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ONE Championship star Angela Lee: Mei Yamaguchi is the second best

Conan Altatis, Angela Lee

Conan Altatis, Angela Lee

Reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee, 21, of Singapore was one of the special guests during the press conference for “ONE: Global Superheroes” on January 22, 2018 at the City of Dreams Manila in Paranaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines. In my brief interview with her during the event, I asked her who she thought was the second best in the women’s strawweight division of ONE Championship, which she has been dominating since her promotional debut in 2015.

“Well, it would be my opponent whom I am scheduled to fight in May, which is Mei Yamaguchi,” Lee replied. “She’s next in line for title contention.”

Lee became the ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion when she defeated Mei “V.V.” Yamaguchi, 35, of Japan via unanimous decision at “ONE: Ascent to Power” on May 6, 2016. It was the only win by Lee that did not end via submission or knockout.

Yamaguchi was supposed to challenge Lee at “ONE: Immortal Pursuit” on November 24, 2017 but the latter had to pull out of the competition after being injured in a vehicular accident. Lee was replaced by Gina “Conviction” Iniong, 28, of the Philippines, who then lost to Yamaguchi via unanimous decision.

Fight fans were worried after hearing the news about the accident involving the undefeated champ but she has apparently recovered and ready to fight again. Lee told me, “I’m feeling great.”

“I feel fantastic,” Lee continued. “I had really awesome holidays with the family (while I) continue (to have) a lot of resting and time off training, so I’m feeling good.”

On May 18, 2018, the much awaited rematch between Lee and Yamaguchi will finally happen. They will headline “ONE: Unstoppable Dreams” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.

I also asked Lee about her engagement with fellow ONE Championship athlete Bruno “Puccibull” Pucci, 27, a Brazilian fighter fighting out of Singapore. I asked her whether or not it is going to affect her fighting career negatively.

“No, I don’t think so,” Lee answered with a smile. “I think that it will give more motivation for me. It’s something that, it’s all unique because we can do it together. We;re both fighters so it’s our lifestyle.”

Currently, Lee has 8 wins and 0 loss. Watch my short interview with her here:

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