ONE Championship: Angela Lee is the underdog in her next bout, says ONE Chairman Chatri Sityodtong
Santino Honasan on Oct 22, 2018 02:35 PM
“I put Angela as a heavy underdog because she’s moving up in weight against a very dangerous KO striker with a 15-1 record, and [Xiong] Jing Nan has basically finished almost everybody she’s faced.” - ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong on Angela Lee versus Xiong Jing Nan (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)
For the first time since 2016, reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee will be taking on the role of challenger.
Also for the first time in a long time, the Singaporean superstar is coming in as the underdog.
At ONE: HEART OF THE LION on Friday, 9 November in Singapore, the 22-year old Lee jumps up in weight to challenge reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan of China.O
Against Xiong, Lee will be facing a bigger, heavier, and more experienced competitor.
While Lee has managed to take care of business in each of her first nine professional mixed martial arts bouts, ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong believes that “Unstoppable” has her work cut out for her come 9 November.
“I put Angela as a heavy underdog because she’s moving up in weight against a very dangerous KO striker with a 15-1 record,” said Sityodtong during a global conference call, “and [Xiong] Jing Nan has basically finished almost everybody she’s faced.”
Xiong has been nothing but dominant since coming to ONE Champioship back in 2017, winning via KO or TKO in three of her first four bouts in the promotion.
As dangerous as this contest is for Lee, it can also be argued Xiong will be facing the toughest test she has ever come across in ONE Championship.
Lee, after all, has shown the ability to make the necessary adjustments in a match, which has helped her to three successful world championship defenses.
This time around, Lee won’t be looking to successfully defend her title, but rather make history by becoming the first female two-division world champion.
“With that being said, [Angela] is always about making history and if you guys remember, at 19 years old, she became the youngest world champion in history of any major organization globally, and she’s going to try to make history again as a two-division world champion, she’s not one to shy away from challenges,” Sityodtong stated.
The path to history however, will be the hardest that Lee has ever had to traverse in her career, as she faces a fellow champion who has knocked out more than half of her career opponents.
“Let it be very clear that [Angela] is up against a more experience opponent, a heavier opponent, a stronger opponent, who has more KO power,” he explained.
“I think Angela’s risking it all in this fight,” Sityodtong added.