Four of ONE Championship’s best are going to battle it out in Singapore.
On Tuesday, the promotion formally announced a pair of champion vs. champion bouts for its Nov. 9 show at Singapore Indoor Stadium, as 115-pound titleholder Angela Lee challenges 125-pound titleholder Jingnan Xiong, and 135-pound titleholder Bibiano Fernandes meets interim champion Kevin Belingon in a unification match.
The bouts were previously mentioned on ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong’s Facebook page.
ANNOUNCEMENT— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) October 2, 2018
2 World Champion vs. World Champion super-bouts booked for 9 November in Singapore! @angelaleemma #WeAreONE #HeartOfTheLion #Singapore #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/7l6TUt3KSn
Lee, 22, has been a breakout star for ONE since beginning her pro career with the promotion in 2015. She has won all nine of her pro bouts, becoming the champion at 115 pounds a year after debuting, and successfully defending her belt three consecutive times. In November 2017, Lee was involved in a car accident that left her with minor injuries, and she made a successful return to the cage this past May with a unanimous decision win over rival Mei Yamaguchi.
The 30-year-old Xiong is currently on an eight-fight win streak and has not lost since June 2015. Hailing from Beijing, China, Xiong (13-1) has nine knockout victories on her record and is also coming off of her third straight title defense, a third-round knockout of Samara Santos in September.
Fernandes and Belingon will meet in a rematch of their January 2016 encounter that Fernandes won by first-round submission. “The Flash” has won 14 straight bouts dating back to September 2011, and is coming off of a split-decision win against ONE lightweight and featherweight champion Martin Nguyen. At 38, Fernandes holds a 22-3 pro record and he has defended his ONE title eight consecutive times.
Belingon, 30, defeated Nguyen by unanimous decision this past July to capture an interim 135-pound title. He’ll challenge for the undisputed championship on the strength of six straight wins, with his last loss coming at the hands of Fernandes.