ONE Championship: Angela Lee pulled from title bout with Xiong Jing Nan due to injury
Santino Honasan on Nov 05, 2018 06:11 PM
A back injury has forced Angela Lee to withdraw from her ONE Women's Strawweight World Championship bout against Xiong Jing Nan at ONE: Heart of the Lion in Singapore. (Photo courtesy of ONE Chamipionship)
A major change has been made to this Friday's ONE: Heart of the Lion card in Singapore, as main eventer Angela Lee has been pulled from her ONE Women's Strawweight World Championship bout against reigning titleholder Xiong Jing Nan.
ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong made the announcement on his Facebook page, Monday.
"I am bummed to announce that our medical team has deemed Angela Leeunfit to compete in ONE: Heart Of The Lion for this Friday November 9," Sityodtong revealed. "As such, I have made the decision to pull Angela off the card, despite her adamance to compete still in the world title fight against Jingnan Xiong."
Further expounded on the ONE Championship website, it was a serious back injury that forced Lee to withdraw.
Lee versus Xiong would have been ONE Championship's first female champion-versus-champion superfight, with Lee moving up in weight to challenge Xiong. A win for Lee would have made her the first female two-division champion in ONE history.
As such, the main event will now be the highly-anticipated title unification rematch between reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes versus reigning ONE Interim Bantamweight World Champion Kevin Belingon of Team Lakay.
Taking the co-main event spot will be Angela Lee's younger brother and former ONE Featherweight World Championship contender Christian Lee facing Japan's Kazuke Tokudome in a catchweight bout.
ONE Championship: Heart of the Lion will air LIVE on Friday, November 9th at 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!