ONE atomweight champion Angela Lee returns to defend the title she's held for more than three years when she takes on women's strawweight champion Xiong Jing Nan on Oct. 12 at ONE: Century in Tokyo, Japan.
The former is a respected figure in the sport's community who previously oversaw the Canadian sports associations for jiu-jitsu and pankration and is now the owner and head coach of Angela's home gym, United MMA, just outside of Honolulu.
Those familiar with her background knew the 2012 world pankration amateur champion had martial arts skill, a good wrestling foundation as a high school champion in Hawaii and potential in the cage after picking up an amateur MMA belt in her home state just two years later.
Accolades continued to pour in from both the Women's MMA Press Association, who named Lee the Newcomer of the Year in 2015, and the World MMA Awards, who nominated her for Female Fighter of the Year at just 19 years old.
A win against fellow champion and knockout artist Xiong Jing Nan would have made Lee just the third ONE athlete and first woman at the promotion to earn a title in two weight classes.