Just when you thought she couldn’t get any better, reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee unveiled a new dimension to her evolving skill set that took her from impressive to terrifying.
The 20-year-old Lee went head-to-head with previously-unbeaten Jenny Huang of Chinese Taipei in the main event of ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM, which took place in front of a capacity crowd Saturday night, 11 March, at Bangkok’s Impact Arena in Thailand.
The youngest MMA world champion in history, Lee dominated the entire matchup from start to finish, peppering a game but outclassed Huang with pinpoint accurate strikes. By the middle of the third round, Lee had overwhelmed Huang all the way to the mat, finishing her off with ground-and-pound.
The end came officially at 3:37 of round three, with Lee earning a technical knockout to retain the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship in her first title defense.
“Well I have had some time to work (on striking) because I haven’t fought in a while, so it feels really great,” Lee told Mitch Chilson in the post-fight interview. “It feels like I’m back home here in the ONE Championship cage. It feels amazing, I cannot describe what I’m feeling right now.”
Lee, known for her creative submission game, owned five submissions out of six total wins entering Saturday night’s main event. Fans and observers all but expected Lee to take matters to the ground once again to try and submit Huang, but Lee took matters into her own hands — literally.
Huang had her moments, and seemed content in pulling the counter, landing a handful of telling blows here and there. However, her successful hits were simply too few and far between. Lee just dominated the bout from end-to-end and there was no denying the champion this evening.
It was a spectacular performance from Lee, one that has surely cemented her place as one of the promotion’s top stars.
“Thank you guys for coming out. I have to say thank you to my opponent Jenny [Huang] for being such a courageous warrior. She brought out the best in me,” Lee added.
With the victory, Lee improves her record to an unblemished 7-0 and earns her first victory via TKO. Huang suffers the first loss of her young career and falls to 5-1.