Mixed martial arts: Angela Lee, Roger Gracie confident heading into title fights on Friday's One: Ascent To Power

(From left) Angela Lee, Bernard Teng, country sales manager of Casio Singapore, Victor Cui and Roger Gracie at One FC pre-fight press conference.
(From left) Angela Lee, Bernard Teng, country sales manager of Casio Singapore, Victor Cui and Roger Gracie at One FC pre-fight press conference.PHOTO: ALICIA CHAN FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

SINGAPORE - One is up against an experienced mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter 14 years her senior - in One Championship's first-ever women's title fight, no less. The other will go toe to toe against an undefeated opponent for the inaugural light heavyweight title.

But, if Angela Lee and Roger Gracie were battling nerves ahead of One Championship's Ascent To Power on Friday (May 6), they were certainly not showing it.

Speaking at Octapas restaurant on Tuesday (May 3), where timepiece G-Shock was unveiled as the official timekeeper for Friday's event, Lee, 19, said: "Mei's got quite a record. She's very experienced but I'm very confident. I know that I've had years of training and competition as well, I'm prepared for every scenario and I'm just very excited to get in that cage with her."

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Lee will battle Yamaguchi for the women's atomweight title in front of a capacity 11,000-crowd at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday. It is the co-main event of the fight card, the other being Gracie's fight against Michal Pasternak, who is undefeated in 11 fights. Gracie's record stands at 7-2.

The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt holder said: "I've been fighting my whole life, I think experience-wise I'm way ahead of him (Pasternak). I'm just going to keep my cool, play my game and do my best out there."

On the tie-up with Casio Singapore, which carries the G-Shock line, One Championship's chief executive officer Victor Cui said: "As our official timekeeper for One: Ascent To Power on May 6, we are excited to bring two global brands together for a mutual cause to make amazing things happen.

"We are fully committed to growing the sport of MMA in Asia, and we are ecstatic that Casio G-Shock shares the same passion we do."