“Unstoppable” Angela Lee was out to make a statement in her first title defence and a statement the reigning atomweight champion did make.
The main event of ONE: Warrior Kingdom at Bangkok’s Impact Arena saw Lee showcase an arsenal of strikes and knees against challenger Jenny Huang as she looked to cement her spot on the women’s atomweight roster.
For three rounds Lee peppered Huang with a volley of punches, elbows and knees. Huang tried her best to weather the storm but Lee kept coming, stalking Huang to no end. By the middle of the third round, the champion had the challenger pinned down on the mat as Lee unleashed ground-and-pound to earn the stoppage.
“Well I have had some time to work (on the striking) because I haven’t fought in a while, so it feels really great,” the champ said.
“It feels like I’m back home here in the ONE Championship cage. It feels amazing, I cannot describe what I’m feeling right now. Thank you guys for coming out. I have to say thank you to my opponent Jenny [Huang] for being such a courageous warrior. She brought out the best in me.”
In the co-main event, local hero Shannon “OneShin” Wiratchai sent a message to the lightweight division, staggering Corminal with punishing lefts and rights against the cage fence. The end came fittingly as Wiratchai connected on a right hook that turned the lights out on Corminal.
Top strawweight contender Joshua Pacio and former strawweight champ Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke fought to near exhaustion, pushing each other to the limit over the course of an intense three round bout.
Both fighters were able to make it to the final bell with Pacio being awarded a close split decision for his efforts.
In one of the most exciting matchups of the evening, Yodsanan Sityodtong of Thailand and Ramon Gonzales of the Philippines put on a spectacular showcase of aggression to the roar of a packed crowd. Sityodtong, a former boxing world champion nicknamed “Little Tyson”, is known for his very powerful fists.
In the middle of the second round, the two fighters engaged in a skirmish at the center of the cage which left Gonzales unable to continue. Sityodtong earned the submission via verbal tapout after Gonzales signalled to referee Yuji Shimada.
Elsewhere on the card, Thai-Japanese female atomweight prospect Rika “Tinydoll” Ishige pulled out a surprise performance and technical knockout of her opponent Audreylaura Boniface.
Featherweight fighter Ma Jia Wen turned up the aggression on his opponent Yohan Mulia, reigning down a stream of punches and elbows to force the stoppage in round two.
ONE: Warrior Kingdom got off to a great start when feisty strawweight contender Pongsiri Mitsatit made fast work of Rabin Catalan.
Official results for ONE: WARRIOR KINGDOM
Women’s Atomweight World Championship bout
Angela Lee defeats Jenny Huang
TKO (Strikes) at 3:37 minutes of round 3
Shannon Wiratchai defeats Richard Corminal
Knockout at 3:37 minutes of round 1
Joshua Pacio defeats Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke
Split Decision (SD) after three rounds
Catchweight bout (62.0kg)
Yodsanan Sityodtong defeats Ramon Gonzales
Submission (Verbal) at 3:21 minutes of round 2
Rika Ishige defeats Audreylaura Boniface
TKO (Strikes) at 4:32 minutes of round 1
Sagetdao Petpayathai defeats Kelvin Ong
TKO (Strikes) at 2:20 minutes of round 1
Ma Jia Wen defeats Yohan Mulia Legowo
TKO (Strikes) at 0:59 minutes of round 2
Kritsada Kongsrichai defeats Adrian Matheis
Submission (Due to Strikes) at 2:51 minutes of round 1
Pongsiri Mitsatit defeats Rabin Catalan
TKO (Strikes) at 4:45 minutes of round 1