Mixed martial arts are brutal. Basically, the competitors use every possible fighting style to beat the heck out of each other. That’s scary even for people who have plenty of life experience under their belt. But for Angela Lee, the youngest MMA champion ever, it’s all part of the job.
Lee is just 20 years old, but she started competing at the age of six. By 2011, the 5’4″, 115 pound girl won her division at the USA Amateurs. She’s had consistent wins since then, but less than a year ago, she had her most impressive victory yet. She was just 19 years old when she beat Mei Yamaguchi in the ONE Women’s Atomweight category, becoming the youngest person ever to win a world title in MMA.
Naturally, financial success followed her victory as well. She not only received a bonus for winning the title, she also signed a new contract with ONE Championship. Many people have speculated that the contract made Angela Lee the highest paid teen ever in the history of mixed martial arts.
Defending the Title
This Saturday, Lee will defend her title for the first time. She’s headlining the ONE: Warrior Kingdom card and taking on Jenny Huang, a Taiwanese fighter.
“It’s the only thing on my mind,” Lee said in a recent interview. “Every single moment from when I wake up, every single moment from when I first step on the mat. It’s all I ever think about and I can’t wait to get there.”
But even for the youthful, training doesn’t come easy.
“I’ve been waking up at 5:00 A.M., going to the gym at 6:00, then after four or five training sessions, I don’t get out of the gym until about 9:00 P.M.,” she said. “It’s the best I’ve ever felt leading up to a fight. It’s all gone pretty smooth.”
26-year-old Jenny Huang will definitely have her work cut out for her.