ONE Championship atomweight champion Angela Lee (9-1-0) recently opened up on suffering the first loss of her career to strawweight champion Jing Nan Xiong (14-1-0) with a social media post.
In an entertaining back and forth contest Mar. 31 at ONE: A New Era, the two champions battled with “Unstoppable” nearly finishing the fight with a fourth round armbar that “The Panda” bravely endured.
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) March 31, 2019
It was in the final round that a fatigued Lee was unable to intelligently defend herself against a number of strikes and forced referree Kemp Cheng to stop the bout and end her hopes of becoming a dual champion.
The fight was one in which both participants performed well and came out enhanced even though one had to lose.
Lee’s younger brother Christian is scheduled to move up to lightweight and challenge new champion Shinya Aoki at ONE: Enter The Dragon in May.