The biggest women’s rivalry in ONE Championship history will get closure in the main event of ONE on Prime Video 2.
The event, which will take place at Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday September 30, will see ONE women’s atomweight champion Angela Lee challenge long-reigning ONE women’s strawweight champ Xiong Jing Nan in an event that will be streamed live in US prime time.
The pair have met twice before inside the ONE Championship circle. The first bout took place in the main event of ONE: A New Era back in 2019, when Xiong knocked out Lee in the final round to retain her strawweight title and hand Lee her first career defeat after a wild back-and-forth clash.
After suffering a second successive loss at strawweight, this time to Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Michelle Nicolini, at ONE: Masters of Destiny, Lee dropped back down to her natural weight class of atomweight to face Xiong again.
This time it was Lee who had a title to defend, and she did just that as she turned the tables on the Chinese fighter and claimed a fifth-round finish of her own at ONE: Century – Part 1, submitting “The Panda” with a rear-naked choke with just 12 seconds of the bout remaining to hand Xiong the first, and so far only, defeat under the ONE Championship banner.
Lee then took a two-and-a-half-year break from the sport to become a mother for the first time, but returned to cement her position as the atomweight queen of ONE by defeating atomweight grand prix champion and former ONE Muay Thai and kickboxing champ Stamp Fairtex to retain her title in style.
Now Lee is ready to renew acquaintances with Xiong once again, and she’ll face off with a fighter who has racked up three successive wins since her failed bid to dethrone Lee in their second meeting.
Xiong claimed victories over former champion Tiffany Teo, then Nicolini, then judo ace Ayaka Miura – all via unanimous decision – to remain unbeaten in her natural weight class.
It sets up the trilogy bout perfectly, as Lee once again steps up to strawweight to take on Xiong in a bid to become a simultaneous two-division champion.