Angela Lee is set to defend her title for the first time at ONE: Warrior Kingdom and she plans on getting the finish and making it an early night.
In just a year Lee went from making her MMA debut to first ever female champion in ONE history and arguably the hottest commodity on the Asian MMA scene. She is now set to begin the next chapter of her career: defending her title and building her legacy. Her first road block is the talented grappling ace Jenny Huang. Lee is respectful of Huang’s skills, but says she has every intention of finishing the challenger and quickly.
“Jenny, she’s a good fighter, her skill sets definitely on the ground, but like I said I definitely think I am better everywhere,” Lee said. “I want to take the fight where ever I see it, so whether or not that be a knockout, TKO, or submission, I do plan on finishing the fight and finishing it quickly.”
After winning the title Lee decided to take a bit of time off, which was well deserved. Leading up to the title fight the newly crowned champ competed 6 times in under a year. Lee used the well deserved down time to train and catch-up with her loved ones.
“I was just upping my skill set, really. The time off was really good for me because leading up to the title fight I was really busy fighting back to back, so just a little bit of time to relax a little bit and spend time with my family,” Lee said. “I think the fans are really going to see a big improvement, I have tightened up everything, so I am going to go in there and have fun.”
It hasn’t all been fun in the sun though. The demands on the newly crowned champion have been heavy. She’s done a number of speaking engagements and travelled a great deal to promote the ONE brand, but if you’re concerned about the champion getting side tracked and losing focus don’t be, she says it’s all about prioritization.
“It’s just a matter of prioritizing things and being able to travel to all these different places and speak at all these different events it’s everything I wanted to do,” Lee said. “Travelling is something that I have always loved to do, but when it’s time to fight and it’s time to get ready for a fight that is when I’m full fight camp mode.”
After the short break and with a number of women working their way up the ranks Lee is hoping 2017 will be a very busy year for her.
“If it was up to me I would definitely want to stay an active champion, I love to fight that’s my favourite thing to do,” Lee said. “Hopefully 2017 will be a really good year and I get a lot of fights in.”