Honors flow to ONE Championship’s Victoria Lee

Honors flow to ONE Championship’s Victoria Lee

Victoria Lee
MMA pro Victoria Lee has died at the age of 18.
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IMPORTANT POINTS

  • The MMA industry has paid its respects to Victoria Lee and her family
  • Lee died at the age of 18
  • She has been heralded as a future world champion in MMA

Described as “The Next Big Thing” in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA), tributes have been flooding in from the who’s who of the industry since the unfortunate news of Victoria Lee’s sudden death on Saturday 7th January broke.

Victoria’s shocking death at the age of 18 was first confirmed by her older sister, Angela Lee, through a lengthy post on Instagram. However, the cause of death is unknown at this time.

According to Angela’s public statement, Victoria died on December 26, 2022.

“Every little thing makes me think of you. From the rays of the sun to the sunset. You taught us to see the beauty in the simple things. You were our bright light. Our sunshine. And that will never change. You were perfect in every way. The best person I knew. The most beautiful girl inside and out. We love you Victoria. I love you Sprout. Till the end of time,” Angela wrote.

“Please give grace and respect to our family at this most difficult time. And please take care of your loved ones. Keep looking out for them. Hug them and tell them how much they mean to you. You just never know,” she later added.

Her mother Jewelz posted several photos of Victoria on her personal Facebook profile in late December, which may already indicate her daughter’s death.

An obituary posted at the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park and Funeral Home in KaNEX, Hawaii, says a celebration of her life is planned for Jan. 22 before her funeral.

Victoria held a professional MMA record of 3-0 with two wins by submission and one by knockout.

Fans and pundits alike believed she had the talent to become MMA World Champion, just like her siblings Angela and Christian Lee, who are respected titleholders under the ONE Championship banner.

Victoria was remembered by an emotional Chatri Siytodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship.

“Victoria Lee’s death breaks my heart. I first met Victoria when she was 11 years old. I watched her blossom as a martial artist and human over the years. I always remember how wise, thoughtful and selfless she was beyond her years,” Chatri wrote on Facebook.

“Of course she was an extraordinary martial arts prodigy even then, but I could see that she was so much more than that. Victoria had the purest heart of gold and a brilliant mind. She cared about others before herself. She wanted to use her life to help the world. I will always remember Victoria for the beautiful and precious soul she was.”

Filipino MMA superstar Eduard Folayang also paid tribute to Victoria and her family.

“Life is like a fog that appears for a while and then disappears. Rest in peace Victoria Lee,” Folayang declared.

Former ONE Middleweight and Welterweight Champion Aung La N Sang also took to social media to express his heartfelt condolences.

“My heart breaks for the Lee family. I have so much respect and admiration for her. This message from Victoria broke my heart,” said the Burmese MMA icon.

Several members of the ONE Championship roster soon followed and expressed their condolences to the Lee clan.

Victoria first caused a stir when she made her professional debut by submitting Sunisa Srisan with a rear-naked choke in the second round at ONE: Fists of Fury in February 2021.

She then rounded out 2021 with two more wins, tapping Wang Luping with a ripping triangle armbar at ONE: Battleground in July before stopping Victoria Souza with a second-round technical knockout at ONE: Revolution in September.

Victoria was originally scheduled to return to action on January 14 (January 13 in the US) at ONE Fight Night 6 in Bangkok, Thailand against Indian Zeba Bano in a three-round atomicweight bout.

Victoria Lee
Victoria Lee
Photo: Screenshot of ONE Championship

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