ONE atomweight champion Angela Lee will defend her title against Mei Yamaguchi at ONE: Unstoppable Dreams this Friday from Singapore.
Lee scored a 2016 victory over Yamaguchi to claim the inaugural title and has defended it twice since via submissions over Istela Nunes and Jenny Huang.
“Coming back to Singapore ready to defend my title, it’s a familiar feeling,” Lee said. “At the same time, it feels new to me, after everything. It’s like a new beginning. I am excited to put in the best performance of my life and remind the world who I am as a fighter, as a martial artist, and as a world champion. I have missed the competition, the lights, the spectacle, and everything that comes with it. I live for this.”
The 21-year-old is a first degree black belt in both Taekwondo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. She’s scored seven submission wins in her credit and another knockout.
“It is my honor and my pleasure to see some of the greatest martial artists on the planet compete in ONE Championship. The thing that makes ONE Championship different from any other organization in the world, is that we want to build and unleash martial arts superheroes to ignite the world with inspiration, hope, dreams, strength, and courage,” Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, said. “Our heroes are role models not only in the cage, but also outside the cage. On Friday, we are one with Singapore in celebrating the beauty of martial arts as we have prepared the very best match lineup for the delight of our Singaporean audience and the rest of the world. This historic event will be seen around the globe as it will be aired by the biggest television networks across Asia and the world. It will also be available for free through the ONE Super App. Witnessing a great display of martial arts action is now at your fingertips.”
Yamaguchi rebounded from two consecutive losses in June with a submission of Huang, improving to 16-10-1 in her career. It marked the first win over her ONE career.
“Two years ago, Angela and myself put on a tremendous show for fans in Singapore, and we’re ready to do it again,” she said. “I respect Angela as an athlete and as a person, but I’m ready to give this bout my all. I am not the same martial artist as I was two years ago. I’ve made some key improvements to my game and I am excited to show everyone what I have worked so hard for.”