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Angela Lee has designs on ONE title, helping women gain stronger voice in Asia

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It has gotten to the point now that, just one year into her pro MMA career, Angela Lee can no longer walk down the street in Singapore without being recognized.

“It’s getting kind of tough nowadays,” Lee told MMA Fighting. “I’m getting a lot more people stopping me on the streets and it’s cool. It’s really neat and I enjoy it. The people here, they’re really friendly about it. They’re just really excited fans and I gladly take a picture with them.”

Lee has a lot to process right now. There’s that newfound fame in the country where her father hails from. There’s also a little matter about a big — historic, even — title fight coming up.

On Friday, Lee will be part of the first female main event in ONE Championship history when she takes on Mei Yamaguchi for the inaugural 115-pound title. Lee, whose nickname is “Unstoppable,” has been a phenom for ONE, fighting five times since her pro debut in May 2015 and winning by submission each bout. Her marketability along with her skill, exciting style and charisma have been a boon for her ascent. Lee is a promoter’s dream, and ONE is capitalizing on the opportunity.

Lee, just 19 years old, is trying to do the same thing. Winning the title is a big deal and her sole focus right now. But with the amount of people she has touched in a short amount of time, Lee has a broader sense of future goals. She wants to work for social justice in some Asian countries that are not always kind to women. ONE, the biggest MMA promotion in Asia, gives her the chance to reach those places.

“I want to promote women’s rights here,” Lee said. “We have no voice here. I think getting ….View full article

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