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Angela Lee surprised with good PH crowd reception

One Championship

By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY--Angela Lee may have beaten a Filipino in her last fight, but it hardly mattered in terms of fan reaction on Thursday night when she was publicly introduced during the weigh-in of One: Spirit of Champions at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall.

Instead of getting mixed reactions upon stepping on the weighing scale, Lee, who downed Natalie Hills in the former's hometown of Singapore, got a round of applause and good cheers from the Filipino MMA fans.

"I'm actually surprised that I have a lot of fans here in the Philippines. They're really great. They're really supportive," Lee told Dugout Philippines on Thursday night.

Since stepping into the One Championship cage for the first time, the 19-year-old female MMA sensation is slowly gaining fans not just in her hometown of Singapore and her family's native land of South Korea but in other parts of Asia and even the rest of the world as well.

In particular, Lee is constantly getting more male fans because she maintains a beautiful face despite playing in a sport where broken noses are imminent.

On the other hand, Lee further said that the move that forced Hills to tap out is something she has been perfecting on since she decided to pursue an MMA career.

"It's something me and my dad practiced a lot in training. It's my favorite submission," Lee discussed about the fabled but rarely-used twister submission.

Also, while most Koreans are not that known for fluency in English, Lee, born of a Singaporean-Korean descent, credited her early life outside Asia and their frequent family conversations for being confident in speaking the widely-used language.

"I was born in Canada and raised in Hawaii, and I am living in Singapore, where my dad usually speaks to us in English," Lee explained why she developed a fluent English speaking skill.

Lee will take on Lena Tkhorevska in one-eighth of One's Spirit of Champions event at the Mall of Asia Arena on Friday night.

Lee's younger brother, Christian, will have his own One Championship debut in the said fight card as he will face David Meak in another scheduled fixture.

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