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Shinya Aoki gets quick turnaround, defends ONE Championship title against Christian Lee in May

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Shinya Aoki (pictured) will defend the ONE Championship lightweight title against Christian Lee.
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Shinya Aoki is wasting no time.

Five days after Aoki reclaimed the ONE Championship lightweight belt with a first-round submission victory over Eduard Folayang in Tokyo, the Asian promotion announced that the experienced fighter will put his title on the line against Christian Lee at ONE: Enter The Dragon, scheduled for May 17 in Singapore.

The ONE: Enter The Dragon fight card will take place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore and also includes the previously announced promotional debut of UFC veteran Sage Northcutt, who meets Cosmo Alexandre in a welterweight contest.

Aoki (43-8, 1 no-contest) is coming off four straight first-round finishes since May 2018, submitting Rasul Yakhyaev, Shannon Wiratchai, Ev Ting and Folayang. Win or lose, the Japanese star only went the distance three times over the last 20 MMA fights.

Lee (11-3), who came up short in his first attempt to win the lightweight belt with a split decision loss to Martin Nguyen last May, earned another shot at the gold after scoring consecutive TKO wins over Kazuki Tokudome and Edward Kelly. “The Warrior” fought his entire MMA career under the ONE banner, finishing all of his fights by knockout or submission.

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