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ONE Championship: Angela Lee versus Istela Nunes

The low-down on ONE: Dynasty of Heroes’ main fight: Angela Lee versus Istela Nunes

Angela 'Unstoppable' Lee (left) and Istela Nunes (right)

The return of ONE Championship at the Singapore Indoor Stadium shines a spotlight on two undefeated female mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters. MMA star Angela Lee squares off against Brazilian challenger Istela Nunes to defend the Women’s Atomweight World Champion title.

Lee captured the title from Japanese fighter Mei Yamaguchi last year, and has since successfully defended her title against Taiwanese martial artist Jenny Huang in Bangkok – solidifying Lee’s spot as one of the most unstoppable athletes in women’s MMA.

Fights out of

Angela: Evolve MMA in Singapore and United MMA in Hawaii 

Istela: Parana Vale Tudo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Fighting style

Angela: Pankration, with skills in striking, grappling and cage control. Lee holds a black belt in Taekwondo and a brown belt in BJJ.

Istela: Muay Thai. Nunes is known for her triple head kick knockout that went viral in 2016 against fellow Brazilian Karoline Moreira.

Professional record

Angela: 7-0. Five were by submission, including  a ‘Twister’ – that’s a rarely performed move – against Natalie Gonzales Hills of  the Philippines. 

Istela: 5-0 and one no contest.

Under her belt

Angela: Current ONE Atomweight World Champion, two-time Pankration World Champion, Hawaiian Wrestling State Champion and Destiny MMA Strawweight Champion.

Istela: Two-time Muay Thai World Champion. She defeated former ONE title challenger Mei Yamaguchi last August, proving her striking, takedown defense, and grappling skills.

On this bout

Angela: ‘After my last fight, I showed just how much I’ve improved. I’m ready to do it again. Istela Nunes had better be ready to go to battle, because this time I’m defending the title on my turf.’

Istela: ‘Angela Lee is one of the best fighters in the world. And on May 26, I will accomplish what so many others failed to do. I will beat Angela Lee and become champion.’

Want more action? Watch MMA fighter Angela Lee exchange skills with Red Tail Bar's head chef Meng below.

Catch ONE: Dynasty of Heroes at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on May 26 at 7pm. $28-$2,140. Present your ticket stub before 1am to enjoy free entry to the official after party at Zouk.

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