ONE Championship atomweight belt holder Angela Lee got into a heated debate with a Filipino reporter from GMA News when he asked if she should have vacated her title after going on a pregnancy “vacation.”
The two-year “vacation”: The argument happened on Sept. 8 during a virtual call attended by Lee, 25, her brother Christian and their sister, Victoria, on Sept. 8, South China Morning Post reported.
ONE Championship Superstars, Asian Celebrities Denounce Recent Escalation of Anti-Asian Racism Amidst Covid-19
The world is reeling from a Covid-19 pandemic that has overwhelmed healthcare systems, forced people indoors, and caused economies to crash. Now, this terrible virus can add hate crimes to the list of complications it has brought upon society.
Recent events point to a sharp escalation in hate crimes against Asian people, especially against Asian-Americans in the United States.
The presence of women in various aspects of martial arts is increasing every year, especially in Asia. The increased participation is due primarily to the pioneers and new human inspirations that seemingly arise regularly.
There are so many women making a huge impact and lighting a fire for young kids. Here are five of the most prominent ones.
MMA Champions Angela and Christian Lee Win Fights at the World’s Largest Martial Arts Event in History
Sibling duo Angela and Christian Lee both left the cage victorious at ONE: Century in Tokyo on Sunday.
The One: Century event is said to be the largest martial arts event in history where 44 fighters met for 22 matches for dominance. One Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong explained in July, “I am thrilled to announce that ONE Championship is set to throw the biggest martial arts event in history this October in Tokyo, Japan. The biggest and brightest stars of ONE Championship are ready to shine in Tokyo, and fans will surely not want to miss the festivities.”
Never in the history of mixed martial arts has there ever been concurrent brother-and-sister world champions from a major organization. That all changed earlier this year when Mililani, Hawaii’s Christian Lee joined older sister, ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee, in becoming a world champion.
The 21-year-old athlete of Singaporean and Korean descent stunned fans when he lifted the ONE Lightweight World Championship from Japanese legend Shinya Aoki last May. Lee is at least 15 years Aoki’s junior, but age mattered very little in a battle between two highly-skilled warriors.
Angela “Unstoppable” Lee was only 20 years old when she defeated veteran MMA fighter Mei Yamaguchi, a woman nearly twice her age, making her the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion and the youngest female MMA world champion.
I made sure to remember this when I walked up the steps of her family’s MMA gym in Waipahu, Hawaii to meet the Lees for the very first time.
Reigning ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion, “Unstoppable” Angela Lee, has proven that her Brazilian jiu-jitsu skills are top-notch with six of her nine career victories coming by submission.
As the youngest female mixed martial arts world champion in history, the 23-year-old has proven to possess a thorough understanding of the “gentle art” since her professional debut, kickstarting her career by winning her first five bouts with ONE Championship, pulling off a wide array of submission techniques such as armbars and rear-naked chokes.
Mixed martial arts is one of the most popular sports today. Millions of people around the world tune in to catch the most amazing action in the cage. Throughout the years, stars have risen to a massive scale. Athletes like Conor McGregor, Ronda Rousey, and Jon Jones have become household names.
But there are two world champion martial artists, making a name for themselves halfway across the world. They are MMA’s youngest world champions in history, and just happen to be brother and sister! Plus, they are also incredibly Asian.
“Unstoppable” Angela Lee is back in the gym improving her skills and working out to become a better and stronger athlete.
To help the 21-year-old ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion get into the groove to train, she turns to Spotify on her mobile phone. There, she has curated her own playlist titled “Positive Vibes,” a dynamic collection of tracks which vary from classic rock songs like “Come Together” by ‘The Beatles’ to upbeat reggaeton “Rockabye” from Sean Paul, Clean Bandit, and Anne Marie.
Few people understand the what it takes to run a martial arts company — as both a promoter and a fighter — as thorough as Chatri Sityodtong, CEO of Asia’s largest sports media company, ONE Championship.
Chatri is a 47-year-old Thai-Japanese entrepreneur who has worked the full spectrum of jobs within the martial arts industry. He started off as a Muay Thai practitioner when he was a child, became a cornerman for his fellow fighters, head coach, and eventually the CEO of a martial arts promotion valued at $1 billion. From the values he learned in martial arts, Chatri was able to escape poverty in Thailand and pursue a dream to connect all of Asia under the umbrella of martial arts.
The couple, who have been dating since January of this year, made the engagement announcement on Lee’s Instagram account on October 21 during a trip to Hawaii, according to Channel NewsAsia.
For those who may not know her, Angela Lee looks like any other 20-year-old Asian woman. She takes selfies, cuddles with her dog, goes to the beach, and even slays in heels.
But Lee is also the world’s youngest MMA champion — and undefeated at that. At 19, she won the inaugural ONE Championship (ONE) women’s atomweight title, which reportedly made her among the highest-paid female fighters in the history of any MMA organization.