Reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “The Unstoppable” Angela Lee, 22, of Singapore can become the first ever female two-division world champion of ONE Championship. For her to realize this dream, she has to dethrone reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, 31, of China at “ONE: A New Era.”
Lee and Xiong had their official face-off during the kick-off press conference for “ONE: A New Era” on March 28, 2019 at the Ritz Carlton in Tokyo, Japan. During the event, the Singaporean challenger said, “We’ve been training for Xiong Jing Nan for a while now.”
“I think her style and my style match up perfectly,” Lee continued. “We’re both very aggressive. Going for this second World Title at strawweight is a dream I’ve had for a long time.”
“ONE: A New Era” is the first ever ONE Championship event to take place in Japan. It will take place at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on March 31, 2019.
“Thank you so much for the warm welcome, Japan,” reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion stated. “I am so excited. This Sunday, 31 March, history will be made.”
Featured on the “ONE: A New Era” card are 11 mixed martial arts bouts and four ONE Super Series matches, which include two kickboxing contests and two Muay Thai contests. The match between Lee and Xiong is one of the 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. It will 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, here is a clip featuring Lee: