After a year on the sidelines due to a career-threatening car accident, Angela Lee took off where she left off by defending her atomweight title in the main event of ONE Championship: Unstoppable Dreams Friday night in Singapore.
Lee claimed a unanimous decision win over Mei Yamaguchi after another epic five rounds in their rematch.
After a tentative first five minutes, Lee locked up and armbar in the second that hyperextended Yamaguchi’s limb. Despite her arm looking like it was on the verge of snapping, she saw the round out in top position after escaping the precarious position.
She clipped Lee at the beginning of the third, but “Unstoppable” managed to threaten with a rear naked choke towards the end of the round, with Yamaguchi catching one of the champion’s hand to stop her from finishing the choke.
Yamaguchi came on strong in the final two rounds, scoring big with her patented right hand. Another connection sent Lee shooting in the fourth, however, the challenger managed to sprawl and saw out most of the round scoring from top position.
She knocked Lee down at the beginning of the final round when she caught her off balance with a high-kick. Lee proved she was still in the contest when she threw up a Hail Mary armbar in the final seconds of the fight.
Double-weight champion Martin Nguyen made his first defense of the featherweight title by defeating Christian Lee for the second time in the co-main event, this time by split decision.
Lee was cornered by his sister despite her main event obligations, and the younger fighter started well, forcing Nguyen to defend a guillotine and an attempted anaconda choke in the opening round.
Despite Lee landing some good shots and pushing the pace, “The Situation” came into the fight in the second, rocking the teenager with a right hand before the end of the round. In the third, the champion battered the legs of Lee with knees as he pressed him against the fence in the clinch.
Although Lee was tipped to have the grappling advantage in the fight, Nguyen scored a big takedown in the fourth and landed big elbows from top position.
Lee chased the fight for the final five minutes. Unable to take Nguyen down, he was forced to exchange on the feet. He managed to reach the final bell despite being visibly troubled as the champion chopped at his lead leg.
After the win, Nguyen claimed he had a “sh*t performance” and guaranteed a finish in his next bout.
Shinya Aoki put on another jiu-jitsu clinic on route to a first-round submission victory against Rasul Yakhyaev.
Just thirty seconds into the bout, Aoki chained a flying armbar attempt with an omaplata, taking down his opponent in the process. Two minutes later Aoki pulled off a miraculous transition from half guard top into a mounted triangle, which forced the tap from the Russian shortly after.
Shinya Aoki triangled Rasul Yakhyaev in 1R - HL (ONE) pic.twitter.com/vws9nrTK2S— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) May 18, 2018
Undefeated Russian Kharun Atlangeriev received a baptism of fire with ONE when he was pitted against former lightweight champion, Eduard Folayang.
Atlangeriev looked to shoot after every power shot the Filipino landed. After getting marked up early, the Russian eventually finished a double leg, only to be swept off a kimura from the former champ. After showcasing more dynamic striking in the second, it was Folayang who forced the fight to the floor.
The veteran went back to his kicking game in the third and apart from a brief guillotine attempt from his counterpart, he eased to victory after 15 minutes.
Hometown favorite Amir Khan had to stave off the leg lock attacks of Sung Jong Lee before claiming victory in their lightweight clash.
Lee pulled guard early in the first round and constantly tried to set up an inverted heel hook while Khan dropped heavy grounded shots. He exchanged briefly with Khan toward the end of the first but was stopped in the second round as he ate unanswered blows from turtle position after another failed leg attack.
Amir Khan TKOs Sung Jong Lee (ONE) pic.twitter.com/EoY47QPtxI— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) May 18, 2018
Check out the full results for One Championship: Unstoppable Dreams here.