Angela Lee continued to cut a swathe through the ranks of Asian MMA on Friday night, retaining her One Championship atomweight world title with a crushing victory over Istela Nunes.

The 20-year-old simply overpowered the challenger, crushing her to the mat in the first round and pounding away at will before slipping the 24-year old Nunes into an anaconda choke hold with 2.18 gone in the second round. That was all she wrote.

Angela Lee tangles opponent Istela Nunes up on Friday night. Photo: One Championship
Angela Lee tangles opponent Istela Nunes up on Friday night. Photo: One Championship

Lee’s record moves to 8-0 and the sky – at this stage at least – looks to be the only limit to her rise in the sport. She fights out of Singapore – and boy doesn’t the crowd just love that fact.

“I really love you guys,” she told them. “It’s an honor to fight here and this means the world to me. The anaconda is one of my favourite moves. I want to give a huge shout out to my family.”

The only problem now for Lee – once she shakes off the after-effects of a virus that at one stage had threatened to derail her title defence – is just who to fight next. She so far made short work of the two title challengers thrown at her.

Angela Lee shares a moment with her coach and father Ken before going into battle. Photo: One Championship
Angela Lee shares a moment with her coach and father Ken before going into battle. Photo: One Championship

American Ben Askren had meanwhile came in to the co-main event on Friday seemingly unthreatened by the challenge being promised by rising Malaysian star Agilan Thani. Akren’s One Championship welterweight world title was on the line and both fighters arrived unbeaten.

Askren carried the confident air of a man who’s used to a lifetime of success – having represented the USA in wrestling at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and having been a superstar at college back home. For his part Thani seemed to be looking more to what the experience could had to his career.

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In the end it took Askren just 30 seconds to have Thani on his back. Two minutes of punishment later, and the challenger tapped out. Askren is now 16-0, with one no contest. Thani went to 7-1 but the future still looks bright, according to the man who had just handing him a lesson in MMA.

“I’m feeling great, man,” Askren said afterwards. “I don’t like trying to fight my friends so I tried to make him not my enemy for a little while. But he’s a young kid and it’s the lst time we’re going to see him in there, and he’s got a great future ahead of him.”

The Singapore-based One organization was keen to make a statement of intent via Friday night’s 10-fight card at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, what with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) – run out of Las Vegas – marshalling its own troops for a night at the same venue in three weeks’ time.

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In the end the night followed the script.

Singapore has emerged as the sport’s spiritual home in Asia and a sellout crowd was treated to three local-based fighters on the card – that they all won ensured things went ballistic, with Lee’s victory capping a night that had earlier seen lightweight Amir Khan dismantling India’s Rajinder Singh Meena with one minute 30 second gone on the clock while Tiffany Teo was handed a unanimous decision over American Rebecca Heintzman-Rozewski in their strawweight clash.