Though the Chinese athlete won their first bout, her rival was dominant for long spells and came close to a finish in the fourth round.
“The Panda” also believes her opponent will be more motivated to get her hand raised, because this Sunday, 13 October, it is Lee’s ONE Women’s Atomweight World Title that will be on the line.
That is why we turned to people who know what it takes to win in the Circle better than anyone – the martial arts heroes of the global stage.
It should come as no shock where some athletes’ loyalties lie – Lee’s husband is certainly on her side! – but some of the predictions may surprise you.
Stamp Fairtex – Two-Sport ONE World Champion
Angela Lee is my idol. In the last fight, Lee lost because she moved up to a higher weight class. She ran out of power at the end.
This time, Xiong moves to Lee’s weight class. It will be very close, but if Lee trains well, she has a chance to win.
Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen – ONE Featherweight World Champion
I see Xiong pressuring forward, gassing Angela out, and picking her shots.
I spoke to Xiong Jing Nan [in August], and she was already on weight. I’ve been watching videos of her moves, and she’s like a different animal.
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Danny “The King” Kingad – ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship Finalist
I think the outcome will favor Xiong again. I think she’s figured out how to defeat Angela.
She beat her with strikes [in the last match], and I believe she’ll do it again this time around. We might even get to see a stoppage.
Bruno “Puccibull” Pucci – No-Gi BJJ World Champion
I pick Angela – not just because she’s my wife, but because in the first match, Angela was winning the fight until the fifth round.
She gave everything in the fourth round, so when she went into the fifth, she was completely gassed. She’s always rounding out her game, and that’s what she’s working on the most.
She will come back fitter than ever, and that’s the thing because Panda is stepping down this time, and I don’t think she ever made [strawweight] before. Angela was stepping up then, but now Angela has been at [strawweight] many times already, and she has a good game plan.
We have cardio and strength that we have been working on, so what happened the last fight will not happen again. My prediction is she will finish Panda within two rounds.
Honorio “The Rock” Banario – Former ONE Featherweight World Champion
Dropping down in weight can be quite an adjustment, and may affect your strength in the match. If Xiong was able to prepare well in making weight, and can bring her conditioning and power with her at atomweight, I think the result will be the same.
Xiong already experienced the strengths of Angela, so I think she still has the edge over the World Champion.
Yohan “The Ice Man” Mulia Legowo – Indonesian Kickboxing And Submission Grappling Champion
I predict that Xiong will win, as her fitness level is superior. I understand that maybe Xiong’s abilities are not as complete as Lee, especially in BJJ, but the Chinese athlete’s durability in absorbing strikes is extraordinary.
Her endurance is out of this world, as she showcased in their first encounter. To become a champion, in my opinion, it is not only about how good you are at striking your opponent, but also your reaction when you’re hit. This is the quality I see from Xiong.
Agilan “Alligator” Thani – Former ONE Welterweight World Title Challenger
My pick for this one is Xiong Jing Nan. When I was training in Bali MMA during my preparation for [Yoshihiro] Akiyama, everyone I met there told me that she’s such an inspiration to everyone at the gym.
I look up to her. Everyone tells me this girl never gives up. This kind of attitude motivates me to become a better athlete, and I see her finishing Angela in Tokyo.
Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang – ONE Warrior Series Contract Winner
This match can go both ways, but if Xiong sticks with the same strategy, I think she has a bit of an edge because of power.
If she can overpower Lee again to avoid her submission attempts and assert her striking dominance, I think a decision will favor her.
“Kru Rong” Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke – Former ONE Strawweight World Champion
The only way Lee can win this fight is to take Xiong to the ground. If they are striking, Xiong is better. I think it depends on who can control the bout with their own game. It will be a very exciting match.
Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon – Former ONE Bantamweight World Champion
I think both of them are good, but I believe that if it goes to the ground early, Angela will get the win.
However, if Angela can’t submit her in the first round, it might go Xiong’s way because of her striking power. It will be a great match-up, and may the best woman win!
Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol – Two-Time Wushu World Championship Medalist
This will be more exciting than the first meeting… and surprising.
In their first encounter, Lee stepped up to strawweight, but Lee almost won the bout. The rematch will be on Lee’s turf.
Lee lost because of the striking after Xiong was able to overcome the pressure on the ground. [This time], Lee might be able to anticipate Xiong’s striking prowess and bring the into her domain – the ground game. I do think that she will be able to defend her atomweight belt.
Muhammad “Jungle Cat” Aiman – MIMMA Featherweight Champion
I’m definitely on edge for this one. The ONE Atomweight World Champion will be looking to avenge her defeat to “The Panda” in the strawweight World Title fight in Tokyo, and Xiong will be looking to cement her winning status too.
Both will be out to prove something, and they’re going to give their absolute best for their clashes. However, I’m confident that Xiong will bring home the victory.
Tokyo | CENTURY | ONE Championship’s 100th Live Event | Tickets: Purchase here
- Watch PART I in USA on 12 October at 8pm EST and PART II on 13 October at 4am EST
- Watch PART I in India on 13 October at 5:30am IST and PART II at 1:30pm IST
- Watch PART I in Indonesia on 13 October at 7am WIB and PART II at 3pm WIB
- Watch PART I in Singapore on 13 October at 8am SGT and PART II at 4pm SGT
- Watch PART I in the Philippines on 13 October at 8am PHT and PART II at 4pm PHT
- Watch PART I in Japan on 13 October at 9am JST and PART II at 5pm JST
ONE: CENTURY is the biggest World Championship martial arts event in history with 28 World Champions featured across various martial arts. No organization has ever promoted two full-scale World Championship events on the same day.
The Home Of Martial Arts will break new ground as it brings multiple World Title bouts, a trio of World Grand Prix Championship Finals, and several World Champion versus World Champion matches to the famous Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan on 13 October.