The young and unstoppable Angela Lee
MMA fighter Angela Lee may only be 19, but she has her eyes set on the first ever women’s title.
In two days, history may be made.
Mixed martial art (MMA) fighter Angela Lee will go head to head with Japanese MMA fighter Mei Yamaguchi to compete for the first ever women’s title in One Championship history – the Women’s Atomweight World Championship.
Angela, who is representing Singapore, may emerge as one of the world’s youngest champions of a major MMA promotion – if she defeats her Japanese opponent at One Championship: Ascent to Power on May 6.
Youth.SG caught up with the 19-year-old to share her thoughts a week before one of the biggest fights of her career.
The eager half-Korean half-Singaporean said: “I’m extremely confident going into this fight because I know I’ve done all I can in my preparation, and I have had the best training camp of my whole career.”
For Friday’s match, she will be stepping into the ring with a veteran fighter. Mei Yamaguchi, who is 14 years older, has had 15 wins throughout her career, two of which were knockouts. The 33-year-old may have suffered eight losses, but all her opponents were later defeated.
However, Mei Yamaguchi’s experience and impressive track record did not seem to stir the confident contender.
“I don’t think she has ever fought a fighter like me. I bring a completely different game, and I’m curious [about] how she’s going to deal with my youth and my explosiveness,” said Angela, who barely flinched at the mention of her opponent’s name.
In the months leading to the big fight, Angela shared that she trains seven days a week, with four to five training sessions in a day. Her diet is simple yet effective: no processed meat and simple carbs. Instead, she eats complex carbs like whole grains and brown rice with vegetables and fruits.
Still, the petite fighter has no complaints. “This is the route I chose and I love it. [I have] been practicing as young as I could walk,” said the atomweight contender.
Growing up with parents who are both martial arts instructors, the love of fighting has clearly rubbed on her. Angela’s parents taught her how to fight for self-defence. Soon, the jumpy little girl started competing at the tender age of 6.
Since then, she has been dominating the league. She remains undefeated by all her older opponents in ONE Championship, living up to her ring name, “Unstoppable”.
In fact, the fan favourite is all pumped up and ready to roll.
“I can’t wait for this Friday. I want it to come already!” said Angela, as she cracked her knuckles, hungry for victory.