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As ONE Championship returns to its home-base of Singapore on 26 May, Asia’s largest sports media property has prepared one of its biggest cards yet for 2017.
ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee is set to square off with Brazil’s Istela Nunes in the main event of mixed martial arts (MMA) extravaganza ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES, which is set to take place at the 12,000-capacity Singapore Indoor Stadium on May 26.
Considered by many as the face of women’s MMA in Asia, Lee is one of ONE Championship’s most competent athletes.
The 20-year-old MMA sensation made history in May 2016 by capturing the inaugural ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship belt with an awe-inspiring victory over Mei Yamaguchi.
Lee’s combination of striking and grappling skills has proven to be a formula for success as she has remains unbeaten inside the ONE Championship cage.
In her last bout, Lee dominated top contender Jenny Huang of Taiwan with a masterful display of striking to successfully defend her title.
There is no denying Lee’s dominance and meteoric rise to popularity in MMA as one of ONE Championship’s biggest draws.
Despite her young age and the ever-increasing pressures around her, Lee is still loving life of being champion, but admitted that she looks forward to her next world title defence.
“I’m very excited to be jumping back into the cage and defending my title for the second time. My last training camp for my first title defence was great. This one is going to be even better. It’s always a treat for me fighting in Singapore as I have great support from all my family and friends,” she said.
However, Nunes is an opponent who should not be underestimated. She is a two-time Muay Thai world champion with an unblemished 6-0 professional win-loss record.
Nunes’ exciting style and knack for delivering powerful strikes makes for exciting fights. The 24-year-old Brazilian striker took on top-rated female atomweight Mei Yamaguchi in her last outing, winning a closely-contested split decision.
At her best, Nunes is a well-rounded combatant with a solid striking and grappling skillset that gave her two career wins by finish.
“Our styles are very explosive and it will be exciting for the fans to see. I think that Istela is a good opponent for me,” Lee said of her counterpart.
While Lee is not underestimating the challenge ahead of her at ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES, she feels that when it is all said and done, she will have her hand raised in triumph at the end of the fight.
The Women’s Atomweight World Champion believes that she has what it takes to tame the ferocious Istela Nunes when they collide.
“She’s a good striker, but I know that I’m much more well-rounded. I feel like I can take this fight wherever I want it. Whether it’s on the feet or on the ground, I’m extremely confident in all areas.
“I am the more complete fighter, and at the end of the day, that is what it comes down to. I have been doing this my whole life, and when we step into the cage, I know without a doubt I am going to come out victorious.