There is much at stake for “Unstoppable” Angela Lee as she prepares for the biggest match of her career.
On 13 October, she defends her ONE Women’s Atomweight World Title against the strawweight queen, “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, in the main event of ONE: CENTURY PART I.
This highly anticipated rematch is the perfect setting for Lee to avenge the first loss of her professional career.
Back in March, the United MMA and Evolve MMA representative moved up a weight division to challenge Xiong for her ONE Women’s Strawweight World Championship.
Despite almost getting an armbar submission, the 23-year-old fell to a fifth-round TKO by the hands of the Chinese athlete.
“I think I put on a good fight,” Lee revealed. “I’m pretty sure her game plan was to wear me out and take me into the later rounds, and I didn’t expect that from her.”
The Singaporean is aware of the mistakes she made and has made the necessary adjustments to deny “The Panda” any chance of a repeat victory.
“Going into this fight, I’m prepared if she pressures forward or if I’m the one who is pressuring forward,” she continued. “I think, either way, the fight is going to be in my favor.”
Although her first professional loss was tough to handle, Lee is proud that she has learned from the experience and expects to be a better version of herself in Tokyo, Japan.
“Even though it was just earlier this year, I really feel like I’ve made leaps and bounds in my training, and maybe that would not have happened if I came away with the win,” she said.
“Everything happens for a reason. I’ve grown as a martial artist, as a fighter, as a World Champion, and I’m ready to show the world in October.”
Now that “Unstoppable” is staying at her natural weight class, it gives her great confidence ahead of their rematch.
“It’s always a push for me to get to this weight class, but this is my division,” she said. “I know what it takes to get here, and I know how hard I have to work to get here. In that sense, I like it. I’m more prepared to do what it takes for this fight.”
Even though Lee has worked tirelessly in preparation to improve on her fitness, she revealed she was not 100 percent during their first encounter.
“I do feel that I have fixed the mistakes going into that fight,” Lee explained. “I had prepared to the best of my abilities at that time – I was still recovering from my back injury, and that played a factor in my cardio.”
Now that she is fully healthy, the atomweight queen has faith that her training these past months will pay off.
“I’ve lost track of how many hundreds of miles that I’ve run already. I’m feeling good. I’m feeling great,” she said.
The Hawaii-stationed Singaporean is also extremely grateful for the opportunity to headline the first-ever ONE card broadcast live on American television.
“It’s a huge honor. To be on the first event that’s going to be showcased on national television in the United States is such a big deal,” Lee said. “It’s my opportunity to shine and put on a great show. I want to make a great impression.”
Check out ONE Championship’s next event, ONE: CENTURY, the biggest World Championship martial arts event in history. No organization has ever promoted two full-scale World Championship events in one day.
But The Home Of Martial Arts breaks new ground as it features 28 World Champions, four World Title bouts, three World Grand Prix Championship Finals, and four World Champion versus World Champion matches.
The action happens at the famous Ryogoku Kokugikan on 13 October in Tokyo, Japan.
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