ONE Century: Eddie Alvarez out, replaced by Christian Lee

Eddie Alvarez was expected to face Saygid Arslanaliev in the final of ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix held on October 13 in Tokyo, Japan. However former UFC and Bellator lightweight champion was forced to withdraw from the contest due to injury. He was replaced by the newly-crowned ONE Lightweight titleholder Christian Lee, the promotion announced late this week.

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“My apologies, I am gutted, I can hold my head up and say with all honesty I gave this opportunity my all. I wanted this as bad as anything I ever wanted but for some reason it’s not my time right now. It’s time to rest and heal and come back stronger,” Eddie Alvarez posted on Twitter.

Christian Lee replaces Eddie Alvarez, faces Saygid Arslanaliev

The promotion initially tried to replace Alvarez by the former ONE lightweight champion Eduard Folayang, who took the bout. However “Visa issues made it impossible”.

Christian Lee (12-3) has agreed to step in on a two-week notice. He claimed the division’s title in May, when he TKO’d Shinya Aoki in the second round. Prior to that he scored a pair of the first-round stoppage wins against Edward Kelly and Kazuki Tokudome.

Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev (8-1) is riding the four-fight win streak. He won three of his most recent bouts by knockout in the first round against Amir Khan, Ev Ting and Timofey Nastyukhin. Before that he submitted Tetsuya Yamada in Round 3.

The Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev vs. Christian Lee bout is featured on the Part 1 of the event titled ONE Century.

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