ONE Championship’s Angela Lee Eager to Fight for ONE in Hawaii

ONE Championship star Angela Lee, who the UFC claims isn't ready
Angela Lee Credit: ONE Championship

On Wednesday’s ONE Championship: Unstoppable Dreams media call, Angela Lee told Cageside Press she’s eager to fight for ONE in Hawaii.

ONE Championship atomweight champion Angela Lee is ready to get back in the cage following a terrifying car crash late last year. Already training for her upcoming fight against Mei Yamaguchi, Lee (8-0) will be looking to put all that behind her, and forge onward in what has been a stellar career thus far.

On Wednesday night (Thursday morning in Asia), ONE held a conference call for May’s Unstoppable Dreams card, which will boast Lee vs. Yamaguchi in the main event. The fight is a rematch from their meeting in 2016, where Lee won the inaugural ONE women’s atomweight title. The bout was also notable as the only fight in Lee’s professional career to go to a decision.

Her other seven professional MMA contests have all ended in submission, including an incredibly rare twister win back in 2015. All of Lee’s fights have taken place under the ONE Championship banner.

Lee obviously has a tough test ahead of her in the rematch against Mei Yamaguchi. Yet asked by Cageside Press if she was interested in fighting on a ONE card outside of Asia, in either Canada (Lee was born in Vancouver) or Hawaii (where she now resides), Lee lit up.

“Definitely, definitely,” she said of the idea of a ONE card closer to home. “Since I joined the promotion, I’ve brought it up a couple of times that I’d absolutely love it if they held an event in Hawaii.”

Of course, ONE’s western rival, the UFC, has struggled to make an event on Hawaiian soil happen. Were ONE Championship to beat them to the punch, it would be the second time in recent memory. ONE’s debut in Shanghai, China came just month’s ahead of the UFC’s debut in that very same city last November.

“I think that would be really perfect to break into U.S. grounds,” Lee added on the subject of a fight in the Hawaiian islands. “Hawaii is not too far from Asia. Who knows, hopefully in future we can talk more about that. But I would love that.”

Angela Lee meets Mei Yamaguchi atop ONE Championship: Unstoppable Dreams on May 18 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.