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Angela Lee Makes Second Title Defense In Singapore Against Istela Nunes

Mixed Martial Arts | Thursday, Mar 16, 2017
Angela Lee Makes Second Title Defense In Singapore Against Istela Nunes

On the heels of yet another stunning performance where she dominated challenger Jenny Huang in the main event of ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM in Bangkok, ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee makes good on her promise to be a more active fighter in 2017.

The 20-year-old Lee (7-0) is now scheduled to make the second defense of her title on 26 May, when ONE Championship returns to the Singapore Indoor Stadium for ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES. The opponent this time around is undefeated atomweight fighter Istela Nunes (6-0) of Brazil.

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“I said at the beginning of the year that I will make 2017 one to remember. I will keep my promise of being as active as I possibly can, and I can’t wait to get right back in there,“ said Lee.

The 24-year-old Nunes, who defeated Japanese MMA veteran Mei Yamaguchi via a closely-contested split decision last August, earned her shot at the title via a gritty performance.

Although Yamaguchi gave Angela Lee all she could handle in their May 2016 bout for the inaugural women’s atomweight belt, the Japanese fighter came up short against Nunes, who was making her ONE Championship debut.

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Nunes is so far unbeaten in her professional mixed martial arts career, yet Lee welcomes the challenge and sends a warning to Nunes ahead of the matchup.

"After my last fight, I showed everybody just how much I have improved over the last couple of months. I’m ready to do it again. Istela Nunes had better be ready to go to battle, because this time I’m defending the title on my turf,” Lee concluded.

Nunes is the next logical opponent for Lee, having beaten a former title challenger. As Lee continues to clean out the women’s atomweight division, her star continues to rise along with her budding reputation and worldwide fame. Today, Lee is arguably ONE Championship’s biggest superstar, and appears to be in the midst of what could be a very lengthy title run.

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Nunes, on the other hand, has her eyes fixated on an upset.

“When I joined ONE Championship, I had my eyes set on the world title. It’s my goal to someday become a world champion in mixed martial arts, and Angela Lee is one of the best fighters in the world,” said the Brazilian, vowing to do whatever it takes to capture the title.

“I am preparing myself well and will make sure that I come ready for the best Angela Lee possible. On 26 May, I will accomplish what so many others failed to do. I will beat Angela Lee and become champion.”

ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES is set for 26 May at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Additional bouts have yet to be announced.

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