The title bout between “Unstopabble” Angela Lee, 23, of Singapore and Denice “The Menace Fairtex” Zamboanga, 22, of the Philippines is one of the matches ONE Championship fans are eager to see after the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The former has been reigning as the promotion’s champion in the women’s atomweight division since May 6, 2016.
A product of Fairtex Training Center in Pattaya, Thailand, Zamboanga is one of the undefeated mixed martial artists currently signed with ONE Championship. She defeated Mei “V.V.” Yamaguchi, 36, of Japan via unanimous decision at “ONE: King of the Jungle,” a closed-door event held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on February 28, 2020.
“I think Denice is very well-rounded,” Lee said. “She’s an up-and-coming fighter. I also think that her team did a great job in creating a smart game plan for her in the Yamaguchi fight and she was able to execute that plan and get the decision win.”
Training out of Evolve MMA in Singapore and United MMA in Hawaii, United States, Lee became the inaugural ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion by defeating Yamaguchi via unanimous decision at “ONE: Ascent to Power” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. In the same venue, the Singaporean champion won when they had their rematch at “ONE: Unstoppable Dreams” on May 18, 2018.
Currently, Lee holds a professional mixed martial arts record of 10 wins and 2 losses while Zamboanga has 6 wins and 0 loss. The latter is currently ranked number one among the top contenders in ONE Championship’s women’s atomweight division.
“She’s young, hungry and well-rounded,” Lee said of Zamboanga. “She is the new breed of MMA fighter that can do it all. She can strike, wrestle and grapple but I think she may be inexperienced in certain areas of the game.”
Lee was most likely referring to the area of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, in which she has shown exceptional skills. She is known for her tricky ground game as the majority of her opponents have had difficulty escaping from the clutches of her top game as soon as action hits the mat.
Out of Lee’s 10 career victories, seven have come by way of submission, including the twister submission she successfully executed against Natalie “The Kilapino” Gonzales Hills, 32, of the Philippines at “ONE: Pride of Lions” at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on November 13, 2015. It was one of the rarest submission maneuvers ever seen in MMA competition.
While all bouts begin on the feet, Lee has a knack for scoring quick takedowns, bringing her opponents to the ground where she enjoys a sizable advantage so Zamboanga must be prepared for when that happens. The reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion is confident she can retain her title and put together another amazing performance fans will be happy with.
“I just think it’ll be a great fight,” Lee said of her upcoming fight with Zamboanga. “The fans will love it. It will definitely be exciting. But when that final bell rings, you will hear the words, ‘and still.'”