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Chen Lei reveals his motivation for success in ONE Championship

Chinese star will look to extend his undefeated record at ONE: BEYOND THE HORIZON

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Chen Lei’s moniker “Rock Man” is well deserved.

The Chinese bantamweight contender has surged up the divisional ladder and overcome a series of tough examinations inside the ONE Championship cage to date.

But the charismatic Chen has risen to the challenge each and every time as he has extended his undefeated professional record.

So far, he has four consecutive victories to his name in ONE Championship, and Chen says his successes can be put down to one thing – bravery.

“I think some people are born to be braver than others,” the 29-year-old tells ONE Championship.

“Not everyone can be standing in the cage. We have paid such a high price to get here. We are warriors.”

A glance at his past bouts suggests he certainly has no fear of defeat, or his opponents’ skills.

He successfully escaped Jeremy Meciaz’s leg locks, battled through injury to defeat Saiful Merican, survived Burn Soriano’s tight armbar and bounced back from an early knockdown to defeat Ahmad Qais Jasoor.

Whatever the test, “Rock Man” has come through victorious.

One of the secrets behind his success is his mental toughness, forged during his formative years when he overame bullying that he never discussed with his family or friends.

“I have had to deal with many things all by myself,” he explains.

Chen also had to show fresh determination when he embarked on his mixed martial arts career. Without the backing of his parents, he effectively started his journey alone, but did so with the typical gust fans are used to seeing from him inside the cage today.

“I do not have my own team to support me, and I do not have any background,” he says.

“I am simply eager to win, and eager to change my own life.

“With anything in life, if I want to make it, I will put in 100 percent effort and energy to make sure it will happen. This is just who I am.

“I want to give my future wife a better life, and winning fights is the future for us.”

Chen’s determination and single-minded focus on not only building a legacy inside the cage, but also building a future outside of it, has driven him to the cusp of contender status in the ONE bantamweight division.

His next test, against Muhammad “Jungle Cat” Aiman, takes place at ONE: BEYOND THE HORIZON on Saturday 8 September in Shanghai, China.

It is the latest in a line of stern tests of his resolve, his character and his determination. But if his past form is any guide, “Rock Man” will meet the challenge head-on and give every ounce of energy he has in pursuit of victory.

Freelance sports writer and MMA reporter with 20 years’ experience in the UK's national media covering major sporting events including UFC world title fights, Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championships, Grand National and the FA Cup Final.

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