As Angela Lee
sits comfortably atop women’s mixed martial arts in One
, questions of how she fares against ladies from
other top promotions arise. “Unstoppable” has already expressed her
desire to move up a weight class, looking to become the first
two-division women’s champion with the promotion.
That also means being in the same weight division as Rose
, who previously had something to say about her. Before
any dream matchups are made, here are five things you might want to
know about Lee.
1. She comes from a family of martial artists.
Angela’s father, Ken Lee
always seen walking out and cornering her in every fight. That
isn’t just the usual show of parental support. Ken is her head
coach and is a black belt in hap do sool, taekwondo, and jiu-jitsu.
Angela’s mother, Jewelz, is also a black belt in hap do sool and
taekwondo. Her brother, Christian, is likewise a One Championship
title contender who fights at featherweight. A little brother and a
little sister who both train in martial arts complete their
2. She considers her first amateur fight as one of her
At One Championship “Unstoppable Dreams,” Angela eked out a
unanimous decision victory over Mei
in a fight some thought could have gone either way.
But before this encounter, Angela considers her first amateur bout
as her toughest, mainly because of the nerves that went with it.
After all, she had already built a solid reputation being an
amateur mixed martial champion, as well as a pankration world
champion and state wrestling champion. In said amateur fight, she
submitted her much larger opponent with an armbar.
3. She just received her black belt in Brazilian
Training out of Evolve MMA in Singapore and United MMA and Fitness
Center in Hawaii, Lee is able to share the mats with the excellent
martial artists of every discipline. One of them is third-degree
black belt Mike
, who awarded her and brother Christian their Brazilian
jiu-jitsu black belt just this February.
4. The WMMA awarded her with ‘Submission of the Year’
Lee truly made heads turn in 2015 when she submitted Natalie
with a rare twister at One Championship 33
“Pride of Lions.” For the feat, she received the “Submission of the
Year” award from Women’s Mixed Martial Arts (WMMA). It was only her
third professional fight, having debuted that same year. After four
submission wins in as many appearances, the news website gave her
the “Newcomer of the Year” award.
5. She appreciates different kinds of music.
Lee loves variety in her music but favors electronic dance and
counts Kygo as one of her favorite DJs. In addition, she likes
reggae and old school rap and finds herself shying away from radio
music. She, however, would sit and listen to anything mellow any
day, particularly songs from John Mayer, Jack
and Michael Buble.