Angela Lee, regarded by many as “Asian MMA’s Ronda Rousey“, claimed the ONE FC Women’s Atomweight World Title against Mei Yamaguchi at Ascent to Power in Singapore in a potential fight of the year contender.
ONE FC may have a real star on their hands in the shape of Angela Lee who, at the age of just 19, won world the Women’s Atomweight World Title against the far more experienced Mei Yamaguchi on Friday night. However, it wasn’t easy for her as Yamaguchi, who had not been stopped in a 23-fight professional career matched her at every step of their five round war at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
A durable and dogged fighter, Yamaguchi did not allow herself to be influenced by the hype surrounding Lee and went toe-to-toe with her on the feet and on the floor, countering her fluid combinations and fighting her way out of numerous submission attempts.
The Japanese competitor came back strongly in rounds two and three with some excellent scrambles, and even floored the young phenom with a right in the third. Lee showed her heart as well as her undoubted quality to come back in the Championship rounds en-route to a unanimous decision victory.
Lee has been touted as a possible “Ronda Rousey” figure in women’s MMA in Asia. Photogenic, charismatic, and hugely talented, she is a product of the revered Evolve gym which boasts talents like Ben Askren and Shinya Aoki. She trains there with her similarly promising brother Christian who also won on the card, taking his record to 4-0.