Mixed Martial Arts: Angela Lee to defend title next May at Indoor Stadium

Angela Lee, One Championship's first female world champion, shows Singapore's Olympic swimming gold medallist Joseph Schooling how to execute a choke hold at Evolve MMA gym at Far East Square.
Angela Lee, One Championship's first female world champion, shows Singapore's Olympic swimming gold medallist Joseph Schooling how to execute a choke hold at Evolve MMA gym at Far East Square.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Local fan favourite Angela Lee is set to headline mixed martial arts promoter One Championship's event at the Singapore Indoor Stadium next May.

It will be the 20-year-old's first title defence since she was crowned the atomweight world champion in May, when she defeated Japan's Mei Yamaguchi in front of a sell-out crowd at the same venue.

Lee, who is of Singaporean and Korean descent, said: "I saw One Championship's calendar for 2017 and I am super excited about all the new markets they are going into.

"I am also looking forward to defending my belt real soon, hopefully in Singapore in May."

A One Championship spokesman said: "She's a favourite here and that's always on our minds when we're considering the fight card for a Singapore event.

"She's loved in Singapore and we'd love to have her fight here because her fans always come out to root for her."

The May fight event is the first of two scheduled here next year. The other is pencilled in for Nov 24.

This was unveiled yesterday when One Championship announced its plans for next year.

In all, it plans to stage at least 18 events in eight countries next year, up from 14 this year.

The line-up will also include a first-ever fight event in Vietnam next October at the Tien Son Sport Centre.

One Championship chief executive officer Victor Cui said more events could be announced as the organisation seeks to crack Japan and South Korea, two countries with rich martial arts backgrounds.

Former Sony Pictures Entertainment senior vice-president Yoshiaki Ito was last month appointed president of One Championship (Japan) as part of the promoter's plans to expand in Japan.

The home-grown organisation hopes to hit 24 events, including more shows in Vietnam, China and Macau.

Cui said: "With the addition of key senior leaders to aid One Championship with our growth plans, the promotion is in an unbelievable position to make some major waves in the global MMA industry.

"Together we aim to deliver a continuously unique experience that (fans) will never forget."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 07, 2016, with the headline 'Lee to defend title next May at Indoor Stadium'. Print Edition | Subscribe