• “Unstoppable” Angela Lee spent the past two years building her reputation in the mixed martial arts world, eventually forging her way to becoming the inaugural ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion.

    Now, ten months removed from winning the belt, it is time for her to defend the gold. The unbeaten Lee will make her first title defense on Saturday Night, 11 March, when she meets undefeated Taiwanese challenger Jenny Huang at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. 

    It will serve as the headlining bout of ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM, and Lee aims to have a dominant performance.

    In this interview, Lee talks about her upcoming opponent, as well as her passion for the martial arts, female empowerment in MMA, and handling the pressures of being a young champion.

    After defeating Mei Yamaguchi at ONE: ASCENT TO POWER last May, you took a break from competition. But still, you remained active by training at Evolve MMA in Singapore. In what areas have you improved?

    Angela Lee: I have been improving

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  • Asian MMA’s Hottest Ring Girls: Lee Jina

    A weekly look at the beautiful babes entertaining us between rounds in Asian MMA.

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    Lee Jina hails from South Korea, but also has a huge fan following in China. She grew up on a farm and studied economics at university, taking a job at one of the country’s most prestigious banks before turning her back on the world of finance to focus on her modeling career.

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    Lee speaks English and Mandarin as well as Korean, and has proved a smash hit with fight fans in Asia after making her debut as a ONE Championship ring girl last year. With stunning good looks and impressive language skills, she has already emerged as a firm favorite on the MMA scene.

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    Douyu account: Kazeinter5

    Instagram account: leejina.angel

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  • ONE Championship recently announced additional bouts for ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM, its highly-anticipated return to Thailand. The event will take place on 11 March at the Impact Arena in Bangkok.

    Headlined by Asian MMA star Angela “Unstoppable” Lee, who makes the first defense of her ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship title against Chinese Taipei’s Jenny Huang, ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM will feature a slew of local and international MMA stars.

    The 20-year-old Lee (6-0) is undefeated, and fresh off capturing the inaugural women’s title in May of last year with a hard-earned victory over Japanese MMA veteran Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi in Singapore.  Her opponent, Huang (5-0), also boasts an unblemished record, including a Submission of the Year 2016 victory in her last bout, a rare gogoplata finish of Filipino fighter April Osenio.

    What is perhaps the next-most exciting bout on the card sees the return of three-time Lumpinee stadium champion and former ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong “Kru

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  • Can Lethwei become an internationally recognized martial art? The World Lethwei Championship (WLC) believes so, as they have recently unveiled an ambitious plan to grow the sport internationally.

    WLC Chairman Zay Thiha and its board of directors were inspired after witnessing the success Asian MMA giant ONE Championship experienced in Myanmar. The WLC is a subsidiary of Lekkha Moun Co, Ltd, which was one of ONE Championship’s partners at the recent ONE: STATE OF WARRIORS event last October. 

    ONE Championship has held three events in Myanmar’s capital city Yangon in 2015 and 2016, and was the inspiration behind WLC’s creation.

    “ONE Championship proved that a world-class martial arts event can thrive in the country, and we believe we can replicate that with the national martial art of Lethwei,” said Zay. “Lethwei events in the country leave much to be desired at the moment, and we believe we can elevate the sport and showcase Myanmar as a world-class sporting nation in the process.”

    WLC’s

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    Malaysia was treated to a spectacle Friday night, as six homegrown mixed martial arts talents emerged victorious in their respective bouts at ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS.

    The Stadium Negara, site of many epic ONE Championship cards in the past, once again roared with excitement as modern-day warriors took to the ONE Championship cage.

    Like we do for every ONE Championship card, we now take a look at some of the movers and shakers after such a memorable event. Let’s check out what could be next for some of the winners of ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS.

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    Ev “E.T.” Ting

    Now 3-0 at lightweight, Ev Ting is slowly but surely carving a niche out in his new division. The 27-year-old Malaysian-Kiwi sensation, who lives and trains out of Auckland, New Zealand, has now strung together four straight wins since his first round loss to ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat “Cobra” Gafurov in 2015.

    He stepped into the cage Friday night and took care of business against a tough, world-class competitor in Kamal Shalorus,

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  • ONE Championship was out in full strength this past Friday Night, 10 February, at the company’s latest show, ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS. It was an unforgettable evening of fights at Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and several victors made some major statements inside the cage.

