With a flurry of social media postings, One Championship women’s atomweight champion Angela Lee delivered the most brutal knockout of her flawless mixed martial arts (MMA) career to date and left thousands of pining hearts across Singapore and the world lying on the canvas.
The MMA star announced her engagement on Instagram and Twitter to fellow One Championship fighter Bruno Pucci at Haleiwa Beach Park in Hawaii yesterday, where they have been on vacation.
The couple have been in a relationship since January and a date has yet to be set for their wedding.
Angela, 21, who is of Korean and Singaporean descent, and her 27-year-old Brazilian fiance posted several photographs and videos on their respective Instagram profiles, garnering several thousand likes and hundreds of comments from well-wishers.
Fellow fighters from the One Championship stable like Angela’s former opponent Ann Osman and Brandon Vera as well as Mediacorp 98.7 FM DJ Joakim Gomez and renowned photographer Clark Little were quick to offer their congratulations to the pair.
Netizens also referenced their MMA backgrounds with Mag Kan quipping on Facebook, “Imagine if they have disagreements at home!” while Tony Tan joked on Facebook, saying he knew “how they would settle their disputes”.
Responses from Angela’s many male admirers were, however, more muted on Facebook, lamenting that she was now “off the market”.
Angela did not hide her love for Pucci, with a series of gushing posts that read, “YES! A million times, YES! Bruno Pucci, thank you for completing my fairy tale. I can’t wait to (officially) be yours forever!”
Pucci moved to Singapore in November 2012 to join Evolve MMA gym as a Brazilian jiu-jitsu instructor, and it was there that the two lovebirds met, with Angela also being an MMA instructor at Evolve.
The featherweight grappler has a 5-2 win-loss career record and he chalked up his first technical knockout victory over Filipino Jimmy Yabo in July.
Angela, who shuttles between Singapore and Hawaii, made her debut with One Championship, a Singapore-based MMA promoter and Asia’s largest MMA organisation, in 2015.
Loren Mack, One Championship’s vice-president of public relations and communications, said in a phone call yesterday that he only found out about Angela’s engagement on social media and “wished her all the best and happiness in the world”.
Angela, who is unbeaten in her MMA career with an 8-0 record, will take on Japan’s Mei Yamaguchi on Nov 24 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in a rematch of last year’s title fight.
Text: Samuel Ng / The Straits Times / October 2017
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