Longtime ONE Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee doesn’t feel too worried about trading strikes with ONE Atomweight World Grand Prix Winner Stamp Fairtex in the main event of ONE X on Friday at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Many people expect Lee to utilize her grappling, especially against a former kickboxing and Muay Thai world titleholder. However, the 25-year-old doesn’t mind letting her fists go against the challenger.
“I’ve faced world-class strikers in my career, and never once was I afraid. Never once was I overwhelmed. I stand my ground, and I believe in my striking,” Lee said.
“Look at my last fight against [ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion] Xiong Jing Nan, and you can see the damage on her face after the fight. So, my striking is not an area where I see it as my weakness. [It’s] probably a strength.”
While the Evolve MMA star respects Stamp’s achievements, the defending champion knows that the fight is hers to lose.
Her extensive experience in mixed martial arts – dating back since she was a teenager – makes Lee confident that she will retain the belt. She believes that it’s an advantage, given that Stamp transitioned to MMA later in her career.
The Hawaii-based competitor believes that her mid-game adjustments and transitions will give the Fairtex Gym representative some concerns during the fight.
“I think that with my ground game, I’ve been doing mixed martial arts my whole life, so where I truly feel that I shine the most is in the transitions,” Lee mentioned.
“On the striking to the wrestling to the grappling to the ground-and-pound, and transitioning through each of those areas seamlessly. I can change things a lot [quicker] than she can keep up with, and I think that’s going to be a problem for her.”
While Lee cannot doubt that Stamp has had a successful shift from ONE Super Series to mixed martial arts, the champion believes it’s still her time.
“She’s been doing an amazing job in the past few years, rounding off her game with her team at Fairtex, but I just think that I’m years and years ahead of her.”
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