MMA: It's 'just the beginning' for Angela Lee, with possible big-name opponent next up

Atomweight champion Angela Lee successfully defends her title against Istela Nunes in the main event of ONE Championship's Dynasty of Heroes fight night at Singapore Indoor Stadium on May 26, 2017.
Atomweight champion Angela Lee successfully defends her title against Istela Nunes in the main event of ONE Championship's Dynasty of Heroes fight night at Singapore Indoor Stadium on May 26, 2017.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

SINGAPORE - While the identity of mixed martial arts (MMA) star Angela Lee's third challenger remains unknown, the prospect of a blockbuster cross-promotion showdown between her and a fighter from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has not been ruled out.

Chatri Sityodtong, chairman and chief executive of home-grown promoter One Championship, told The Straits Times on Monday (May 29) that Lee's next fight is likely take place in August or September.

He added: "If UFC would accept, I would love to have Angela compete against a UFC world champion.

"It would draw global attention."

Lee retained her atomweight title for the second time at One Championship's Dynasty of Heroes event last Friday, after defeating Brazil's Istela Nunes by second-round submission.

The 20-year-old fights in One Championship's atomweight division, where the weight limit is 52.5kg. The United States-based UFC's lightest division is the strawweight category, where fighters weigh up to 115lb (51.2kg).

 

Lee, still basking in the glow of her win, said: "I'm not sure what the next step is and it's hard to say, but for now I'm just going to enjoy this victory.

 

"This is just the beginning and that's the exciting part - this is just the first step to a very long reign as champion."