Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Tiebreaker Times
Photo from ONEFC.com

Mixed Martial Arts

Drex Zamboanga targets Christian Lee after ONE: Full Circle triumph


Drex Zamboanga’s first-round knockout victory over Rahul Raju may have made it look like he had an easy transition from flyweight to lightweight. However, the truth behind his fight at ONE: Full Circle last Friday says otherwise.

“At first, I struggled to adjust to lightweight. It’s not easy because I jumped three weight classes, but I had to maintain my speed,” the Marrok Force mainstay revealed in a recent interview.

“I focused on enhancing my speed and power during my training and loaded up on conditioning to match [Raju’s] strength.”

But the 28-year-old competitor based in Bangkok, Thailand, overcame the struggles and finished Raju in 65 seconds. The impressive performance at the heavier weight class was a result of Zamboanga following the strategy that he and his coach created.

ONE-Full-Circle-Drex-Zamboanga-def-Raju-2 Drex Zamboanga targets Christian Lee after ONE: Full Circle triumph Mixed Martial Arts News ONE Championship  - philippine sports news

Photo from ONEFC.com

“I was able to maintain my training and executed my game plan against Raju very well. I’m very happy because it’s been two years since I last fought due to injury,” said the fighter who remains undefeated in ONE Championship.

After his fight against Raju, Zamboanga sees himself staying at lightweight rather than flyweight because he believes he’s better off competing in that division.

“I would like to be in a higher division, either lightweight or featherweight because I’m more comfortable fighting in these weight classes,” he added.

“I’m still relatively big in lightweight so there won’t be problems for me to remain in this division.”

Now that he’s calling the lightweight division home, “T-Rex” revealed without hesitation the fighter he’d like to face soon.

“If possible, I would like to face ONE Lightweight World Champion Christian Lee. I’ve been watching his fights from way back, and I feel like we’d have an interesting match skill-wise.”

For now, he will take a break from the competition by returning home to his family in the Philippines. However, he took time to express his gratitude to those who helped him along the way.

“I am very thankful for my family because they gave me 100 percent support when I was in the Philippines. I would also like to thank Marrok Force for the support they give every time I fight.”

#ReadMore  Denice Zamboanga relishes extra time to prep for ONE GP
Written By


You May Also Like

Mixed Martial Arts

SINGAPORE — Denice Zamboanga fell short in her mission to finally avenge the first defeat of her promising mixed martial arts career. She bowed...

Mixed Martial Arts

The resurgence of Jeremy Miado in ONE Championship continues as “The Jaguar” defeated Team Lakay’s Lito Adiwang in their rare Filipino-versus-Filipino showdown at ONE...

Mixed Martial Arts

Preparing for an important fight without a key figure is never easy – especially if that person is also family. However, Denice Zamboanga has...

Mixed Martial Arts

Jeremy “The Jaguar” Miado is on a roll as of late in ONE Championship. The 29-year-old strawweight won three of his last four fights,...

Mixed Martial Arts

Second-ranked atomweight contender Denice “Lycan Queen” Zamboanga is oozing with confidence ahead of her long-awaited rematch with no. 3-ranked contender “Arale Chan” Ham Seo Hee at ONE...

Mixed Martial Arts

Denice “Lycan Queen” Zamboanga will be 100 percent focused on her rematch against Ham Seo Hee at ONE X. However, once her fight with...

Mixed Martial Arts

Jeremy “The Juggernaut” Pacatiw had Team Lakay’s full support coming into his match against No. 4-ranked contender Fabricio “Wonder Boy” Andrade at ONE: Full...

Mixed Martial Arts

Team Lakay’s Jeremy Pacatiw was dealt a stunner by Marrok Force’s Fabricio de Andrade, suffering a quick first round technical knockout loss during ONE:...

Advertisement