Nineteen-year-old mixed martial arts (MMA) sensation Angela Lee was crowned women's world champion in the inaugural atomweight category of Asian promoter One Championship after defeating veteran Mei Yamaguchi at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday night.
Angela Lee celebrates as she wins the women's atomweight title during the One Championship: Ascent to Power at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Photo: Sport Singapore
The undefeated Lee, who is a Canadian-American citizen, fought under the Singapore flag and continued her meteoric rise by winning the world title through a unanimous decision.
She is now the youngest-ever champion of One Championship, writing her name into the history books after five intense rounds of grappling, striking and submission holds with her 33-year-old Japanese opponent.
“I feel great right now, I can't even describe it. It's a dream come true,” said Lee, whose record now stands at 6-0.
“The crowd was amazing, so thank you to everyone who came out and watched this fight. It's such an honour to be the youngest MMA world champion.”
Angela Lee and Mei Yamaguchi (on ground) in action. Photo: Sport Singapore
“I couldn't do this by myself. It takes a whole army to build a champion, and I'm really lucky to be surrounded by such amazing people."
"I told you guys, I was born for this. This moment right here, I worked really hard for it.”
Japan’s Yamaguchi admitted that Lee was the better fighter that night, and believes that she will only continue to improve.
“She’s a really good grappler and she is going to learn more on her feet too,” she said. “I think she will be the toughest fighter in the world.”
Fighting is clearly in Lee's blood as her younger brother Christian also won against Philippines' Cary Bullos in just 2 mins 7 seconds on Friday night.
The 17-year-old, who only made his debut last December, extended his unblemished record to 4-0 when he choked Bullos into submission in the first round.
In Friday’s other title fight, Brazil's Roger Gracie won One Championship's light heavyweight title, effortlessly defeating Michal Pasternak in 2 mins 11 seconds.
Roger Gracie celebrates as he wins the light heavyweight title during One Championship: Ascent to Power. Photo: Sport Singapore
Hailing from a famed family of MMA fighers, Gracie made short work of his previously undefeated Polish opponent, choking the 32-year-old unconscious in the first round with an arm-triangle choke.