Widely regarded as one of the finest female wrestlers in all of mixed martial arts, Angela Lee will be making her second Circle appearance this year as she embarks on her bid to become the latest two-division world champion in the ONE Championship. “Unstoppable” will take on Xiong Jing Nan in a long-awaited trilogy fight with Xiong’s ONE Straw World Championship on the line.
The last time the two women faced off in the cage, Lee scored a fifth-round submission with just 12 seconds on the clock. It was Lee’s seventh career victory by submission at the time. Since then, she scored another with a second-round submission of fan-favorite Stamp Fairtex to ONE X in March.
ONE Championship invited fans to relive some of Lee’s best inside-the-circle submission victories on YouTube, uploading a highlight reel of “Unstoppable” submitting some of the promotion’s top contenders.
“Before atomweight queen Angela Lee challenges Xiong Jing Nan for the ONE Women’s Strawweight World Title in a massive trilogy on September 30, feast on INSANE submissions of ‘Unstoppable’ in ONE so far!”
Watch Lee’s highlight video below:
Angela Lee’s Struggles at Strawweight Versus Atomic Weight Dominance
Angela Lee has ruled the ONE atomweight division since its inception. As the only champion the division has ever known, Lee established herself as the queen of the ONE Championship, but it wasn’t all sunshine and roses. One thing that has eluded Lee in recent years is a win in the strawweight division.
Fighting a weight class twice, including her first encounter with Xiong Jing Nan, Angela Lee came up short. Losing their inaugural reunion via a fifth-round knockout, “Unstoppable” won another strawweight contest with Michelle Nicolini at ONE: Masters of Destiny in 2019. Nicolini won a unanimous decision over Lee.
Since then, Lee has mostly focused on giving birth and spending time with her daughter, but returned to reign the atomweight division once again at ONE X where she submitted the fan-favorite Fairtex Stamp. in the second round of their very entertaining contest. Now just one fight back, she returns to strawweight for another crack at two-time champion status.
The biggest difficulty for Lee is the height difference. Fighting at atomic weight brings Lee closer to his natural weight. Against virtually every competitor in the strawweight division, Lee will be undersized. His biggest opportunity to win a second world title is his ground game. If Lee can put Xiong on his back and carry her early, it’s possible that Lee can wear down his older opponent on the way to a submission or a decision win.