MMA: Angela Lee hurt in crash, pulls out of title defense

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Nov 08 2017 04:36 PM

An emotional Angela Lee celebrates her win at ONE: Dynasty of Champions in this file photo.

SINGAPORE -- Asian mixed martial arts fighter Angela Lee has been injured in a car crash in Hawaii, forcing her to withdraw from a title defense this month, Singapore-based promoter ONE Championship said Wednesday.

Lee, 21, will make a full recovery from the accident which happened early Tuesday when she fell asleep while driving to the gym in Hawaii where she was training, said ONE Championship founder Chatri Sityodtong in a Facebook post.

He said the car flipped over several times and was left a "complete wreck" but added: "Miraculously, she survived with only a concussion, some minor burns, and a banged up body. 

"If she was not wearing a seatbelt, it would have most certainly been a different story."

He called on supporters to send "love, prayers and positive energy to Angela and her family."

He said the fighter, of Korean and Singaporean descent, would not compete on November 24 when she had been due to mount a defense of her atomweight world title.

She had been training in Hawaii for her third title defense in Singapore. 

Lee first won the crown when she beat Japan's Mei Yamaguchi in 2016, and had been due to face Yamaguchi in this month's title defense.

Lee holds a 8-0 record in her MMA career with six wins by submission. 

She is one of the top names on ONE's stable of fighters, which tries to promote homegrown fighters from across the region.

The main muscle behind Asia's MMA explosion, ONE claims 90 percent of the region's market share.

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