Training out of Alliance China and Bali MMA, reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, 31, of China will defend her belt from reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “The Unstoppable” Angela Lee, 22, of Singapore at “ONE: A New Era.” They had their official face-off during the kick-off press conference on March 28, 2019 at the Ritz Carlton in Tokyo, Japan.
“I will face a tough opponent in Angela Lee but I am confident I can defend my title,” Xiong said during the press conference. “(This) Sunday, Angela and I will bring the best of us.”
“I would like to say thank you for the opportunity to compete and showcase my skills on such a huge platform,” the Alliance China and Bali MMA athlete added. “I want to give the fans a fight they will never forget.”
Taking place at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on March 31, 2019, “ONE: A New Era” is the first ever ONE Championship event to take place in Japan. On the fight card are 11 mixed martial arts bouts and four ONE Super Series matches, which include two kickboxing contests and two Muay Thai contests.
Including the bout between Xiong and Lee, there will be three co-main events, which are all title bouts. Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, 38, of Brazil will challenge reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, 31, of the Philippines in a trilogy bout.
Ken Hasegawa, 32, of Japan will challenge reigning ONE Middleweight and Light Heavyweight World Champion “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang, 33, of Myanmar in a rematch. They will compete for the Burmese fighter’s middleweight belt.
“ONE: A New Era” will be headlined by Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki, 35, of Japan and reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, 35, of the Philippines in a rematch. Meanwhile, get to know more about Xiong here: