ONE Championship held the official public face-off for “ONE: Dynasty of Heroes” on May 25, 2017 at Clarke Quay, Singapore. The athletes on the card faced each other for the last time before they step inside the cage at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on May 26, 2017.
In the main event, Istela Nunes will challenge ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee of Singapore. Agilan Thani of Malaysia will challenge ONE Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren of the United States in the co-main event.
“Our amazing ONE Championship athletes are ready to take the global stage this Friday night,” ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong stated. “It’s going to be another awesome showcase of authentic martial arts action as ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee returns home to Singapore to defend her title against a young, hungry warrior in Istela Nunes. In addition, one of the best fighters in the world bar none, Ben Askren, is ready to accept the challenge from the pride of Malaysia, the talented Agilan Thani.”
For Lee, it was always such an amazing feeling to be able to perform in front of her fans in Singapore. She said, “It is an honor.”
“I promised that I would stay as active as I can this year, and this is my second fight already in just a few months,” Lee continued. “I live for challenges like these and I cannot wait to step inside the cage and to do what I love to do. I’m more than confident going into this fight like I am with each of my fights.”
“I’m ready for Istela,” Lee added. “She’s not welcome here. I’m going to defend my turf, my home.”
But Nunes has been preparing for this moment all her life. She said, “This is my opportunity to realize a dream I have had since I started in this sport.”
“It’s going to be a tough fight and I am ready for the best Angela Lee ever,” Nunes continued. “I will do my best to claim victory and bring the title back home to Brazil.”