The main event from this weekend’s ONE Championship: Warrior Kingdom at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, saw one of the biggest names in the fledgling promotion’s roster, Angela Lee, look to defend her women’s atomweight (the One Championship version of strawweight) title against fellow newcomer Jenny Huang.
Lee (6-0 before this fight) shot to fame in May of last year when she beat Mei Yamaguchi to win the inaugural atmoweight belt and went from being on nobody’s radar to everybody’s.
One of the reasons that 20-year-old Lee has become a fan favourite is her awesome submission skills; going into this fight, she had won five of her six fights by way of submission with her victories coming by way of a twister, a neck crank, an arm-bar, and a couple of rare naked chokes.
Speaking in the run-up to her first title defence, Lee admitted that she was as surprised as anyone was to see her become a world champion at such a young age.
“It’s crazy just to think about all that’s happened in this short amount of time,” Lee said. “Going into becoming a professional fighter and being with ONE Championship, obviously this was my goal, to reach the top and become the champion, however I did not think that it would come this quickly. I’m so grateful for everything.
Her opponent, the relatively unknown 26-year-old Jenny Huang (5-0 before this fight) is a submission specialist in her own right with three of her five wins coming that way. She also boasts variety in her ground game with victories coming by way of a triangle choke, an arm triangle choke, and even a gogoplata.
Both women were prepared to put their unbeaten records on the line and throw down in from of a capacity crowd in Bangkok.
Lee came into the fight as a strong favourite, and the 20 year old champion was never in doubt. She gave us a look into an entirely different aspect of her game, opting to stand and strike with her opponent over the first two rounds.
She dominated her opponent with punches and long ranged body kicks, while also following up with knees from the clinch where possible.
In the third round, Lee secured a takedown before trapping Huang’s left arm behind her back. She then unleashed a ground and pound flurry to finish her opponent. At the 3:37 mark of the final round, her opponent looked out cold, with the referee forced to step in.
You can see the finish on the player below: