Angela Lee

Angela Lee opens up on tough loss to Jing Nan Xiong

"Unstoppable" looking forward to getting hand raised in next bout

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.

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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.

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.

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"Sometimes we don't get what we want. Even on our best days we can face defeat. But there's always tomorrow after we have done our best today." This is just one of the many messages that I woke up to today and I want to thank you all so much, for your love & support. This message was sent to me from my Grandma and it really touched me. If life is a series of challenges and lessons, then this is definitely one of them. ・・・ I'm sorry I couldn't accomplish my goal last night. I put it all on the line and gave it all I had in that 4th round, trying to finish her with the triangle/armbar. When it came to the 5th round, I just didn't have anything left in the tank. No excuses. ・・・ Even though things didn't go as planned, I would like to thank Chatri Sityodtong @yodchatri for giving me this opportunity to fight for a second division world title. It was also an honour to fight on a massive event like #ANEWERA. Thank you to all the people I work with in @onechampionship who are there with a handshake or a hug regardless of the outcome. Thank you to everyone who was supporting me, I love you all. Japan, you are amazing and I hope to come back to this beautiful country and fight again. I hope everyone was entertained by this fight. I promise to learn from this and come back stronger. Defeat is a mindset and I choose to remain strong. Photo Credit: @wmma.news

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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.

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