While some of us may have spent our Friday night catching up with friends over a few drinks or hitting the sack early, the atmosphere at the Singapore Indoor Stadium that night (May 18) was beyond heated.
The stadium hosted ONE FC’s fight event titled “ONE: UNSTOPPABLE DREAMS”, where fighters of the sport gather to prove themselves.
The highlight of the night was the long-awaited Atomweight title defense rematch fight between Japanese challenger, Mei “V.V.” Yamaguchi, 35, and local Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee, 21.
Their fight was scheduled to take place last November but Lee was involved in a harrowing car accident earlier that month, which saw the postponement of the fight. The emotional Singaporean expressed that she felt blessed to even be sharing the cage with Japanese challenger Mei “V.V.” Yamaguchi for a second time.
With each round lasting 5 minutes each, their match looked like it could go either way, when both sides took the blows of the another.
After five rounds of non-stop action in front of a capacity crowd at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, the local favorite managed to come out on top in a unanimous decision from the judges and retained her belt.
“Mei is an incredibly tough opponent. Major props to her, it was an amazing fight,” Lee said, paying tribute to her longtime rival. May Lee, whose record now stands at 9-0, continue to impress and improve with every outing.
On the contrary, Angela Lee’s brother, Christian Lee, 19, was not successful in his title challenge against ONE Featherweight & Lightweight World Champion, Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, 29. He has, however, improved from when he first challenged Nguyen for the title- in which he suffered his first career lost, taking the match to the full 5 rounds, only to lose by a split decision against his favour.
Although Lee was not able to avenge his only professional loss nor capture the featherweight world title, he put forth a captivating effort, and will most certainly challenge for the belt again in future. After all, he is still just 19 years of age.