Singapore’s MMA star Angela Lee will continue her path to becoming the world’s first female two-division champion when she faces China’s Xiong Jing Nan on March 31 in Tokyo at ONE: A New Era.
“I was 100 percent ready to face her and defeat her in October before the injury in November,” Lee stated in regards to the unfortunate injury she suffered which forced her to withdraw.
“I think [my injury] made me that much hungrier and that much more motivated over the holidays.”
The reigning ONE women’s atomweight champion never lost her sight of claiming another gold-plated belt despite the setback she experienced.
“That was the only thing on my mind. I was just focusing on my recovery so I could get back in the gym and start training for the fight again. I was thrilled when ONE Championship said I could have this match-up again, and I was just so grateful. I never lost that focus.”
Lee is sticking to her fight plan, but with additional sharpness to assure competitiveness.
“Now, we’ve really had time to think about it more and come up with the same game plan, but tighten up all the edges. I think it’s going to allow me to go in there that night, really put my best foot forward, and use all my tools,” Lee added.
The 22-year-old is also aware of how her Chinese opponent likes to dissect her opposition during a fight.
“She’s an aggressive, forward-pressure, volume striker,” said the atomweight champion.
“I think she’s been able to get the better of a lot of the opponents she’s faced in the past and dictate where the fight goes with her pressure. With me, she’s not going to be able to do that. I’m not just going to put my back to the cage, and I’m not going to let her dictate where the fight goes.”
But she insists that such aggression from the champion will never be a problem come fight night.
“I’m not going to be scared to stand in the pocket with her or take the fight wherever it goes. I think that’s the main difference. I’m going to take this fight wherever it needs to go so I can finish her. I’m just going to make her quit. I’m going to do whatever it takes. I’m going to put the pressure on her, and I’m going to take her places she has never been.”
Summing up her history-chasing opportunity, “Unstoppable” doesn’t want to squander nor take things for granted as not everyone finds themselves in the position to achieve such a feat
“I know this is a huge, once in a lifetime opportunity that not many people get. To already be the world champion in my division and step up to possibly become a two-division world champion, that would be a huge goal of mine. This is going to be the fight of my life, and I’m going to put on my best performance.”
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