"Unstoppable" is a well deserved moniker for the 19 year old Angela Lee.
On Friday, she squared off against veteran Mei Yamaguchi at ONE Championship 42: "Ascent to Power." In what will be hailed as a classic, the two fighters went the distance with Lee winning a unanimous decision to become ONE Championship's first women's atomweight champion.
The 25-minute nail biter had just about every submission attempt and transition in the book, acting as a master class for takedowns, grappling, transitioning and reversals.
Lee unleashed everything she had at Yamaguchi, who showed her experience by fighting her off at every turn. Several times it looked as if Lee was going to finish off Yamaguchi, only to have Yamaguchi fight back. Going into this fight, Yamaguchi had never been finished by another fighter and her record stays in tact.
There will be little argument that the headlining fight will easily be in the running for "Fight of the Year."
I mean, just wow! Check out that Jiu-Jitsu.
In the co-main event, Roger Gracie of Brazil's legendary Gracie Family, took on Michal Pasternak of Poland. After the duo exchanged a series of blows early in the first round, Gracie took advantage of Pasternak's overzealousness and tripped him down to the mat.
From there, Gracie transitioned from a full mount into an arm-triangle to submit Pasternak unconscious to claim ONE Championship's first ever light heavyweight title.
Gracie entered his fight with the Pasternak winning three of his last four bouts. At 34, the multiple-time Brazilian Jiu-jitsu world champion delivered Pasternak's first professional loss. Both fighters were returning to the cage after a considerable amount of time off. Neither have fought since December of 2014.
Other fights on the card included former ONE Championship titleholder Narantungalag Jadambaa, who won by submission against Kotetsu Boku early in the third round. Also, Christian Lee remains undefeated at 4-0 after submitting Cary Bullos, who falls to 7-4.
The rest of the card's results are as follows:
- Tatsuya Mizuno (15-11-1) def. Mohamed Ali (10-9) - 3:52 of the second round by TKO
- Amir Khan (5-2) def. John Chang (4-4-1) - 3:39 of the first round by knockout
- Benedict Ang (3-0) def. Jimmy Yabo (5-3) - 3:11 of the third round by submission
- Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev (3-0) def. Jia Wen Ma (2-2) - 1:57 of the first round by knockout
- Agilan Thani (5-0) def. Brad Robinson (3-2) - 4:40 in the first round by knockout