Atomeweight champion Angela Lee returned to action after a two-and-a-half year layoff and was tested but reigned supreme at ONE X Saturday in Singapore.
Lee wasted no time feeling out Fairtex, looking to land and clinch against the Muay-Thai rich Fairtex but was hurt by a left-hook shot to the body that Fairtex tried to capitalize on. Lee’s takedown helped her recover until the end of the round.
In the second round, Lee took it to the ground and poured on the submissions, applying the triangle choke and then the twister which Fairtex admirably escaped from. But in full mount , Fairtex gave up her back which led to the rear-naked choke finish, 10 seconds from the horn.
The win was Lee’s fifth consecutive successful title defence and first since October 2019.
In the co-main event, former UFC champion Demetrius Johnson emerged victorious against Muay Thai champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon in a mixed-rules bout. Johnson survived a hairy Muay-Thai rules first round to submit Jitmuangnon via rear-naked choke at 2:13 of the MMA-rules second round.
Lee, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Hiroki Akimoto, Tang Kai, Sinsamut Klinmee, Kang Ji Won, and Danielle Kelly all won performance bonuses worth $50,000 USD apiece.
In other bouts:
MMA – Atomweight: Angela Lee def. Stamp Fairtex via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:50 R2
Special Rules Super-Fight – Flyweight: Demetrious Johnson def. Rodtang Jitmuangnon via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:13 R2
MMA – Flyweight: Adriano Moraes def. Yuya Wakamatsu via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:58 R3
MMA – Lightweight: Yoshihiro Akiyama def. Shinya Aoki via TKO at 1:50 R3
Muay Thai – Lightweight: Eduard Folayang def. John Wayne Parr via UD
Kickboxing – Featherweight: Superbon Singha Mawynn def. Marat Grigorian via UD
Muay Thai – Bantamweight: Nong-O Gaiyanghadao def. Felipe Lobo via KO R3 2:15
Kickboxing – Bantamweight: Hiroki Akimoto def. Capitan Petchyindee via UD
Mixed Martial Arts – Atomweight: Ham Seo Hee def. Denice Zamboanga via UD
Mixed Martial Arts – Atomweight: Jihin Radzuan def. Itsuki Hirata via SD
Mixed Martial Arts – Featherweight: Tang Kai def. Kim Jae Woong via KO R1 2:07
Kickboxing – Featherweight: Chingiz Allazov def. Sitthichai Sitsongpeenong via UD
Submission Grappling – Middleweight: Reinier de Ridder versus Andre Galvao – DRAW
Muay Thai – Lightweight: Sinsamut Klinmee def. Nieky Holzken via KO R2 1:39
MMA – Strawweight: Jeremy Miado def. Lito Adiwang via TKO R2 2:56
MMA- Bantamweight: Stephen Loman def. Shoko Sato via UD
MMA – Featherweight: Amir Khan def. Ryogo Takahashi via SD
MMA – Heavyweight: Kang Ji Won def. Paul Elliott via KO R1 0:58
Submission Grappling – Atomweight: Mei Yamaguchi versus Danielle Kelly ends in a draw
MMA – Strawweight: Senzo Ikeda def. Ryuto Sawada via TKO at R2 3:09