    Most notably, a pair of hometown heroes stated their case for future title shots. Ev Ting edged out former ONE Lightweight World Championship challenger Kamal Shalorus en route to a split decision victory, while Agilan “The Alligator” Thani continued his journey towards Ben Askren’s ONE Welterweight World Championship.

    Malaysia has plenty to be proud about. Actually, they have six reasons to be proud, as all six of their warriors took home wins. In addition to that, there was an incredible debut from undefeated combat sambo specialist Movlid “Killer” Khaibulaev, and a touching tribute to Casey Suire, who sadly passed away last weekend in a road accident.

    Here are five of the top highlights from ONE: THRONE OF

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  • The main event at ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS was an absolute war, but the hometown hero, Ev “E.T.” Ting, narrowly pulled away with a razor-thin split decision victory over “The Prince Of Persia” Kamal Shalorus.

    It was a back-and-forth stand-up war, where Ting was able to successfully throw the Iranian Wrestling Champion off his game with a fundamentally-sound approach.

    “I knew I needed to fake a lot to put him off the takedown, but Kamal is tough. I hit him with a lot of shots, but he kept moving forward,” Ting told commentator Mitch Chilson in front of a sold-out crowd at the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur.

    The first round was a stand-up battle, and that foreshadowed what was to come.

    Ting, a product of Auckland MMA, was methodical with his strikes. He kept switching between the southpaw and orthodox stances, cleverly mixing between punching combinations and powerful leg kicks, which bruised the lead leg of Shalorus.

    However, “The Prince Of Persia” threw heavy punches with bad intentions,

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  • In one of the most eagerly anticipated bouts at ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS, Agilan “Alligator” Thani was looking for a decisive win in front of his hometown fans in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

    He delivered just that by dispatching AKA Thailand fighter Jeff “The Machine” Huang with a second-round rear-naked choke after dominating throughout the bout.

    The opening stanza had a tentative start. It looked like Huang would try to dictate the distance by flicking out jabs and kicks to employ his reach advantage. However, Thani closed the distance by literally jumping inside his opponent’s range, and from there it was all dominance from the local favorite.

    ‘The Alligator’ lived up to his moniker with a smothering clinch and ground attack that was always one step ahead of his foe’s. To Huang’s credit, he was always trying to escape and create space. But every time he tried, Thani used this to advance his position and attack, enjoying significant periods in the mount and on the back of the Chinese Taipei

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  • Malaysian MMA star Ann Osman got back on the winning track on Friday in Kuala Lumpur at ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS, registering a dominant first-round TKO of Vy Srey Khouch. 

    The strawweight brought the crowd to its feet with a takedown off a Vy Srey kick, and immediately rained punches down from side mount.

    Vy Srey punched back, but was not able to mount any type of escape from the position as Osman battered her with punches, elbows, and knees. 

    With 30 seconds left in the round, Osman transitioned to the full mount, posted with her right hand on her opponent, and thundered punishment onto the Cambodian’s face until the referee finally stopped the contest.

    The end came at 4:58 of the first round. 

    “I knew she was going to throw a kick and I was going to throw her to the ground and that’s what I did,” said Osman in her post-fight interview in the cage.

    Osman’s record improves to 5-3 with the victory. Vy Srey suffers her first professional MMA defeat, and her young career mark dips to 2-1.

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  • In a battle of undefeated featherweights, Movlid “Killer” Khaibulaev kept his flawless record intact on Friday Night, 10 February, as he outclassed Herbert “The Blaze” Burns in his ONE Championship debut.

    The Moscow, Russia, native earned a dominant unanimous decision victory at ONE: THRONE OF TIGERS, which took place in the Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    Despite a tightly-contested first round, Khaibulaev dominated this match. The opening stanza started in thrilling fashion, as the Russian caught Burns’ leg and dropped him with a stiff right cross. “The Blaze” got back up, but the two grappled against the cage with Khaibulaev, a former Dagestan Wrestling Champion, securing the takedown.

    Burns, a No-Gi BJJ World Champion, attempted a few submissions including a leg lock and a gogoplata, but “Killer” was able to avoid the attempts and jumped into his opponent’s guard. The Brazilian successfully neutralized his opponent’s movement and tried working in a few more holds, but

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