ONE Championship is witnessing its hottest feud in the ONE Women’s Atomweight division now as #1 Contender Denice Zamboanga takes shots at Champion Angela Lee.
These two fierce competitors have been jawing at each other for a long time now. Denice Zamboanga, who is currently undefeated and had a dominant win over Mei Yamaguchi, has been constantly in the conversations to be the next title challenger. Then recently, Denice Zamboanga called for a title shot following her 87-second finish of Watsapinya Kaewkhong at ONE: A New Breed.
However, the Champion thinks otherwise. In a recorded video, Angela Lee asserted that Denice does not deserve a shot at the ONE Atomweight Championship. “Honestly, even though Denice beat Mei Yamaguchi, I don’t think that alone qualifies her to be the number one contender”, Lee said. “The other girls that she fought were not even ranked. The Atomweight division is stacked with at least 10 top talents”.
Angela Lee recently announced that she is having a baby with her partner Bruno Pucci, which would keep her inactive for at least a year. The heat started to escalate after Denice Zamboanga posted a lengthy statement saying that Angela Lee should ‘do the right thing’ and vacate her belt.
On Denice’s post, she said “She made a choice to become a mother, which is great I am very happy for her. However she should do the respectable thing and vacate the Championship belt herself”.
Then Angela Lee took her response to twitter saying that Denice should first “Win the Atomweight Grand Prix Belt”. As ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong said, Angela Lee would not be stripped of her title but instead, there will be an Atomweight Grand Prix Belt tournament and the winner would get the title shot once Angela returns.
Angela Lee also released a statement reiterating the adversity she had to fight to become the champion. “If no one took it from me, then why should I give it up?”, Lee said.
In an interview with SCMP MMA, Denice Zamboanga responded that “It will be great because those top five are very tough opponents, especially Meng Bo and Lin Heqin, their recent fights in ONE Championship are all finishes. I will just jeep on training and whoever they put in front of me I will fight anyone for it because my goal is a world championship belt”
Denice Zamboanga posted on Instagram saying that Angela Lee should not disrespect her past opponents, and that it was the ONE organization that made her to be the #1 contender.
The ONE Championship’s Women’s Atomweight Grand Prix Belt tournament is scheduled to commence in 2021. Denice Zamboanga will have to come out on top to get what she had her sights on.
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