ONE Championship: Lee vs. Xiong trilogy highly likely, says ONE Chairman Chatri Sityodtong

Santino Honasan on Oct 13, 2019 03:35 PM
ONE: Lee vs. Xiong trilogy highly likely, says ONE Chairman
“I definitely think both of them want a trilogy, I think the fans want a trilogy, " - ONE Championship Chairman Chatri Sityodtong (Photo courtesy of ONE Championship)

TOKYO, JAPAN - Angela Lee successfully defended her ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship with a fifth-round submission win over rival Xiong Jing Nan in the main event of ONE: Century Part I, Sunday afternoon at the Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall, here. 

With the win, Lee avenged her previous loss to Xiong and evened their champion-versus-champion series at one match apiece, setting the stage for what could be a possible third match. ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong confirmed as much during the post-event presser for ONE: Century Part I

“I definitely think both of them want a trilogy, I think the fans want a trilogy, it was an incredible fight [between Angela Lee and Xiong Jing Nan], again, two incredible warriors, two incredible world champions, and I expect to see them again,” Sityodtong said. “I don’t know if it’s going to be right away, I’ll talk to both of them, but I think there’s a good chance that it would be right away, and I don’t now for whose belts.” 

As for which belt should be on the line for the third match, Lee says that she wants another crack at becoming a two-division world champion. The reigning Women’s Atomweight queen went up to the strawweight division back in March and came close to dethroning Xiong, the reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion, but instead absorbed her first career defeat via fifth-round TKO. 

“I’m coming for the strawweight belt next. That is my goal,” Lee said. 

In their first match, Lee was dominant during the first four rounds as she was able to contain Xiong on the ground and threaten with numerous submission attempts. Fatigue had gotten to Lee in the fifth round however, ultimately causing her to wilt under Xiong’s striking pressure, leading to a TKO victory. 

This time around, Lee says that she was better prepared. 

“I knew that my training would get me the victory, and that’s what my dad and my brother kept telling me. They said ‘You put the work in.’ They both told me ‘We’re so proud because we never saw you work this hard before, in all of your camps,’ and that’s how bad I wanted it, and I was willing to leave it all in the cage.” 

Much like in their first fight, Lee got hurt in the final round, but this time around, she was able to keep her composure and come away with the win. 

“Honestly in the last round, I couldn’t think straight, I really was in a daze, I was rocked, and the only thing that was keeping me going were the voices of Christian and my dad in my corner, coaching me through, step by step, every last bit, until the finish, that wasn’t me, that was all them.” 

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