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ONE Championship star Angela Lee praises Japanese people, culture

Angela Lee

Angela Lee

ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee, 22, of Singapore, was in Japan recently and has nothing but praises for the country. She attended the first ever ONE Championship press conference in the country, which took place at Park Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo.

“Thank you all for having me out here,” Lee said when she took to the podium to share her thoughts during the press conference. “I am thrilled to be part of this press conference. ONE Championship is doing big things out here in Asia and I am proud to be a part of it all.”

“Japan is a beautiful country with great people and great culture,” the reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion added. “As the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion, I am proud to serve as a role model to all the aspiring martial artists in Japan and in Asia, especially the young girls who have dreams of becoming martial artists. Japan is such an incredible country and I can’t wait to experience what it has to offer.”

On November 9, 2018, Lee will compete in a different weight division for the first time. She will compete for the ONE Women’s Strawweight World Championship at “ONE: Heart of the Lion” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.

On September 8, 2018, reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, 30, of China will defend her title from Samara “Marituba” Santos, 25, of Brazil at “ONE: Beyond the Horizon” at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai, China. The winner will face Lee at “ONE: Hear of the Lion.”

Including Lee, three world champions attended the recent ONE Championship press conference in Tokyo. The other three were reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito, 34, ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, 38, of Brazil and ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera, 40, of the Philippines.

Naito’s fellow Japanese MMA stars who attended the press conference were former ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya “Tobikan Shudan” Aoki, 35, and former ONE World Title challengers Mei “V.V.” Yamaguchi, 35, and Ken Hasegawa, 31. Other special guests in the event were Renzo Gracie, 51, of Brazil, his brother 5th degree BJJ Black Belt Ralph Gracie, 47, submission Grappling world champion Garry “The Lion Killer” Tonon, 26, of the United States, kickboxing superstar Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan, 32, of Italy and Muay Thai legend Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, 31, of Thailand.

Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring Lee:

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