Angela Lee retained her atomweight title with a fifth round submission win over longtime rival Xiong Jing Nan in Tokyo.
Lee and Xiong went toe-to-toe over five dramatic rounds, with “The Panda” looking strong in the early rounds, landing some perfectly-timed left hooks.
But it was Lee who dug deep, finding extra gas in the championship rounds. At 4:48 of round five, Lee sunk in the submission to retain her atomweight title.
“I’m coming for the strawweight belt next — that’s my goal,” Lee said in a post-fight press conference.
ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong hinted a third fight was possible.
“I’m sure there’s going to be a part three to the Lee and Jing Nan story,” Chatri said.
The win was icing on the cake for the Lee family as Angela’s younger brother Christian put his stamp on the lightweight division to win the Lightweight Grand Prix.
Over 15 minutes Lee dominated tournament favourite Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev to get nod from all three judges. Lee, who took the fight on just 10 days notice, was able to take down “Dagi” and dominate on the ground.
It was a dominant way to end for the younger Lee. The win moved his record to 13-3-0, and by walking away with the Grand Prix title, he cements his legacy in the lightweight division.
Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson completed his first mission in ONE Championship by conquering the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix championship final.
Johnson put on a solid performance from the opening bell to earn the unanimous decision win over Danny “The King” Kingad in the tournament final at ONE: Century.
The 33-year-old continuously attacked the Baguio City native on the ground, landing ground and pound from the top before quickly transitioning into a slick armbar attempts.
With the unanimous decision win, the former UFC flyweight champion improved his record to 30-3-1. Johnson is now likely to meet reigning flyweight champion Adriano Moraes in his next bout.
Early on the preliminary card, Japanese prospect Itsuki Hirata defeated Rika Ishige with a punishing performance.
Just 40 seconds into the opening round, the Tokyo native sent “Tiny Doll” to the mat with a huge right hand, then followed with a barrage of ground and pound.
Over the next five minutes Hirata schooled Ishige on the canvas with keylock attempts, transitions and a guillotine choke attempt.
The win eventually came with an armbar at 4:44 of round two.
Since joining ONE, Hirata has been force in the women’s atomweight division and will likely be looking for a big name next.