On the heels of yet another stunning performance where she dominated challenger Jenny Huang in the main event of ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM in Bangkok, ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee makes good on her promise to be a more active fighter in 2017.
The 20-year-old Lee (7-0) is now scheduled to make the second defense of her title on 26 May, when ONE Championship returns to the Singapore Indoor Stadium for ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES. The opponent this time around is undefeated atomweight fighter Istela Nunes (6-0) of Brazil.
“I said at the beginning of the year that I will make 2017 one to remember. I will keep my promise of being as active as I possibly can, and I can’t wait to get right back in there,“ said Lee.
The 24-year-old Nunes, who defeated Japanese MMA veteran Mei Yamaguchi via a closely-contested split decision last August, earned her shot at the title via a gritty performance.
Although Yamaguchi gave Angela Lee all she could handle in their May 2016 bout for the inaugural women’s atomweight belt, the Japanese fighter came up short against Nunes, who was making her ONE Championship debut.
Nunes is so far unbeaten in her professional mixed martial arts career, yet Lee welcomes the challenge and sends a warning to Nunes ahead of the matchup.
“After my last fight, I showed everybody just how much I have improved over the last couple of months. I’m ready to do it again. Istela Nunes had better be ready to go to battle, because this time I’m defending the title on my turf,” Lee concluded.
Nunes is the next logical opponent for Lee, having beaten a former title challenger. As Lee continues to clean out the women’s atomweight division, her star continues to rise along with her budding reputation and worldwide fame. Today, Lee is arguably ONE Championship’s biggest superstar, and appears to be in the midst of what could be a very lengthy title run.
Nunes, on the other hand, has her eyes fixated on an upset.
“When I joined ONE Championship, I had my eyes set on the world title. It’s my goal to someday become a world champion in mixed martial arts, and Angela Lee is one of the best fighters in the world,” said the Brazilian, vowing to do whatever it takes to capture the title.
“I am preparing myself well and will make sure that I come ready for the best Angela Lee possible. On 26 May, I will accomplish what so many others failed to do. I will beat Angela Lee and become champion.”
ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES is set for 26 May at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Additional bouts have yet to be announced.
After an entrance clearly inspired by Disney’s Aladdin film, people might have been wondering if the Bangkok Fight Lab product was taking his fight against Richard”Notorious” Corminal seriously enough. The hometown crowd at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, were undoubtedly entertained, but now he had to bring it inside the cage.
Indeed there were times during the fight when Wiratchai seemed to be smiling, laughing, and enjoying himself thoroughly. He did not enjoy the right hand that knocked him down early, though. Corminal might have been on the defensive, but once he let his fists fly, “One Shin” felt the sting and clearly realized he had a real fight on his hands.
Corminal, a Malaysian-based Filipino who trains out of Muayfit PJ, tried to pressure Wiratchai against the fence after taking a few hard shots. He looked for a takedown from behind, but the Thai hero successfully spun his way free and reset at the center of the cage, throwing a front kick to gauge the range. Once he had Corminal lined up, he threw a massive right hand and now it was Corminal’s turn to recover from a knockdown.
Wiratchai was not going to give him that chance, however. He came forward with a lightning-fast array of strikes, left and right hands, and a flying knee to boot. In the end, it was one precise right hand to the chin that caused Corminal to crumble. Referee Yuji Shimada decided he had seen enough, waving off the contest at 3:37 of the first round.
“One Shin,” who moves to 7-1, declared his victory “the best feeling ever” and promised to have his eye on the upcoming title fight between ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang and challenger Ev Ting at ONE: KINGS OF DESTINY. As for Corminal, he suffers his second career loss and falls to 4-2.
Just when you thought she couldn’t get any better, reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee unveiled a new dimension to her evolving skill set that took her from impressive to terrifying.
The 20-year-old Lee went head-to-head with previously-unbeaten Jenny Huang of Chinese Taipei in the main event of ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM, which took place in front of a capacity crowd Saturday night, 11 March, at Bangkok’s Impact Arena in Thailand.
The youngest MMA world champion in history, Lee dominated the entire matchup from start to finish, peppering a game but outclassed Huang with pinpoint accurate strikes. By the middle of the third round, Lee had overwhelmed Huang all the way to the mat, finishing her off with ground-and-pound.
The end came officially at 3:37 of round three, with Lee earning a technical knockout to retain the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship in her first title defense.
“Well I have had some time to work (on striking) because I haven’t fought in a while, so it feels really great,” Lee told Mitch Chilson in the post-fight interview. “It feels like I’m back home here in the ONE Championship cage. It feels amazing, I cannot describe what I’m feeling right now.”
Lee, known for her creative submission game, owned five submissions out of six total wins entering Saturday night’s main event. Fans and observers all but expected Lee to take matters to the ground once again to try and submit Huang, but Lee took matters into her own hands — literally.
Huang had her moments, and seemed content in pulling the counter, landing a handful of telling blows here and there. However, her successful hits were simply too few and far between. Lee just dominated the bout from end-to-end and there was no denying the champion this evening.
It was a spectacular performance from Lee, one that has surely cemented her place as one of the promotion’s top stars.
“Thank you guys for coming out. I have to say thank you to my opponent Jenny [Huang] for being such a courageous warrior. She brought out the best in me,” Lee added.
With the victory, Lee improves her record to an unblemished 7-0 and earns her first victory via TKO. Huang suffers the first loss of her young career and falls to 5-1.