SINGAPORE - One Championship atomweight (47.7-52.2kg) champion Angela Lee is aiming to be the first dual-division women's champion in a major mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, the 21-year-old revealed on Twitter on Thursday (March 8).
The American, who fights under the Singapore flag for One, was fielding questions on social media from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in support of International Women's Day.
One Twitter user asked Lee whether she plans to challenge for the women's strawweight (52.3-56.7kg) title after her May 18 title defence against Japan's Mei Yamaguchi at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
In a video response, Lee said: "Yes, that is definitely the plan."
Lee was originally scheduled to face Yamaguchi last November at the Indoor Stadium, but that bout was postponed after she got into a car accident in Hawaii, where she is based, just weeks before that fight.
Lee beat Yamaguchi in May 2016 at the Indoor Stadium in the inaugural atomweight title fight, and successfully defended her belt against Chinese Taipei's Jenny Huang and Brazil's Istela Nunes before she signed up for her rematch against Yamaguchi.
China's Xiong Jingnan is the current One women's strawweight champion, after she beat Singapore's Tiffany Teo in the inaugural title fight in Jakarta, Indonesia, in January.
Lee will make history if she successfully defends her atomweight title, and and beats Xiong in a higher weight division.
No woman has ever held titles in two weight classes simultaneously in a major MMA promotion. Conor McGregor was the first man to hold two Ultimate Fighting Championship titles; he won the featherweight title in December 2015 and the lightweight belt in November 2016. The 29-year-old Irishman will be stripped of his lightweight title next month, due to his reluctance to defend that belt.
In the One Championship, which bills itself as Asia's biggest MMA promotion, Myanmar's Aung La N Sang holds the middleweight and light heavyweight titles concurrently, while Australia's Martin Nguyen is currently the featherweight and lightweight champion.