A rising fighter in the ONE Championship named Victoria Lee died last month, her sister said on Saturday. She was eighteen. Lee was the sister of ONE champions Christian Lee at welterweight and Angela Lee at atomweight.
Angela wrote on Instagram that Victoria died on December 26. No one knows what caused Angela’s death, but in her announcement, she asked her fans to keep checking on their loved ones.
Lee, who was active on Instagram, started her MMA career in February 2021, when she was 16 years old. Lee used a rear-naked choke to win her first fight at ONE: Fists of Fury. She beat Sunisa Srisan in the second round.
RIP to Victoria Lee 🙏🏻
one of the rising stars in ONE. youngest sibling of the Lee fighting family. pic.twitter.com/jScNLZnG56
— Spinnin Backfist (@SpinninBackfist) January 7, 2023
She then beat Luping Wang and Victoria Souza and won again that year. Both of those fights went to the finish, but she hadn’t fought since ONE: Revolution in September 2021. Given her past and her early success, many people thought she would go on to do big things.
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Lee did well as an amateur before she became a professional MMA fighter. She won two Hawaiian pankration junior world championships, the Hawaii state wrestling championship, and an IMMAF junior world championship, according to MMA Junkie.
A lot of y’all who follow me know how much time I spent with the Lee family last year in Hawaii. To hear such an incredible talent lose their life at 18 is 💔.. This stuff has me questioning god. Why 🙏🏾 #rip #victorialee pic.twitter.com/sMmyJJP7fE
— Anatomy of a Fighter (@WillHarrisAOAF) January 7, 2023
Lee’s sisters and brother are both big stars in ONE. Christian has won the lightweight title twice. In November, he won the welterweight title and now has two belts. His overall record is 17-4. Angela has been atomweight champion since 2016, and she recently tried for the strawweight crown.
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