20 year old, ONE Women’s Atomweight Champion, Angela Lee has been all over the news this past week. Stretching her win streak to 8-0 on One Championship’s Dynasty of Heroes, the “Unstoppable” Canadian-American is now considered as the number 2 fighter in her division in Asia according to fightmatrix.com, second only to Kunlun Fight’s Zhang Weili(11-1).
On her debut fight on One Championship in 2015, Angela chose to represent Singapore, contrary to her Sherdog page that reads Waipahu, Hawaii, United States. Her decision to affiliate with the country her father was born in, was interpreted by the close-knit MMA community in South East Asia as purely a marketing move. But One Championship has turned it up a notch by having Singapore’s first Olympic gold medallist, Joseph Schooling, carry the state flag, accompanying her during her title defense walkout. The Olympic swimmer even got the arena to chant “Singapore” in unison during the first round of the fight.
And the marketing strategy clearly worked. Channel News Asia Digital Journalist Justin Ong personally told me that “The reactions to Lee winning went through the roof!” on their Facebook page. However, there seems to be a divide on the question of national pride.
While Sundram Ramaiah feels Singapore should be proud of her….
Sherhan Suhandi thinks otherwise…
Now, I would argue that Angela Lee could still be as popular in Asia as she is today, even if she represented Hawaii. And I believe, that casual Asian fans who only tunes into MMA to watch Ronda Rousey or Conor McGregor would attest to that. These fans would not give a damn where these fighters come from and their roots would not have been a factor in their willingness to purchase PPVs or watch through an illegal online stream. But what’s done is done and we can’t be expecting Angela Lee to turn Hawaiian for her next fight.
So Angela Lee is not really Singaporean but who are we to tell her which country she could and could not represent? Can we force the UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic to stop sporting his Croatian shorts because he was not born there? Do we have the right to tell Cain Velasquez that he can’t be flying the Mexican flag because he was born and raised in the United States? But I can imagine an MMA fan from Mexico saying “Sorry, he is not one of us.” The same has already been said of Angela Lee.
At the end of the day, if she contributes to the country and connects with the people, she will be seen as a Singaporean and ultimately we could not deny that she could very well be “one of us.”
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Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou Official for UFC 220
UFC 220 in Boston, Massachusetts has its main event. Stipe Miocic (17-2) will put his belt on the line for the third time against rising heavyweight star, Francis Ngannou (11-1)
Rumors surrounded the match-up for UFC 220 after Ngannou’s first round knockout over Alistair Overeem, at UFC 218. The Cameroonian heavyweight called for the fight himself. In his octagon interview proceeding his most recent victory, Ngannou stated:
“I’m feeling good… I’m on my way to a title shot”.
— UFC (@ufc) December 10, 2017
The heavy handed Ngannou has finished all of his opponents in all of his six UFC bouts. A streak which includes a kimura submission over Anthony Hamilton and a TKO victory against former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski. Overall, he holds a ten fight win streak. His only defeat came by way of unanimous decision to Zoumana Cisse, in his second professional MMA fight.
If victorious, Ngannou would become the first African-born champion in UFC history.
Not to be diminished, Stipe Miocic rides his a streak of his own into the beantown match-up. Five consecutive wins, five knockouts and the past four of which, ended in the first round. A victory in Boston for the champ would make him the longest reigning heavyweight champion in UFC history. Currently, Miocic is one of three heavyweights, in the promotions entirety, whom has successfully defended the belt twice.
UFC 220 will be held at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on January 20th, 2018. The pay-per-view (PPV) card will also feature light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, as he faces challenger Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir.
Ladies Fight Night 7: “Double Trouble” Preview
Polish women’s federation Ladies Fight Night is going to celebrate their second birthday this year on the 15th to 17th of December. Two days, two events with a lot of great bouts.
LFN in Poland is being titled the new Invicta FC. The Polish owners created this federation to give European women a chance to fight on a big platform.
Hosting their first ever event in December 2015, LFN will hold two great cards next week, that will feature women who have fought under many prestigious promotions, such as the UFC, Invicta, Bellator, Glory, and Kunlun.
Two days of fantastic fights, intensified by a double dose of sports impressions. The name is not accidental, LFN 7 / LFN 8 combines two events, during which the best Polish fighters will be shown, as well as the best fighters from Europe (including France, Sweden, Italy, the Czech Republic and Romania)
The stakes are high, and we are electrified by the clashes between warriors such as Żaneta Cieśla vs Silvia La Notte and Patricia Axling vs. Cindy Silvestri. Mainly due to their vastness of their experience in the cage.
In the fight of the evening, the talented Romanian Cristina Stanciu will face Magdaléna Šormovádo. Stanciu fought twice in the UFC, but she was unfortunately cut from the promotion after suffering consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Maryna Moroz.
Judyta Rymarzak vs Marta Waliczek is an amazing fight between two experienced kickboxers. Both making their pro MMA debuts on the night, we will witness a one-of-a-kind duel between two kickboxing perfectionists, as they look to transcend their skills into the MMA world.
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