Angela Lee vs. Mei Yamaguchi puts up Biggest Fight in ONE Championship History
These two ladies prove to be ONE Championship’s biggest local and international mixed martial arts talent in Asia.
Remaining undefeated in Singapore, Angela will put her exceptional stand-up skills to the test, coupled with her world-class grappling which has produced five straight submission victories.
A young lass only turning 20 in July, it’s no surprise Angela has parents who are martial arts exponents and influenced and honed this lady into a two-time Pankration world champion, a Hawaii state wrestling champion, with a black belt in taekwondo and brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
She has also won awards including Asian MMA Awards Female Fighter of the Year, and was nominated as Female Fighter of the Year at the World MMA Awards, alongside names like Ronda Rousey and eventual winner Holly Holm.
She may sound ‘soft and beautiful’, but make no mistake, Mei is no pushover. She might in fact push you over to get into the ONE Cage. Born and raised in Japan, Mei Yamaguchi started training in Karate at the age of 6 and began her MMA career in 2007 facing the biggest names in female Asian MMA including Emi Fujino, Tomomi Sunaba and Ayaka Hamasaki.
Mei has a vast skillset including jiujitsu and chute boxing while holding champion titles in DEEP Jewels featherweight and also the Valkyrie featherweight. She faces her fiercest test on 6 May when she represents Japan in the biggest women’s fight in Asian history.
We give you 5 reasons you don’t wanna miss this fight. Watch it live at the Singapore stadium, on TV via Fox Sports or official livestream available at ONEPPV.com.
#1 Inaugural ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship
ONE Championship will crown its first Women’s Atomweight World Champion when these two feisty females finally enter the cage.
Angela Lee, has recorded a perfect 5-0 record with five submissions while Yamaguchi’s 15-8 pro record includes 6 first-round submission finishes!
#2 All-female headliner
In recent years, Fast and Furious star Gina Carano has put women’s MMA on the map and made it mainstream, while UFC’s Ronda Rousey continued the momentum and has even given most girls a ‘girl-crush’.
Now when Angela Lee meets Mei Yamaguchi in the ONE cage, it will mark the first ONE Championship event to ever have two female athletes headlining in the main event.
#3 Role model for Asian women
Women have been placed in fighting roles all their lifes in different struggles, avenues, places and disciplines. A win in the ONE cage not only brings any of these two ladies to the limelight, but she will prove to be the inspiration for many girls in generations to come.
Not only will the winner will be crowned the inaugural ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion and the first-ever female MMA world champion from a major organization, but the win will cause ripples throughout the world and motivate girls to come forth and take up the challenge in this sport and others.
Oh and as they all say, what men can do, women can do better. So bring it ON!
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