the main card off to a start by securing a first-round TKO over Brazilian Victoria Souza, but her joy was tempered by her elder sibling’s shock loss.
“I do not think that my brother’s fight should have been as controversial as it was,” she told the media on a virtual post-fight interview. “It should be a clear unanimous decision that my brother should’ve kept his title.
“I don’t understand the reasoning behind the judges’ decision. You could see he had submission attempts, knocked him [Ok] down, controlled him, took him down.
“You could see the damage on Ok’s face. I don’t understand, but it’s up to ONE to see how they respond, if they’re gonna review the tape.”
Despite her brother’s disappointment, Lee kept rolling in ONE’s atomweight division with her third straight finish since debuting in February.
“I feel very lucky to be growing up in a family of extremely talented martial artists,” said Lee, whose elder sister Angela Lee is ONE’s atomweight champ. “I get all of the benefits of training with my siblings and learning from my dad. I don’t feel there’s pressure as a family – we’re all on our own individual journeys.
“I feel I’ve improved since my previous fights. I showcased some of my ground-and-pound skills and tightened up my overall game. But there’s still lots to improve on. I’ll go back, watch the tape, and keep improving for my next match.”