MMA: Angela Lee to defend One Championship title against Istela Nunes in Singapore on May 26

Mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Angela Lee.
Mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Angela Lee. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - One Championship's women's atomweight world champion Angela "Unstoppable" Lee, fresh off a successful title defence in her last bout, will put her title on the line once again when she returns to Singapore to take on Istela Nunes of Parana, Brazil.

One Championship announced the bout on Thursday (March 16) morning as the main event for One: Dynasty of heroes, which takes place on May 26 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Lee, 20, is one of the promotion's most outstanding athletes regardless of gender or weight class. She captured the inaugural atomweight title with an awe-inspiring victory over Mei Yamaguchi in 2016, and has since then defended the title successfully. Her beautiful combination of elite striking and grappling skills has proven to be a potent formula for success, as she has remained unbeaten inside the One Championship cage. In her last bout, Lee dominated top contender Jenny Huang with a masterful display of striking. She now returns to Singapore to defend her title against Istela Nunes.

Lee, a Hawaii native, said: "I said at the beginning of the year that I will make 2017 one to remember. I will keep my promise of being as active as I possibly can and I can't wait to get right back in there.

"After my last fight, I showed everybody just how much I have improved over the last couple of months. I'm ready to do it again.

"Istela Nunes had better be ready to go to battle, because this time I'm defending the title on my turf."

Unbeaten female atomweight Istela Nunes of Brazil is a two-time Muay Thai world champion with an unblemished 5-0 professional mixed martial arts record. Her exciting style and knack for delivering powerful strikes makes for exciting fights and is one of the biggest components of her game.

In her last bout, she took on Yamaguchi, winning a closely-contested split decision. At her best, Nunes is a well-rounded fighter with a solid striking and grappling skill set. She now takes on the biggest challenge of her young career when she goes head-to-head with Lee in Singapore.

Tickets for the event go on sale on Friday (March 17) and will be available at