This Friday top Asian mixed martial arts promotion, ONE Championship hold their 75th event titled “Unstoppable Dreams“.
In the main event reigning women’s atomweight queen, Angela Lee (8-0) makes the third defence of her title in a highly anticipated rematch against the only women to take her the distance, crafty Japanse veteran Mei Yamaguchi (17-10-1).
In a keenly contested first meeting, the champion would come close to submitting her opponent in the opening round before Yamaguchi would edge rounds 2 and 3 to take a slight lead in the bout. But in the championship rounds, Lee would regain control over a fading Yamaguchi to come out on top and be crowned the promotions inaugural atomweight champion.
Since their fight meeting, the challenger has gone 2-1, losing on her return to action against Istela Nunes de Souza before rattling off back-to-back wins over Jenny Huang and most recently Gina Iniong at One: Immortal Pursuit last November. Now the 35-year old will look to claim her third win on the bounce and the 114lbs title when faces Lee for the second time this weekend.
In contrast, the champion who trains out of famed Evolve MMA gym in Singapore made a great start to 2017, successfully defending her title twice against Jenny Huang and Istela Nunes de Souza before a near career-ending car accident temporary put her on the shelf for almost a year. Now with all her troubles behind her, Lee will look to make the 3rd successful defence of her title at the Indoor Arena.
Champ, champ Nguyen looks to derail red-hot challenger Lee for a second time
In the co-main ONE dual featherweight and lightweight kingpin, Martin Nguyen defends his 154lbs title against the surging Christian Lee in yet another rematch.
In the pairs first encounter at ONE: Heroes of the World in May 2016, the defending champion would earn a 1st round Guillotine Choke submission win meaning that Lee slipped to his first defeat as a professional.
Since that loss Lee has gone on a tear, stopping Jianping Wan, Keanu Subba, Kotetsu Boku and Kazunori Yokota to earn a second crack at Nguyen and the featherweight title.
After their first meeting, featherweight champ Nguyen would go on to create ONE championship history, knocking out both Marat Gafurov and Eduard Folayang to win the 170lbs and 154lbs titles. However in his last outing, the 29-year old would suffer his first loss since 2015 when he fell short of making it a hat-trick of titles as he failed in his attempt at dethroning ONE bantamweight king Bibiano Fernandes. Now the man nicknamed “The Situ Asian” will look to get back to winning ways when faces Lee.
ONE Unstoppable Dreams down this Friday, May 18, 2017, at the at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore and be watched for FREE via the ONE Championship app.
ONE Unstoppable Dreams Fight Card
Angela Lee (c) vs. Mei Yamaguchi – atomweight championship
Christian Lee vs. Martin Nguyen (c) – featherweight championship
Shinya Aoki vs. Rasul Yakhyaev
Kharun Atlangeriev vs. Eduard Folayang
Amir Khan vs. Sung Jong Lee
Chao Xie vs.Meas Meu
Xie Bin vs. Shi Hao Huang
Sunoto Peringkat vs. Roel Rosauro