Angela Lee has heart set on making history at ONE: A New Era
Astro Awani |
January 31, 2019 18:45 MYT
Angela Lee is the youngest ever mixed martial arts World Champion, and undefeated inside the ONE Championship cage. - Instagram pic/@angelaleemma
ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion 'Unstoppable' Angela Lee has achieved much more than any 22-year-old female martial artist has accomplished.
She is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt holder, the youngest ever mixed martial arts World Champion, and undefeated inside the ONE Championship cage.
Lee is not done yet, however.
On Sunday, 31 March, she can add another accolade to her list of accomplishments when she challenges ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion 'The Panda' Xiong Jing Nan for her belt at ONE: A NEW ERA in Tokyo, Japan.
“Becoming the first female two-division champion in ONE Championship history is a huge, huge goal of mine,” she said.
“I’m putting a lot of work into this fight, making sure I have absolutely no holes anywhere. I’m going to seal up my game.”
The match at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan will also mark her return to the cage after an injury-filled 2018, which saw her successfully defend her belt against Japan’s Mei Yamaguchi in May.
It was her maiden appearance in 2018. That time off, however, did not demotivate her. In fact, it only spurred her to achieve greater success this year.
“Moving into 2019, (my injury) makes me even more excited and motivated than ever to stay really busy, stay active, and go after this second division this year,” she added.
Lee is well aware of what 'The Panda' has in store for her, too.
Her 31-year-old Chinese opponent had a dream year, with three victories on the trot and two successful World Title defenses.
“This is the biggest fight of my career because I’m going up in weight and I’m fighting for the opportunity to become the first female two-division champion,” she said.
“Of course, I wanted the fight to happen in November, but I’m just as happy to wait a few months to have it in Tokyo. Japan is one of the places I’ve always wanted to fight in, and I’m ecstatic about it.”
Lee knows a victory would only mean a busier year ahead, but she is bent on showcasing her skills more often in The Home of Martial Arts throughout 2019.
“I want to fight at least three or four times this year,” she said. “I want to make up for lost time. I’m more motivated than ever. I want to defend titles in both divisions.”