Angela “Unstoppable” Lee, 21, of Singapore became the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion when she defeated Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi, 35, of Japan at “ONE: Ascent to Power” on May 6, 2016. It is still Lee’s only win via unanimous decision.
On November 24, 2017, Lee and Yamaguchi were originally scheduled to have their rematch on at “ONE: Immortal Pursuit” but the former was injured in a car accident in Hawaii weeks prior to the competition so she had to pull out. Gina “Conviction” Iniong, 28, of the Philippines replaced Lee and lost via unanimous decision to Yamaguchi, who is finally having a rematch with Lee at “ONE: Unstoppable Dreams.”
“I was really worried about Angela’s damage,” Yamaguchi said during a worldwide media conference call for “ONE: Unstoppable Dreams” on March 15, 2018. “Well, I was sad that the fight was cancelled but I just wanted her to come back with no rush because I wanted to face her back in action with 100 percent physically and mentally.”
Yamaguchi acknowledged that her opponent is young and has a lot of skills. For the Japanese martial artist, she is not as young as Lee but she has a lot of time to concentrate, which gives her a lot of improvement.
For “ONE: Unstoppable Dreams,” Yamaguchi has been trying to improve her skills in boxing and ground game. She said, “I had two years since the last fight and especially in jiu-jitsu. I’ve been training a lot and I tried for the world championship and I had third place in brown belt and now I got a black belt so I think I’m improving a lot in ground game.”
“But at the same time, I have a new kickboxing coach,” Yamaguchi revealed. “We’re working really hard constantly and I hope I can show that technique in the cage this time.”
“ONE: Unstoppable Dreams” will take place on May 18, 2018 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. Here is a clip featuring Lee and her fellow champions of ONE Championship: