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The List: 3 Reasons why Angela Lee could be ONE's best female MMA fighter

'Unstoppable' again bids for a title in a second division when she completes her trilogy with Xiong Jing Nan at ONE on Prime Video 2 on Sept. 30.
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Reigning ONE women's atomweight world champion "Unstoppable" Angela Lee (11-2) might just be the best pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the organization.

On September 30 at ONE on Prime Video 2, she will look to solidify that status when she challenges ONE women's strawweight world champion Xiong Jing Nan (17-2) for her belt in a highly anticipated trilogy fight.

What exactly makes "Unstoppable" so special? On paper, she's already accomplished plenty in her seven-year professional career. She is the youngest-ever MMA world champion in history and, to this day, remains the only fighter to ever hold the ONE women's atomweight world title.

Beyond just wins and losses, though, Lee has proven to be a unique talent. She is capable of consistently finishing matches at the highest level, making her must-see TV.

Here are three reasons why Lee is arguably ONE Championship's best female MMA fighter.

1. Undefeated in her natural weight class

Lee has spent her entire professional MMA career competing under the ONE Championship banner and is undefeated across six atomweight bouts – an impressive run that includes five world title defenses.

The Singaporean-American captured the inaugural ONE women's atomweight world championship in May 2016 at "ONE: Ascent to Power," where she earned a unanimous decision over Japanese MMA legend Mei Yamaguchi.

Despite a pair of losses at strawweight in 2019, "Unstoppable" has looked nothing short of dominant in her atomweight contests, defeating Yamaguchi again by decision in a rematch and finishing every other opponent inside the distance.

This past March, Lee returned from a two-and-a-half year layoff following the birth of her child to successfully defend her belt against ONE women's atomweight world grand prix champion Stamp Fairtex, further solidifying herself as the best atomweight fighter on the planet.

2. Her 82 percent finishing rate

More than just winning fights, Lee might be one of the sport's best finishers. Specifically, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt is a grappling specialist, earning all but one of her finishes by way of submission.

It's worth noting that, for the most part, submissions and knockouts are harder to come by in the smaller weight classes. But Lee, competing in the smallest available weight division, is an exception to that rule with a staggering 82 percent finishing rate.

As a further testament to the 26-year-old's skills, she has finished her fights in six different ways, including an ultra-rare twister, an anaconda choke, and a TKO.

Notably, one of Lee's submission victories came in the final 12 seconds of her rematch against strawweight queen Xiong – an outcome she'll be looking to repeat on September 30.

3. Poised for champ-champ status

The third and final reason why Lee might be the best female MMA fighter on ONE Championship's roster hasn't yet come to fruition, but the mere fact that she is once again on the verge of double-champ status is indicative of her abilities.

In March 2019 at "ONE: A New Era," Lee fell to Xiong in her first bid to capture the ONE women's strawweight world championship. She would win the rematch at atomweight, handing the strawweight queen her only loss in ONE Championship.

"Unstoppable" now finds herself on the precipice of two-division greatness for the second time, but she'll have to get past one of the organization's longest-tenured and most dominant champions.

If Lee defeats Xiong, and particularly if she dispatches her inside the distance, the question will no longer be why she could be ONE Championship's best female MMA fighter, but rather how long her reign at the top will last.