Sheena Suparman (Jakarta Post)
Tue, September 20, 2022
ONE Women’s World Strawweight Champion Xiong “The Panda” Jing Nan has a perfect record in the stacked division and has held the gold medal for over four years.
Now, the Chinese star will seek her eighth successful world title defense when she meets ONE Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee for the third time in the main event of ONE Fight Night 2 on Saturday, October 1.
Their storied streak currently sits at 1-1, and the combat sports world will be watching with anticipation when these two divisional queens face off again.
Here, we break down three of “The Panda”‘s most dominant performances inside the circle, performances that demonstrate she’ll be able to get the job done in her rubber match at ONE Fight Night 2.
#1 Defeat Tiffany “No Chill” Teo
Xiong met “No Chill” at ONE: KINGS OF COURAGE in January 2018, with the two stars vying for the inaugural ONE Women’s Strawweight World Championship.
‘The Panda’ was relentless in his attack on Teo and landed combination after combination. The fight was halted in the fourth round, when it became clear the Singaporean contender couldn’t take it anymore.
That night, Xiong not only became a ONE world champion, but also the first-ever MMA world champion in China. She also later defended her belt against Teo in October 2020, ending any thoughts of a potential trilogy between the two.
#2 End of Samara Santos
Xiong enjoyed home-court advantage in her second world title defense against Samara Santos in China at ONE: BEYOND THE HORIZON in September 2018.
Santos held on until the third round of the thrilling brawl, but ‘The Panda’ was determined not to disappoint his compatriots.
She scored with multiple bursts and eventually finished the Brazilian challenger in the third round by knockout (KO).
#3 Finish Angela “Unstoppable” Lee
“The Panda”‘s first encounter with Lee was a heated brawl that nearly went the distance.
Xiong put his belt on the line against “Unstoppable” at ONE: A NEW ERA in March 2019, and the two traded hard punches for five rounds. Lee looked comfortable in the heavier weight class for most of the fight until the world champion took control in the final stanza.
Xiong then punished his challenger’s body with kicks and punches, eventually forcing the referee to step in and give ‘The Panda’ the win.
Before Xiong meets Lee in their highly anticipated trilogy bout at ONE Fight Night 2, catch all the action at ONE 161: Petchmorakot vs. Tawanchai on Thursday, September 29 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
This article was published in collaboration with ONE Championship.