That opponent is #1-ranked contender Denice “The Menace” Zamboanga – someone Meng has been eyeing since beating Samara “Marituba” Santos at ONE: UNBREAKABLE and solidifying her status as one of the world’s most dangerous atomweights.
“We were supposed to fight last year, but COVID happened and it was canceled. I couldn’t fly to Singapore at that time,” Meng says.
“But I must say, Denice was lucky that fight got canceled. If we were in the ring together, without a shadow of doubt, I would beat her up and take her spot as the #1-ranked atomweight in the division.”
The Tiger Wang Gym athlete faced a tough test in her clash with Santos at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, ultimately earning a hard-fought unanimous decision victory.
Following two straight knockout wins, it was the first time Meng had been pushed to the scorecards in ONE Championship, but she expects to become a more complete mixed martial artist because of it.
“I learned a lot in the Samara Santos fight. One weak area I’ve discovered is my ground fighting skills,” the Changsha native admits.
“I need to improve my ground control and strength. My goal is to master all combat sports skills and become the most dangerous MMA fighter in ONE Championship.”
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However, Meng — the #2-ranked atomweight contender — is sure that she already has the tools to defeat the last remaining challenge on her path toward the “Unstoppable” World Champion.
She knows Zamboanga won’t be a pushover, but the fearsome knockout artist from China is confident that her striking prowess will overwhelm “The Menace.”
“Denice is a stubborn and tough fighter, but if I was to identify her strength, she’s only good at punching, nothing else,” Meng says.
“I think my stand-up fighting techniques will be enough to give me the victory. I’m pretty confident that I can finish Denice with a flurry of punches and knock her out within two rounds.”
With Lee’s pregnancy sidelining her competitively until later in 2021, the two top contenders could square off to determine the next World Title challenger.
That’s precisely what the Chinese star is aiming for, and she is certain that a date with Zamboanga would lead to a meeting with “Unstoppable” for the gold.
“[Beating Denice] would be more than enough to earn a shot at the World Title,” Meng asserts.
“Once I get Denice in the Circle and beat her, I will be ranked number one in my division, and I’ll be next in line to fight the champion.”