SINGAPORE – Japanese mixed martial arts star Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi is just couple of days away from her much-awaited rematch with ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee.
Yamaguchi is scheduled to challenge the 21-year-old Singaporean sensation for the second time in the main event of ONE: UNSTOPPABLE DREAMS at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday, May 18.
Enthusiastic of her championship rematch on Friday night, Yamaguchi is more optimistic that she will leave the cage with the belt around her waist.
“I’m very thankful of this opportunity and very excited to display in front of the MMA fans around the world my talent, skill and everything that we have worked on inside the gym,” Yamaguchi said.
With their first encounter being hailed as the “Greatest fight in the history of women’s mixed martial arts” by numerous media outlets, Yamaguchi is looking forward to getting a different result on Friday after felling short of the victory in her first meeting with Lee.
Reminiscing the memories of her razor-thin unanimous decision loss with the undefeated champion, Yamaguchi and her team went back to the drawing board right after the bout and was aware of the adjustments and things to improve on her arsenal.
The 35-year-old Tokyo, Japan native reviewed the tape of her fight with Lee hundreds of times. Through this, she came to realize that her lack in endurance and stamina cost her the match.
“I gave everything in the opening round, that’s why I felt very tired closing out the fight,” Yamaguchi revealed. “We have worked a lot inside the gym, and I’m now ready for five full rounds if fight goes the distance,” she added.
Coming of an undefeated campaign last 2017, after submitting Jenny Huang of Taiwan via rear-naked choke last June 30 at ONE: LIGHT OF NATION and avenging her loss to Filipina star Gina Iniong with a unanimous decision win in Singapore last November at ONE: IMMORTAL PURSUIT, Yamaguchi feels that her fighting experience and will to win will be a major factor in winning the title.
“The past two years taught me a lot, I trained properly and do the things I need to do to get better. Controlling my movements and improving my stamina gave me good results in my past fights,” she said. “I’m more than ready than ever. Can’t wait to display the things I’ve worked and improved on Friday night,” she stated.
When the inaugural ONE Women’s Strawweight World Championship was announced almost two years ago, the mixed martial arts world quickly made their conclusions that it will be a another dominating performance for the almost-invincible Lee.
19 years old at that time and carrying a win-loss slate of 5-0, Lee has cleared her path in dominating passion en route to her first ever world title bout, while Yamaguchi is on a three-fight winning streak before being chosen to duke it out with Lee for the vacant title in the main event of ONE: ASCENT TO POWER.
Yamaguchi almost shocked the mixed martial arts world in her first encounter with Lee as she knocked down the undefeated Singaporean in the third round with an overhand right and nearly submitting her with an armbar.
But Lee showed her composure, survived the nightmare and claimed the title with a unanimous decision victory.
“I learned a lot after that fight. I’m more in control this time, that give me more openings for submission and different attacks. I’m definitely sure that she’ll be seeing a upgraded Mei Yamaguchi on fight night,” she ended.