ONE Championship has announced the main event of “ONE: Heart of the Lion.” ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee, 22, of Singapore will challenge ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan, 30, of China.
“ONE: Heart of the Lion” will take place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore on November 9, 2018. ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong said, “ONE Championship is coming home to Singapore this November and we have an amazing evening planned for martial arts fans in the Lion City.”
“Two incredible world champions, the best in their divisions, are set to go head-to-head in a highly-anticipated super-bout,” Chatri continued. “ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion Xiong Jing Nan will step up to the plate to defend her title against ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee in what will be the biggest martial arts spectacle in Asia this year.”
“It’s a thrilling match-up that should have fans on the edge of their seats in excitement,” the ONE Championship chairman and CEO added. “With the two stars being feared finishers, I don’t expect this bout to go the distance.
Xiong began her career competing in professional boxing and she was originally inspired to pick up the sport by her father who imparted in her values of courage and integrity. Featuring a wide array of skills, she bagged a gold medal at the prestigious China Open Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament in 2017.
Since winning the inaugural ONE Women’s Strawweight World Championship, Xiong has made two successful title defenses. In her most recent bout, she defeated Samara “Marituba” Santos, 25, of Brazil to successfully retain her title and push her professional MMA record to 16 wins and 1 loss.
On the other hand, Lee is an undefeated fighter with 9 wins and 0 loss. She is considered one of ONE Championship’s most outstanding athletes.
Lee captured the inaugural ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship with an awe-inspiring victory over Mei “V.V.” Yamaguchi, 35, of Japan on May 6, 2016. Since then, the Singaporean MMA star has defended the title successfully on multiple occasions.
On May 18, 2018, Lee and Yamaguchi had their rematch. The Singaporean champion retained her title and undefeated record by winning via unanimous decision.
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Ticket information ONE: HEART OF THE LION is available at www.onefc.com.