For some families, fighting becomes the best policy, especially when they form the Lee dyad.
Even for amateur mixed martial arts (MMA) spectators, it is clear that the duo, consisting of 21-year-old Angela Lee, the reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion, and 19-year-old Christian Lee, are instant crowd-pullers when they dominate their respective rings.
On May 18, the Lee siblings will make a pit stop in Singapore for ONE Championship’s “ONE: Unstoppable Dreams” show at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. The main event will mark the “Unstoppable” Angela Lee’s comeback bout to face her strongest opponent to date, Japanese veteran Mei Yamaguchi. This is a highly-anticipated rematch between the two women since Angela’s victory during the inaugural ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship back in 2016. Since then she has defended the title twice, but her untimely car accident in November 2017 rendered this particular match with Yamaguchi to be postponed.
In a recent interview with Forbes, Angela acknowledges the challenge of fighting Yamaguchi again, as well as having the match in Singapore because of her mixed family background. The Lee siblings have a Singaporean father and a Korean mother, and the family currently resides in Hawaii.
“Mei Yamaguchi is an honourable martial artist, and it is my pleasure to share the cage with her. She has certainly been my toughest test to date, and I can’t wait to show just how much I’ve changed since our first meeting. I’m a completely different beast now, and I want to test my skills against the very best. Right now, that’s Mei. I want to show the world that I can put this challenge behind me,” she said.
“Singapore is family to me, it’s home. I am truly grateful to be able to represent Singapore on the global stage of martial arts. It is an honour. Since the moment I first stepped into the country, I’ve been welcomed with open arms. Fans have been behind me all the way and I am completely overwhelmed by all the love and support. Thank you all for following my journey.”
Other title bouts of the night include Christian “The Warrior”, who has his eyes set on the ONE Featherweight World Championship belt presently held by Sydney-based Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen. Christian has an impressive four-bout winning streak and a nine-win, one-loss record— the loss from his stint against Nguyen in August 2016.
The pressure is on him to join his sister and surpass her to become the youngest world champion in history if he beats Nguyen. The event will also witness the crowning of the inaugural ONE Super Series Muay Thai Flyweight World Champion, featuring Evolve Mixed Martial Arts‘ Sam-A Gaiyanghadao and Dutch-based Sergio “Little One” Wielzen. With each Lee sibling vying for the champion belts in their categories, it is sure-Lee to be a sensational night of blood, sweat, and tears.
ONE: Unstoppable Dreams
When? 18 May, 7pm to 11pm
$28 onwards per ticket (Ticket information here)
Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore Sports Hub, 2 Stadium Walk, Singapore 397691
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Feature image credit: Evolve MMA