Timofey Nastyukhin, like all driven prizefighters, lusts for the kind of power and influence Christian Lee now possesses.
The Russia Top Team product will challenge Lee for the undisputed One Championship lightweight title when the two men lock horns in the One on TNT 2 headliner this Wednesday at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang Singapore. Nastyukhin has recorded four wins across his past five outings and enters the match on a two-fight winning streak. He last appeared at One Championship “Inside the Matrix 2,” where he laid claim to a unanimous decision over Pieter Buist in October. Lee, meanwhile, has rattled off five straight victories. He has not competed since he took care of Iuri Lapicus with first-round punches at One Championship “Inside the Matrix” on Oct. 30.
As Nastyukhin and Lee make final preparations for their high-stakes battle, a look at some of the numbers that have accompanied them to this point:
22: Years of age for Lee, who was born on June 21, 1998 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
9: Lee victories by knockout or technical knockout, accounting for 64% of his career total (14). His list of victims includes Kotetsu Boku, Kazuki Tokudome, Edward Kelly and Shinya Aoki.
29: Seconds needed for Lee to put away David Meak in his Dec. 11, 2015 professional debut at One Championship “Spirit of Champions.” Though he has 10 first-round stoppage wins to his credit, it remains his fastest finish to date.
4: Lee victories by submission, accounting for 29% of his career total. His methods of choice: one kimura, one brabo choke, one armbar and one guillotine choke.
1: Promotion in which Lee has competed. He has spent his entire 17-fight career under the auspices of One Championship.
31: Years of age for Nastyukhin, who was born in Soviet-era Kazakhstan on Nov. 24, 1989.
7: Nastyukhin wins by knockout or technical knockout, accounting for 50% of his career total (14). His list of victims includes Eduard Folayang, Rob Lisita and Eddie Alvarez.
5: First-round finishes on the Nastyukhin resume. He submitted Alexander Vasiliev with a rear-naked choke in 33 seconds on Oct. 20, 2013, tapped Nikolay Romanschikov with a triangle choke in 46 seconds on May 1, 2014, punched out Mairbek Makhanov in 20 seconds on May 12, 2014, knocked out Sayd-Hamzat Avkhadov in 54 seconds on June 22, 2014 and wiped out the aforementioned Lisita with a punch and follow-up soccer kick in six seconds on May 27, 2016.
8: Countries in which Nastyukhin has competed as a professional mixed martial artist. He has gone 7-1 in Russia, 2-0 in China, 1-1 in Singapore, 0-2 in Indonesia, 1-0 in Japan, 1-0 in Myanmar, 1-0 in Thailand and 1-0 in the Philippines.
.657: Cumulative winning percentage between the four men—Boku, Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev, Herbert Burns and Magomedsaigi Guseinov—who have defeated Nastyukhin. They own a combined record of 46-22-2, with Boku supplying 26 of the wins, 16 of the losses and both draws.
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